Canada shares brand new priorities for immigration system

Lately, Justin Trudeau had unveiled the federal government’s priorities in a compulsory letter written to immigration minister on Dec 16. In this letter, he has shared the new priorities for the immigration system of Canada. What all they are looking for in a candidate and how to shorten the processing time of the same. This is important to speed up their immigration process, so that they achieve their targets. These new priorities have come as a buzz for all the aspirants and they have been planning accordingly.

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The priorities state that Canada should decrease the processing time for immigration applications and concentrate  on expanding permanent residency opportunities for the international students.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shared the same in a letter to Canada’s new immigration minister Sean Fraser.

Trudeau also laid out the federal government’s priorities in This mandate letter written to Fraser on December 16. Fraser had recently started office as the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Trudeau’s cabinet on October 26.

Further in this letter, Trudeau has focused on the 13 measures that the immigration department should focus on. Here they have considered a number of different objectives,  that range from increasing the immigration quota for refugees to addressing delays in the system due to Covid-19 It is also focused on the strengthening of family reunification programs and further welcoming skilled workers for the high-demand sectors including medical, education, accountancy and more.

The issuing of these guidelines will drive various changes to the immigration processes in the coming days at both federal and provincial levels. For further details you may have a look at CWC website.

In his letter, Trudeau has also asked the immigration minister to continue the policies in place to give a push to the integration of immigrants in the French-majority province of Quebec by “complementing existing measures, and continue to implement an ambitious national strategy to support Francophone immigration across the country”. This is a big  developing step.

Currently, the changes are in the flow and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) wing of the federal government has already announced an increase in the points given to French-speaking candidates who are looking forward to immigrating to Canada. This particular move is meant to boost Canada’s goal of increasing French immigration outside of Quebec to 4.4% by 2023.

Here is the complete list of instructions issued by Trudeau.

  1. To boost newcomers to Canada to enhance the economic growth and recovery, as set out in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
  2. To expand the new immigration stream for human rights defenders and work with civil society groups to provide resettlement opportunities and support for people under threat.
  3. With the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, they will continue with the safe passage and resettlement of vulnerable people from Afghanistan, along with an emphasis on individuals who supported Canada and our allies over the past two decades, women, LGBTQ2 people, human rights defenders, journalists and members of religious and ethnic minorities and increase the number of eligible refugees from 20,000 to at least 40,000.
  4. They will work to reduce the application processing times, including to address delays that have been impacted by Covid-19.
  5. They will also work to strengthen family reunification by introducing electronic applications for family reunification and implementing a program to issue temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while they wait for the processing of their permanent residency application.
  6. Work for the citizenship application process free for permanent residents who have fulfilled the requirements needed to obtain it.
  7. With the help of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers and, as part of improving the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, simplify permit renewals, uphold the two-week processing time and establish an employer hotline.
  8. They will work to build on existing pilot programs to further explore ways of regularising status for undocumented workers.
  9. They aim to continue working with Quebec to support the French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec.
  10. They will lead the government’s work on irregular migration, including continued work with the United States to modernise the Safe Third Country Agreement.
  11. The government will also work to expand pathways to Permanent Residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the Express Entry system. This is in respect to pathways for agricultural temporary foreign workers, you will be supported in this work by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
  12. They will work on building on the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, work with employers and communities across Canada to welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labour shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care.
  1. They are also focused to ensure that immigration better supports small- and medium-size communities that require additional immigrants to enhance their economic growth and social vibrancy. It will include expanding the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, moving forward on the Municipal Nominee Program and making the successful Atlantic Immigration Pilot a permanent program.

You can read more details on CWC website.

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