New pathways

New PR options for certain foreign nationals

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f you are a foreign national already in Canada, with legal status or eligible to restore your status, a set of new initiatives outlined in Temporary Public Public Policies issued by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on April 13 may be your pathway to permanent residence (PR). These initiatives started on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021. These pathways will allow some 90,000 foreign nationals to “land” in Canada as new Canadians. There are three pathways, encompassing individuals with varying backgrounds and work experience in “essential” occupations, as well as recently graduated international students who are currently employed. It is anticipated that the international students category will see an overwhelming response and reach its cap within days. For the other categories where preparation is also required, UCIC can provide guidance, advice and assistance to potential applicants who may find the process complicated and challenging.

Applicants are required to personally apply through a special portal that to receive applications under these policies. Applicants l have to provide personalized information (of themselves and dependents, if applicable) and upload evidence at the same time, in order to submit a complete application. Contact us if you need assistance in preparing your documents and forms, and in the submission process.

The common factors for applicants in all three streams are:

  1. You must already be in Canada, and still be at the time your application is submitted and when it is approved;
  2. You must have legal temporary status, or be eligible to have that status restored; (contact us if you need help on restoring your status);
  3. You must be currently working in a particular occupation. (Details for each of the two pathways for workers are available. Contact us for clarification and to determine if your current occupation is eligible.)
  4. You must have taken either an IELTS or a CELPIP test and achieved the requisite level. (Different pathways require different levels; contact us to clarify). Language test reports must be valid.
  5. You must have at least one year of work experience, or the equivalent in part time employment, in the specific occupation for which you are going to rely on in your application. Self-employment does not count, unless you are a medical doctor.
  6. You must intend to work anywhere in Canada, except in the province of Quebec;
  7. You must be admissible to Canada (contact us to explain what this means, if you are unsure of your admissibility)
  8. You must submit the application in the prescribed method, per the temporary policy and the IRCC.

Family members who are already in Canada with the principal applicant may be included in the application; family members outside Canada may be included in the application of the principal applicant. All dependents included in a principal applicant’s application must meet the definition of “family member” per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). All conditions of admissibility must be met by all dependents of the principal applicant.

The pathways

International students who graduated after December 2016;

Intake: 40,000 applicants

Applicants must be currently working in an “essential” occupation and must have obtained their credentials from a designated learning institution, including those similarly designated in Quebec, no earlier than January 2017. Studies must have led to a post secondary degree, diploma, certificate or skilled trade.

Studies include skilled trades in the following categories:

  • Major group 72 Industrial, Electrical and Construction Trades
  • Major Group 73 Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades
  • Major Group 82 Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 92 Processing , manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central central operators
  • Minor Group 632 Chefs and Cooks
  • Minor Group 633 Butchers and Bakers

Foreign Nationals with recent Canadian work experience in essential occupations

There are specific rules related to this pathway which is divided into two streams each with a cap on its intake. Work experience eligibility:

Stream A (40 Health Related Occupations)

Intake: 20,000 applicants

Work Experience eligibility: At least one year work experience in any one or more than one occupation in Stream A only. Applicants with at least one year full-time (30 hours per week minimum) work experience or the equivalent over two years in one or several of the following occupations,

  • Nurses, physicians, chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dieticians, etc.;
  • Psychologists, counsellors, social workers, health policy researchers, home support workers etc.;

Stream B (Other Essential Occupations)

Intake 30,000 applicants

Work experience eligibility: Applicants with at least one year full-time (30 hours per week minimum) work experience or the equivalent over two years in one or several of the following occupations, or a combination of experience in occupations in Stream A and Stream B. Work experience must have been acquired within the past three years of submitting the application.

  • Major Unit Group 66  – Sales support occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
  • Major Unit Group 74 – Other repairers, installers and servicers and material handlers;
  • Major Unit Group 75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 76 – Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
  • Minor Unit Groups 151 – Mail and message distribution occupations;
  • Minor Unit Groups 652 – Retail salesperson
  • Minor Unit Groups 673 – Cleaners
  • Minor Unit Groups 843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers
  • Minor Unit Groups 844 – Other workers in fishing, hunting and trapping occupations
  • Minor Unit Groups 946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • Plus 16 other four digit NOC code occupations including elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, home child care providers, labourers in food and beverage processing, customer service representatives and security guards.   (contact us for more information)

French-speaking foreign workers

Intake: No Cap on applicants in health-related and essential occupations

There are some rules governing the application of work experience to meet the criteria for this pathway. Occupations are divided into two:

Annex A  (40 Health Related Occupations)
  • Nurses, physicians, chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapists etc.;
  • Psychologists, counsellors, social workers, health policy researchers, home support workers etc.;
Annex B Other Essential Occupations
  • Major Unit Group 66  – Sales support occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
  • Major Unit Group 74 – Other repairers, installers and servicers and material handlers;
  • Major Unit Group 75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 76 – Trades helpers, Construction labourers and related occupations;
  • Major Unit Group 86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
  • Minor Unit Groups 151 – Mail and message distribution occupations;
  • Minor Unit Groups 652 – Retail salesperson
  • Minor Unit Groups 673 – Cleaners
  • Minor Unit Groups 843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers
  • Minor Unit Groups 844 – Other workers in fishing, hunting and trapping occupations
  • Minor Unit Groups 946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing