TR to PR pathway closing November 5

Shelby Thevenot
Published: November 3, 2021

The deadline to apply for the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR to PR) pathways will not be extended.

The Canadian government website confirms that intake will close on November 5. New applications will not be accepted, but those who previously applied will still be able to sign in to the online portal and view their submission.

Originally launched May 6, the TR to PR programs were created to provide immigration options to essential workers, international student graduates, and French speakers.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aimed to admit 90,000 immigrants through the English programs alone, but it might fall short even with applications from the French streams included.

There are currently more than 13,000 spots available for essential workers in healthcare jobs in the English stream. Unlike the French streams, the English streams had caps. The stream for international student graduates filled up within 25 hours of opening, and the non-healthcare essential workers' stream closed in July.

IRCC accepted about 7,307 additional international student graduate applications due to a glitch in the system.

For the French streams, the government reports nearly six thousand applied across all three programs, although some of the numbers may account for those who did not intend to apply for the French streams.

All told, Immigration Canada could be tasked with roughly 89,500 applications for these streams, not including the few coming in by mail to accommodate applicants with disabilities.

The programs were created in part to help IRCC land 401,000 new immigrants to Canada in 2021. The strategy was to admit as many temporary residents in Canada as possible, while travel restrictions barred foreign-approved permanent residents from completing their landings up until June.

So far in 2021, Canada has admitted 267,000 immigrants, after admitting more than 45,000 this past September alone.

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