Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP): Determining eligibility against public policy requirements

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The following outlines how to assess a principal applicant’s eligibility for Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) facilitations against the criteria outlined in the Public Policy to support the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) – Phase 2.

When assessing a principal applicant, a decision maker must ensure that the applicant meets both of the following:

  1. EMPP Public Policy eligibility requirements
  2. the selection criteria of the specific economic immigration pathway under which they have applied

A positive assessment against the EMPP eligibility criteria will allow the applicant to benefit from a number of facilitation measures.

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Public policy eligibility criteria applicable to the principal applicant

Applicants should be assessed against the pass and fail selection criteria below, based on the information and documents provided in the application. The principal applicant must satisfy the decision maker that they meet all of the following criteria to be approved:

Eligibility requirements for family members

A family member of the principal applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. resides outside Canada and has been included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence by a principal applicant under this public policy
  2. meets the definition of family member in subsection R1(3)
  3. is not inadmissible pursuant to the IRPA or IRPR
  4. has been determined by a delegated officer as accompanying a principal applicant who meets the eligibility requirements 1-4 pursuant to this public policy

When the principal applicant is eligible under the public policy selection criteria

Where the principal applicant meets all of the aforementioned selection criteria, the decision maker should

When the principal applicant is not eligible under the public policy selection criteria

Where the decision maker has determined that the principal applicant does not meet all of the EMPP public policy selection criteria, the decision maker can request additional information to be able to determine if the applicant meets the public policy requirements and advise the applicant that they have 10 days to provide additional information, documentation or an explanation.

If, at the end of the prescribed procedural fairness delay, or if after examining all information provided, the decision maker is still not satisfied that the applicants meets all of the criteria outlined under the EMPP public policy, the decision maker must:

Note: If applicants wish to reapply without EMPP facilitation, they must ensure that they continue to meet all existing requirements for the economic program they selected, pay application fees and include proof of payment, and complete and submit their application by following the instructions and the checklist in the application guide. Applicants should also be informed that if they choose to submit a new application to IRCC, they must make sure to submit it before the expiry date of their provincial nomination, endorsement, or community recommendation.

Refer to Making a final decision for further information on final decisions.

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