The Canadian government may extend the deadline for the new PR Pathways introduced earlier this year on May 6, 2021. The new PR Pathways were introduced to offer temporary foreign workers in healthcare and other essential occupations and international graduates a chance to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The government may also open these pathways to refugee claimants, Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino informed in an interview on October 21, 2021.
What Are the New PR Pathways?
The following six new permanent residences (PR) pathways were introduced by the Canadian government on May 6, 2021:
- Two PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in Healthcare and Essential Non-Healthcare
- Two PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in French-Speaking Healthcare Workers and Essential Non-Healthcare
- Two PR Pathways for French-Speaking and Non-French-Speaking International Graduates
The PR Pathways for French-speaking applicants do not have an application cap. However, the PR Pathway for non-French speaking applicants have the following visa cap:
- 20,000 applications for temporary foreign workers in healthcare
- 30,000 applications for temporary foreign workers in essential occupations
- 40,000 applications for eligible international graduates
The PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Healthcare and Essential Non-Healthcare has a visa cap of 20,000 applicants. Until now, more than 14,000 spots in this stream remain unfilled ahead of its November 5 deadline.