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90,000 Indian students in Canada will reap from the country’s newest one-time visa scheme

Canada’s latest one-time visa scheme, which opened for applicants on Wednesday, would mostly benefit Indian students. About 90,000 foreign students and temporary necessary staff who are already in Canada will be granted permanent residency under the scheme (PR). 

40,000 foreign students, 30,000 temporary workers under certain essential occupations, and 20,000 temporary workers in health care will all be given permanent residency under the program. International students must have completed a post-secondary degree in Canada during the last four years to be eligible.

Canada had expected to accept 341,000 refugees in 2020 before the pandemic halted foreign tourism. By prioritizing those currently in Canada, the current PR policy hopes to make up for the deficit in immigrant figures in 2020. In addition, in 2021, a record 401,000 new immigrants will be admitted.

The submission deadline is November 5th, or before the minimum number of applicants is reached. These policies include 40 healthcare professions as well as 95 critical positions in caregiving, food processing, and delivery.

About a quarter of newcomers are accepted each year by Express Entry, which has been the primary method for accepting working immigrants. Canada welcomed a total of 27,332 people from the Express Entry pool in February. Previously, the largest number of individuals invited by IRCC at one time was 5,000. 

This is an initiative, according to the IRCC, to assist temporary employees and students in remaining in Canada, which would have an impact on the country’s economy. Around 90% of the applicants reside in Canada, making it easier for them to submit the requisite documents on time because they would not be subjected to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Family Level Immigration are both expected to meet the 401,000 immigration mark. 

As a token of gratitude for their contributions during the COVID-19 epidemic, Canada voted to approve permanent residency applicants from foreign nationals on the front lines of health care at the beginning of December 2020.

Graduated foreign students are paid 20% less than their domestic counterparts, according to a survey undertaken by Statistics Canada. Foreign students, on the other hand, were allowed to receive work permits during the pandemic, regardless of whether or not their research were done remotely.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino emphasized the importance of Wednesday’s case, saying, “We have acknowledged caregivers, cooks, and cashiers as our daily heroes as a result of the pandemic, which has shed a bright light on the efforts of newcomers in critical employment. We are acknowledging their critical role in our economic recovery through this new pathway, which allows them to establish roots in Canada and assist us in rebuilding. Our message to them is precise: your standing can be transitory, but your sacrifices are permanent—and we want you to continue.”

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