Raj Sharma, an immigration lawyer at the Calgary law firm Stewart Sharma Harsanyi, said his firm is working with about 40 clients to help them apply for one of the three streams.
Sharma said that while a program for graduates and essential workers is welcome, the language requirement is causing unnecessary headaches, particularly for those who graduated in Canada from a post-secondary program taught in English.
"The international graduates, for example, entered Canada on language testing," said Sharma. "It's unnecessarily strict to require a language test."
Sharma said he expects the 90,000 spots to fill up within a matter of days.