Applications are open for new pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution announced by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino last month.

This special public policy will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience needed to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Eligible applicants can submit their applications through IRCC’s online portal starting May 6, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EDT time. 

To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible post-secondary program in Canada within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017.

The portal will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until the maximum number of applications are reached.

IRCC is accepting 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care, 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations and 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from an eligible Canadian institution.

Three additional streams with similar eligibility criteria have also been launched for French-speaking and bilingual candidates, but there is no maximum number of applications.

Under all streams of this temporary pathway, applicants must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec to qualify.

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