Canada’s new immigration programs

Canada is opening up a lot of immigration pathways for skilled workers, students worldwide, and people who speak French and live in Canada.

On May 6, The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship in Canada (IRCC) will open its door to 90,000 workers, worldwide students who graduated in Canada. Also, there will be 3 programs for French speakers. These new programs are for persons who are qualified and desire to come to a province or territory in Canada other than Quebec.

However, these new programs were introduced by the Canadian federal government, and it has no power to make immigration policy in Quebec.

In this article, you will find some Descriptions and eligibility criteria for 6 limited-time Canadian immigration programs.

These programs will be available from now to 5 November, so the time is too limited. In fact, there are about 40 eligible healthcare occupations in Canada and another 95 eligible occupations other skilled workers across a lot of fields like agriculture, sailing, and architecture.  People who are applying for these programs have the possibility to include their family members or their partners even if they are outside of Canada. People whom you added with you should satisfy the immigration conditions as well as the medical criteria.

Here you will find some of the general eligibility criteria for any of the six new programs:

  • International student graduates
  • Essential workers in healthcare
  • Essential workers in other occupations
  • French-speaking international student graduates
  • French-speaking essential workers in healthcare
  • French-speaking essential workers in other occupations

For graduated international students:

In the next few years, Canada is willing to accept about 40,000 recent international student graduates as permanent residents there.

To become eligible, it is necessary to have a graduation certificate from a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI) after January 2017, and before submitting your application. Furthermore, while applying for this program you have to be working in Canada.  If you chose Quebec, your diploma might be completed as a DLI, that is why it is important to think about any other province.

Actually, these programs shouldn’t be less than eight months in duration. For instance: a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) or an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS)must be studied at least 900 hours, So if we combine the program of study it will be more than1,800 hours. In fact, to settle in a province in Canada, the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 will be required in English or French depending on which language is spoken in that province.

The Essential workers in the healthcare field

Fortunately, this year, up to 20,000 new permanent residents will be admitted to the IRCC through this stream which is temporary for workers in the healthcare field. In all the immigration programs that have to do with the economic field, experience and skills are required because they can prove that you are eligible for that job. But this program work in a different and easy way, it requires just one year of experience in Canada in a similar job. By the way, according to the government criteria you need to be practicing a job while you are applying for this program.

This program offers 40 eligible occupations that include nurses, physicians, and pharmacists. There are also some occupations for social work students. However, Veterinarians and veterinarians are not eligible for this job. In this program, it is forbidden to be self-employed unless you are working in the medical sector. You will need Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 whether in English or French. It is better to avoid Quebec.

Essential workers in some other occupations

People who have experience and skills can apply for this program which is temporary, and through which Canada is hosting30,000 new permanent residents across all the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels. In fact, there are 95 eligible occupations that include general farmworkers. Within three years of application, it is necessary to spend one year experiencing any occupation other than self-employment. Besides, you will need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French. This program is not eligible for Quebec.

Graduated international students who speak French

Choosing Quebec as a destination can be more difficult, but you can still be eligible for the program with a Quebec-based education. To do so, it is mandatory to work in Canada during the time of your application. Besides, you should have been graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) at the post-secondary level after January 2017, and this program must be met with the Canadian eligibility criteria. Actually, this program must be taught for more than eight years. But for a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) or the Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), they need at least 900 hours of study. As with all the programs, this one needs an (NCLC) in French.

French-speaking essential workers in the healthcare field

Through this program, a huge number of French-speaking healthcare workers can become permanent residents in Canada. Within a period of three years of your application, it is necessary to have a year of full-time work experience in one of the 40 eligible healthcare and social work occupations in Canada if you want to become eligible for it.  It is not allowed to be self-employed in a field but the medical sector. Also the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) will be needed in fresh provinces.

French-speaking workers in some other occupations

It is expected that many French speakers with expertise in one of the 95 qualifying occupations will be able to become permanent residents through this route. It is advisable for Eligible candidates to go to any Canadian province other than Quebec. Within one year of applying, the full-time work criteria should be completed. Like the other programs; it is mandatory to have a job while applying for this program. Besides, you should be good at French as well as English.