Are you planning to make Canada your home in 2021? If yes, then you must know the upcoming changes in Canadian immigration. This article will discuss the latest breakthroughs in Canadian immigration and the fundamental changes you should expect in the 2021 post-Covid-19 crises.
We all agree that 2020 was a turbulent year that significantly affected every industry, and Canadian immigration is no exception.
The year 2019 concluded with Canada welcoming 341 000 newcomers; the country continued to do so at the beginning of 2020. However, the entire immigration went upside down when the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic hit Canada in March 2020. Since then, Canada has closed its borders and has put travel restrictions. The country has restricted the number of foreign nationals who can enter the country.
Despite the international travel restrictions and lockdown across the country, Canada did not stop the processing of Canada Express Entry System, Provincial Nominee Programs, and other forms of immigration applications. Coronavirus’s uncertainty has made it quite challenging to predict many things in Canadian immigration; however, many new changes may happen in 2021, which will benefit both Canada and new permanent residents.
The immigration system may not return to normal till the entire country receives the Covid-19 vaccine. Canada is aiming to vaccine the whole country by September 2021. Vaccinating the entire country is the first step towards bringing Canada’s immigration system to its previous form. Additionally, Canada is taking effective measures to welcome more foreign nationals who are free from the virus. Though, foreigners coming to Canada must obtain a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the country.
The pandemic has not affected Canada’s plans to welcome more permanent residents, temporary workers, and international students in the coming years. Canada plans to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants per year.
It is still uncertain how Canada will achieve the immigration target for 2021 and beyond. The higher immigration levels will allow both federal and provincial governments to process immigration applications and conduct regular draws. The Canadian government is willing to provide necessary support and approvals for newcomers to enter Canada without much delay.
Canada wants these newcomers as part of its post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan. Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had also revealed a new mandate letter suggesting that immigration will remain at the core of Canada’s economic and social development.
The letter highlighted Canada would continue to invite newcomers to support Canada’s economic recovery post-COVID. The country will work on expanding pilot programs to welcome refugees through economic migration programs. It will also speed up the process of family reunification and also work on regional pilot programs.
Canada will also implement measures to expedite permanent residency for health care workers or provide essential care services during the pandemic. The government will also identify additional Permanent Residence pathways for temporary foreign workers.
According to the above pointers, it won’t be wrong to say that Canada is doing its best to welcome more newcomers in 2021. The year seems more hopeful and optimistic for prospective applicants planning to make Canada their home.
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