New Canadian Immigration Programs Help People Become Permanent Residents
On April 14, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced six new innovative Canadian immigration programs or pathways to permanent residence for essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. Through the six new programs up to 90,000 temporary residents in Canada may become permanent residents.
Consequently, these new immigration programs target essential workers, international students, and French speakers. The new programs will launch on May 6 and will accept applications until November 5, 2021, or until the program quota is reached. The immigration lawyers at Kahane Law Office help with these and all immigration related matters.
When To Apply For The New Canadian Immigration Programs
You can apply for the new Canadian immigration programs as of May 6, 2021. To qualify, you must submit your application before November 5, 2021, or before the maximum numbers of applications is received, whichever comes first.
How Many Applications Does Each Program Accept?
As expected, there is an intake cap for these new Canadian immigration programs. The government has imposed limits on the numbers of applications that will be accepted. For example,
Under essential workers’ program Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will accept up to 50,000 application.
- for temporary workers in 40 health care occupations the quota is 20,000.
- for temporary workers in 95 other essential services occupations the quota is 30,000.
Finally, under the International graduates’ program, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will accept 40,000 applicants.
To support Francophone immigration and French communities outside Quebec, there is no maximum number of applications for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. Consequently, if you speak French or are bilingual, we encourage you to apply.
What Are The New Canadian Immigration Programs?
The new Canadian immigration program contains several sub-programs. These help people in many types of situations. For example, the program includes a Permanent Residence pathway for:
- Essential workers in healthcare;
- French-speaking international student graduates;
- Essential workers in other occupations;
- French-speaking essential workers in healthcare;
- International student graduates; and lastly
- French-speaking essential workers in other occupations.
Who Is Eligible For The New Pathways?
Essentially, two main categories exist under the new Canadian immigration programs. For example, these categories include:
Essential foreign workers must:
Firstly, under the essential workers program, people must:
- have completed at least one (1) year of Canadian full-time work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation in the three (3) years preceding the date when the government receives the application for permanent residence;
- be employed in Canada in any occupation at the time that the application for permanent residence is received;
- intend to reside outside of the province of Quebec
- demonstrate English- or French-language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4 (CLB 4); and lastly
- no be inadmissible under the Acts and Regulations.
International graduates must:
Secondly, under the international graduates program, people must:
- have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017;
- have a job in Canada with at valid permit or authorization at the time the government receives the application for permanent residence;
- intend to reside outside of the province of Quebec;
- demonstrate English- or French-language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 5 (CLB 4); and lastly
- no be inadmissible under the Acts and Regulations.
Do The Programs Allow Special Considerations For French Language Speakers?
French-language speakers will be eligible to apply through their own distinct pathways. These include programs identical in every way of the pathway for essential workers and international graduate but exempt from the quotas. The new Canadian immigration programs make things easier for individuals fluent in the French language.
Are Dependent Family Members Eligible To Become Permanent Residents?
In-Canada family members of a principal applicant who applies for permanent residence under any of these new programs remain eligible to be granted permanent residence if they meet the following conditions: They
- are living in Canada;
- have been included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence by a principal applicant;
- meet the definition of a “family member” in subsection 1(3) of the Immigration Regulations; and lastly
- are not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations;
Are Family Members Residing Abroad Eligible To Apply For Permanent Residence?
Unfortunately, your family member residing abroad may not apply for any of the streams. However, they may be eligible for permanent residence if they meet the following conditions:
- they include the family member as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence by a principal applicant under one the new programs;
- the individuals meet the definition of family member in subsection 1(3) of the Regulations; and lastly
- they are not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations.
How Kahane Law Helps With The New Canadian Immigration Programs
We encourage people to apply under the new Canadian immigration programs. If you are an essential worker with one year of Canadian work experience, an international graduate or a French-language speaker who want to remain in Canada and become a permanent resident of Canada, please call us at 403-225-8810 or 1-877-225-8817. Finally, we encourage emails. This allows us to respond to you with even more information. To email us please use this direct email link.
The lawyers at Kahane Law Office have the experience to give you and your family the advice needed to successfully secure a permanent resident through one these new programs and live permanently in Canada.
The content on this article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute specific legal or professional advice of any kind.