A Standing Committee of Canadian Parliament recently convened a meeting with Immigration Minister Merco Mendicino as part of a study on the effect Coronavirus has had on Canada’s Immigration System.
They took questions from members of parliament on the Standing Committee, reaffirming the recovery of the immigration system.
Some of the topics that were discussed in the meeting:
- Immigration operations during coronavirus
- Family sponsorship
- Expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPRs)
- Post Graduation Work Permit
- Pathways for temporary residents to permanent residence
Minister Mendicino exclaimed a 232% year-on-year increase in the processing of applications under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) which saw a 232% year-over-year increase.
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The minister responding to a question on the future of immigration said that the government will continue to apply policy flexibilities to minimize the disruptions caused by the pandemic, including those that affect the Caregiver Program. Positions in healthcare and other essential services are being prioritized over other areas, which does not necessarily mean that hospitality sector positions are being ignored.
He also assured the members of the committee that Canada is validating the feasibility of offering a pathway to permanent residence for workers who are contributing to essential parts of the economy. Occupations like doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other support workers will be prioritized.
Canada has already opened up an immigration option for asylum seekers working in healthcare. The government would look to temporary workers and students next.
Responding to a question on the expiry of a post-graduate work permit visa, Mendicino said, “No international student is going to be removed by virtue alone of having an expired visa. We will allow for a period of time for them to restore that status.”
About the citizenship test, Canada introduces an online test on an experimental basis.
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Why is now the best time to move to Canada?
CanApprove has been in the immigration services business for over two decades. We are not just any consultant but a registered member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). It is a regulatory body to protect the interests of people who avail of Canadian Immigration services.
We hate speculating but the fact of the matter remains the same – now is the best time to immigrate to Canada! The following trends made us think so and may convince you as well:
- The unveiling of new Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 which targets 400,000 new immigrants to be welcomed each year until 2023. Over 60% of the target would be nominated for Canada PR through economic-class programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, Entrepreneur programs.
- French-speaking or bilingual candidates are more favored for permanent residence. Canada aims to increase its population by 4.4% outside the Quebec region.
- New Entrepreneur Immigration program like British Columbia Regional Pilot is an attractive option to settle and start a business in Canada. Canada PR can be obtained with five years.
- The federal Express Entry will issue over 100,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canada PR in a single year as against the 2020 target of 91,870 ITAs. In the coming years, the target is expected to increase and actual invitations to exceed.
- Family immigration programs are targeting 10,000 sponsors in 2020 for the Parents & Grandparents Program and the same is expected to jump up to 30,000 sponsors.
- Moreover, public confidence in welcoming more immigrants to Canada is at an all-time high. Thereby, it becomes easier for policymakers to focus on simplifying immigration laws to attract more foreign skilled workers, entrepreneurs, international graduates.
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