It is not an overstatement to say that 2021 will be a major turning point in Canada’s immigration history. According to Immigration Minister Marco Mendocino’s newest declaration, 40,000 overseas graduates working in Canada would be invited for Permanent Residence from May to November this year.

Although Covid 19 has a negative impact on the economy, Canada is committed to getting the train back on schedule. Immigration Canada has turned to this historic by-route to meet a target of 401,000 new immigrants by the end of 2021, which is unlikely to be met in the usual course owing to processing delays and other restrictions.

An applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered for Permanent Residence under this new government policy:

  • After January 2017, you must have completed a degree, a two-year diploma, or a minimum eight-month certificate for some skilled trades from a certified DLI institute.
  • Have a lawful immigration status and work in Canada under any NOC Code.
  • You must have a CLB 5 language aptitude in either English or French.
  • When the PR application is submitted and granted, you must be physically present in Canada.

In Canada, the applicant’s family members are likewise protected by the public policy. If family members living abroad are listed on the applicant’s declaration documents, they may be eligible for permanent residency.

The application period will begin on May 6th, 2021, and will expire on November 5th, 2021. If 40,000 applications are received by November 1, the intake will be completed on that day.

Canada Immigration takes notice of the unique economic contributions made by overseas graduates working in a range of positions across regions and occupation categories, according to the Minister. Due to travel restrictions and limited capacity to process applications as a result of the Pandemic, there was a shortfall in reaching the immigration objectives established for 2020.

Canada has consistently argued that immigrants are needed to fill labour shortages. It’s predominantly an elderly population, thus students are seen as a source of economic stability. They meet the demand for Canadian knowledge, skills, ability, and professional experience.

The minister also added that providing Permanent Residence to recent International Graduates who are now employed in Canada will help the economy recover quickly from the Pandemic’s devastation.

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