IRCC opens the second phase of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot
On December 3rd, IRCC opened the second phase of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). This pilot, launched in 2018, identifies skilled refugees who meet the requirements of Canada’s economic immigration programs. This includes streams such as the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Moreover, the EMPP helps qualified refugee candidates overcome obstacles and become permanent residence through these economic pathways.
The second phase of the EMPP
In June 2021, the government of Canada extended this project for two more years to admit up to 500 applicants, plus their families. It also said that it would improve the EMPP process.
Now, applications are open and the new measures will help to:
- more quickly process permanent residence applications for EMPP applicants so that, in the majority of cases, they can start working within 6 months of applying
- allow EMPP applicants to use a loan to demonstrate they have settlement funds
- waive fees for permanent residence applications
- simplify the application process by allowing scanned copies of documents
- provide pre-departure medical services to assist with immigration medical exams
According to IRCC, “new pathways like the EMPP provide additional ways for refugees, who have skills Canadian employers need, to find a home in Canada while contributing to our country’s economic growth.”
“Canada resettles many refugees every year. Resettlement covers people who have left their home country because of the fear of persecution, internal wars, or other valid reasons. However, the government of Canada has shown interest in other initiatives for refugees.” Al Parsai.
How to apply for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot
There are 2 applications you must complete for this pilot:
The first one is an application for the economic immigration program:
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) High-Skilled Program
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Intermediate-Skilled Program
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
And the second one is an application for the EMPP. IRCC mention on its website that you can submit both applications together, using only the instructions for the EMPP application. You can also complete the application by yourself or use an immigration representative. Of course, you can find more information here.
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