What is the application process?
The portal will open May 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
There will be an eligibility tool on the government webpage. This tool will allow you to select the immigration stream you want to apply for, and view eligibility requirements. It is not a necessary step, but it is for your information.
You will then be able to create an account. After that, you will see a document checklist.
You will have to agree to some terms and conditions. Then you can create an account with your email address and a password. You will get a message sent to the email address you provided with a verification code, which you can copy and paste. After that you will sign in with your email address and password.
Then you will get to a document checklist. You need to ensure you validate your forms and submit them with 2D barcodes. This form does not have a signature. An attestation at the end is considered a signature by the client. The only form that requires a wet signature is the use of representative form. There is a separate spot to upload this form.
You will also be asked to submit other documentation such as your proof of eligible work or study experience in Canada. There will be additional spots for dependents to add files.
You will then see an acknowledgement and consent form and a privacy statement. There will be a giant blue “Submit” button at the end for you to send in your application. Finally, there will be a page that confirms your application has been submitted.
You will have the ability to view your submission after you have filed your application.
What are the documents you need?
According to the IRCC website, here are the forms that you need as the principal applicant:
Forms for you (principal applicant) to fill out, if applicable:
IRCC offers some tips for filling out the application forms:
- Fill out the forms on your computer instead of by hand. It’s easier and reduces mistakes that can cause delays.
- Schedule 3 must be filled out on your computer.
- Fill out, print, sign and date your application forms.
IMM 0008 is a barcode form. You will have to validate it and submit all the pages:
You will also need to do your biometrics if you are between ages 14 and 79 years old, even if you already submitted biometrics in the past. IRCC will send you a letter when it is time to give biometrics, however you must pay the biometrics fee when you submit the application. You will have 30 days from the date you get the letter to give your biometrics. There are temporary COVID-19 measures in place for biometrics requirements and collection procedures.
Information for graduate stream applicants
You can be working part time at the time of applying, as long as you have graduated with a Canadian credential and meet the language requirement. International graduate candidates will need to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or a Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) score of 5.
International students who graduated from a Canadian designated learning institution and are currently pursuing another degree may be eligible, provided they are also working.
Information for essential worker stream applicants
If you are applying under stream for health care workers, you can be working in any occupation. However, you must have one year of work experience in an eligible health care occupation, listed in Annex A.
If you are applying under stream for other essential workers, you can combine experience in occupations listed in Annex A (health care occupations), and Annex B (other essential worker occupations).
Why is Canada offering these programs?
The travel restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 has had major impacts on the labour market. Canada typically depends on immigrants coming in from abroad to address labour shortages.
Canada has set ambitious immigration targets for 2021, looking to welcome 401,000 new immigrants by the end of the year. Due to its commitment to meeting this target, Canada introduced the six new immigration streams. These streams help those who are already residing in the country get permanent residence.
Half of the streams are for French-speakers. This is because Canada is looking to increase bilingual and French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec.
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