The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) was launched in April 2018 to address the Canadian labor market shortages. The EMPP was designed to help skilled refugees immigrate to the country – through its existing economic programs.
This pilot program targets refugee applicants who have strong economic settlement potential by offering them a provincial nomination under the existing Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
The EMPP is a combination of refugee settlement and economic immigration. Applicants under this pilot program are selected based on economic immigration requirements.
The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot will help applicants apply through specific economic Canada immigration programs. This approach makes it easier for applicants to:
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), through the EMPP, aims to:
There are two sets of eligibility requirements applicants must meet in order to apply under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).
- a valid, positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) from the UNHCR or a refugee-hosting state
- a document that shows that the applicant is a registered or recorded asylum seeker abroad
- a “person of concern” letter issued by the UNHCR for the EMPP
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) High-Skilled Program
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Intermediate-Skilled Program
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
To apply under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, applicants must complete two applications.
1. One application for the economic immigration programs:
2. A second application for the EMPP.
Applicants must submit both applications together using instructions for the EMPP application. Once the IRCC receives an application, they review it in two stages.
STAGE 1: Check that the required forms are included.
If all the required forms were signed and included, IRCC will email you (or your representative) an acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) that includes the applicant's application number. This confirms that they have added your application to their system.
STAGE 2: Review the applicant’s eligibility and admissibility to Canada.
Applicants may also need to attend interviews to provide more information. This is also applied to the family members accompanying the applicant to Canada. The IRCC sets a specific date, time, and location – alongside the documents to bring for the interview. The applicant (as well as the family members) must provide fingerprints and photos (biometrics) at this interview.
If eligible, the IRCC will continue to process the application.
If the applicant meets the EMPP eligibility requirements, the IRCC will now review their eligibility for the economic immigration program the applicant has applied under.
This is the final step. Once the IRCC confirms your eligibility for a Canada immigration program, they’ll check to make sure that the applicant passes:
Upon successful application under the EMPP, the IRCC will give the applicant general orientation information about what it's like living in Canada. This information will help the applicant to prepare for their move to Canada and connect with free services to help settle them in a new country.
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