October month is slated to be crucial for the future of Canadian Immigration.
Two events – Revised Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 and the new Immigration Mandate Letter are expected to be released in the month of October and together it will decide the future course of Immigration in Canada.
Upcoming Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023
COVID-19 situation has warranted many unprecedented changes. In a rare occurrence, Canada is expected to announce its updated Immigration Levels Plan for the second time in the same year.
As a matter of fact, Canada announced its Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 only a week before travel restrictions got imposed in Canada due to pandemic.
As per the Immigration & Refugees Protection Act (IRPA), the immigration minister is mandated to announce the plan by November 1st each year when Parliament is sitting. As the date coincides with a weekend this year, the announcement will be made sometime in the last week of October.
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New Immigration Mandate Letter
In Canada, the set precedent for the Prime Minister is to outline the responsibilities that the respective cabinet members would pursue while the ruling party manages the government.
Right after the 2019 re-elections, Justin Trudeau provided minister Marco Mendicino with a letter that acted as guidelines for his efforts to lead the operations of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Travel restrictions imposed in the view of COVID-19 impacted Immigration in a huge level. In a rare occurrence, the Prime Minister will issue his second immigration mandate letter within 12 months of his government’s re-election.
According to sources, the new mandate letter would emphasize more on the recovery from coronavirus through immigration. It will also give an overview how the government would process applications moving forward in the wake of the pandemic.
The Current State of Canadian Immigration
Marco Mendicino, the federal Minister for Immigration has stayed committed to his increasing immigration levels even during the travel restrictions. The regular conduct of Express Entry Draws, consistent nominations from Provincial Programs stands testimony to Canada’s commitment to increased immigration.
Due changes were made in study permit requirements for International Students to continue their online studies from the new academic year that began in the month of September. Also, the time spent on online classes will be accounted for in the Post-Graduate Work experience. This will ensure minimum delay in obtaining a work permit…
Back in the month of August, Immigration Ministers from all provinces, territories came together for a virtual conference to discuss the impact on Canadian Immigration. They hoped for the situation to ease down soon and called for strengthening immigration system to rebuild the economy.
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However, the pandemic has surely delayed the present government’s program to launch a new Municipal Nominee Program in order to give impetus to regional immigration. It was also planning to eliminate Canadian citizenship application fees.
October month will be crucial for Canadian Immigration as it will spell out policies that will affect the immigration levels in years to come. The new mandate letter and the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announcement shall give us a better opinion of how quickly the government is looking to avert the present health crisis and focus on immigration to rebuild its economy as well as society.
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