permanent residents

Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser starts a plan to allow Canadian temporary residents to turn into permanent residents. 

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has developed a plan to introduce new methods for international students and temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents in Canada.

It was on September 20th during routine proceedings that Sean Fraser introduced this new strategy for foreign workers and international students with significant work experience in sectors with persistent labor shortages to have more alternatives/pathways towards becoming permanent residents. Later that day the documents were also uploaded to the government website. With the help of this strategy, the IRCC  will take the five-pillar approach as mentioned in the strategy to help temporary Canadian residents become permanent residents.

First pillar:

the release states that the government will be using the existing 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan immigration targets, in which Canada is expecting to welcome a new record of 431,645 immigrants this year. Also, immigration minister Sean Fraser will have to develop a new 2023-2025 Immigration level Plan before November 1st.

Second pillar:

the Express Entry system will be reformed by the government to allow IRCC to use the economic goals as the base for inviting candidates. It was stated in the CIC news by the IRCC that these new Express Entry draws are likely to start in early 2023.


Third pillar: 

On November 16, the IRCC is planning to adopt the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. 16 new occupations will be allowed to become eligible for Express Entry through the new occupation classification system along with the removal of three previously-eligible occupations. Also in order to ensure that newcomers meet the required standards, the government plans to improve the newcomers’ access to information, connect them to federal and provincial or territorial immigration programs, remove barriers for physicians, and other ways to transition essential workers who are in high demand and finally improve pilot programs to support permanent residency pathways for caregivers and agri-food workers.

Fourth Pillar:

 Attempts are being made by the IRCC to increase French immigration outside Quebec and introduce a new Municipal Nominee Program. The government is also continuing to work on providing more alternatives for gaining permanent residence, such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), along with the provinces, territories, and Canadian employers.

Fifth pillar

: IRCC is improving client experience by increasing processing capacity and making technological improvements to modernize the immigration system. The purpose of improving processing times is to allow newcomers to become Canadian “as soon as possible.”

Reason for Frasers plan

It was Motion 44 presented by  Randeep Sarai, the Liberal member of parliament for Surrey, British Columbia that was the main reason why Freaser tabled the new strategy. The motion called for “a comprehensive plan to expand the economic immigration stream” and for Fraser to live up to his commitment to temporary residents mentioned in his mandate letter. The Motion especially emphasized the following six points:

  • give more weight to in-Canada work experience under economic immigration programs and expand eligible occupational categories;

  • examine evidence from other federal immigration programs;

  • incorporate data on the labor market and skills shortages to base immigrant selection on persistent labor gaps;

  • encourage immigrant retention in smaller communities and Francophone immigration outside Quebec;

  • identify mechanisms to react quickly to changes in labor market needs and regional economic priorities; and

  • specifically consider occupations and essential services such as health services, caregivers, agriculture, manufacturing, service, trades, and transportation.

New strategy introduced by Sean Fraser for temporary residents to become permanent residents.

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