As of May 6, six new immigration streams were launched for international graduates and essential workers so many of the international graduates were hoping to get some benefit from English speaking. Canada has introduced these streams to invite about 90,000 additional international graduates and essential workers to apply for their permanent residence in Canada.
The quota of 50,000 applications was for two essential worker streams who can speak in English and the quota of 40,000 applications was for the English-speaking international graduates under the international graduate stream. As there is a huge volume of international graduates in Canada so as a result of this the quota to be filled was the English-speaking graduates and this was achieved in 25 hours after the stream went live.
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Some candidates are disappointed as they did not get a chance to submit applications on time. The most common reason candidates for not submitting their applications was that they don’t have ILETS general training or CELPIP test results with them, to prove their English language proficiency requirement provided by the government. Or, some candidates are unable to submit their payment receipts on time due to some technical glitch that was faced by some candidates on May 6 and on the morning of May 7. Others might have not been employed at the time when these streams were launched due to various reasons.
IRCC might accept some more applications for international graduates
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will now begin the review of about 40,000 applications, a process in which they will refuse applications that are unable to meet IRCC’s criteria.
IRCC is not in a position to make any comment on this and has not given any indication, but it might invite more English-speaking international graduate stream to overcome their refusals. IRCC in the recent past after holding lotteries for their Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Some of those people who are invited through the lottery have chosen not to go further and submit the applications, which is a result that made IRCC invite new applicants.
There is another possibility in which the candidates who are eligible for both the international graduate stream as well as an essential worker stream and have submitted two applications and paid double the amount for this. For permanent residence, IRCC might choose to process the only individuals who are under the essential worker stream.
If IRCC finds a shortage in the submission of applications that falls under the quota of the essential worker streams then in that case it might shift to the international graduate stream. Another option for IRCC might be to increase the number of occupations that come under the essential worker streams, due to which the study permit holders and the graduated students will become eligible under temporary public policy. The thing which must be considered right now is the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the continuation of the pandemic, it will result in changes to the IRCC immigration levels plan. It is likely that IRCC will anticipate the restriction made at the border and would be lifted anytime in the year 2021. However, the restrictions to get being this year might be now.
What can international graduates do now?
Upcoming IELTS and CELPIP test dates for the graduates might get cancel or postpone as for now the graduate streams is not open. Hence, they are now ineligible for another Canadian immigration program or do not submit their application as they might want t gain more experience in Canada. You must ensure that you meet all the requirements and have all the documents with you every time in case IRCC decides to invite more applications then this will help you a lot. If a candidate is unable to submit their permanent residence application after two years then the validity of the language test will get expire. An advantage is provided to many different immigration pathways like Express Entry, or the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP).
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