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In 2022, Over 120,000 Temporary Residents Became Permanent Residents of Canada

Robert Cannon



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According to recently released statistics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 124,950 temporary residents became permanent residents in 2022. The statistics reflect persons who previously had a study permit, a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), or a work permit under the International Mobility Program who have now moved into a permanent residence (IMP).

These initiatives might give prospective permanent residents a benefit should they choose to submit an application. According to Statistics Canada data, transient residents are better able to integrate into the labour force since they have made roots in their localities. Additionally, by residing in Canada prior to requesting permanent residency, people may improve their command of either English or French.

International Mobility Program (IMP) – Post Graduation Work Permits

Last year, 97,665 individuals changed their status from temporary to permanent. It includes a number of work permits that don’t require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The IMP covers Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs). According to the data, 52,725 PGWP holders obtained permanent residency status, making up the biggest proportion of IMP participants who did so.  With the PGWP, recent graduates from abroad programs can reside and work anywhere in Canada for up to three years.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

There were around 7,555 persons made the switch from the TFWP to PR. Employers of foreign nationals covered by the TFWP are required to obtain an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada.


Study Permit to Permanent Residence

The 2022 data also reveals that 19,730 brand-new permanent residents had a study permit at one point. There are currently approximately 800,000 foreign students studying in Canada. Those who want to move to Canada usually start with a PGWP to get job experience there. Nonetheless, for applicants who match the requirements of an economic class track, it is still possible to move directly from a study permit to PR.

Economic Immigration Programs – A Pathway to Move From TR to PR in Canada

Candidates with Canadian experience are rewarded by many economic immigration programs. Regional economic immigration initiatives like the Atlantic Immigration Program and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot are well-known routes to permanent residency. Additionally, there are initiatives that focus on certain labour shortages, such career paths.

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