IRCC will extend student work permits and resume Express Entry

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser today announced that Express Entry draws will resume soon and that invitations to candidates to apply for permanent residency will begin in early July. Former international students with a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022 will also be eligible for an additional open work permit for up to 18 months.

“As the economy grows faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada must consider all options to ensure it has the skills and labor needed to fuel our growth,” said Minister Fraser. “Immigration will be crucial in alleviating our labor shortage, and these measures are intended to address pressing needs across all sectors of the country, while providing more opportunities for new graduates and other candidates to build their lives. in Canada and continue to contribute to our short term. recovery and long-term prosperity.

Invitations to apply under the Federal High Skilled Streams, including the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class, have been temporarily halted during the pandemic. After resuming in early July, the vast majority of new applications in the Express Entry category will be processed within six months, according to an IRCC statement.

Minister Fraser also announced a new temporary policy that will give recent international graduates whose temporary status expires the opportunity to stay in Canada longer, so they can continue to gain work experience and have a better chance of qualify for permanent residency.

Starting this summer, former international students who are in Canada and have a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022 (numbering approximately 95,000 according to IRCC) will be eligible for an additional open work permit. a maximum duration of 18 months. IRCC estimates that up to 50,000 applicants could benefit from this temporary measure.

IRCC says it is studying a streamlined and quick process for this, and details will be available in the coming weeks.

Through another temporary public policy implemented in August 2020, foreign nationals in Canada as visitors were able to apply for an employer-specific work permit without having to leave Canada. “Recognizing that people with visitor status to Canada may also wish to stay and find meaningful employment, this temporary public policy has been extended until February 28, 2023,” the statement read.

Minister Fraser also announced new measures for those who applied for permanent residence through the temporary to permanent resident pathway last year. The time-limited track was launched in 2021 to invite a wide range of people already working in Canada to apply to stay permanently. Although closed to new applications from November 2021, processing of applications will continue for some time.

In line with announced policy changes, starting this summer, applicants will no longer be required to stay in Canada while their application is being processed.

In addition, those who apply for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence application to be finalized will be able to obtain valid work permits until the end of 2024. This will ensure that all permanent residence applications are finalized before the candidates do not have to apply again to extend their temporary status, according to IRCC.

To support family reunification, immediate family members who are outside of Canada and who have been included in a principal applicant’s application for permanent residence will be eligible for their own open work permit.

Over 100,000 work permit applications were processed in the first quarter of 2022, nearly double the number processed in the same period of 2021, IRCC said in a statement to Can India News.