Back in November 2020, Canada set an ambitious target of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021 for its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Thanks to the ongoing extended border closures and the hardship related to admitting permanent residents from overseas, Canada has decided to give priority to temporary residents in certain trades who can boost and drive the future of its economy. To achieve such a lofty goal, the following policy drafted by the CIC would be of absolute necessity.

The subsequent guide is meant to give a simplistic overview of what has been published by the IRCC recently regarding granting permanent residence to recent graduates.



The foreign national is required to:

  1. Have completed, before the date when the PR application is received by the CIC, and no earlier than Jan 2017, a program of study in one of the Designated Learning Institutions which includes:
    1. a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or in Quebec CEGEP
    2. a private post-secondary school in Quebec that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions in Quebec
    3. a private or public post-secondary institution in Quebec offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
    4. a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees under provincial law but only if the program of study completed was a degree as authorized by the province, which may not include all programs of study offered by the private institution.


  1. In the above institutes mentioned the type of course you did is important as you are required to have been granted ANY one of the following credentials:


    1. a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) which must be a degree issued on completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration;
    2. a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade (listed in Annex A); or
    3. one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met:
  1. For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in duration and the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
  2. For the DVS and AVS, each program of study must be at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in duration.

When combining one AVS with one DVS, the length of the AVS may be less than 900 hours if the combined length is at least 1,800 hours.

  • For greater clarity, each combined credential must meet the eligible program requirements, including the completion no earlier than January 2017.
  1. Have been authorized to study throughout their education in Canada;
  2. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work, must not be self-employed unless working as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service arrangement with a health authority.
  3. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least CLB 5 in either official language

IELTS -> R-4      OR       CELPIP -> R -5

W-5                                        W-5

L-5                                         L-5

S-5                                        S-5



The evaluation must be less than two (2) years old when the permanent residence application is received;

  1. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  2. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  3. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy and which must include at the time of application all proof necessary to satisfy an officer that the applicant meets the conditions (eligibility requirements) of this public policy, except for evidence required to demonstrate physical presence in Canada at the time of application approval;
  4. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means (apply online); and
  5. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations

This public policy also extends to family members of the applicant in Canada. The definition of family member (under subsection 1(3) of the Regulations) simply means those persons related to the principal applicant as a result of marriage or common-law relationships such as spouse or children. Note: This does not include parents or grandparents.



All that a family member currently in Canada needs to qualify for PR is to have been included in the PR application under this new public policy as an “accompanying family member” and not be inadmissible as per the Act and Regulations.


The same criteria applies to family members of the applicant currently living abroad as well. However, there is an exemption for some requirements needed for family members abroad; they are not needed to indicate the class under which they applying for. By classes, we mean:

  • (a)the family class;
  • (b)the economic class, consisting of the federal skilled worker class, the Quebec skilled worker class, the provincial nominee class, the Canadian experience class, the federal skilled trades class, the Quebec investor class, the Quebec entrepreneur class, the start-up business class, the self-employed persons class and the Quebec self-employed persons class; and
  • (c)the Convention refugees abroad class and the country of asylum class.



INTAKE-A maximum of 40,000 applications will be accepted for processing. Any application submitted after that threshold shall not be considered.

DATES- Start date is 6th May 2021 and end date is November 5th 2021. You will be given time to submit your application during this time period, but once the limit of 40,000 applications is reached, the application won’t be considered.


ANNEX A – Eligible Skilled Trades

Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades

7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations

7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

7232 Tool and die makers

7233 Sheet metal workers

7234 Boilermakers

7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters

7236 Ironworkers

7237 Welders and related machine operators

7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)

7242 Industrial electricians

7243 Power system electricians

7244 Electrical power line and cable workers

7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers

7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers

7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians

7251 Plumbers

7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

7253 Gas fitters

7271 Carpenters

7272 Cabinetmakers

7281 Bricklayers

7282 Concrete finishers

7283 Tilesetters

7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

7291 Roofers and shinglers

7292 Glaziers

7293 Insulators

7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

7295 Floor covering installers

Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades;

7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations

7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations

7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7313 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

7314 Railway carmen/women

7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7316 Machine fitters

7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics

7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7322 Motor vehicle body repairers

7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics

7332 Appliance servicers and repairers

7333 Electrical mechanics

7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics

7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers

7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers

7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women

7371 Crane operators

7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction

7373 Water well drillers

7381 Printing press operators

7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

Major Group 82, supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production

8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying

8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

8231 Underground production and development miners

8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

8241 Logging machinery operators

8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

8261 Fishing masters and officers

8262 Fishermen/women

Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;

9211Supervisors, mineral and metal processing

9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

9213 Supervisors, food and beverage processing

9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing

9215 Supervisors, forest products processing

9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling

9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing

9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing

9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing

9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing

9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly

9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing

9232 Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing

9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

9241 Power engineers and power systems operators

9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks

6321 Chefs

6322 Cooks

Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale

6332 Bakers