The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada has announced on Wednesday a new pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.
According to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, this grant will be for those who are already in Canada who possess the skills and experience needed to battle the pandemic and aid in economic recovery acceleration.
Health care professionals who are temporary workers employed in hospitals and on the frontlines of other essential sectors are the focus of this special public policy. Also eligible for this grant are international students who have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams on May 6, 2021 and will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until the limits have been reached.
- 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
- 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
- 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution
The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.
– Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
SOURCE: Government of Canada