On May 26, IRCC released new program guidelines that offer more clarity on the eligibility criteria for its six new permanent residence programs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched six new permanent residence (PR) streams for essential workers and international graduates earlier this month, on May 6.
The English-speaking International Graduate stream reached its quota of 40,000 applications after one day. However, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has stated IRCC is open to exploring adjusting the quotas under the various streams.
The two English-speaking essential worker streams have had over 11,000 applications submitted. Combined, their quota is 50,000 applications.
The three French-speaking streams have a much lower uptake, although this is expected due to the smaller francophone population in Canada and also because they are not subject to quotas; applicants have until November 6 to make their submissions to IRCC.
The program guidelines issued on IRCC’s website on May 26 are meant to help IRCC staff assess applications submitted under the six PR streams.
The guidelines state that applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be approved under any of the six streams:
IRCC notes that all applicants must be residing in Canada with valid temporary resident status and must be physically present in Canada when the application for permanent residence is received and when IRCC approves the application. Those who do not have temporary resident status in Canada, such as refugee claimants, are not eligible under the six PR streams.
Essential workers need to demonstrate they have obtained a Canadian Language Benchmark score of at least 4 on a language test that is designated by IRCC. International graduates need a score of at least 5. Test options are:
Applicants must be working to be eligible for the streams. IRCC notes the current employment must:
IRCC notes the definition of “currently employed” is the date the application is submitted to IRCC. Applicants do not need to remain employed throughout the processing of the application and their work at the time of their application can be full-time or part-time.
When determining whether an applicant was an employee or self-employed, IRCC officers will consider factors such as:
The six programs are available to applicants who intend to reside anywhere in Canada outside the province of Quebec. IRCC staff are instructed to inform an applicant of their concerns if they are not convinced the applicant intends to reside outside of Quebec.
Essential workers must meet the following criteria:
International graduates must meet the following requirements:
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