New pathway to permanent residency in place for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates

The Canadian Government has created a new program to make it easier to attain permanent residence in Canada. Its focus will be on the contribution of immigrants who worked essential, unskilled jobs during the pandemic. To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017. Immigration experts state that it illustrates an important opportunity for foreign students who came to Canada hoping there earned degree would give them permanent status which to many’s surprise is not always the case.

Andrew Agopsowicz a senior economist with the Royal Bank of Canada, says the country needs those immigrants to make up for the fact that Canadians are getting old fast. “Lots of people are retiring, especially people with lots of experience and skills. It’s difficult to replace those people,” he said. If the population stops growing, and immigration levels remain low, Agopsowicz says, Canada would develop issues like paying for its social programs. “In order to maintain the level of service that we promise the elderly going into the next 10 years, we need to have a strong labor force growth. And I think immigration is really the only way to maintain that.” If you or someone you know needs immigration help or is trying to attain their Permanent residence, please contact Davis Immigration Law Firm.