Latest Update from IRCC: New PR Programs for 90,000 Immigrants in 2021

On 14 April 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new PR Programs to help International Students and Essential Workers get permanent residency this May. Three of six programs will pave the way for 90,000 new immigrants to get permanent status this year.

Latest Update from IRCC: New PR Programs for 90,000 Immigrants in 2021

On 14 April 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new PR Programs to help International Students and Essential Workers get permanent residency this May. Three of six programs will pave the way for 90,000 new immigrants to get permanent status this year.

New PR Programs for 90,000 Immigrants

Canda has introduced new pathways for permanent residency for over 90,000 international students and essential workers who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. It is those who are already within the country, who will stand to benefit the most.

These six new pathways programs below will make it easier for international students, essential workers and French speakers currently staying in Canada to become permanent residents. The pathways are:

Permanent Residence (PR) pathway for international student graduates:

IRCC will take 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution. International graduates must have completed an approved Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years, and no earlier than January 2017

PR pathway for essential workers in healthcare: To be eligible, generally speaking, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. IRCC will take up to 20,000 applications for this stream.

PR pathway for essential workers in other occupations; Same as essential workers in healthcare, however IRCC will take 30,000 applications for this stream.

PR pathway for French-speaking international student graduates;

PR pathway for French-speaking essential workers in healthcare;

PR pathway for French-speaking essential workers in other occupations.

For the last three programs, IRCC will accept an unlimited number of eligible French Speakers. Effective May 6, 2021, New PR Programs will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit.

The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.Canada’s Immigration Minister – Marco Mendicino.

Canada set ambitious immigration targets for 2021, looking to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents. These new PR Programs are part of an effort to make up for the lack of new immigrants admitted in 2020 and support the nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

Comparison between Express Entry Programs and New Pathways Programs 2021

Criteria Comparison between Express Entry Programs and New Pathways Programs 2021 (1)
Criteria Comparison between Express Entry Programs and New Pathways Programs 2021 (2

If you are living in Canada and want to be among 90,000 new immigrants with this new PR Program, Contact Admission Hub today! We will assist you submit your Permanent Residence Application within Canada!


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How can I apply to Canada ‘s new immigration programs?

Applications will be done online.

The application process will be based on a first in first out principle.

The first step is to check your eligibility. There are different requirements for each of the programs for graduates, essential workers, as well as French-speaking essential workers.

IRCC recommends that applicants submit a complete application, with full documentation, at the time of applying, otherwise it may be refused. IRCC advises that applications will not go through an initial completeness check and then be subject to procedural requests for anything that needs to be clarified. Applications will go directly to a review process and either refused or processed. IRCC has emphasized that language requirements are a critical part of the eligibility criteria and efforts should be made to submit language tests up-front.  

How do I know if I am eligible for the program?

To be eligible, workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years and no earlier than January 2017.

What documents will I need?

For these programs, IRCC can only refuse or approve applications. This is why you have to submit everything at once, because the department may not be able to give you a second chance to send in a completed application. The documents required for the new programs will be published in the application guide. IRCC says to look at the Canadian Experience Class application guide for hints.

There is going to be a “How to Apply Tool” which will help you decide which stream to apply for. 

The subsequent documents will include proof of eligibility criteria, such as proof of studies in Canada, or a study permit for example. Language test documents that have been taken within the past two years must be uploaded at the time of submission. You will also need to upload copies of your education credential if you are applying for the international graduate streams.

There will be an acknowledgement and consent form, a privacy statement, then you will land on a page which confirms your submission.

You will be able to view what you uploaded after you have submitted your application.

How long is the processing time?

IRCC is aiming to process these new streams in six months, but has not set a processing standard yet.

How will the intakes be counted if people are eligible for more than one stream?

You choose up front which program you are applying for. Intake caps will be counted by the number of times the “Submission Button” is pressed. IRCC is planning to have a counter on the main page to track the number of submissions.

Can I apply to multiple streams?

Yes, but then you will have to pay the fees twice.

How much are the fees?

Fees are not yet confirmed, but they could range between $1,050 and $1,325. All fees must be paid up front.

Can I apply if I have not graduated?

Yes. For the essential worker streams, current employment in any occupation is eligible and it does not have to be full time. Students can apply under these streams as long as they have eligible work experience that meets the 1,560 hour requirement within the three years leading up to the application date.

Can I apply if I live in Quebec?

Part of the eligibility for the new pathways is that applicants must intend to immigrate to any province other than Quebec. This is part of an effort to increase French immigration outside of Quebec. Also, Quebec has a special agreement with Canada, which prohibits the federal government from implementing new immigration programs to the province.

However, Quebec education and work experience are still eligible as far as these new programs are concerned. Quebec-based applicants can still qualify, but they may have to answer questions about how they will move, their settlement plan, what they have done to actively look for a job outside the province, or if they have a job offer elsewhere.

Are medicals required upfront with the application system?

IRCC is currently trying to extend medicals as much as possible during COVID-19 for those in Canada.

For this group, they will be dividing people into two groups: people who have never done medical and people who have done medical. Those who have done medical should provide proof. It is not yet known how old the medical can be. If you can access an Upfront Medical, you may wish to do so nonetheless.

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