The 30,000 cap on Canada’s new immigration stream for English-speaking essential workers in non-healthcare positions has been surpassed.
On July 16, more than two months after the programme began, the quota was met. Before the programmes close on November 5, the second of the six temporary residence to permanent residence (TR to PR) paths has filled up. The first, which lasted 25 hours, was the international grads stream.
The application process for healthcare professionals is still open. As of July 16, just roughly 2,600 people had applied for the 20,000 places available. There are no limits to the number of seats available in the French-speaking streams. So far, the stream for non-healthcare essential professionals who speak French has received the most applications.
The following were the quotas for the streams:
Only a day after Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced a new bridging open work permit for TR to PR candidates, the essential worker stream was filled. Starting July 26, this new work permit option will allow candidates to continue working in Canada while their application is being processed.
These limited-time streams were developed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to give additional immigration paths to international graduates and key employees living in Canada during the epidemic.
The IRCC expects 90,000 people to earn permanent residency through the streams. IRCC has been focused on in-Canada applicants during the pandemic since they may not encounter the same level of coronavirus-related disruptions as immigration candidates from other countries.
In order to meet the department’s objective of attracting 401,000 new immigrants this year, IRCC intends to process 40,000 of these applications in 2021.