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Canada may extend the deadline for the TR to PR Pathway

In an interview with Reuters, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino indicated that they may extend the deadline of a program created this year to give temporary residents working in key sectors a route to permanent residency. He is also considering expanding the program’s eligibility to include refugee claimants.

It’s important to mention that the TR to PR Pathway was opened on May 6 to health care workers (cap 20,000), essential workers (cap 30,000), and international students (cap 40,0000). The last two subcategories reached their maximum capacity. However, more than 14,000 of the 20,000 spots in the healthcare stream were unfilled. The last date to apply for TR to PR pathway is November 5, 2021.

“I think we should keep an open mind as to whether or not we should extend (the deadline),” Minister Marco Mendicino said in an interview.

He is also considering expanding future versions of the program to include refugee claimants, who get work permits while awaiting a verdict on their claims.

“I am always going to keep an open mind about searching for whatever policy promotes the greatest outcomes for our refugees, our immigrants and our country and its economy.”

Moving forward as reported by Reuters, Minister Mendicino also said it is important to provide more “transitional opportunities” for newcomers, but added it is “imperative” workers’ rights be protected regardless of status.

“I firmly believe immigration status should not be used to exploit any individual. … The ability to transition from temporary to permanent status can be one of the factors that strengthens the relationship between the employer and the employee by creating more of a balance.”

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