Big Changes in Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Policy Coming Soon

Toronto, 14 November, 2015

It appears that the new Prime Minister of Canada Honourable Justin Trudeau means business and is firm in his commitment to bring positive and meaningful changes to Canada’s immigration, citizenship and refugee policy. It is evident that the Prime Minister is and his newly elected team is determined, focused and very much ready to bring about reforms that could benefit Canada significantly.

The Prime minister of Canada has issued instructions to the Hounourable Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mr. John MacCallam to start working toward the following important changes:

  • Lead government-wide efforts to resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria in the coming months.
  • As part of the Annual Immigration Levels Plan for 2016, bring forward a proposal to double the number of entry applications for parents and grandparents of immigrants to 10,000 a year.
  • Give additional points under the Entry Express system to provide more opportunities for applicants who have Canadian siblings.
  • Increase the maximum age for dependents to 22, from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their children to Canada.
  • Bring forward a proposal regarding permanent residency for new spouses entering Canada.
  • Develop a plan to reduce application processing times for sponsorship, citizenship and other visas.
  • Fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides limited and temporary health benefits to refugees and refugee claimants.
  • Establish an expert human rights panel to help you determine designated countries of origin, and provide a right to appeal refugee decisions for citizens from these countries.
  • Modify the temporary foreign workers program to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers and work with provinces and territories to develop a system of regulated companies to hire caregivers on behalf of families.
  • Lead efforts to facilitate the temporary entry of low risk travelers, including business visitors, and lift the visa requirement for Mexico.
  • Work with the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to repeal provisions in the Citizenship Act that give the government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals.
  • Eliminate regulations that remove the credit given to international students for half of the time that they spend in Canada and regulations that require new citizens to sign a declaration that they intend to reside in Canada.

The above-noted instructions are reflective of Government’s plan to reopen Canada’s doors and to welcome deserving candidates willing to contribute to Canada’s success, and, in the process write their own success story and that of their family. Canada is well known to the world for being open, open, accepting, and generous nation and the suggested changes would strengthen its ability to select newcomers who want to build a better Canada and to help those in need. While the Minister of immigration would commence work with his colleagues to bring legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver the above-noted top priorities, it may take some time to have these implemented. Needless to say, it would be not long before we see these changes in practice.

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