Great news!!! On June 15, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) Minister, Sean Fraser announced the expansion of the Francophone Mobility Program which will be effective for a two-year period. The Francophone Mobility program allows Canadian employers to offer jobs to skilled workers with native French language skills.
Who is eligible for the Francophone Mobility Program
- Job offer: the applicant must have a job offer outside of Quebec and with a Canadian employer in any occupation except the occupations in agriculture.
- Work experience and training: the applicant must be able to show that they are qualified to work in this position.
- French language: the applicant must be able to show a moderate level of French language in comprehension and expression.
Who is the Francophone Mobility Program for?
Applicants who are nationals of: France, Algeria, Belgium, Mauritius, Switzerland, Morocco, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Monaco, Tunisia, or other applicants who have a native level of French language.
Benefits of this program
According to The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, “Our government is committed to increasing the presence of French speaking immigrants from coast to coast. The changes to the Francophone Mobility Program open the possibility for this and provide support for the development of the Francophone minority communities that welcome them. By attracting more French speaking individuals we embrace a wealth of linguistic talents and cultural perspectives, and a shared heritage that enriches the cultural tapestry of our great nation.”
How long is the processing time?
The processing times are based on the applicant’s country of citizenship. If the applicant is from a visa exempt country like Belgium or France, the work permit could be prepared within 3 business days. If the applicant is from a visa required country like Algeria or Lebanon, it could like a couple of months.