Canada sets new priorities for immigration system

Canada should cut immigration processing times and focus on expanding permanent residency opportunities for international students, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a letter to Canada’s new Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser.

Trudeau outlined the federal government’s priorities in a mandate letter wrote to Fraser on December 16. Fraser took office as Trudeau’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on October 26.

In the letter, Trudeau outlined 13 measures the Immigration Department is supposed to focus on. They cover a variety of goals, from increasing the immigration quota for refugees to resolving system delays due to Covid-19. The strengthening of family reunification programs and the reception of skilled workers in high-demand sectors such as medical fields are also mentioned.

These guidelines should drive changes to immigration processes in the coming days at the federal and provincial levels.

For example, Trudeau asked the Minister of Immigration to continue the policies in place to stimulate the integration of immigrants in the French-majority province of Quebec by “complementing existing measures and continuing to implement an ambitious national strategy to support francophone immigration across the country. ”.

Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) wing of the federal government announced an increase in the points awarded to French-speaking candidates seeking to immigrate to Canada. This decision aims to give a boost to Canada’s goal of increasing French immigration outside Quebec to 4.4% by 2023, according to the immigration watchdog. CIC News.

Here is a complete list of instructions issued by Trudeau.

  1. Continue to bring newcomers to Canada to stimulate economic growth and recovery, as outlined in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
  2. Broaden the new immigration flow for human rights defenders and work with civil society groups to provide resettlement opportunities for those at risk.
  3. With the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, continue to facilitate the safe passage and resettlement of vulnerable people from Afghanistan, with a focus on those who have 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. Reduce application processing times, especially to address delays that have been affected by Covid-19.
  5. Work to strengthen family reunification by introducing electronic family reunification applications and implementing a program to issue temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed .
  6. Make the citizenship application process free for permanent residents who have qualified to obtain it.
  7. With the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, establish a trusted employer system for Canadian businesses that hire temporary foreign workers and, as part of improving the global talent stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, simplifying permit renewals, maintaining the two-week processing time and establishing an employer hotline. Continue to work with provinces, territories and regulators to improve the recognition of foreign credentials.
  8. Build on existing pilot programs to further explore ways to regularize the status of undocumented workers who contribute to Canadian communities.
  9. Continue to work with Quebec to support the knowledge of the French language of immigrants to Quebec, while respecting provincial jurisdiction and in addition to existing measures, and continue to implement an ambitious national strategy to support Francophone immigration Across the country.
  10. Lead the government’s work on irregular migration, including continuing work with the United States to modernize the Safe Third Country Agreement.
  11. Expand the pathways to permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the Express Entry system. With regard to the journeys of temporary foreign agricultural workers, you will be supported in this work by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
  12. Building on the Economic Mobility Pathways pilot project, work with employers and communities across Canada to welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labor shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care.
  13. Ensure that immigration better supports small and medium-sized communities that need additional immigrants to enhance their economic growth and social vibrancy. This will include expanding the rural and northern immigration pilot project, moving forward with the municipal nominee program, and making the Atlantic immigration pilot a permanent program.

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