Canada is opening up immigration pathways

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Canada is opening up immigration pathways to essential workers, international students, and French speakers who are living in the country.

On April 14, Canada announced that it is launching six new immigration programs to make it easier to become permanent residents for those already in Canada.

In total, 90 000 spots will be available under the program:
• 20,000 spots for temporary workers in healthcare.
• 30,000 spots for temporary workers in other essential occupations.
• 40,000 spots for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution.

NoteThere will be an unlimited number of spots available for French-speaking candidates!
The program will open on May 6, 2021. It will only be open for a limited amount of time until November 5, 2021, or until the maximum number of applications have been submitted, whichever comes first.
Requirements for international graduates
You are eligible for this program if:

  • You graduated from a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI) after January 2017 and before you submit your application.
  • Your program was no less than eight months in duration.
  • You are living in Canada on valid temporary status or eligible for restoration of status.
  • You are legally working in Canada at the time of your application.
  • You have a valid (!) IELTS General / CELPIP / NCLC test - at least “5” in all proficiencies.

In other words, even if you have recently graduated from the Canadian DLI, have just started working and have a valid English or French test, you are eligible and can apply for this program!
Requirements for workers:

  • At least 1 year of full-time employment eligible full-time work experience within the three years leading up to your application.
  • You have to be employed in any occupation at the time of your application (you cannot be self-employed unless you are a medical doctor in a fee-for-service with a health authority).
  • The minimum language requirement is a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French in all proficiencies.
  • You have to be living in Canada on valid temporary status, or be eligible for restoration of status.
  • You have to be destined for any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec.

Which workers can immigrate under this program?
Healthcare workers
There are 40 eligible occupations for this program, which include nurses, physicians, and pharmacists. There are also some social work-related occupations. Veterinarians are not eligible for this pathway.
Essential workers in other occupations
There are 95 eligible occupations, which include retail salespersons, general farmworkers, and construction trades labourers, among others.

Find the complete list of the eligible occupations here

IMPORTANT: Most likely, spots on this program will be taken very fast, so it is crucial to react quickly and apply in the first days of its opening!

If you are eligible for this program, we can offer our professional help, review your case and accompany you at all stages of the process.

To request a private consultation with Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant Galina Vladimirova, send us an email to