Once again, Canada is readying itself for long-term economic growth and recovery. A new and temporary public policy was released on April 14, 2021 to facilitate the granting of permanent residence for foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec, with a recent credential from a Canadian post-secondary institution. A maximum of 40,000 applications will be accepted for processing and the policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 until November 5, 2021 or until the 40,000 cap is reached (whichever occurs first).
The new public policy is intended for foreign nationals who have completed a minimum of 8 months certificate / diploma / degree in a designated learning institution and are currently working in Canada. This new public policy further emphasizes the benefit of studying in Canada – that ultimately, it may lead to permanent residency within 1 to 2 years (depending on your profile). To learn more about the benefits of studying in Canada, click here.
Please note that this public policy allows the main applicant to apply for permanent residency for his or her family members whether they are in Canada or still living abroad.
Main Applicant Requirements:
- Completed a program of study no earlier than January 2017 in:
- a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or in Quebec CEGEP
- a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer 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.
- Have been granted one of the following credentials, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) which must be a degree issued on completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration;
- a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade; or one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met:
- For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in duration and the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
- Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
- Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work
- Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either English or French
- Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status
- Be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
- Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
- The foreign national is not inadmissible.
If you qualify for this immigration pathway, contact us now so you can officially start your journey of becoming a permanent resident along with your family members. The first step is to get assessed for free here.