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Canada releases application & document guide for 6 new immigration streams

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On Thursday May 6, 2021, Canada began to accept applications for its 6 new immigration streams for permanent residence. The new program is aimed at landing 90,000 international graduates, health care workers and other essential workers in 2021.

The program is part of the initiatives to reach the federal government target of 401,000 newcomers this year, despite pandemic-related travel restrictions.

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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Canada to give PR to 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in 2021

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FAQs about Canada’s new 2021 PR programs for essential workers, international student

Candidates who qualify for any of the 6 new immigration streams must upload several supporting documents to show proof of qualification. The government has published a guide on the government website with official instructions on how to apply for the new program.

Watch: Canada Immigration Minister hosts live event on 6 new immigration streams

What documents are required for the 6 new immigration streams?

Candidates are required to fill out the following forms from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website:

Candidates should fill out the following forms, if applicable:

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IRCC offers the following tips for filling out the application forms:

  • Make sure you have Adobe Reader 10 or higher and Javascript is turned on. If you have trouble downloading, right-click the link and choose “Save target as…” or “Save link as…”
  • Fill out the forms on your computer instead of by hand. It’s easier and reduces mistakes that can cause delays.
  • Schedule 3 must be filled out on your computer.
  • Fill out, print, sign and date your application forms.

IMM 0008 is a barcode form. You will have to validate it and submit all the pages.

What are the basic eligibility requirements for essential workers?

Applicants must demonstrate the following:

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  1. At least one year of full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in an eligible essential worker or health- care worker within the last 3 years immediately prior to the submission of the application. The one year of work experience must be obtained in one or more of the eligible occupations as follows:
    • Health-Care Workers: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed below.
    • Essential Worker: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed below, or in a combination of occupations in classified as Health-Care Workers or Essential Worker.
  2. Are currently employed in Canada in any occupation at the time that the application for permanent residence is received;
  3. Meet the definition of a worker and held valid work authorization for the period of qualifying Canadian work experience;
  4. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least CLB level4 in English or French in the last 2 years if applying under the foreign national’s program and at least CLB level 4 in French if applying under the French-speaking program;
  5. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  6. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.

In addition to the above criteria, all applicants (and dependent family members) must pass medical and criminal background checks and must not be inadmissible to Canada.

What are the basic eligibility requirements for international students?

Applicants must demonstrate the following:

  1. Graduated from a program of study from a Designated Learning Institution in Canada after January 2017 that was at least 8 months in duration,
  2. Obtained one of the following credentials from the Designated Learning Institution:
    • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate);
    • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade; or
    • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met:
      • For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in duration and the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
      • For the DVS and AVS, each program of study must be at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in duration.
        • When combining one AVS with one DVS, the length of the AVS may be less than 900 hours if the combined length is at least 1,800 hours.
  3. Held a valid study permit throughout their education in Canada;
  4. Be currently employed in Canada with a valid work authorization to work
  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least CLB level 5 in English or French in the last 2 years if applying under the foreign national’s program and at least CLB level 5 in French if applying under the French-speaking program;
  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.

In addition to the above criteria, all applicants (and dependent family members) must pass medical and criminal background checks and must not be inadmissible to Canada.

Check your eligibility with the government’s eligibility tool

For candidates convenience, IRCC has made available an eligibility tool on the government webpage. This tool will allow you to select any of the 6 new immigration streams that you want to apply for, and see the detailed eligibility requirements for each stream.

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