Over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in Canada can now apply for permanent residence in a new program. This new program is essentially the Canada Experience Class with an occupation list.
Matrixvisa has been predicting occupation lists to become more important in immigration policy since March 2017 when an article appeared in Canada’s Immigration law magazine ImmQuest: See https://www.matrixvisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FundamentalChangeinFSWArticleApr2017-1.pdf The policy announcement is an indication that the days of selection purely based on points will slowly disappear.
To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017. Applicant must also have a Canada Language Benchmark of 4.
Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams: Temporary workers in health care (20 000), International students who graduated from a Canadian institution (40 000) and Temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (30 000). The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents will be admitted under these 3 streams.
For more information and eligible NOC codes click on the link below: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/mandate/policies-operational-instructions-agreements/public-policies/trpr-canadian-work-experience.html