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Aashray Kansara



International graduates have a good chance of becoming permanent citizens of Canada.

  • Many were planning to get the advantage of Canada's English-speaking International Graduates stream, which started on May 6.
  • This was the most prominent of Canada's six new immigration sources, which enabled an additional 90,000 international graduates and important staff to be eligible for permanent residency. The two English-speaking essential worker streams each have a quota of 50,000 applicants, while the English-speaking International Graduate stream only has a quota of 40,000. Because of the large number of international graduates in Canada, the English-speaking graduate stream was the first to fulfil its quota, 25 hours after the streams went online.
  • There are undoubtedly applicants who are unhappy that they did not have the opportunity to apply their application on time. They were unable to do so for a number of reasons, including a lack of an IELTS General Training or CELPIP exam score to indicate that they fulfilled the government's English language proficiency criteria. Many people might have missed a deadline for submitting their payment receipt (a technical glitch that some candidates faced on May 6 and the morning of May 7). Others could not have been working before the streams began for a number of purposes. Others could not have been working before the streams began for a number of purposes.
  • For e.g., they were due to start a new job after the streams launched.

Whatever the circumstance might be, those people should be aware of the following possibilities.


More applications for the English-speaking International Graduate stream may be accepted by IRCC.

  • Eventually, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin reviewing the 40,000 applicants, a process that will ultimately result in applications being rejected if they do not meet IRCC's requirements.
  • IRCC has yet to comment on this and has given no suggestion that it will, however, it could potentially accept more English-speaking graduate stream candidates to compensate for the refusals. Since keeping their Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) lotteries, IRCC did this recently.
  • Whereas many of those who were invited by the draw chose not to send applications, IRCC would have to invite new candidates.
  • Another option is that certain applicants were eligible for both the graduate and essential worker streams and decided to apply for both (and also pay double the application fee). It falls under the graduate stream, however, IRCC can opt to process those individuals under the essential worker stream to maximize the number of permanent residents. The worker streams have triggered much less excitement than the graduate streams so far (graduates are a much larger population in Canada than foreign workers).
  • If IRCC does not meet its 50,000 quotas for English-speaking critical workers, it will transfer those positions to the graduate stream. This is one possibility. Another option will be to expand the number of occupations available under the essential worker categories, allowing more study permit holders and graduates to benefit from this temporary public policy. It's also important to note that the IRCC's Immigration Levels Plan is dynamic and never fixed. The levels plan serves as a guide, but the number of immigrants and their admission categories are ultimately decided by a variety of factors both within and outside of IRCC's control. IRCC processing capacity of provinces and territories, demand among immigration candidates, candidates' ability to receive and file their documents in a reasonable timeframe, and other factors are among these variables.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has become the most significant variable. Changes to the stage schedule will have to be rendered as a result of the pandemic. Since border controls are likely to stay in effect for longer, IRCC will need to move many more residents in Canada to permanent residency. When the IRCC announced its levels strategy last October, it is likely that the boundary restrictions will be removed sometime in 2021. However, it is now anyone's guess if the restrictions will be lifted this year.


What could a Graduate do now?

  • Since the graduate stream is now closed, some graduates with upcoming IELTS and CELPIP test dates may decide to cancel or postpone them. Maybe they aren't registered for another Canadian visa programmed right now, or they don't want to apply right now. For example, they may wish to obtain additional Canadian work experience or education.
  • If IRCC wants to accept further applicants, it might be worthwhile to make sure you follow all of the requirements for the closed graduate stream. There are a few drawbacks to passing the English language exam and receiving all of your papers, but there are also benefits. The only disadvantage is that if you do not apply for permanent residency within two years, the validity of your language test can expire. On the plus hand, being prepared now gives you a chance if IRCC decides to reopen this stream. You will also be able to apply for the visa application when you are ready and you will have all of your documentation in hand.
  • International graduates greatly benefit from Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and many of Canada's over 100 different immigration pathways. And if the graduate stream limit has been met, being prepared now will give you an advantage.
  • Contact us today for a free consultation if you're interested in starting your Canadian immigration journey.