Canada Immigration through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) 2023

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The Canada Immigration Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) helps to skilled refugees and other displaced people who want immigration to Canada. We made some updates to make it easier to apply to immigrate to Canada through the EMPP.

2 ways to Apply in EMPP:

  1. One of 3 selected economic programs
  2. Directly to us for just the EMPP
    It is referred to as federal EMPP. It includes two stream Job Offer and No Job Offer stream. You need to meet the work experience, education, and language requirements.

In EMPP we will do for you

  • Waive application and biometric fees for you and your dependants.
  • Review and process your application in 6 months or less (in most cases)
  • Cover the cost of medical exams through the Interim Federal Health Program
  • Let you access the Immigration Loans Program (ILP), if we approve your application, to help with
    • Travel costs
    • Some pre-arrival travel services from the International Organization for Migration
    • The right of permanent residence fee
  • Let you access the EMPP-specific Canadian Orientation Abroad Programme to help you settle in Canada

If you choose to apply through an economic immigration program, we’ll also:

Who can apply for Canada Immigration through (EMPP):

1. You must be a refugee or displaced person

To prove this, you must have one of these documents:

  • A positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) from the UN Refugee Agency or a refugee-hosting state.
  • Proof you’re registered or recorded as a person of concern by the UN Refugee Agency.
  • A refugee certificate from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine in the Near East (UNRWA).
  • Proof of being registered or recorded as a person of concern with UNRWA.
  • Proof you have temporary protected status and an assessment by an IRCC officer that you don’t have a durable solution.

If you don’t have any of the above documents, one of our trusted partners can assess your eligibility as a refugee or displaced person and, issue you a referral letter, if they find you meet the criteria.

You must be living outside Canada when you apply to the EMPP.

2. You must meet the criteria depending on how you’ll apply

Apply based on your work experience, education and language skills (Federal EMPP)

You’ll apply under 1 of these streams:

I. Job offer stream

There are a few things you need to qualify for the job offer stream.

Job offer

You must have a job offer that is

  • Full time (at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week)
  • Non-seasonal
  • From a Canadian employer
  • For a job listed in TEER Categories 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the National Occupation Classification
Work experience

Your work experience must

  • Be at least 1 year of full-time, paid work experience (1,560 hours), or an equal amount of part-time work
  • Be over any period of time
  • Be within TEER category 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5
  • Can include periods when you were self-employed
Education

Your training, education, experience and responsibilities must align with the TEER category of the job offer.

II. No job offer stream

There are a few things you need to qualify for the No Job Offer Stream.

Work experience

You must have work experience that:

  • Equals at least 1 year of full-time, paid work experience (1,560 hours), or an equal amount in part-time work
  • You gained over the last 3 years before the date we get your application
  • Is in TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification
  • Does not include any period where you were self-employed
Education

You must have either a

  • Canadian secondary school credential, or
  • Foreign degree, diploma or certificate with an Educational Credential Assessment issued no more than 5 years from the date we get your application
Language skills

You must

  • Prove your official language skills using an approved language test in English or French
  • Get a minimum score of at least CLB/NCLC 7 in each of the 4 language abilities
Settlement funds

You must prove you have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.

This amount depends on your family size. It can include

  • Grants, gifts and community donations
  • Household income that you, your spouse or partner and any dependants earn

3. Admissibility

You must be admissible to Canada.

How to Apply for Canada Immigration through (EMPP):

You can apply for the Canada Immigration Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) on your own, or with help from a non-government partner there are partner organizations outside government that can help you connect to employers in Canada prepare for a job offer, then apply for the EMPP,

These partners include:

1. Get ready to apply

You have to submit proof of your current refugee situation with 1 of these

  • A positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) from the UN Refugee Agency or a refugee-hosting state
  • Proof you’re registered or recorded as a person of concern by the UN Refugee Agency, if you don’t have a positive RSD yet or you can’t get one in the country you’re in
  • A refugee certificate with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  • Proof of being registered or recorded as a person of concern by the UNRWA, if a refugee certificate has not been obtained yet
  • Proof you have temporary protected status and an assessment by an officer that you have no durable solution

If you don’t have any of these documents, you can work with a partner who can issue you a “trusted partner referral letter.”

Get a referral letter from a partner

The partners that can issue a “trusted partner referral letter” make sure you meet the definition of a convention refugee or country of asylum refugee have no durable solution. They will then issue you a trusted partner referral letter. You include this letter with your application.

Partners that can provide this letter are:

Other partner organizations can help you apply, but they can’t issue a trusted partner referral letter.

2. Complete the application for Canada Immigration

You can complete your applications yourself (or with a partner). If you decide to use an immigration representative, make sure you know how to choose one.

If you apply based on your work experience, education, and language skills (federal EMPP)

You only need to complete 1 application, whether or not you have a job offer.

If you apply through an economic immigration program (regional EMPP)

There are 2 applications you must complete using this process:

  1. An application for one of the economic immigration programs
    • Atlantic Immigration Program
    • Provincial Nominee Program
    • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  2. An application for the regional EMPP
    • If you’re eligible, you’ll
      • apply online using the permanent residence portal
      • complete and submit both online applications together
    • If you can’t apply using the portal, we’ll accept applications by email.

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