As the Agri-Food Emigration Filter, or agri-food immigration, was implemented as scheduled on May 15, much attention is being paid to it. At first, the date for the implementation of agricultural migration was scheduled for the end of March, but it was delayed by COVID-19 worldwide and officially implemented on May 15. Agri-food immigration is a temporary three-year program designed to address Canadian employers' labor needs in meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production and livestock breeding industries. The work permit holder, who already works in Canada, has been interested in obtaining permanent residency more easily and aims to receive 2,750 applications annually by 2023.
The reason why I'm interested in agri-food immigration is that certain professions can acquire permanent residency more easily. There are a total of six jobs available for this program: farm supervisor, retail butcher, wholesale butcher, food processing worker, farm worker, and harvesting worker.
As with other permanent residency programs, the application requirements are the same, but the application is based on a first-come, first-served basis rather than on a score basis, so you can apply only if you meet the basic conditions, even if you don't have a high English score, academic background, or a lot of experience.
Your career needs more than one year full-time experience in the last three years in Canada. The full-time here refers to a full-time job that requires more than 30 hours of work per week, and only the six jobs mentioned above can be recognized.
You can apply for language scores if you only have 4 CLB points, 4 points per CELPIP area, and IELTS for Reading 3.5, Writing 4.0, Listing 4.5, and Speaking 4.0.
In addition, the minimum settlement fund based on the number of family members should be proven. One-person households: $12,960, two-person households: $16,135, three-person households: $19,836, four-person households: $24,083, five-person households: $27,315, six-person households $30,806, seven-person households, proof of balance must be submitted as required. If you are currently working in Canada, it is not mandatory to prove it, but if possible, I recommend you to prove it.
However, this program has limited the number of people who can apply every year. It is not always possible to apply for a job in this job, and the number of applications has been limited for each job group. There are 50 farm supervisors, 1,470 butcher workers, 730 food processing workers, 200 farm workers and 300 harvesting workers. We also expect it to take approximately 12 months, similar to PNP, given that we have yet to announce the exact duration of the procedure, but that we will have to apply by mail.
As we receive applications on a first-come, first-served basis, we recommend that applicants who qualify for the application prepare the documents as soon as possible. Even if you don't apply this year, it will open again next year, so you have to prepare in advance so that you can apply right away next year. Also, this program was implemented for the first time, and unlike the existing immigration program, there are many additional documents that require, so please make sure to prepare the documents from the beginning.