Statistics Canada’s new data reveals that a significant increased share of foreign workers immigrating to Canada have successfully transitioned to permanent resident status between 1990 and 2014. This trend has continued since 2014 and beyond.
9 percent of all temporary foreign workers who have already received their first Canadian work permit between 1995 and 1999 were able to become Canadian permanent residents within five years. This level has increased to around 13 percent between 2000 and 2004. It rose further to around 21 percent for all foreign workers who arrived between 2005 and 2009.
All foreign workers applying or permanent residency may come under one of the two below-mentioned broad programs:
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
- International Mobility Program (IMP)
Canadian federal and provincial governments have constantly been launching many programs that allow foreign workers to obtain permanent residence. The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) is the one to allow all Canadian provinces and its territories to nominate eligible individuals who want to permanently work and live to Canada. That is why, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — which is an immigration program first introduced in 2008 — allows foreign workers to become eligible for permanent resident status once they meet certain eligibility criteria.
The CEC is an economic immigration program that Canada Express Entry immigration system manages. There are three economic programs in total. The other two are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Class.
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