Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino hints at the possibility of extending the visa caps of the recently launched PR Pathways for temporary workers in healthcare and non-healthcare occupations and international graduates. The initial visa cap for these streams for English-speaking applicants was 90,000.
He was quoted as saying, “I am open to discussions on whether or not to review the current visa caps.” He also suggested that his department will first assess the initial results of the programs, the quality of the applications received and the time it takes to reach the initial visa cap before deciding on further extensions.
How Have the New PR Pathways Performed Since Being Launched?
The new 6 PR Pathways launched on May 6, 2021, have so far received encouraging responses from the applicants. The two PR Pathways for International Graduates who are French-speaking and non-French-speaking reached its visa cap of inviting 40,000 immigrants in just 25 hours.
The other streams that include the two PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in Healthcare Occupations and Non-Healthcare received only 10,000 applications out of the total visa cap of 50,000. There were even fewer applications filed for the streams launched for French-speaking and bilingual applicants but that can be attributed to these streams not having a visa cap. The two PR Pathways for French-Speaking Temporary Workers In Healthcare Occupations and Non-Healthcare will accept applications till November 5, 2021.