Rodrigo Diaz M.
Canada’s essential workers and international graduate students will have new avenues for permanent residency starting in May.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the new programs. Three of the new programs will pave the way for 90,000 new immigrants to obtain permanent residency this year. The other three programs for Francophone immigrants will not have an admission limit.
The new programs will target temporary workers employed in hospitals and long-term care residences, and those working on the front lines of other essential sectors, as well as international students graduated from Canadian educational institutions.
Beginning May 6, the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Services of Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications in the following three programs:
– 20 thousand applications for temporary workers in the health sector.
– 30 thousand applications for temporary workers in other essential occupations.
– 40 thousand applications for international students graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
The programs will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their admission limit. These new public policies apply to workers in 40 health professions, as well as 95 other essential jobs in various fields, such as long-term care and food production and distribution.
To be eligible for these immigration alternatives, workers must have at least one year of work experience in Canada in a health profession or other pre-approved essential occupation. International graduate students must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program in the past four years, and no earlier than January 2017.
Graduate and working students must be fluent in one of the official languages of Canada; meet the general eligibility requirements; and be present, authorized to work and working in Canada at the time of your application to be eligible for residency under these programs. They must also reside in any Canadian province other than Quebec.
“These new policies will help those with temporary status plan for their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us better rebuild the country,” Mendicino said in a press release. “Our message to you is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are long-lasting and we want you to stay.”