Are you an international graduate who wants to transition to permanent residence in Canada? The Canadian government launched 6 new immigration streams for foreign workers in healthcare and other essential occupations and international students on May 6, 2021.
These streams also include immigration pathways exclusively for French-speaking applicants. Temporary foreign workers employed as essential workers played an important role in Canada’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since one of the main objectives of immigration is to ensure the development of minority language communities outside of Quebec, these immigration pathways were introduced to ensure that Canada meets its objectives for its immigration levels target in 2021.
The PR Pathways for French-Speaking and Non-French Speaking International Graduates was also launched on May 6, 2021, with a visa cap of 40,000 new immigrants for the non-French speaking applicants and no visa cap for French-speaking applicants. However, due to the high demand among English-speaking international graduates in Canada, the quota for the English-speaking pathway was filled within 25 hours of the stream being launched.
This undoubtedly led to hundreds of international graduates being disappointed as they weren’t able to submit their application due to not having all the documents like an approved language test result or payment receipts, etc. Many complained of a technical glitch on the morning of May 7, 2021. Several others were unable to apply due to being unemployed at the time due to various reasons.
The purpose of this blog post is to remind international graduates to not lose hope as they still have various opportunities to transition to permanent residence in Canada. It is also possible that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may increase the visa cap for the PR Pathway for International Graduates.