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IRCC opens May 6 with a rough start as servers get overloaded with applicants

On your marks, get set, go! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada opened the gates for the new six limited-time-only immigration programs aimed to grant temporary residents the coveted permanent resident status.

However, only an hour into opening day, IRCC announced on their Twitter that their online payment systems were experiencing technical issues. A second tweet followed three hours later confirming everyone’s suspicions: high traffic has overloaded the servers. Everyone is cramming to get in but the gate is only so big!

At the time of this writing, the live numbers are as follows:

389 applications have been submitted for health care workers with a 20,000 CAP
3218 applications have been submitted for essential non-health workers with a 30,000 CAP
26,746 applications have been submitted for recent international graduates from a Canadian institution with a 40,000 CAP

There’s still hope a lot of room for health care workers and non-health workers but the student cap is filling up fast. Once the smoke clears and the server issues are resolved, we should expect to see the other numbers rise really quickly.

Need help with your application? Contact us and we’ll be glad to help you!

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IRCC plans to open the new immigration streams on Thursday, May 6 @ 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

IRCC has announced that they will open the gates for the six new limited-time-only immigration pathways on Thursday, May 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

However, IRCC has not released the application guide after saying they would do so on May 5, 12 p.m. (EST).

According to sources, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed this information in a May 4 meeting with the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section and other associations representing immigration lawyers and consultants.

Here’s what applicants should expect:

– The application portal will assess their eligibility for six pathways.

  • Candidates will need to complete multiple forms including Generic form
  • E-Signatures are permitted
  • Each stream will require different documents
  • Some documents are mandatory for submission
  • If applicants do not have certain documents that is required, applicants should at least be able to provide proof that they are in the processes of acquiring their documents such as medical exams and police clearance certificates.
  • IRCC suggests submitting your old medical exam if you have it so that later IRCC can provide the applicant advice later on whether or not they must submit a new one.
  • IRCC estimates that they will complete processing at least 40,000 permanent residence applications in 2021, meaning to say that a big portion of applicants can expect to obtain their P.R. status in 2022.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Contact us for more counsel and help in submitting an application.

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Find out if you are eligible for the May 6 pathway programs through our assessment form

Canadian immigration is opening six new pathway programs on May 6 that will grant permanent resident status to 90,000 eligible temporary resident visa holders.

In preparation for that day, we created an assessment form to determine eligibility.

Why are these programs such a big deal?

1. The low eligibility requirements
2. You can include your family in the application
3. Essential occupations across all National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels are eligible.
4. Canada needs to fill a shortage in the workforce that the pandemic has created.
5. You may already be qualified and you don’t know it.

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Eligible occupations list for May 6 immigration stream

List of eligible healthcare occupations

Here is the list of eligible healthcare occupations sorted by National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111 Specialist physicians
  • 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3113 Dentists
  • 3121 Optometrists
  • 3122 Chiropractors
  • 3124 Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 3131 Pharmacists
  • 3132 Dieticians and nutritionists
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational therapists
  • 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  • 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3221 Denturists
  • 3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  • 3231 Opticians
  • 3232 Practitioners of natural healing
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234 Paramedical occupations
  • 3236 Massage therapists
  • 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3411 Dental assistants
  • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4152 Social workers
  • 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  • 4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • 4212 Social and community service workers
  • 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

List of eligible essential occupations

IRCC sorted these other essential occupations into units and sub-units. They are listed by National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

Major unit groups

Sales and support occupations

  • 6611 Cashiers
  • 6621 Service station attendants
  • 6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
  • 6623 Other sales related occupations

Industrial, electrical and construction trades

  • 7201 Contractors and supervisor, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7232 Tool and die makers
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7234 Boilermakers
  • 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7243 Power system electricians
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7272 Cabinetmakers
  • 7281 Bricklayers
  • 7282 Concrete finishers
  • 7283 Tilesetters
  • 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • 7291 Roofers and shinglers
  • 7292 Glaziers
  • 7293 Insulators
  • 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • 7295 Floor covering installers

Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers

  • 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • 7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
  • 7444 Pest controllers and fumigators
  • 7445 Other repairers and servicers
  • 7451 Longshore workers
  • 7452 Material handlers

Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations

  • 7511 Transport truck drivers
  • 7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  • 7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
  • 7514 Delivery and courier service drivers
  • 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
  • 7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
  • 7531 Railway yard and truck maintenance workers
  • 7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew
  • 7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
  • 7534 Air transport ramp attendants
  • 7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers

Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations

  • 7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
  • 7612 Other trades helpers and labourers
  • 7621 Public works and maintenance labourers
  • 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers

Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers

  • 8611 Harvesting labourers
  • 8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
  • 8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
  • 8614 Mine labourers
  • 8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
  • 8616 Logging and forestry labourers

Minor unit groups

Mail and message distribution occupations

  • 1511 Mail, postal and related workers
  • 1512 Letter carriers
  • 1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors

Retail salesperson

  • 6421 Retail salespersons


  • 6731 Light duty cleaners
  • 6732 Specialized cleaners
  • 6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

Agriculture and horticulture workers

  • 8431 General farm workers
  • 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers

Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations

  • 8441 Fishing vessel deckhands
  • 8442 Trappers and hunters

Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing

  • 9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
  • 9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 9463 Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing

Specific 4-digit unit groups

  • 0821 Managers in agriculture
  • 0822 Managers in horticulture
  • 4031 French and French immersion secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)
  • 4032 French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
  • 4411 Home child care providers
  • 4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • 6331 Retail butchers
  • 6523 Airline ticket and service agents
  • 6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
  • 6541 Security guards and related security service occupations
  • 6551 Customer services representatives – financial institutions
  • 6552 Other customer and information services representatives
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  • 9617 Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • 9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing
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May 6, 2021. A BIG day for Canadian immigration and for a lot of temporary residents.

Canada is prepared to grant 90,000 permanent resident status to eligible applicants. (Essential workers, Healthcare workers, International Students, and French speakers who are living in the country)

Why is it such a big deal?
The low eligibility requirements, you can include your family in the application, and Canada needs to fill a shortage in the outsourced workforce that the pandemic has created.

What’s going on?

Starting May 6,  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will open 6 new programs that will grant Permanent Resident status to 90,000 eligible, essential workers, international student graduates and French speakers.

The new programs apply to eligible temporary residents who want to immigrate to any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec.

Can I include my family in the application?

Yes. Applicants may also include their eligible family members on their applications, regardless of whether they are in Canada or not.

Cap and Deadline?

The new programs are only open for a limited amount of time until November 5, 2021 or until the intake caps are reached.


Canada will accept up to 40,000 recent international student graduates as permanent residents.


Canada will accept up to 20,000 health care workers as permanent residents.


Canada will grant 30,000 permanent resident status to those with work experience in essential occupations across all National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels.

Language requirements? 

The minimum language requirement is a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French in all proficiencies.

Eligibility for Workers in Healthcare?

You need to have at least one year of eligible full-time work experience within the three years leading up to your application date


An equivalent of 1,560 hours of part-time experience in an eligible occupation

Eligibility for Essential Workers in other occupations?

See above.


Eligibility for International student graduates?

You need to have graduated from a post-secondary (designated learning institution) after January 2017 and before you submit an application.

You need to be working at the time of submission.

Programs must be no less than eight months in duration.

* For a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) or an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), each program of study must be at least 900 hours in length and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours.

Where is the list for eligible occupations?

Click here to see the full list

Are you ready for the big day? Contact us to start preparing and submit a strong application. ,