French Speakers, Act Now: Use 1 of 3 Streams to get Permanent Residence

If you are currently in Canada, have work experience in Canada in a Non-Health Essential Occupation, or have work experience in Canada in the Health or Health Services field, or you have recently graduated from a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution, you and your family (spouse and children) might be able to apply for Permanent Residence.

However, you need to act quickly because this is a limited-time pathway under a Temporary Public Policy by the Government of Canada, and the number of applications that the Government will accept is running down fast.

In-Canada French Speakers Act now to get Permanent ResidenceTemporary Policy to Obtain Permanent Residence in Canada For French Speakers in Health Care and Other Essential Occupations

On April 14, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new and temporary pathway to Permanent Residence for certain temporary residents, under the temporary public policy “Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway”, which includes 3 specific streams for French speakers.

This pathway for certain temporary residents who are currently working in Canada and their families is time limited.

You may be eligible for permanent residence if:

  • You speak French; AND
  • You have work experience in Canada in a Non-Health Essential Occupation; OR
  • You have work experience in Canada in the Health or Health Services field (see “Health Care Stream” below); OR
  • You recently graduated from a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution (see “International Graduates Stream” below)

Fren ch Speakers and Family can get Permanent Residence in Canada

Streams for French Speakers

If you are currently in Canada under temporary status and A) have work experience in Canada in health or health services field; B) have work experience in Canada in an essential occupation; or C) you have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution, you might be able to apply for Permanent Residence.

Graduates and Workers must be present in Canada and currently working (with authorization) at the time of their application, have proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages, and meet general admissibility requirements to qualify.

There are three Streams under this Public Policy, and each has different requirements.

  1. French-speaking Workers in Canada (Healthcare Workers)
  2. French-speaking Workers in Canada (Essential, Non-Healthcare Workers); and
  3. French-speaking International Graduates in Canada.

Eligibility requirements for French Speakers in Canada

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the minimum requirements:

  • be in Canada
  • have valid status in Canada
  • plan to live outside of Quebec
  • meet or exceed the language requirements
  • be currently employed
  • have eligible work experience
  • not be a refugee claimant in Canada
  • Language requirements
  • You must prove your ability in French.

French Speakers in Health Care Permanent Residence in Canada

For streams A & B, the minimum language requirement is Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in each module.

For stream C, International Graduates, the minimum language requirement is Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 5 in each module.

These results must be less than 2 years old at the time your application is submitted.

Step 1. Supporting Documents – French Speakers in Canada

What documents do you need?

  1. Proof of Entry and Status in Canada

When we submit your application, we need to prove that you have valid status, and are living in Canada.

To prove your status in Canada, you must submit a copy of your most recent immigration document such as Work Permit or Study Permit.

NOTE: Your dependent family members can be outside Canada when you apply and throughout processing.

  1. Proof of Current Employment in Canada

You will need to prove that you are currently employed in Canada.

You must submit the following as proof:

  • A copy of your Work Permit(s) in Canada (if applicable), and
  • An Employer reference letter from your current Employer. The letter must include:
    • location of work
    • specific period of your employment (to/from dates)
    • description of your main responsibilities and duties
    • your total annual salary and benefits
    • the number of hours you work per week
    • your employer’s name, signature, full address, telephone number and email address (if applicable)
    • your most recent pay stubs.

Stream-specific supporting documents

The following supporting documentation must be provided based on the stream to which you are applying:

French Speaking Workers in-Canada, Stream A (Healthcare & Health Services) and Stream B (Essential Non-Healthcare)

Health Care French Speakers Permanent Residence in Canada

You need 1 year of work experience (at least 1,560 hours) in the past 3 years. Unlike your current employment, which can be in any job, your experience needs to be in one or more eligible occupations. Your work experience must include most of the main duties and all the essential duties listed in your National Occupational Classification (NOC) the activities listed in the lead statement of your NOC.

To calculate your hours of work experience

  • count the hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs.
  • The hours must be in one or more eligible occupations.
  • The hours must be over a period of at least 12 months.
  • don’t count hours you weren’t paid for (volunteering and unpaid internships don’t count)
  • don’t count hours when you were self-employed
  • Exception: Count hours when you worked as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service arrangement with a health authority.

You must provide the following to prove your work experience:

  • A copy of your work permit in Canada (if applicable), and
  • Employer reference letters for the periods of work experience identified in your application. The letters must include:
    • location of work
    • specific period of your employment (to/from dates)
    • description of your main responsibilities and duties
    • your total annual salary and benefits
    • the number of hours you worked per week
    • your employer’s name, signature, full address, telephone number and email address (if applicable)
  • You must also provide:
    • Copies of your T4 tax information slips and your Notice of Assessment (if applicable); or
    • Work contracts; or
    • Pay stubs

List of Eligible Occupations

There is a list of eligible occupations for the Health Care stream, and another one for the Non-Health Essential stream. Contact us to know if you are eligible in one of the stream’s occupational lists.

French Speaking Cashiers can get Permanent Residence in Canada

French-speaking International Graduates in Canada

You need to prove that you have graduated from an eligible Post-Secondary institution that you have and earned an eligible credential.

You must provide:

  • A final transcript, and
  • A letter from the institution and/or the formal notice of graduation

The document that you provide as proof of your education must show:

  • The type of credential granted (degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation);
  • The length (in weeks, months, or years) of the program of study;
  • That you were authorized to study for the duration of studies;
  • the date of completion; and
  • the name of the school that granted the degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation.

Note: You do not need to have a Post-Graduation Work Permit in order to qualify for this stream. Your DLI, however, must be eligible to issue Post-Graduation Work Permits.

Recent French Speaking Graduates Permanent Residence in Canada

Step 2. Complete the Application

We will gather all required information to prepare your application package. List of supporting documents to be provided to submit your application

For the applicant (and dependents, if applicable):

  • Copy of the biographical data page of a passport or travel document
  • Identity and Civil Status Documents
  • Children’s information (if applicable)
  • Immigration Medical Exams (IME)
  • Police certificates and clearances
  • Photos
  • Fees

Copy of the biographical data page of a passport or travel document

Copy of the pages of your passport or travel documents for you, your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children, showing:

  • the passport numbers
  • date of issue and expiry
  • the photo, name, date, and place of birth, and
  • pages showing any amendments in name, date of birth, expiration, etc.

If your dependents live in a country other than their country of nationality, include a photocopy of their visa for the country in which they are currently living.

Identity and Civil Status Documents

You must provide the following documents for you and your spouse or common-law partner:

  • Legal documents showing name or date of birth changes (if applicable)
  • Marriage certificate(s), final divorce or annulment certificate(s). If married more than once, include certificates from each marriage and divorce or annulment you, your spouse or common-law partner have had
  • Death certificate for former spouse(s) or common-law partner(s) (if applicable)
  • National IDs, family/household registry/book (if applicable)
  • If you have a common-law partner, complete and include the Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409] and provide evidence that you have cohabitated with your partner for a period of at least 12 continuous months.

Provide the following documents listing both your names, for example:

  • copies of joint bank account statements
  • copies of leases, or
  • utility bills

Children’s Information (if applicable): Submit the following information

  • Children’s birth certificates (which name their parents)
  • Adoption papers issued by recognized national authorities showing the legal, approved adoption of adopted dependent children
  • Proof of full custody for children under the age of 18 and proof that the children may be removed from the jurisdiction of the court;
  • If the other parent of your children is not accompanying you to Canada, you must submit a signed Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada [IMM 5604]. You must submit one form for each child and a copy of the non-accompanying parent’s photo ID showing their signature.

Immigration Medical Exams (IME)

An Immigration Medical Exam (IME) from a panel physician is required as part of your Permanent Residence application. Your family members must also have one, even if they aren’t coming with you.

Canada Immigration Medical Exam IME

If you already completed an IME

If you have already completed an IME as part of a previous application (example: to work or to study), you may not need to complete another one when you apply for Permanent Residence.

When the panel physician completed your exam, they would have given you an:

  • information printout sheet, or
  • IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form

Please provide a copy of one of these documents or your IME or UMI number from your previous medical exam when you apply online. It does not matter how long ago you had your exam.

If you have never completed an IME

If you have never completed an Immigration Medical Exam before, you should complete the exam before you apply or as close as possible to the date you submit your online application.

When the panel physician completes the medical exam, they will give you an:

  • information printout sheet
  • IMM 1017B Upfront Medical Report form

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, some panel physician offices may be closed or have limited appointment availabilities. If you are having difficulty getting your IME completed before you apply, please provide:

  • proof that a medical appointment is scheduled, including the name of the panel physician and the date and time of the appointment; or
  • a letter of explanation of best efforts.

Police Certificates and Clearances

You must include Police Certificates when you apply for Permanent Residence for:

  • you and your family members who are 18 years or older, and
  • from every country in which you (or a family member) stayed in for 6 months or more in a row during the last 10 years

You and your family members don’t need a Police Certificate for any period of time before you were 18 years old or for any time spent in Canada. Submit scanned color copies of the original Police Certificates.

Canada Police Certificate for Permanent Residence

If you need a Request Letter

If this applies to you:

  • We will upload a document in the Police Certificate field in the document checklist that says: “you are applying from a country that requires an official Request Letter from IRCC to get a Police Certificate”.

The Police Certificate from the country where your dependents currently live:

  • must be issued no more than 6 months before the date you submit your application; and
  • must not be expired.

For any other country

For any other country, the Police Certificate must be issued after the last time you stayed there for 6 months or more in a row.

Some countries put expiry dates on their Police Certificates. If you have a Police Certificate that expired, include it. We’ll accept it if:

  • it was issued after the last time you stayed there for 6 months or more in a row;
  • it is not for the country where you currently live.

An officer may ask for a new Police Certificate later on.

If you cannot get a Police Certificate before applying due to COVID-19 restrictions

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, you may have difficulties obtaining the necessary Police Certificates. In those cases, IRCC may accept both of the following:

  • proof of having requested a Police Certificate for some countries, and
  • an explanation of best efforts (not a guarantee of acceptance)
  • In this explanation, you should explain the delay in acquiring the Police Certificate.

In these cases, you will be required to upload a document into the Police Certificate field, showing:

  • country-specific details
  • proof that you requested a Police Certificate as soon as possible before applying, and
  • your explanation of best efforts.

Photo Requirements

Upload a photo for each member of your family, whether accompanying you or not, and yourself.

  • Photos must have been taken within six (6) months before application submission.
  • Digital photos are acceptable. The front side of a physical photo can also be scanned and uploaded.

If You are a French Speaker in Canada and Meet Requirements, we can Help You, but You Need to Act Now!

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