The transition to Canada PR for International Students and Foreign Workers is about to get easy. The new M-44 plan has been passed and now new ways will be devised to fast-track the permanent residency process.M-44 is also known as Motion 44 — “Permanent Residency for Temporary Foreign Workers” — and is a motion regarding Canadian immigration that was introduced in Parliament on January 31, 2022, by Randeep Sarai of the Liberal party, Surrey Centre, B.C. It has since been amended and was agreed to on May 11, 2022.
The passed M-44 motion called on to the government to release a plan for the expansion of economic immigration pathways so that workers at all skill levels can access the benefits of permanent residency in Canada, especially in fields where there a labor shortage. It would also aid in the smooth transition of temporary resident status to a permanent resident.Canada’s permanent residency, PR process is about to get much simpler and faster for many international students and foreign workers. According to Randeep S. Sarai, Liberal Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre, the motion M-44 was passed in the House of Commons, one that dealt with the issue under consideration. With the passing of this, it is now expected that Canada's PR for international students and workers will be fast-tracked.
That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop and publicly release within 120 days following the adoption of this motion a comprehensive plan to expand the economic immigration stream to allow workers of all skill levels to meet the full range of labor needs and pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers, including international students, with significant Canadian work experience in sectors with persistent labor shortages, and such plan should incorporate the following elements:
(a) amending eligibility criteria under economic immigration programs to give more weight to significant in-Canada work experience and expand the eligible occupational categories and work experience at various skills levels.
(b) examining evidence and data gathered from recent programs such as Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway, Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP), and Agri-Food Pilot, and Provincial Nominee Process (PNP).
(c) incorporating data on labor market and skills shortages to align policy on immigrant-selection with persistent laborgaps.
(d) assessing ways to increase geographic distribution of immigration and encourage immigrant retention in smaller communities, as well as increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec.
(e) identifying mechanisms for ensuring flexibility in immigration-selection tools to react quicker to changes in labor market needs and regional economic priorities; and
(f) specifically considering occupations and essential sectors that are underrepresented in current economic immigration programs, such as health services, caregivers, agriculture, manufacturing, service industry, trades, and transportation.
The decision for easier Canada PR has also been taken after acknowledging that international students and temporary foreign workers are an important part of Canada's economy. This new strategy will now help by laying out new opportunities of employment and by supporting community and regional needs. As per the official release, with this, the government's aim is to strengthen the connections between labor market and the immigration programs.
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