Start and End Dates
The new permanent residence public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021. The pathway will also close once the intake cap of each stream has been reached.
As with all public policies, this public policy may be revoked by the Minister, without prior notice.
Distinct intake caps will apply to each stream of the public policy:
- Stream A will accept a maximum of 20,000 applications.
- Stream B will accept a maximum of 30,000 applications.
For greater clarity, each stream operates independently. Even if one stream reaches its cap, the others will remain open as long as there are seats available.
Eligibility Requirements Applicable to Principal Applicants
Based on public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant permanent resident status to foreign nationals who meet the following conditions.
The individual must:
- Accumulate at least 1 year of full-time work experience, or the part-time equivalent (1,560 hours), in Canada. An eligible occupation must be present in Annex A or Annex B in the 3 years preceding the date when the application for permanent residence is received. The work experience must be in one or more of the eligible occupations as follows:
- Stream A: one year work experience acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex A. Experience cannot be combined with Annex B occupations.
- Stream B: one year work experience acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex B, or a combination of occupations in Annexes A and B.
- Work in Canada in any occupation at the time when IRCC receives application;
- The employment must meet the definition of work under subsection 73(2) of the Regulations, excluding self employment. Exceptions apply when one works as a medical doctor in an authorized fee-for-service arrangement;
- Demonstrate language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of CLB 4 in the past two years;
- Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada during the process;
- Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
- Upload all documents necessary to satisfy the eligibility requirements, except for evidence required to demonstrate physical presence in Canada at the time of application approval;
- Submit their application for permanent residence under this public policy via the online portal. Applicants who, because of a disability are unable to meet the requirement to make an application, submit any document or provide a signature or information using electronic means may submit this application by any other legitimate means; and
- The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations.
While all supporting documentation necessary must be included at the time of application, officers retain discretion to request additional documentation to confirm admissibility and eligibility throughout the application process.
Eligibility Requirements Applicable to Family Members in Canada
In-Canada family members of a principal applicant who applies for permanent residence under this public policy are eligible to be granted permanent residence pursuant to this public policy if they meet the following conditions:
- Reside in Canada;
- Recognized by the public policy as an accompanying family member of the principal applicant;
- Meet the definition of a “family member” in subsection 1(3) of the Regulations;
- Is not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations; and
- A delegated officer has determined that the principal applicant meets all conditions (eligibility requirements) to receive permanent residence pursuant to this public policy.
Eligibility Requirements Applicable to Family Members Abroad
When processing an application for permanent residence, officers may grant an exemption from the requirements identified below if a foreign national meets the following conditions:
- the foreign national is included as an accompanying family member by a principal applicant under this public policy;
- meets the definition of family member in subsection 1(3) of the Regulations;
- is not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations; and
- a delegated officer has determined that the principal applicant meets all conditions (eligibility requirements) to receive permanent residence pursuant to this public policy.