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Canada has unveiled a new proposal to ease the immigration process for international students and foreign workers.

The new plan aims to broaden the path to permanent residency for foreign employees and international students with extensive work experience in industries where labor shortages persist.

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has proposed a new scheme that would allow temporary visas to be converted to permanent residency. The new plan aims to broaden the path to permanent residency for foreign employees and international students with extensive work experience in industries where labor shortages persist.

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“I started this session by outlining how our administration intends to increase avenues to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers and international students.” Many thanks to my colleague @randeepsarai for moving this crucial motion forward,” Fraser tweeted. The strategy for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is organized on five pillars (IRCC).

Pillar 1: The Immigration Levels Plan’s increased immigration level targets for 2022–2024 will help Canada have a larger, permanent labor supply. This policy increases the number of opportunities for temporary workers to become permanent citizens, alleviating labor market shortages and propelling our post-pandemic economic progress.

Pillar 2: The Express Entry system will be strengthened as a result of recent modifications to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, particularly by more flexibility in immigration selection techniques under Express Entry. The Department will also examine the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System criteria, particularly the points awarded for Canadian work experience and education, language proficiency, and a job offer.

Pillar 3: Permanent economic immigration rules will be strengthened to help key employees in high-demand occupations migrate from temporary to permanent residence. Adopting the most recent version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021, which expands eligibility to certain in-demand occupations within several permanent economic immigration pathways, as well as improving newcomers’ access to information to ensure they meet the necessary qualifications and connecting them to federal, provincial, or territorial programming, is one example. We are investigating improved methods of transferring in-demand workers, such as lowering the barriers for physicians. We will make changes to pilot programs to assist those working in in-home caregiving and the agri-food business in obtaining permanent residence.

Pillar 4: Canada aims to prioritize Francophone immigration as a fourth pillar. By adopting a new Municipal Nominee Program, the IRCC is aggressively attempting to encourage French immigration outside of Quebec.

Pillar 5: To ensure that immigrants receive PR “as quickly as possible,” the government will increase processing capacity, improve customer experience, and modernize the immigration system through technological developments.

Canada has a significant visa backlog of 2.7 million applications. Visa applications have increased by 55% in 2022 compared to 2019, adding to the backlog.

Despite the extraordinary increase, according to Cameron MacKay, Canada’s high commissioner to India, the nation plans to revert to regular processing times by the end of 2022.

As of August 22, Canada has welcomed more than 300,000 permanent residents, surpassing the previous year’s total. The country has set a target of 431,000 permanent residents by 2022

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