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The IRCC reveals new guidelines as per which the eligibility criteria for the new Canada Immigration programs for essential worker and international graduate streams have been highlighted.

Recently, IRCC has released new program guidelines for the eligibility criteria of six new permanent residence programs that have been introduced for essential worker and international graduate streams. The IRCC introduced these programs on May 6.

There were submissions of 40,000 English-speaking International Graduate stream applications after one day. IRCC is set to explore the status under various streams. There are over 11000 applications submitted under the English-speaking essential worker streams. The combined quota of applications is 50,000.

In comparison, the three French-speaking streams have a much lower uptake. The reason could be the smaller francophone population in Canada and that they are not subject to the quotas. The applicants have until November 6 to make submissions to IRCC.

The applicants need to meet the guidelines as per the approved six streams:

  • Status as a temporary resident
  • Language proficiency in Official language
  • Current work experience
  • Intention to live and settle outside of Quebec
  • Qualifying work experience
  • Education qualifications

Status as a Temporary Resident

All applicants living in Canada should have valid temporary resident status and must be physically present in Canada at the time of submission and approval of the application. Refugee claimants are not eligible in any of the six streams.

Language Proficiency in Official Language

A Canadian Language Benchmark score of at least four on a language test in an official language of Canada is a must. The International students require a minimum score of at least 5.

Test that can be taken for the English language -

  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (General Training test only)
  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

French language test -

  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français (in French only)

Current Work Experience

The employment must:

  • be in Canada.
  • can be in any occupation.
  • must be legal.
  • must be paid in wages or commission.
  • is not self-employed work unless working as a born medical doctor for a health authority.
  • IRCC is strict about the definition of “currently employed,” and it should be the status at the time of submission and not during the processing of the application.

Intent to Reside Outside of Quebec

The applicants need to convince of their intention to live and settle outside of Quebec.

Qualifying Work Experience

The requirements for the essential workers are:

  • Should have work experience in an eligible National Occupation Classification (NOC) code of at least 1,560 hours in the three years.
  • The candidate should be authorized to work in Canada.
  • The work should be in Canada.
  • wages or commission should be paid.
  • Apart from a medical doctor being paid by a health authority, a self-employed candidate is not considered.

Education Requirements

International graduate’s requirements are as follows:

  • Completed education at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Should have completed the program at a Canadian DLI not before January 2017.
  • Need to have a study permit while at DLI.
  • Eligible credentials such as a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation from a program leading to a job in a skilled trade.
  • The combined study in Canada should be equivalent to a 2-year credential.

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