Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that beginning 6th May, they would accept invitations for SIX New Immigration Programs. This initiative is to help international students, temporary workers, and French Speakers to apply for a PR and make their journey easier.  

The program is open till 5th November 2021 and has already seen an influx of applications as this is a first come first serve program. There are a total of 90,000 slots open and unlimited acceptance of French Speaking applicants. Understanding these programs can be a little daunting, you can reach out to Toronto Immigration Lawyer at any time for any confusion related to Immigration queries. 

Breakdown of Streams and Number of Immigration Spots:

The six new streams that have been opened are:

  • 3 streams for both English and French Speakers
  • 3 streams specifically for French Speakers

General Streams

Stream: Health care workers in Canada

           Number of Applications: 20,000

           Number of applications submitted: 2,230*

          *Last updated: 30-06-2021

Stream: Essential workers in Canada (Non-Healthcare)

           Number of Applications: 30,000

           Number of applications submitted: 17,978*

          *Last updated: 30-06-2021

Stream: International Graduates from a Canadian Institution

           Number of Applications: 40,000

           Number of applications submitted: Maximum number of applications reached

French-Speaking Streams

Stream: Health care workers in Canada (French-Speaking)

           Number of Applications: Unlimited

           Number of applications submitted: 51*

          *Last updated: 30-06-2021

Stream: French-Speaking Essential workers in Canada (Non-Healthcare)

           Number of Applications: Unlimited

           Number of applications submitted: 546*

          *Last updated: 30-06-2021

Stream: International Graduates from a Canadian Institution (French-Speaking)

           Number of Applications: Unlimited

           Number of applications submitted: 469*

          *Last updated: 30-06-2021

Criteria and Eligibility for the Six New Immigration Programs

Essential Workers in Health Care

  • There are 40 eligible occupations and you must be employed in one of them at the time of application.
  • You can only be self-employed if you are a fee-for-service with the authority (healthcare) or a doctor.
  • Full-time Canadian work experience of 1 year in the last 3 years must be accumulated at the time of application.  
  • Achieve a CLB score of at least 4 in English or French in a Language Proficiency Test.
  • You are planning to live in any Canadian province except Quebec.

International Graduates

  • You need to graduate from a Designated Learning Institution (post-secondary), not before January 2017 at the time of submitting your application.
  • You must be working when you apply and should not be self-employed as that would not be considered. 
  • Applicants who have completed their graduation in Quebec must be living in another province at the time of application. 
  • Score CLB 5 or higher in English or French. The Language Proficiency Test is necessary. 

Essential Non-Healthcare Workers

  • Hold current employment in Canada
  • In the past 3 years, you must accumulate at least 1 year of full-time work experience in Canada
  • You must not be self-employed
  • Out of the 95 eligible job profiles under the program, you must have a job offer from one of them
  • You should have living arrangements in any other province except Quebec
  • You should score a minimum of CLB for in English or French when appearing for the Language Proficiency Test

French-Speaking Essential Healthcare Workers

  • Hold employment in one of the 40 eligible health care occupations
  • Should have accumulated a minimum of 1-year experience in the last 3 years at the time of application
  • You should be registered as a fee-for-service with a healthcare authority or be a doctor. You cannot be self-employed
  • Score a minimum of CLB 5 or more in English or French when you appear for the Language Proficiency Test
  • You cannot live in Quebec. You are allowed to live in any other territory or province in Canada

French-Speaking International Graduates

  • You must be working in Canada and currently employed at the time of your application.
  • Applicant must have graduated at a post-secondary level from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), not before 2017.
  • You need to take a Language Proficiency Test in French and get CLB 5 or more
  • You must have arrangements to live in any other territory or province other than Quebec

French-Speaking Essential Non-Healthcare Workers

  • You must be working and currently employed in Canada at the time of application
  • You must have an accumulation of full-time work experience of at least 1 year in the last 3 years at the time of application
  • Your job offer must be from one of the 95 eligible jobs for this program
  • You must not be self-employed
  • Plans to live in Quebec will not be entertained. You can choose to stay in any other part of Canada
  • In a Language Proficiency Test, you must appear for French and score a CLB of 5 or higher

What is the Timeline of Application Processing for the New Programs?

There is no set timeline provided by IRCC as of now as to how long it will take to process the new applications. However, these programs have been dubbed as ‘accelerated’ pathways to immigrating to Canada. The ideology behind launching these programs is to help International Students and Essential Workers become an integrated part of society so they can assist with the Economic Recovery post-Covid-19. It is highly possible that IRCC will expedite the application process for these specially launched new immigration programs.  Toronto is one of the top destinations for immigration and such programs are making it all the more inviting and open to help workers and students make this country their own.

Contact Toronto Immigration Lawyer Today for Immigration Questions and Solutions

The programs can seem a little confusing at first as all of them require different criteria and eligibility. In order to get a proper assessment and figure out which plan applies to you the most, contact us at Immigration Lawyer of Toronto to take out the ambiguity.

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  • Amandeep kaur says:

    Hi there, I missed my chance for international graduate stream as I was not having my language test that time. I am working as a food service supervisor at Tim Hortons for since October 2019. Do I have any opportunity for TR to PR. Thank you.

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