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.