The Canadian government has announced the possibility of issuing Permanent Residence status to 2,000 temporary foreign workers in the country through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) this year. Every year, certain Territories and Provinces in Canada use the Provincial Nominee Program as a medium to select an allocated number of applicants for Permanent Residence, so as to meet the needs of the local labor market. On the 12th of March, it was announced that the Canadian Government intends to offer the 2000 Permanent Residence slots to temporary foreign workers who have been living in Canada on a long term basis, have adapted to the country’s system, and have intermediate skills classified under the National Occupational Code “C”. Ahmed Hussein, the Minister for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) explained that Temporary Foreign workers have been of great benefit to the country in the aspect of meeting the long term needs of the labor market and contributing immensely to Canada’s economic growth. He added that the government is not blind to their positive contributions; neither is it unaware of the need for them to be transited to permanent residents of the country. It is an excellent opportunity to slot in 2000 of them through the Permanent Residence Program. IRCC said that the extra slots will be useful in tackling the issue of “Worker Vulnerability.” Looking at the Multi-Year Immigration Level Plan for 2019, Canada aims to admit 61,000 applicants for Permanent Residence through the PNP. This year’s admission figure has risen by 6,000, as when compared to what was targeted for 2018. A spokesperson from the IRCC representing the Minister, Ahmed Hussein reported that the 2000 slots were not just allocated to them at the brink of time, but was part of the master plan, one of the avenues to increase the number of immigrant intakes.
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