Temporary Immigration Pathway for Foreign Nationals in Canada with Essential Occupation

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The government of Canada has set a target of 401,000 admissions of new permanent residents by 2021 as part of their Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. Due to the border restrictions, there has been a challenge taking in new permanent residents from overseas, that is why the government of Canada is setting their focus on foreign individuals who already have working experience in Canada and are highly contributing their abilities and skills to the labour market. 

Although these foreign workers with experience in critical occupations have extraordinary contributions to the country’s economy, there is still a possible difficulty in qualifying as an eligible applicant for permanent residency.

In line with this, Canada launched last April 14, 2021, a public policy for foreign nationals, outside of Quebec, who have recent Canadian work experience in essential occupations, a temporary immigration pathway. The public policy was declared to enable the permanent residence for these individuals and for Canada to be able to stabilize their much-needed workforce to recover from the pandemic and for the future.

This update came from the recently published policies and technical briefing for immigration practitioners which was hosted by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The public policy is mainly for foreign nationals having at least a year of work experience in Canada with an essential occupation. Find out here in Annex A and Annex B (insert link) if your work experience is part of the essential occupation list. The pandemic has resulted in the need to fill more certain essential occupations. 

If you are a foreign national, outside of Quebec, contributing to Canada’s economy, this could be a new way for you towards permanent residency. Eligible applicants may start processing their application this May 6, 2021, through November 5, 2021, or until all slots are filled. To know more about the eligibility requirements and the applicable fees needed in processing the application for permanent residence, click here.

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