On June 8, 2022, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that temporary and permanent residence pathway applicants were now eligible to apply for open work permits starting on June 6, 2022. This will avoid open work permit renewals since they can be issued until December 31, 2024. Moreover, eligible family members who are outside Canada can apply for the open work permit, which may speed up family reunification.
Meanwhile, on June 11, 2022, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser announced that the federal government is working on a new permanent residency pathway. By implementing a new permanent residency pathway, it would be possible to speed up the permanent residence applications of newcomers and temporary residents in Canada. This includes international students and temporary foreign workers.
According to IRCC, with the global pandemic, Canada contaminated the spread of the virus by closing its border for immigration applicants outside the country. During this time, TR to PR was the permanent residency pathway that was open, which welcomed 90,000 international students, essential workers, and front-line healthcare workers to Canada. However, in an interview with CBC News, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser said that the new permanent residency pathway is not similar to the TR to PR pathway. He said that during a Commons meeting last month, a motion establishing a 120-day timeline was approved.
With that, applicants who have worked in Canada and completed their education in Canada have a significant advantage in this new permanent residency pathway.
Canada aims to welcome 432,000 immigrants in 2022. According to Minister Sean Fraser, the IRCC is doing its best to welcome immigrants amidst the pandemic and with the resettling of refugees who fled from the conflict in both Ukraine and Afghanistan. As of last week, Canada had welcomed 200,000 immigrants, which is almost half of the target number of immigrants for 2022.
With the new and faster permanent residency pathway, it will be a thoughtful approach for establishing the immigration targets. However, IRCC’s former senior bureaucrat, Andrew Griffith, still worries about backlogs and too many immigration programs despite a higher number of applicants. As Griffith pointed out, the number of newcomers accepted is less important than who comes to Canada—what skills they bring to the table and whether or not they can help the country grow more productively and economically, which Rupa Banerjee agreed on. Banerjee said that who newcomers are and whether they have access to services is more important than the number of them.
On the other hand, in an interview with CBC News, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser said,”… We know we need to keep growing the number of people who are coming to Canada to fill gaps in the labour force and to, frankly, address a very troubling demographic trend with our ageing population if we’re going to be able to sustain services that we depend on.”
Other Permanent Residency Pathways
Canada is known for being a top destination for immigrants from around the world. With that, the federal government implemented several immigration pathways for permanent residency. The following includes:
- Express Entry
- Provincial Nomination Program
- Family Sponsorship Program
- Business Immigration Programs
- LMIA Work Permit
To know more about these permanent residency pathways, read: 5 Ways to Immigrate to Canada in 2022
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