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Immigration minister discusses new PR pathway for temporary residents

The new temporary resident immigration option is still lacking in details, but immigration minister Sean Fraser gave an update on the current policy discussions.

According to Fraser’s statement from June 21, “the difficulty that I’m grappling with right now is that we have more people coming temporarily than we may have spaces for in our immigration levels plan.” “We may have 500,000 individuals here temporarily studying, but we have about 400,000 [rooms for permanent residence].”

The Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) pathway, a similar programme that was introduced in 2021, won’t be exactly the same as the new programme, Fraser previously told CBC news. The TR2PR method was enacted as a one-time solution to assist Canada in reaching its immigration goal notwithstanding border closures. 90,000 temporary workers in Canada might now become permanent residents thanks to the TR2PR programme. Under Marco Mendicino, a former immigration minister, this initiative was started.

Fraser received the directive to “increase avenues to permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign employees” not long after being appointed immigration minister. According to a resolution introduced by Randeep Sarai, the member of parliament for Surrey Centre, British Columbia, the minister has until May 11 to create and publish a plan to accomplish these objectives.

I’m really hoping for that because I think it’s a great opportunity for Canada. “Over the coming several months we should be able to give some clarity as to what these routes may look like,” Fraser said.

The minister rejected the notion that temporary residents would receive an advantage in the Express Entry process. Canada’s three primary immigration programs—the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program—all use Express Entry as their application management system.

I’m concerned because the Express Entry system might be using people who don’t really want to immigrate, Fraser said, so you might not always get the best and the brightest.

The minister did add that there were further issues. He stated that the issue of certain temporary residents being denied their temporary permits because the immigration officer is not confident in their ability to depart at the conclusion of their allotted stay is one of the issues being addressed. For those who desire to study or work in Canada and eventually become permanent residents, this poses a problem.

Fraser has until September 8 to present a strategy on the motion’s six points:

  • Broadening the list of professions that qualify for economic immigration programmes and giving Canadian job experience more weight;
  • investigating data from other government immigration programmes;
  • incorporating data on the labour market and skills shortages to base immigrant selection on persistent labour gaps;
  • encouraging immigrant retention in smaller communities and Francophone immigration outside Quebec;
  • identifying mechanisms to react quickly to changes in labour market needs and regional economic priorities; and
  • specifically consider occupations and essential services such as health services, caregivers, agriculture, manufacturing, service, trades, and transportation.

Fraser said: “This is simply something we’re in the conversation and policy building process right now. I don’t want to project any final choices on this.”

Rajdeep Kaur
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