Canada's new TR to PR pathway for Doctors

Canada's new TR to PR pathway for Doctors

Alisha Khan Alisha Khan
[Published 27 Sep, 2022 | 06:10 AM]
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The Express Entry system is most likely to revise its immigration norms for healthcare workers, according to the announcement made by Canada's minister of immigration Sean Fraser, to enable more doctors to get permanent residency. Medical professionals who were previously viewed as self-employed and hence ineligible for Express Entry now have a significant exemption thanks to this new adjustment. The change is intended to make it easier for doctors who are already in Canada and employed temporarily under the permanent residence status.

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Changes made to Express Entry

Many temporary doctors operating in Canada are classified as self-employed because to the country's "fee for service" approach of public health care and are therefore ineligible for the Express Entry-managed programs.

These two initiatives are the Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Program. On Friday, Fraser made the announcement that doctors would be excluded from the existing rules and so have access to Canada's permanent resident programs.

One of the cornerstones of Fraser's strategy for enhancing temporary residents' access to permanent residence is the Express Entry legislation. He only recently gave a summary of his strategy to the parliament. Early in 2023, Canada plans to start sending invites tailored to particular occupations via Express Entry. This is in line with several of the provinces, which have been holding similar draws for a while.

The proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act enabled the minister to respond to labour market needs and regional economic priorities, as well as to increase Francophone immigration by selecting more candidates with specific attributes, such as in-Canada experience, the Immigration and Refugee Committee (IRCC) stated in a previous publication supporting Fraser's announcement on Tuesday.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry will be examined, with an emphasis on the points awarded for Canadian work experience, education, language proficiency, and job offers. These modifications were dubbed "the foundation for the next version of Express Entry" by the IRCC.

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Healthcare Worker targets in 2022

Over 8,600 petitions for temporary and permanent residence from foreign nationals seeking jobs in the health industry were submitted to Canada in 2022. Over 2,500 doctors, 620 nurses, and 550 nurses' aides and orderlies received work permits and work permit extensions last year from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Through Express Entry Program and the Provincial Nominee Program, nearly 22,400 individuals, including 3,600 doctors and 8,600 nurses, have obtained permanent residency since 2015. By June 2022, 4,300 temporary residents had been converted to permanent residents through the one-time Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence Pathway's health care streams.


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