By Shelby Thevenot
Canada is working on a new fast-track immigration program for temporary foreign workers and international students.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told CBC News the new program will be a permanent pathway for temporary residents. It will be similar but not identical to the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) program which opened the door to 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates last year.
“We are looking right now at the best path forward to create a permanent pathway for temporary residents,” Fraser said to CBC News.
Shortly after being appointed immigration minister, Fraser was mandated to “expand pathways to Permanent Residence for international students and temporary foreign workers.” Now, Fraser has 120 days to develop and release a strategy to achieve these goals, as dictated by a motion passed in the Canadian House of Commons.
“That actually puts me on a clock to come up with a framework to establish this new permanent residency pathway, not just for international students, but also for temporary foreign workers,” Fraser said.
Further details of the new program will be available by September 8 when Fraser’s 120 deadline is up.
Source: CIC News