Tomorrow, May 6 candidates from across Canada will have the chance to apply to become permanent residents. Last month, the government announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.
“They are already hard at work in some of the most important sectors of our economy,” the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said today. “They have what they need to thrive, and we want them to stay.”
This is coming in recognition of the immense contribution that immigrants have made to fight the pandemic by opening new avenues for them to acquire permanent residence. The special public policies which will grant PR status to temporary workers and international graduates already in the country.
This will affect the over 90,000 essential temporary international workers who possess the skills and experience needed to fight the pandemic and are serving in hospitals, long-term care homes and other essential sectors.
This special public policy will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.
To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible post-secondary program in Canada within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017.
Under all streams of this temporary pathway, applicants must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec to qualify.
This new pathway to permanent residence recognizes Canada’s need for educated and experienced workers toward economic recovery. It also acknowledges the extraordinary service of so many essential workers during the pandemic, many of whom are newcomers but have played critical roles as we fight COVID-19.
Resources for Permanent Resident Pathway