Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is the latest pilot program to be launched by Canada to address the needs to Agri-Food industry in Canada. In this post we discuss the various requirements, eligibility criterion and other details required to apply for Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.
Eligibility Requirements for Agri-Food Pilot
Foreign workers looking to apply for Agri-Food pilot will need to go through a certain set of requirements before applying for Agri-Food pilot.
Eligible Industries And Occupations
Only a fixed set of industries is eligible for Agri-Food pilot. So you have to check that the industry you are applying for is one of the following:
- Meat Product Manufacturing
- Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture(including mushrooms)
- Animal Production(excluding Aquaculture)
The occupations eligible are:
- Retail/Industrial Butchers
- Farm Supervisors
- Food Processing workers
- General Farm workers
- Harvesting Labourers
This list is subject to change and is listed at official page with NOCs here https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/agri-food-immigration-pilot/eligible-industries.html
Eligible Work Experience
Canadian work experience in the relevant field is a hard requirement to apply for Agri-Food pilot.
You must have a minimum of 1 year non seasonal full time experience in eligible industries and occupations listed above to apply for the pilot. Moreover, the employer must have obtained a minimum of 1 year of LMIA while hiring you.
Any experience while while working on open work permit doesn’t count unless you had a temporary work permit in the past.
Work experience is one of the make or break conditions in Agri-Food pilot.
Job offer is another hard requirement while applying for Agri-Food pilot. You must have a genuine, full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer in one of the above listed eligible industries and occupations(out of Quebec).
Language requirements are pretty much relaxed in Agri-Food pilot. You just need CLB 4 in each section of the language exam. As usual the results must be less than 2 years old.
The pilot requires the candidates to have atleast Canadian high school diploma or an ECA showing foreign credential at the secondary school level or above. The ECA must be less than 5 years old.
As usual with other immigration programs, Agri-Food pilot requires some settlements(bit relaxed than other programs). You can check the proof of fund details at Official site here
How to Apply for Agri-Food Pilot
Once you have determined that you are eligible, applying to Agri-Food Immigration pilot is extremely straight forward and you need to apply straight to IRCC. The application is not online though and requires to send the completed form by post.
All the checklists and the forms that you will require are listed on the office page here. Please note that you will need to have all the documentary proof (regarding your eligibility and qualification) handy before applying to the immigration pilot.
How does Agri-Food Pilot Work ?
The Agri-Food pilot intends to fill the shortage of workers in the Agri-Food sector in the Canada give foreign workers a chance to obtain Canadian permanent residency status at the same status. This makes the pilot a win-win situation for both the industry as well as the individuals looking to secure a permanent residence status in Canada.
The Agri-Food immigration pilot intends to grant Permanent residence status to the eligible foreign workers after a temporary two year work permit. The biggest advantage here is that workers dont need to apply for renewal of work permit after the expiry and straight away become eligible for permanent residence.
The catch here is that the number of invitations per year is limited to 2750 and the pilot is here to stay for only 3 years and will end at May 2023. So if you are in Agri-Food industry, you will need to act fast otherwise the opportunity could be gone sooner than you think as the applications would be processed on First come first served basis.