Supplementary Mandate Letter Decoded—Actionable Points For Foreign Students and Skilled Workers

The Supplementary Mandate Letter issued by the Prime Minster to his Immigration Minister was the first one since the pandemic’s peak spread over the last six months. As expected, the Letter reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to its immigration-friendly policies.

However, beyond the expected, there are some additional points that foreign students, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs must focus on for better understanding of their future prospects in Canada.

Immigration Remains Key for Economic Growth and Recovery

The Letter expressly connects Canada’s economic recovery to continuing immigration, which means your prospects are definitely good if you have the skills, talent, and qualification to create or boost value to Canada’s economy.

Further, this means your potential as an economic worker should be the key parameter to consider when exploring Canadian immigration options. Tick this box and you certainly will find it easier to get a work permit, provincial nomination, or an Express Entry ITA.

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More Pilot Programs

Canada’s multiple Pilot immigration programs are perhaps the most unique experiment by any country to improve its immigration system. Pilots allow Canada to experiment with different immigration strategies and target specific aspects like region (Atlantic Pilot), size (Rural and Community Pilot), or occupations (BC PNP Tech Pilot).

The Letter specifically mentions sectoral and regional pilots, which means you can look forward to programs designed to boost revival in pandemic-hit sectors like tourism, hospitality, or entertainment or for regions that have been hit harder than other parts of the country.

PR Pathways to Healthcare Workers and Other Essential Services

The pandemic has been a tough time for workers in frontline occupations like healthcare and other essential services. Canada’s immigrant-friendly policies ensured that it had a big and committed pool of essential workers to help it tide over the crisis.

The Letter mentions the need for more pathways to permanent residence for such workers. Considering that demand for quality healthcare and other essential services will remain high even after the pandemic subsides, you should fine tune your immigration plans if you work in such occupations.

Convert Temporary into Permanent Immigrants

Despite Express Entry and PNPs offering a direct path to permanent residence, there’s a general preference among skilled workers to enter through the TFWP route before becoming a permanent resident.

The Letter focuses on importance of retaining temporary workers and converting them into valuable economic assets through more pathways towards permanent residence. This means even work permit applicants should seriously consider and plan for Canadian PR since this option is likely to open up for more temporary workers in the future.

French Proficiency—Make it Your X Factor

Don’t make the mistake of equating French immigration with the province of Quebec alone. Promoting immigration of Francophone across Canada is an important part of Canada’s immigration plans.

This means adding French to your list of languages can prove to be the X-factor that can help you qualify for better career and immigration opportunities in Canada. The Letter touches upon support for French-language training as a part of high-quality settlement services in the country.

You may find it easier to negate the disadvantage of a low CRS score and get an EE ITA or a provincial nomination if you can score additional points for French proficiency. The best part is that you can learn French whenever you want. It may be impossible to get a Canadian degree or have relatives in Canada but extra points for high French proficiency will always remain possible.

Creating an Effective Canada Immigration Strategy

The worst of the crisis may have passed but the best of the opportunity that it brought still remains. Unemployment may still be high but there’s always demand for skilled workers in Canada.

So, it’s time to understand the underlying message of the Letter and create and execute an effective Canadian immigration strategy. The smartest way to do this is to secure professional immigration assistance at the earliest.

There are close to a hundred different immigration programs/streams spread across Federal, Provincial, Pilots, and other immigration programs. Why waste time in DIY research when a professional can help you identify the best options for you with a quick and free assessment?

From studying in Canada to entering as a temporary worker to exploring Federal and Provincial programs—give yourself the advantage of actionable immigration assistance to start a new life in Canada.

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