New Immigration Pathway: Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident

New Immigration Pathway: Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident

Your Guide to Canada’s new pathway for Essential Workers!

  • Understanding the new pathway
  • Eligibility
  • Occupation Requirements

Understanding the New Immigration Pathway

The coronavirus pandemic affected the economies of many countries around the world including Canada.

If you are a Temporary Resident in Canada, this applies to you!

In April, 2021 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pathway towards Permanent Resident (PR) status for temporary workers in Canada who are essential workers. Temporary workers in Canada would be able to apply for PR status and qualified applicants would be granted exemption for some PR requirements in this pathway.

The coronavirus pandemic affected the economies of many countries around the world including Canada. The government of Canada recognizes that it may take time to rebuild the economy in many industries. This program is designed to help temporary workers and international graduates remain in Canada to help rebuild its essential sectors.

The pandemic has caused some immigration processing centers in Canada to temporarily close. Due to the extensive processing delays that IRCC has experienced across every stream of immigration, this pathway has been created to accelerate the processing of applications for essential workers and recent graduates who are considered valuable to Canada’s recovery from the pandemic.

This is what Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honorable Marco E.L. Mendicino had to say:

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting- and we want you to stay.”

The program is accepting applicants under 6 streams:

The Following 3 Streams Accept both English & French-Speaking Applicants:

  • Healthcare stream: 20, 000 applicants
  • Other essential occupations: 30, 000 applicants (full)
  • International students who graduated from a Canadian institution: 40, 000 applicants (full)

The Following 3 Streams Accept French-Speaking Applicants:

  • Healthcare stream: Unlimited
  • Other essential occupations: Unlimited
  • International students who graduated from a Canadian institution: Unlimited 

A total of 90,000 foreign national temporary workers and international students can potentially be admitted through this stream of immigration. The program will close on November 5th, 2021 or until the limit is reached.

Eligibility for New Essential Workers Pathway

Priority is given to those who work in the healthcare field

Find out if you qualify!

Remember, this program is aimed at foreign nationals who already have temporary resident status and are actively working in the healthcare or essential sectors. A large number of spots are also available for recent international graduates of a Canadian institution.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be employed in Canada at the time of applying
  • Not be self employed
  • Live in Canada with valid temporary resident status
  • Be physically in Canada
  • Must be admissible to Canada
  • Be residing in a province other than Quebec

Applicants who are inadmissible to Canada for any legal, criminal or medical reason cannot be considered for this program.

Note: Visit the Government of Canada website or contact Cohen Brosh Law Offices for more information on the full pathway eligibility requirements and restrictions.

What are the Occupation Requirements?

All temporary workers applying for PR through this stream must have at least 1 year of full-time Canadian work experience either in health-care or another part of the essential sector.

Valid Non-healthcare Essential Occupations

  • Sales Support (cashiers, service station attendants, shelf stockers etc.)
  • Industrial, electrical and construction workers
  • Transport and heavy equipment’s operation (bus drivers, taxi drivers, delivery and courier service drivers)

Visit the Government of Canada website for full list of non-healthcare essential occupations.

The new Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway for essential workers gives temporary workers and recent graduates a chance to receive permanent residence for their contributions to Canada’s economy and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority in this program is given to those who work in the healthcare field, especially in hospitals and long-term care homes. This pathway gives eligible foreign nationals a chance to receive their status without waiting through the processing delays that the other streams of immigration are experiencing.

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