Canada Immigration Update
Pathway to Permanent Residence for Essential Workers and International Students: On May 6, 2021, IRCC opened the highly anticipated Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence Pathway ("TR to PR Pathway"). This program allows 90,000 individuals to apply for permanent residence and will remain open to intake until the caps on the various streams are met, or November 5, 2021, whichever is sooner. The program allows for 20,000 applications from eligible health care workers, 30,000 applications for other eligible essential workers and 40,0000 applications from eligible international students. Within 2 days, the International student stream had met its cap, and currently no more applications can be received in that category. However there remains room in the health care (1610 out of 20,000 received) and non-health care essential worker (11,000 out of 30,000 received) streams as well as all of the parallel streams created for French speakers.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/04/new-pathway-to-permanent-residency-for-over-90000-essential-temporary-workers-and-international-graduates.html
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Update: On May 14, 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program ("OINP") announced that it has received an allocation of 8.350 nominations for 2021 plus an additional 250 nominations specifically for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skills occupations (National Occupational Classification - Skill Level C). This is a notable increase over previous years and is a sign of continued demand for provincial nomination by employers and skilled workers.
May was a busy month for the OINP. On May 18 and on May 26, 2021, the OINP issued invitations to international students who are candidates in the Expression of Interest system pool with qualifying job offers from Ontario employers. On May 25, 2021, the OINP issued invitations to skilled workers in the Expression of Interest pool who have qualifying job offers from Ontario employers.
To read more: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2021-ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-updates
Extension of Travel Restrictions: Canada has extended the travel restrictions and Mandatory Isolation Order for all travelers seeking entry into Canada until June 21, 2021, including travelers from the U.S. These restrictions may be extended at any time. Hotel quarantine requirements remain in place for non-essential air travelers to Canada. COVID-testing requirements remain in place for land borders and air travel.
To read more: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border