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May 6, 2021

FAQ on Canada’s six new PR streams for essential workers and students

Canada on May 6 is launching six new PR streams at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the essential workers and the international student graduates who are currently living in the country. About 90,000 spots for immigration will be available. The information provided in this article is based on the technical briefing by IRCC that was held with the immigration representatives on the dates April 21, April 28, and May 4.

The following are the FAQ on new PR streams.

1. When will the new PR streams will get launched?

It will get launch on May 6 at 12 p.m. EST.

2. Can dependents be added to the application?

Yes. You can include dependents like spouses, common-law partners, or children who are under the age of 22 (dependent children if have any disability may be older).

3. How can I check my eligibility?

We have a free tool to check eligibility.

4. What are the steps to apply for an application?

According to Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Step 2: Collect the required documents

Step 3: Complete your application

Step 4: Fee payment

Step 5: Application submission

5. What documents will I be needed to submit?

You can check this on IRCC’s website.

6. If I have any disability then what is the procedure to request accommodation?

For this, you will need to contact IRCC to make them notify about your disability, and also you will need an alternative format application. You should make sure that your request for accommodation for the new PR streams with a cap will get received by May 20, 2021, or before the limit of intake has been reached. The request will be accepted by IRCC by email or phone to their Client Support Centre. If you send them an email, then you must include the following information and direct it to this address:  IRCC.BCSU-UCSE.IRCC@cic.gc.ca:

  • Full name
  • Email/mail address
  • Phone number
  • The stream that you are applying
  • The alternative format for disability you need
  • Your wish to receive that format by email or mail
  • Confirm that you are requesting an accommodation due to your disability

7. What forms need to be filled out?

A list of all the mandatory forms that principal applicants will need to fill out are given below:

  • Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]
  • Schedule A – Background/Declaration [IMM 5669]
  • Additional family information [IMM 5406]
  • Schedule 3 – TR to PR pathway [IMM 0130]

Some other application forms that you might need to fill includes:

  • Additional Dependents/Declaration [IMM0008 DEP]
  • Declaration from Non-Accompanying Parent/Guardian for Minors Immigrating to Canada [IMM 5604]
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5604]
  • Use of a Representative [IMM 5476]

8. How will IRCC process applications?

IRCC processes the application in the order in which they are received.

9. How can I apply?

IRCC will provide an online portal to submit your application.

That online portal will contain a tool called “How to Apply Tool” which will help you decide about the stream to apply. There would be a wizard available to assess your eligibility, which you can also skip.

You will need to agree on some terms and conditions. After this, only you will create an account that includes your email address and a password. Once you are done with creating your account then you get a verification code in your email and then after this you can sign in with your email address and password.

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You will observe a document checklist that will include the new IMM 0008 form. Make sure that you validate your forms and then submit them with 2D barcodes. This form does not contain any signature. The only use of a representative form that will require your wet signature. Also, there will be a separate spot available to get this form uploaded.

You will also be required to submit other documents such as proof of your eligible work or the study experience in Canada. Additional spots will be provided to dependents to add these files.

Then you will see an acknowledgment and consent form along with a privacy statement. There will be a blue button of the “Submit your application” which is available at the end of the application form. You can view the submission of the application once you have filled out your application form.

10. Is there is any possibility that my immigration representative can apply for me?

You allowed to retain an immigration representative but the application should be uploaded by you on the IRCC website. As per IRCC’s statement, Only applicants are able to access and upload their documents from the intake portal. Representatives are unable to access the portal for their clients because the applications should be signed electronically in the intake portal.

11. Can I submit multiple applications if I am eligible for both an essential worker as well as an international graduate stream?

Yes, you can apply for multiple applications but will need to pay fees twice.

12. Under which stream will process my application be processed if I am eligible for the multiple streams?

You will get a chance to choose the stream after the submission of your application.

13. Will I be able to apply if I am currently not working?

No, it is already mentioned in the eligibility criteria list that you will need to be currently employed in any occupation.

14. What is the application fee?

For the principal applicants, it is $1,050. You might need to pay extra fees if you adding the dependents to your application form.

15. What is the standard for processing?

We have no idea about it. In their May 4 technical briefing, IRCC has expected to process about 40,000 applications in the year 2021.

16. Do I need to submit my scores of  IELTS General Training or CELPIP  with my application form?


17. Am I eligible to apply for the application if  I hold a study permit?

Yes, if you meet all the other eligibility criteria of one of the six new PR streams.

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18. If I have work experience as an international graduate in an essential job, then will it be considered under one of the streams of essential worker?

Yes, you are allowed to apply, but you must obtain work experience in Canada of at least 1,560 hours in the last three years in an essential occupation.

19. For me to get eligible is there is any need for my current job to be in an essential occupation?

No, all you need to sow is 1,560 hours of work experience in Canada in the last three years. And those who are wishing to apply under the international graduate stream need not demonstrate their work experience in an essential occupation.

20. What type of job should I need to get eligible under the stream of international graduate?

You can do any type of job in any occupation either full-time or part-time, but that should be salaried employment.

21. Can I apply for the application if I am currently on the maintained status?


22. Can I apply during the waiting period for my Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application to get approved?


23. If I already have applied under another immigration program, or have a PR invitation, or might have submitted my express entry profile? 

Yes. But you will be needed to pay the application fees for any option which you pursue.

24. Do I need to have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for foreign education?


25. Can my work experience being self-employed in an essential occupation count towards the 1,560-hour of work experience requirement for the new PR streams of essential workers?

No, self-employment is not counted unless you are a medical doctor who fulfills the eligibility criteria. You must show yourself as an employee.

26. How can I show my intentions live in other provinces of Canada apart from Quebec?

Candidates will need to show proof like their plans to live outside of Quebec, their new residence place, etc.

27. Will I need to submit any medical at the time of application submission?


28. What happens after the submission of the application?

After the submission of your application, IRCC is going to conduct a complete check to make sure that:

  • all the required forms are been properly completed and are submitted
  • the processing fee payment is paid or not
  • all the required documents have been submitted or not

After the application gets received then you will get an Acknowledgment  receipt via email that:

  • notifies you that your application has been received by us and will give your IRCC application number
  • provides a contact of the IRCC office that will be going to process your file
  • gives you a brief of the processing steps that should be taken in the future.

29. How to avoid delays to my application?

Delays in the processing mostly happen due to the following reasons as per IRCC:

  • copies of documents that are not very clear
  • IRCC verify your information and all the required documents
  • a medical condition which is required you to complete more tests
  • security problems
  • IRCC needs to consult with the other offices of Canada

30. What measures can I take to make sure that my application is being processed quickly?

As per IRCC advice:

  • You should send all the documents and the information which is  requested in your application
  • You must pay your application fees and if required the biometrics fees as well
  • You must provide your biometrics

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