Some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus will have until 2021 to get a new job and not lose their appointment.
Between September 17 and November 17, provincial and territorial jurisdictions can request that paper PNP applications be put on hold if applicants lose their job offer due to COVID-19. Eligible applications must have been received by March 18, 2020.
Canada will retain these applications until March 17, 2021, or until the applicant receives a new job offer and confirmation from the province or territory that it continues to support the application, whichever occurs first.
The provinces and territories are responsible for notifying the applicant that IRCC will put their PNP application on hold.
IRCC will contact the applicant by email to provide instructions on how to submit additional documents after the province or territory applies. Applicants should request that their candidacy be put on hold in the supporting province. Those who attempt to contact IRCC to request that their application be put on hold will be redirected to the province or territory that made the nomination.
Almost all Canadian provinces have a PNP that provides a pathway to permanent residence.
The IRCC website states that PNPs are primarily intended for people who:
Each province and territory has its PNP components. These unique immigration programs target recent graduates, business people, skilled workers in specific occupations, or semi-skilled workers, among others. Each PNP has its requirements.
You can apply for PNPs in two ways:
The type of application will depend on the PNP flow you are applying to.
This new measure will allow provinces to retain some of the immigrants they have proposed for permanent residence in Canada. As a general rule, PNP recipients should keep their job offer throughout the application process. This is another of IRCC’s temporary measures to reduce the effects of the pandemic on Canadian immigration.
About a million people in Canada lost their jobs in March. The latest Statistics Canada report suggests Canada is experiencing some economic recovery, but the labor market is still not up to pre-coronavirus levels. Immigration figures for July were also down 30% from the same period last year.
The new measure shows that Canada is taking action to continue welcoming immigrants, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus. Immigration is said to be essential to Canada’s economic recovery and to play a critical role in the long-term strength of the labor market and the country’s population growth.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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