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Updates to Regional Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Program

In addition to the two new federal pathways outlined above, applicants can also apply to the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot through regional programs including provincial nominee programs, the Atlantic immigration program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Recently, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced new measures to make this program more facilitative to refuges and displaced persons overseas, by creating exemptions to some federal requirements for permanent residence. These exemptions include:

  • Exemptions from payment of federal processing fees and biometrics fees;
  • More facilitate rules regarding funds for settlement in Canada;
  • Allowing education requirements to be met in some cases without an education credential assessment;
  • Allowing a greater window of time in which to demonstrate the required work experience in some cases; and
  • Exemptions from the requirement to provide a valid passport or travel document.

The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot provides an opportunity for refugees or displaced persons to apply for permanent residence in Canada on the basis of their skills and qualifications, rather than through the traditional refugee immigration process.