The application limit of 40,000 was reached on Friday for international graduates under Canada’s new pathway to permanent residence. After launching at noon Thursday, the international graduate stream quota was filled just over 24 hours later, slower than many industry stakeholders expected for the popular new pathway. Other streams for healthcare workers (20,000 application places)
The launch of Canada’s new permanent residence pathway for international graduates and essential workers went relatively smoothly on Thursday, although some users reported issues with the online payment system. Fears that a huge rush of applicants would overload the system proved unfounded, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confounded the critics with the rollout.