The PR Pathway for International Graduates, launched on May 6, 2021, along with 5 other PR pathways reached its intake limit within 25 hours of being introduced. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC), recently revealed that the department accepted way more applicants than intended. The IRCC received 7,307 additional applications for the PR pathway.
The 6 new PR pathways were launched to facilitate the immigration of French and non-French speaking international graduates and foreign workers. These immigration pathways are to be operational until November 5, 2021, or until their intake cap has been reached.
What Does the IRCC Plan to Do With the Additional Applications?
According to the IRCC, the additional applications were accepted due to a technical error with the electronic system. The system was keeping track of the number of applications received by using a live counter that displays the number. However, the system mistook applications being submitted simultaneously as only one application. Therefore, if two applicants hit the send button at the same time, their application was counted as one by the system.