Canada to offer more immigration pathways to temporary residents
International students, foreign workers, and asylum seekers who are already in Canada may soon get more permanent residence options.
Why this change is necessary
There are two major benefits to offering more PR pathways to existing students, foreign workers, and asylum seekers in Canada:
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino also said that students from other countries are “particularly attractive”because of the combination of having Canadian education, work experience, social and professional networks, and fluency in English and/or French results, which result in quicker labour market integration and high wages in the long term. Because of this, the government is making it easier for them to work in Canada.
For example, Canada is allowing online study at a Canadian designated learning institution between May 2020 and April 2021 to count towards future Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. The PGWP is coveted among international students because it enables them to gain the Canadian work experience they often need to be eligible for a range of economic class immigration programs. These programs include Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and Quebec Experience Program.
What could changes look like?
The minister did not hint at what the changes may entail, but his options may include one or more of the following: