Canada announces new TR to PR pathway


The new TR to PR program will focus on creating an immigration option for international students and temporary foreign workers. On 20th Septemeber, 2022 , Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, confirmed that Canada is working on a program that will help temporary residents remain in Canada permanently. The strategy is buoyant on specifics and is more of a high level insight into what changes may be coming down the line.It contains no concrete changes that are being made right now to improve transition from temporary resident to permanent resident.

The strategy outlines five pillars which IRCC are looking at to improve transitions from temporary residency to permanent residency.

Pillar 1: Target magnified immigration levels

There’s no new information in this pillar. It only talks about using the increased immigration targets in the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan to accommodate more permanent residents. It’s just a restatement of existing policy.

Pillar 2: Betterment of Express Entry and boost up flexibility in immigration selection tools

This offers some insight into the direction of travel IRCC are  going to improve temporary residency to permanent residency.

It talks about that IRCC will carefully assess recent measures such as the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway and apply insights learned to other programs. Which will result in changes to Express Entry.

So this might indicate that IRCC are not necessarily looking to replicate the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway but rather to enhance Express Entry to be able to better target temporary residents with the skills and attributes it wants.

This pillar also highlights the amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which gave IRCC more flexibility to target candidates with specific attributes such as specific educational credentials and work experience in Canada. It says IRCC is looking and how best to use the new flexibility to meet its goals and that implementation of these new measures will likely be by Spring 2023.

Pillar 3: Intensify Permanent Economic Immigration Programs and Pilots

  • Making it easier to facilitate transition of physicians to permanent residents.
  • Adopting the most recent version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. The new NOC system will allow IRCC to take a more nuanced approach and expand eligibility to certain occupations.
  • Improvements to the process for recognising foreign qualifications.
  • Enhancements to existing pilot programs: Agri-Food pilot and caregivers.
  • Improving the transition of international students.
    One of the key commitments here is the creation of a clearer pathway to permanent residence for international students. IRCC has been testing new approaches such as allowing certain international students more time to stay in Canada to gain work experience to put them on the path to permanent residency. It will use lessons learned from such approaches and apply them to a policy review of the International Student Program.

Pillar 4: Influence communities in pulling and retaining newcomers, including through Francophone immigration

Pillar 4 aims to give support to local communities to attract and retain newcomers by using the existing suite of regional immigration programs and any new programs that might be beneficial.

Pillar 5: Strengthen functional capacity

This pillar is fundamentally assures that IRCC has the manpower to process applications within a timely manner. And that IT systems are updated to accommodate changes to the Express Entry process intimated in other pillars.

The Immigration Minister has expressly referred to the 120-day period as a deadline to setup a new permanent residency pathway for international students and foreign workers. So, the smart thing to do is to prepare for the new pathway so that you can quickly transition from a temporary to permanent residence. This is where working with an immigration professional can be very helpful. Instead of finding your way through the rules of the pathway, you can use the experience and expertise of the immigration attorney to get your application into the system without any delays.






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