The GRANTING of permanent residence for French-speaking foreign in Canada, outside of Quebec


The pandemic has further highlighted the contribution of French-speaking foreign nationals, across all sectors and skill levels. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure that Canada has the necessary workforce to support the physical health and wellbeing of individuals, as well as economic recovery. Communities across Canada benefit from the economic, social and cultural spin-offs of the arrival of French-speaking newcomers. The public policy targets foreign nationals with French language proficiency and with at least one year of work experience in Canada in an essential occupation, in recognition of their economic contribution and in acknowledgement of the ongoing need that Canada has for French-speaking and bilingual professionals. In addition, the public policy helps retain French and French immersion teachers to address the shortage of French-language teachers in Canada outside of Quebec and by doing so, supports the Government of Canada’s objectives on official languages.


While applications for permanent residence have been accepted and processed throughout the pandemic, the global travel restrictions and capacity constraints have led to a shortfall in admissions, including in French-speaking admissions. The 401,000 new admissions announced for 2021 in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan are key to ensuring Canada has the workers, including French-speaking workers, it needs to fill key essential positions and remain competitive in attracting global talent.


Conditions (eligibility requirements) applicable to the principal applicants

Based on public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant permanent resident status to foreign nationals who meet the following conditions.


The foreign national must:


- Have completed at least one (1) year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time experience (1,560 hours), in Canada, in an eligible occupation listed in Annex A or Annex B in the three (3) years preceding the date when the application for permanent residence is received.

Stream A: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex A. Experience cannot be combined with Annex B occupations.

Stream B: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex B, or in a combination of occupations in Annex A and B.

-Be employed in Canada in any occupation at the time that the application for permanent residence is received;

-The job is not self-employment and is a salaried job

-Hold a valid language test result with CLB 4 or higher under every skill. The evaluation must be less than two (2) years old when the permanent residence application is received;

- 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;

- Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;


Conditions (eligibility requirements) applicable to family members in Canada:

In-Canada family members of a principal applicant who applies for permanent residence under this public policy are eligible to be granted permanent residence pursuant to this public policy if they meet the following conditions:


-the foreign national is in Canada;

-the foreign national has been included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence by a principal applicant under this public policy;

-the foreign national meets the definition of a “family member”:

(a) the spouse or common-law partner of the person;

(b) a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; and

(c) a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b).


Conditions (eligibility requirements) applicable to family members abroad:

Based on public policy considerations, when processing an application for a permanent resident visa, delegated officers may grant an exemption from the requirements of the Regulations identified below when a foreign national meets the following conditions:


- foreign national residing overseas has been included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence by a principal applicant under this public policy;

-the foreign national meets the definition of a “family member”:

(a) the spouse or common-law partner of the person;

(b) a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; and

(c) a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b).


These programs do not have an intake cap. The new policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations as well as 95 other essential jobs.


Annex A – Eligible Health-Related Occupations

Eligible health care occupations include all broad occupational category 3 occupations (Health occupations) from the National Occupational Classification (NOC) with the exception of Veterinarians (NOC 3114) and Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (NOC 3213), as well as five occupations from broad occupational category 4 (Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services).

Annex B – Other Eligible Essential Occupations


See link below:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/mandate/policies-operational-instructions-agreements/public-policies/trpr-canadian-work-experience-french.html

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