Coronavirus and changes in the Immigration Process

Canada has always been an immigrant-friendly nation with lenient immigration policy. It invites more than 3, 00,000 people every year. The US News and World Report survey for the best countries in the world has ranked Canada as the most reliable country in the world for Quality of life. It is also the second-best in the world in terms of citizenship.

However, in the wake of COVID-19, IRCC has reframed certain laws and deadlines in the immigration process to fulfil the needs of the potential immigrants. In this regard, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marco E.L. Mendicino discussed with the Canadian Bar Association, in which he said, “Immigration will be the key to our success and our economic recovery”. Moreover, he mentioned, “We continue to rely on Immigration, it will be an economic driver, and this will be the North Star of our policy going forward.” Therefore, it is apparent that long-term statistics of Canada Immigration will stay intact as the country will continue to invite immigrants to accelerate its economic growth. 

Following are the updates as per the IRCC, which will help the applicants to understand the changes in the immigration process-

Special Measures

  1. Applicants are not refused if they’re unable to complete the next step owing to the COVID-19 for Visitor Visa, Work Permit, study permit and PR applications.
  2. 90 days will be given to complete the process.
  3. Biometrics deadline has been extended to 90 days if you’re affected by service disruptions.
  4. Applicants are advised to apply online because of service disruptions due to COVID-19, as there are difficulties in receiving and processing applications.

Moreover, IRCC has recently reformed its post-graduation work-permit allowing international students whose courses have been moved to online classes, to be eligible for Postgraduate work permit.

Canada has an immigration target of inviting 3, 41,000 new immigrants in 2020. Moreover, considering the skilled shortage, low birth rate, and the shrinking workforce of Canada, it is unlikely that the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will compromise with its immigration target despite the disruption caused by the recent Covid-19, pandemic. Despite the temporary travel restrictions imposed, the Canadian government continues to accept the new applications, process the existing ones, and issue the invitations to apply to the Candidates through its point-based online Express Entry immigration System as well as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Although it is a tough time for the whole world in terms of health and the financial breakdown and all the borders are closed, the Canadian Immigration system is carrying forward its operations. It welcomes the new immigrants to the country with open arms, and COVID-19 does not seem to affect the Canadian Immigration Policy in the near future. So, it is, by all means, a great time to apply immigration to Canada this year. For the assistance, you may get in touch with Dream Destination Canada as the DDC team has an efficient record for helping numerous of people in immigrating to Canada under the guidance of our most trusted RCIC Mr. Paul Abraham.

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