Canada announced six new immigration streams and held two Express Entry draws in what was a huge week for Canadian immigration.
It has been a busy week for Canadian immigration. In addition to two Express Entry draws and multiple Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, Canada announced six new immigration streams that will offer international graduates, essential workers and French speakers a pathway to permanent residence.
Canada announces 6 new immigration programs
Essential workers, international student graduates and French speakers may be eligible to become permanent residents through one of six new immigration programs launching this May.
Three of the new programs will accept up to 90,000 applications for permanent residence. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept:
- 20,000 applications from temporary workers in health care;
- 30,000 applications from temporary workers in other selected essential occupations;
- 40,000 applications from international students who graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
The other three programs are aimed at French-speaking applicants. These programs do not have an intake cap. The new policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations as well as 95 other essential jobs.