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Foreign nationals who wished to settle in Canada have many different programs they can apply under the Express Entry PR programs offered a straightforward pathway towards permanent residency for many foreign nationals residing in Canada. However, the Government of Canada faced many immigration hurdles during the 2020 pandemic. 

These hurdles forced the Government to temporarily close the border and delayed permanent residence applications for thousands of applicants. This temporary measure was initially implemented for safety reasons. However, the Government still recognizes the immense contributions foreign workers provide to the Canadian economy.

Foreign workers provide Canadian businesses with access to a larger pool of skilled workers and stimulate demand for goods and services. It is widely believed that immigrants are a net positive for Canada and its economy. Therefore, the Government has chosen to introduce a new public policy to help workers and international graduates in Canada.

Let’s examine the requirements for this new program.

General Requirements

To apply for permanent residency under this public policy, applicants must meet specific requirements outlined by Canada’s Government.

Employment Requirements

As a foreign national applying under this policy, you must possess a minimum of 1 year of work experience in a full-time occupation or a minimum of 1,560 hours of part-time work experience. This work experience must be obtained in an approved occupation within the three years preceding your permanent residence application.

There are two possible streams to follow for your work experience requirements.

  • Stream A: You must acquire one year of work experience through one or more occupations listed under Annex A. This experience can’t be combined with experience from Annex B occupations.
  • Stream B: You must acquire one year of work experience through one or more occupations listed under Annex B or a combination of experience in occupations under Annex A and Annex B.

Applicants must also presently be employed inside Canada when they apply for their permanent residency. This could be any occupation as long as it meets the guidelines for work under subsection 73(2) of the Regulations. You cannot be self-employed during this time unless you are working as a doctor with a fee-for-service setting under the Canadian health authority.

Language Requirements

  • Foreign nationals must also meet certain language requirements. This includes achieving the language proficiency benchmark 4 in either English or French in the four language skill areas as mentioned under the Canadian Language Benchmark or Niveaux de comp√©tence linguistique canadiens.
  • Your evaluation or test results must also be less than two years old when you applied for permanent residency.

Residence Status Requirements

  • To be eligible under this new public policy, applicants must also be residing inside Canada and a valid temporary resident status when their permanent residency application is received.
  • If you have lost your temporary resident status, you may still be able to apply if you are eligible to restore your status.
  • Applicants must also intend to reside in any Canadian province or territory outside of Quebec.

Why Choose Elaar immigration Consulting

As you can see, applicants must meet several requirements to be eligible for this new public policy. This public policy will go into effect on May 6th, 2021, and it will run until November 6th, 2021, or until the Government receives 20,000 applications under Stream A and 30,000 applications under Stream B.

If you wish to get started with your permanent residency application under this new public policy as soon as possible, you should get in touch with a trustworthy immigration consultant. Vancouver and other cities have many immigration consultancy agencies to choose from. However, you can’t go wrong by choosing Elaar Immigration Consulting. We have assisted numerous applicants with their permanent residency applications and are up to date with the Government of Canada’s latest public policies for immigration.

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