Canadian Immigration Stories For The Rest Of 2020
The Corona Virus pandemic has had a major impact on Canada immigration system. Immigrants themselves have been affected by numerous disruptions, like difficulties accessing language testing, credentialing services, biometrics, or other government services.
Immigration professionals also have been working around the clock to adjust to all the policy and programming changes impacting Canadian immigration. We should hopefully look towards the good things in the rest of 2020 and getting normalised by 2021.
The biggest issue on everyone’s mind is when Canada will lift its travel restrictions with the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Whoever it may be the answer is: no one really knows.
The answer to this question ultimately depends on how successful Canada and other countries deal with COVID-19. The sooner the pandemic is under control, the sooner Canada can begin to exempt more individuals and then eventually lift the restrictions altogether.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC has said it will process study permits to the best of its ability, but under current travel rules, international students who did not have a valid study permit prior to March 18 are unable to come to Canada.
Hence, it seems likely that later this summer, Canada will exempt new study permit holders who wish to begin their studies in Canada by September.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is the main pathway for Express Entry candidates to obtain permanent residence. Since the start of the pandemic, however, Express Entry draws have only focused on Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. IRCC’s rationale is it wants to issue invitations to apply (ITA) to candidates within Canada, since they are less likely to experience Corona Virus disruptions than candidates overseas.
It is important to remember, though, that some of the CEC and PNP candidates now receiving ITAs are also overseas. Moreover, it is reasonable to expect that by the time that successful candidates submit their permanent residence applications and IRCC processes them.
Another major question mark is with respect to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). It has been delayed due to IRCC reviewing how to improve it, and then the onset of COVID-19.
IRCC has stated it is committed to announcing details about the program’s launch later in 2020.
Aside from any forthcoming announcements on travel restrictions and when IRCC will invite FSWP candidates again, the third biggest story in the next six months will be minister Mendocino’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announcement.
COVID-19 has not impacted Canada’s need for immigration, so there is a strong chance immigration levels will remain high in 2021 and beyond.
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