Immigration Application Guidelines for New Paths to Permanent Residence

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At the end of May, 2021, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada provided further guidelines that offer more help in understanding whether a person qualifies for the new paths to Permanent Residence. The Immigration Minister has indicated that the quotas for the new streams may be adjusted.

This criteria must be met to qualify under any of the streams:

  • Legal status as a temporary resident

    • Applicants must be present in Canada and have legal status as a temporary resident.

  • Current and qualifying work experience

    • Applicants must be working to qualify for these streams. The work can be in any occupation category. Additionally, essential workers must have work experience in Canada with a minimum of 1560 hours in an eligible NOC code in the three years PRIOR to their application.

  • Eligible Education

    • Study must have been completed at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution. Applicants must have graduated with credentials no earlier than January, 2017.

  • Proficiency in English or French

    • A Canadian Language Benchmark of 4 is needed for essential workers. A Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 is needed for international graduates.

  • Intent to reside in any province with the exception of Quebec

These additional guidelines will help immigration staff and applicants alike understand the requirements for Permanent Residence in Canada under the new immigration streams.

Express Entry Applicants in the First Part of 2021

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The Government of Canada uses the Express Entry system to process applications from skilled workers for Permanent Residence in Canada. The Provincial Nominee Program is for workers who have the education and experience to live in a specific province and contribute to its economy, and apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

At the end of May, 2021, Canada issued invitations to 500 Express Entry applicants to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. The Express Entry applicants had a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program. The score for this group of applicants dropped 39 points from the last time it was done. Applicants had to submit their Express Entry applications before April 6, 2021.

In the first part of 2021, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has invited more than 68,000 Express Entry applicants to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Since travel and immigration are restricted due to the pandemic, Canada is inviting applicants who are already in the country to apply for Permanent Residence. Canada has a goal of welcoming large numbers of immigrants for the next few years.

Immigration to Canada and the Pandemic

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What effect did the pandemic have on immigration to Canada? A significant one.

Permanent Residence, refugee, and family admissions were all substantially less than prior to the pandemic. Skilled workers and skilled trades weren’t considered for immigration at the beginning of the pandemic.

Temporary worker admissions were also down. Considering the importance of these workers, Canada took and is taking steps to support this group.

Since immigrants add greatly to the public revenue and help compensate for an aging population with more retirees, Canada needs and plans to admit more immigrants over the coming years.

Here are some ways to help Canada’s immigration, suggested by the Conference Board of Canada:

  • provide paths for immigrants to receive job offer(s)

  • provide help for economic immigrants

  • provide for more family and refugee admissions

  • provide for regions that don’t receive many immigrants to welcome more

  • provide ways that help more immigrants financially

  • provide settlement services

Things are changing for the better for immigrants in 2021. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is processing Permanent Residence applications for those immigrants already in Canada. As vaccinations continue and the pandemic has less of a grip on Canada and the world, there will be more immigrants accepted into Canada as the country works to meet its immigration goals.

A Visitor in Canada and Extending Your Stay

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There may be reasons you want to extend your stay as a visitor in Canada. Whatever the reason, here’s what you need to know to extend your stay in the country.

A visitor visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) allows a visitor to Canada to stay for up to six (6) months. At the end of this time, a person no longer has legal status in Canada and must leave the country.

Tourists, international students, and temporary foreign workers are examples of people who are granted a TRV. The TRV is an official document to be used alongside a passport. It certifies you have met the requirements to be a temporary resident in Canada.

To extend your stay in Canada as a visitor, you may apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for a visitor record. If your current visitor visa or TRV expires while you are waiting for your application for a visitor record to be processed, you may stay in the country under “maintained status”. The visitor record will have an expiry date on it. You must leave the country by this new date or apply for another visitor extension.

If your visitor status expires, you may be able to restore your visitor status if you continue to meet the requirements.

A person may visit Canada for various reasons and needs to have the legal documentation to do so.

Large Number of Immigrants Applying under New Permanent Residence Paths

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada began accepting applications for its six new paths or streams to Permanent Residence beginning at noon Eastern time on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The six new streams to immigration and Permanent Residence in Canada include:

  • Temporary health care workers (20,000 applications)

  • Temporary essential workers (30,000 applications)

  • International graduates from Canadian schools (40,000 applications)

  • Temporary health care workers – French or bilingual (no cap)

  • Temporary essential workers – French or bilingual (no cap)

  • International graduates from Canadian schools – French or bilingual (no cap)

Within 25 hours of the new streams being open, the International Graduate – English-speaking stream had filled its quota for immigration applications. There may have been several reasons some may not have been able to apply under this stream including the large number of international graduates in Canada, not having an English language proficiency test, not being employed at the time, or a technical glitch in submitting a payment receipt.

So, what does this mean for potential immigrants, and what should immigrants do now?

  • Some applications will likely be rejected, which may lead to new applications being accepted

  • Some people may have applied to two streams, which again may lead to new applications being accepted

  • More immigrants may be needed within Canada to fill immigration quotas given the pandemic

  • Immigration numbers and plans are flexible

  • Get documentation and English language proficiency test results ready

  • Look at other immigration paths or streams such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs

There are multiple paths to Permanent Residence in Canada.

How the Canadian Federal Budget 2021 affects Immigration

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The new Canadian federal budget 2021 outlines several new points that will affect immigration. These budget inclusions aim to change immigration for the better.

The main points affecting immigration that are highlighted in the budget are:

  • Modernizing IT infrastructure

  • Reforming Express Entry program

  • Adding to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

  • Supporting immigrant women

  • Paths to Permanent Residence

Almost $430 million is to be invested by the federal government to upgrade and modernize its IT infrastructure. This will include the Global Case Management System which handles immigration applications. This allows for better handling and processing of high volumes of immigration applications which are expected in the near future. It will also allow for improved security measures that are needed in today’s world.

The federal government plans to make changes to the Express Entry system for immigrants. The Express Entry system is the main way that Canada selects immigrants under the economic stream for entry and includes about one-fourth of all immigrants to Canada. The government intends to give the Immigration Minister more say over which immigrants are chosen for immigration to Canada. Immigrants will be selected based on who can best support the needs of the Canadian economy and labour market.

Over the next three years, the federal government plans to spend an additional $110 million on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This will help support vulnerable foreign workers and increase inspections. They will also help some workers get open work permits.

The federal government plans to spend an additional $15 million over the next two years to continue funding programs to help immigrant women. These women sometimes face obstacles to employment. Lack of English or French skills, work experience, child care, or discrimination are a few of these. These programs can help women gain employment in Canada.

The new paths to Canadian Permanent Residence are also mentioned in the federal budget. This new program provides essential workers and international graduates with new ways to obtain Permanent Residence in Canada.

The Canadian federal budget 2021 includes several points that outline support for immigration to Canada.

New Paths to Permanent Residence in Canada Open May 6

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will begin accepting applications for its six new paths to Permanent Residence beginning at noon Eastern time on Thursday, May 6.

Once on the application portal, candidates will be assessed for eligibility under the new paths for immigration. There will be online forms to complete and documents to submit, depending on the application path.

The six new paths to immigration and Permanent Residence in Canada include:

  • Temporary health care workers (20,000 applications)

  • Temporary essential workers (30,000 applications)

  • International graduates from Canadian schools (40,000 applications)

  • Temporary health care workers – French or bilingual (no cap)

  • Temporary essential workers – French or bilingual (no cap)

  • International graduates from Canadian schools – French or bilingual (no cap)

These new options for immigrants will help Canada fight the pandemic and aid in economic recovery for the country. It will also help meet immigration goals since travel restrictions are still in place.

Immigrants who are interested are encouraged to investigate these opportunities further and look at Permanent Residence in Canada.

Credential Assessments for Canada

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An immigrant who wants to come to Canada may need to have their credentials assessed. Immigrating as a skilled worker, to work in certain trades, or to study in certain fields means needing to evaluate how work or study measure up to Canadian standards.

Credentials such as education, work experience, and professional certifications need to be assessed to see if they meet the standards in Canada. For instance, a lawyer or nurse in one country might be required to take courses or work for a certain period of time to be able to practice their profession. But, that same lawyer or nurse, in order to practice in Canada, might be required to take different courses or meet other professional requirements not required by an immigrant in their country. The same applies to an educational assessment. Courses that are required and length of study could be quite different for an immigrant in their country from what Canada requires to graduate from a particular course of study.

There are benefits to having credentials assessed, such as:

  • proving to an educational institution or prospective employer what an immigrant is qualified to do or has learned through study

  • understanding jobs in Canada that an immigrant might be qualified to do

  • evaluating credentials against standards in Canada

  • finding out if an immigrant needs more or different training or work experience

An immigrant will need to gather their documents and consult a Canadian government-approved agency to have their credentials assessed. The process will likely take some time and money, so it’s a good idea to check what is needed and start the process early.

Language Skills and Immigration to Canada

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There are two official languages in Canada—English and French. English is the main language in most of the country. French is the main language in Quebec. Which language one communicates in has a lot to do with where one resides in Canada. Official documents and services are offered in both languages in Canada.

An immigrant will need to be able to communicate in one or both of these languages in order to get a job, study, access services, talk to people in communities, or/and become a Canadian citizen. Regulated jobs and trades may require more language skills than immigration. Fluency in English or French, including phrases and expressions unique to Canada, is important to functioning in Canadian society.

An immigrant may want to take a language class to improve their language skills. English as a second language is an example of one such class. Governments across Canada fund language classes, or an immigrant can pay for their own private classes. There are also language tests available so an immigrant can prove their language ability for a job, school, or immigration purposes. Tests are available to evaluate English and French language skills.

It is a good idea to strengthen language skills to be able to communicate in jobs, schools, and communities in Canada.

Language Test and Documentation for Canadian Permanent Residence Application

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On May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will begin accepting applications from workers and students in several categories for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Documentation needs to be gathered for the application. One of the requirements for the application, and most paths to Permanent Residence in Canada, is language proficiency. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards and include 12 levels of ability in the English language. Skills are evaluated in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

A test to prove these skills must be taken to submit with the rest of the documentation for the application. For essential workers, a Canadian Language Benchmark of 4 is required. For international graduates from a Canadian school, a benchmark of 5 is required.

A language test must be taken from an agency approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The test cannot be more than 2 years old when the application is received. Pricing varies for a language test.

It is important to schedule and take the language test and get all other documentation required for the application for Permanent Residence in Canada.