Highlights of Sean Fraser’s plans for TR to PR pathways
- Sean Fraser has detailed the government’s plans to expand pathways for TFWs and international students to obtain Canada PR.
- The Canadian government is trying to create a deeper link between the Canadian job market and Canada immigration programs.
- A 5-pillar approach will be used to achieve the objectives related to the transition from TR to PR visas.
The Canadian government had already started off working on the plan to facilitate a new pathway for temporary residents (TR) to transition their status to permanent residents. This was undertaken from June 2022. The temporary residents considered under the plan include temporary work permit holders and international students.
The new TR to PR Canada immigration pathway was slated to be made available in September 2022. Sean Fraser, Canada’s IRCC minister, worked with a tight deadline to chalk out a plan for this new TR to PR pathway. On September 20, 2022, he presented a plan strategizing the expansion of the new PR pathway specifically created to this end.
Strategy for the TR to PR transition plan
The strategy for the transition from TR to PR presented by Sean Fraser has a 5-pillar approach. This particular approach will be taken by IRCC to help temporary residents to convert to permanent residents under the new visa plan.
The Canadian government will use the currently set targets in the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan. As per this plan, Canada will bring in 431,645 new immigrants. This will be a record number of newcomers. As for the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025, Sean Fraser will have to present it before November 1, 2022.
There will be reforms done to the Express Entry system. After those reforms, IRCC will invite immigration candidates on the basis of an economic goal. The timeline for this new type of Express Entry draws is set for early 2023.
IRCC has plans to adopt the NOC 2021 system on November 16, 2022. Three of the previously eligible occupations to determine candidates for immigration will be removed. Also, 16 new eligible occupations will be added under Express Entry.
The Canadian government will ensure that new immigrants are well-informed about this new development. For this, the Canadian government will improve its access to such information. With this move, immigration candidates can be sure that they have the necessary qualifications to immigrate through Express Entry.
Other benefits accrued will include
- connecting them to federal as well as provincial/territorial immigration programs
- removing restrictions for physicians and finding other ways through which the transition of essential high-demand workers can be realized
- improving pilot programs to support Canada PR pathways meant for agri-food workers and caregivers.
The new target of the Canadian government is to increase the number of francophone immigrants outside Quebec. The government is also working to add a new MNP (Municipal Nominee Program). To improve the existing immigration pathways like PNP, the Government of Canada is working with Canadian provinces, territories, as well as employers in Canada.
IRCC is keeping up its efforts to increase Canada immigration’s processing capacity. Other targets include modernizing the immigration system and making the client experience better. Processing times for Canada PR visas will be increased so that newcomers can arrive in Canada sooner.
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How it all happened?
Motion 44 was put forth by Randeep Sarai, a member of parliament in Canada. It was in response to this motion that Sean Fraser came up with his plan for the new immigration pathways.
Motion 44 is a resolution that reflects the opinion of the majority in the house in regard to Canada PR for TFWs (Temporary Foreign Workers) in Canada. Once the motion is adopted the Government of Canada has to develop and release a comprehensive plan publicly within 120 days.
In Motion 44, six points were named to be achieved. Here are those 6 points:
- Give more weightage to work experience gained inside Canada under IRCC’s economic immigration programs and expand occupational categories considered eligible
- Conduct the examination of the evidence from other immigration programs at the federal level
- Incorporate data on skills shortages and the labor market, in general, to select immigrants on the basis of persistent labor gaps
- Encourage retention of immigrants in smaller communities and develop francophone immigration beyond Quebec
- Identify mechanisms to react to changes in regional economic priorities and labor market needs faster
- Give specific consideration to occupations as well as essential services including caregivers, health services, manufacturing, agriculture, trades, service, and transportation.
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