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Temporary public policy – For Foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec, with a recent credential from a Canadian post-secondary institution

As a part of the 2021-2023 immigration Levels Plan, Canada has a goal of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2021. But this pandemic had some other plans. Due to the extended border closures and the inability to admit new immigrants, Canada is introducing new immigration plans. This is one of the new temporary public policies introduced on April 14, 2021.

Canada has always valued international graduates as a source of key competencies necessary for the country’s economic growth. This policy is for International graduates who have recently attained credentials from a post-secondary institution and are employed in Canada. By granting permanent residency to such recent international graduates, Canada will reap benefits from their competencies over time. Further, these graduates are educated enough to support the economy in the long run.

Most of the international students who are currently employed have made remarkable contributions to the country during the pandemic and have faced several challenges in qualifying and applying for Canadian permanent residency. So, this public policy is a payback to them by allowing them to transform their temporary status to permanent.

Eligibility requirements for principal applicants

To be qualified to apply under these policies the foreign national must:

  1. Have completed a study program from one of the Designated Learning Institutions. The program must have been completed before the submission of the application but no earlier than January 2017. Also, note the DLI should be in compliance with the definition in section 211.1 of the Regulations, i.e.:
  • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or in Quebec CEGEP
  • a private post-secondary school located in Quebec. And it should be following the same code of conduct as public institutions in Quebec
  • a private or public post-secondary institution in Quebec offering eligible programs. The program’s minimum duration must be 900 hours. It should lead to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
  • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial legislation to award degrees under provincial law but only if the program of study completed was a degree as authorized by the province, which may not include all programs of study offered by the private institution.
  1. Have been awarded one of the following credentials, followed by the completion of a qualifying study program from a DLI as defined in section (a) :
  • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate). The degree should be granted on completing a program having a minimum of 8 months of duration;
  • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completing a study program irrespective of duration. It should lead to occupation in a skilled trade (listed in Annex A); or
  • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation provided the following conditions are met:
  • Diplomas/certificates/attestations – A minimum of 8 months should be the duration of each program of study. While the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
  • DVS and AVS – Minimum 900 hours should be the duration of each program. While the combined length of the program must be at least 1,800 hours in duration. However, if combining one AVS with one DVS, the duration of the AVS may be less than 900 hours if the combined length is at least 1,800 hours.
  • In simple terms, each combined credential must be able to meet eligibility requirements for a program as defined in section a).
  1. Have been legally permitted according to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
  1. Be working in Canada with a valid permit according to the Act and Regulations at the time of submission of the permanent residency application and must not be self-employed, except practicing as a medical doctor in a chargeable arrangement with a health authority. The employment must comply with the definition of work given in subsection 73(2) of the Regulations;
  1. Have achieved a level of proficiency of a minimum score of 5 in one of the official languages of Canada. The score is to be attained in every skill area of the language test as outlined in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens. The test taken should be evaluated by a designated institute or organization by the concerned authorities. The evaluation report should not be more than two years old from the date of application submission.
  1. Be residing in Canada on a valid temporary resident permit. The applicant should also be present in the country both at the time of submission and approval of the permanent residency application.
  1. Have plans to reside in a province or territory except for Quebec.
  1. Have submitted the permanent residence application with completed forms provided by this public policy’s designated Department. The application must also include all the supporting documents.
  1. Have applied online under this public policy. Those who are unable to meet the application’s eligibility requirement due to disability have different provisions. They can submit a document or provide a signature or information, electronically or by any other means as specified by the Minister in this regard.
  1. Not be inadmissible to Canada as per the Act and Regulations.

All the important supporting documents to evaluate the application must be submitted at the time of application. Still, the immigration officer continues to hold the discretion to request additional documents to process the application if needed.