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New permanent residence pathway to canada international students

The Honorable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an innovative new permanent residence pathway for over 90,000 essential workers and canada international students who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.

These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and canada international students who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.

Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

  • 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
  • 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
  • 40,000 applications for canada international students from a Canadian institution

The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents will be admitted under these 3 streams.    

To promote Canada’s official languages, 3 additional streams with no intake caps have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. Communities across Canada benefit from French-speaking and bilingual newcomers, and this pathway will contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.

One New International Student Pathway Requirements

The international student must:

  1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada.
  2. Have been granted a degree, diploma, certificate or attestation on completion of a program that leads to a skilled trade.
  3. Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
  4. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work pursuant to the Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed.
  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas.
  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  8. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy.
  9. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means.
  10. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations.

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