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The PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare Occupations Reaches Its Cap

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"On May 6, 2021, Canada launched 6 new immigration pathways for English-speaking temporary workers in healthcare and other non healthcare essential occupations, the same for those same two groups but who are French-speaking and two for international graduates who spoke French and those who don’t."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Jul 29, 2021
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On May 6, 2021, Canada launched 6 new immigration pathways for English-speaking temporary workers in healthcare and other non healthcare essential occupations, these same 2 programs for those who are French-speaking, and two for international graduates who speak French and those who don’t. 

More than two months after the announcement, the Permanent Residency (PR) Pathway for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare Occupations reached its intake cap limit on Jul 16, 2021. 

This is the second PR pathway to meet its intake limit before the deadline set for Nov 5, 2021. The first stream to reach its target was the PR Pathway for International Graduates which was only open for 25 hours before the target limit was reached. 

Currently, only the PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Healthcare Occupations is accepting applications. This PR pathway has an intake target of inviting 20,000 new immigrants. As of Jul 16, 2021Only 2,600 applications have been received for the program.

What Was the Intake Target for the New Permanent Residency (PR) Pathways?

The Canadian government launched the following pathways on May 6, 2021:

The target intake was set only for the PR pathways for English-speaking applicants. The target for the above streams is as follows:

  • PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Healthcare- 20,000
  • PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare - 30,000
  • PR Pathway for International Graduates- 40,000

There is no intake cap for the 3 PR Pathways for French-speaking applicants. These PR pathways will be open for all applicants until Nov 5, 2021.

Why Were These New PR Pathways Introduced?

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced these new PR pathways to increase the intake of temporary residents. The main aim was to allow 90,000 temporary foreign workers and international students to gain permanent residency in Canada.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it became increasingly difficult for the IRCC to invite applicants from overseas for permanent residency. Therefore, to meet Canada’s Immigration Levels Target for 2021 of inviting an estimated 401,000 new immigrants, the IRCC shifted its focus onto temporary residents who were already in the country. Temporary residents in Canada will face fewer restrictions and hurdles in applying for permanent residence in Canada compared to overseas residents.

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