Immigration

Link for New Immigration Streams Goes Live

Applicants interested in new immigration pathways can now submit their applications online.


As of Thursday May 6, 2021 the federal government opened up the online portal to start accepting applications for the six new immigration pathways.

The portal will be open until November 5, 2021 or until the cap has been reached. Whichever comes first.

Curious about how many people have already applied? You can get that information through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website, where regular updates on the number of applications received will be provided.

The application guideline for the new programs were published in a complete guide on May 5, 2021. The guide provides a breakdown on eligibility criteria, required documentation and other details.

Additional information can be found on a separate website. The website also enables users to verify whether they are eligible for the program or not.

Before you begin the application process, it’s a good idea to check your eligibility.

Breakdown of streams

When Minister Mendicino announced the launch of the six streams, he stated Canada would be accepting a total of 90,000 applications for English speaking streams, with no cap for French-speaking streams.

The breakdown of the 90,000 applications are as follows:

  • Stream A for health care workers: 20,000 applications
  • Stream B for essential non-health care workers: 30,000 applications
  • International graduates: 40,000 applications
  • Stream A for French-speaking health workers: unlimited, no cap
  • Stream B for French-speaking essential non-health care workers: unlimited, no cap
  • French-speaking international graduates: unlimited, no cap

The essential workers and international student graduates streams will likely be very popular and spots will probably fill up much sooner than the November 5 deadline. So if you want to apply, the time do it is now.

Why did Canada launch these limited-time immigration pathways?

2021 has been a completely unpredictable year when it comes to immigration and Canada has held several surprising and history making draws.

The launch of these new streams is another way for IRCC to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. The travel restrictions and border closures that are currently in place have significantly hampered Canada’s ability to welcome newcomers into the country.

By issuing invitations to candidates who are living in Canada, the application process will have less delays, be more efficient and help Canada reach its 2021 immigration goals.

As a result, IRCC is focusing on allowing individuals who are temporary residents to become permanent residents. Minister Mendicino said that by opening up the streams to health care and essential workers, Canada is recognizing the, “…contributions of newcomers in essential jobs…we are recognizing their key role in our economic recovery. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting – and we want you to stay.”

Ready to submit your application? The online portal and application process can be accessed here.

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