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Key Points 
  • IRCC (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship) has announced new permanent residence pathways for international graduates and in-country essential workers.
  • Eligible foreign nationals may apply between May 6, 2021 and November 5, 2021.
  • IRCC will grant permanent residence to 90,000 applicants. If 90,000 spots fill up before this date, the submission window may close before November 5, 2021.
  • Additional pathway options for bilingual and/or French-speaking foreign nationals will be announced in May 2021. Bilingual and/or French-speaking foreign nationals will not be subject to the 90,000-spot quota.
IRCC has set the following eligibility requirements for this program:
Eligible essential workers:
  • Must have at least one year of Canadian employment under the following occupations:
    • Healthcare workers (all professions linked here);
    • Transportation workers;
    • Cashiers;
    • Contractors (construction, electrical);
    • Additional occupations linked here.
Eligible international graduates:
  • Must have completed a post-secondary educational program in Canada within the last 4 years;
  • Must have completed a post-secondary educational program in Canada no earlier than January 2017.
The Canadian government will accept the following application groupings:
  • 40,000 applications for international graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions;
  • 20,000 applications for temporary healthcare workers;
  • 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other essential industries.
What are the Changes?  
This new pathway program reflects the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 immigration landscape. As global immigration systems relax restrictions, the Canadian government is eager to reignite economic activity. These initiatives bolster that effort.
Looking Ahead 
The Canadian government will continue evaluating immigration programs and pathways. For employers with Canada-bound talent, the national 2021 Immigrations Level Plan is a useful forecasting resource. Additional pathway programs could follow later this year.
Source: IRCC
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