IRCC releases application guide for 6 new immigration streams

NEW IMMIGRATION STREAMS /IRCC releases application guide for 6 new immigration streams


Pathways from temporary residents to PR in Canada.


Canada has released the full guide for the six new immigration streams for international graduates and essential workers. The guide on the government website gives official instructions on how to apply for the new limited-time immigration pathways opened May 6 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Canada’s immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will stop accepting applications on November 5 or when the streams reach their maximum capacity.


The following is a list of the six new immigrations streams as well as their intake caps.

  • Workers in Canada – Stream A for health care workers (20,000 applications)

  • Workers in Canada – Stream B for essential non-health care workers (30,000 applications)

  • International graduates (40,000 applications)

  • Workers in Canada – Stream A for French-speaking health care workers (no cap)

  • Workers in Canada – Stream B for French-speaking essential non-health care workers (no cap)

  • French-speaking international graduates (no cap)

Requirements are as follows

Read before you apply:

  • You must be working in Canada at the time of your application.

  • You can work in any occupation at the time you apply. If you are applying as an essential worker, you need the 1,560 work hours in an eligible occupation within the past three years, and graduate stream applicants need a Canadian credential.

  • You must submit a completed application with all documents, including language tests, and pay the fees. (Please note that language tests are taking a long time, therefore book the earliest test available)

  • You can apply to multiple streams if you wish, however you will have to pay fees for each application.

  • The intake process will be on first come, first served basis.

  • If you are currently living in Quebec, you may still be eligible, as long as you can demonstrate to the officer that you intend to move to another province, or show a job offer in another province.

  • Self-employed experience does not count for these streams.

  • Wet signatures are not required on documents, except for the use of representative form. There will be an attestation at the end of the online application, which will act as a signature.

  • You can pay fees online in advance and upload the receipt in your application, or pay through the online portal.


The travel restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 has had major impacts on the labour market. Canada depends on immigrants coming in from abroad to address labour shortages. Canada has set itself an 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.



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