The CIC released new guidelines that are meant to help their staff assess applications better both for essential worker and international graduate streams. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada released this program guidelines recently to provide more clarity on the criteria for eligibility of six new programs or streams for permanent residence.
The stream for English-Speaking International Graduates already reached its quota of 40,000 applicants after just one day, but according to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, IRCCC is open to the idea of adjusting the quotas for various streams.
In this post, Bright Immigration, your trusted immigration consultant, shares some information that can help you determine your eligibility for permanent residency under the six new pathways:
Are You Eligible Under the New Pathways?
The two English-speaking streams for essential workers have had more than 11,000 applications so far. Their quota for applications, when combined, is at 50,000.
The three French-speaking streams, on the other hand, have a lower uptake, which in a sense is kind of expected because of the smaller population in Canada of francophones. They are also not subject to quotas. Additionally, if you’re interested, you can submit your application to CIC until November 6.
These are the criteria you need to meet to be approved under the new streams:
- Legal entry into the country and has a status of temporary resident
- Official language proficiency
- Current Work Experience
- Intent to live outside of Quebec
- Meet Education requirement
- Qualified work experience
Legal Entry into Canada with a Temporary Resident Status
All applicants must already be residing in Canada with temporary resident status. They should be physically present in the country during the process of application for permanent residence until CIC approves it. Refugee claimants and others who do not have temporary resident status are not eligible under the new PR streams.
Proficiency in the Official Language
For English, you must pass the International English Language Testing System and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. For French, you must pass the Test d’évaluation de français and the Test de connaissance du français.
Current Work Experience
All applicants should be working to be eligible for the streams they’re applying for. They must be in Canada with any occupation, must be paid either in wages or commission, should have legal documents, and should not be self-employed unless they are a paid medical doctor.
The “currently employed” requirement means you have to be employed at the date of the application submission. You don’t have to stay employed throughout the application process, though. You may also be working full-time or part-time.
Intent to Live Outside of Quebec
The new programs are for applicants who intend to live anywhere in Canada except the province of Quebec.
Qualifying Work Experience
All essential worker applicants should meet these criteria
- Work experience in any eligible NOC or National Occupation Classification for at least 1,560 hours in the last three years before the application
- Authorized to work in Canada
- The work happened in Canada
- Received commission or payment
- Not have been self-employed unless they’re a medical doctor paid by health authorities
International graduates should meet these requirements:
- That the program they completed was taken at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution
- That the applicant completed their Canadian DLI program no earlier than January 2017
- That the applicant has secured a study permit while still enrolled at the DLI
- That the applicant has an eligible credential like a diploma from a program that is related to a skilled trade
- One or more credentials may be accepted if the combined study in the country is equal to a 2-year credential
With these new permanent residence streams, more applicants have a chance to get a PR status in Canada. If this is your first time applying or you’re not that familiar with the process, you should get the help of a reliable Toronto immigration consultant who can guide you every step of the way.
Bright Immigration is an established immigration consultant in Toronto that can help you with your PR application. If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.