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Intermediate Skilled Worker Pathways to Permanent Residence

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Intermediate Skilled Worker Pathways to Permanent Residence

Canada is committed to economic growth by offering qualified temporary foreign workers more pathways to become permanent residents. On March 12, 2019, Canada's IRCC announced that it is creating 2,000 additional spaces for temporary workers at the intermediate skill level to become permanent residents under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Economic immigrants will make up almost 60% of new permanent residents admitted to Canada in the next 3 years; PNP allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence to address local labour market needs where qualified Canadian candidates are not available.

The increase in spaces means that existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill level (National Occupation Code C) will have more opportunities to become permanent residents, which will help to address worker shortages as well as worker vulnerability due to the short-term status of their job. Skill Level C are intermediate skilled jobs that call for high school and/or job-specific training, including:

  • industrial butchers
  • long-haul truck drivers
  • food and beverage servers

IRCC's press release to announce the new 2,000 new program states:

“Temporary foreign workers fill long-term labour market needs and contribute to the growth of our economy. We recognize the need to provide opportunities for them to transition to permanent residence – and these additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program will do just that.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen,
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

79% of Canada's temporary foreign workers have difficulty attaining permanent residence status. Canadian provinces and territories are responsible for immigration streams through the Provincial Nominee Program. Under Canada's 3-year plan to admit 1,000,000 new immigrants, the 2019 PNP admissions target is 61,000. In announcing the new spaces, IRCC committed that the added spaces will not impede IRCC’s progress in decreasing processing times for the PNP, and that this will provide a net increase in the number of Temporary Foreign Workers who become permanent residents.

You should discuss the how to moved to Canada as an intermediate skilled worker and to obtain Permanent Resident status with a legal expert familiar with how the PNP System works.


Evelyn Ackah

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Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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