In a recent press release, the Immigration Minister of Canada, Marco Mendicino has hinted at the introduction of more immigration pathways for temporary residents who are currently residing in Canada. The new pathways will be introduced by the federal government of Canada soon.
This news come after Canada unveiled its Immigration levels plan 2021-2023, in which Canada has set their target to invite 400,000 candidates every year for the next three years to apply for permanent residence.
This step is considered necessary as it would help accelerate the pathways to permanent residence for the temporary residents of Canada, which would indirectly help Canada in its post-coronavirus economy recovery.
These new measures will assist in increasing immigration levels, which will help Canada strengthen its population growth, economy, and labor force.
The immigration minister also is keen about international students who he deemed as “particularly attractive” as they can help Canada to recover their economy for the short term and can also help in filling the gaps in the labor market caused due to the pandemic.
Canada has already stated that students who are studying online while being enrolled at a designated learning institute between May 2020 and April 2021 will be eligible to make it count towards their Post-Graduation work permit in the future. Canada has also started to lift the travel restrictions for students who are enrolled at a DLI with an approved coronavirus readiness plan.
Potential changes which can take place as hinted by Marco Mendicino are as follow:
- New Federal pilot programs.
- Program-specific express entry draws.
- Express entry’s comprehensive ranking system (CRS) to provide more points for Canadian experience class.
- Lenient eligibility criteria for federal programs.
- Extending the length of temporary work permit durations.