Canada’s EMPP is open to support skilled immigration by displaced talent
Canada’s ground-breaking pilot supporting talented people living as refugees to apply to economic immigration streams is now open.
As of today, people living in refugee circumstances can submit job-backed permanent residence applications through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).
EMPP phase 2 will help settle up to 500 skilled refugees, and their families, in Canada.
The EMPP extends some flexibility to address administrative and financial requirements that have previously been a barrier to otherwise highly qualified applicants.
Skilled immigration is an additional mobility option for those seeking a durable solution outside of traditional humanitarian resettlement.
Talented candidates in refugee circumstances can now apply through selected economic programs with the following flexibility:
- 1 year of work experience accrued anytime (no recency period) under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot or Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot;
- Use of a loan from a trusted microlender to satisfy settlement funds rqmt
- Use of an expired passport or other ID in place of a valid passport; and
- Waiver of the permanent residence processing fee and biometrics fee.
These changes apply only to applicants to the provincial nominee programs (PNPs), AIP, and RNIP.