Many major immigration changes occurred in Canada in 2020, primarily due to the COVID -19 pandemic outbreak. However, most visas are still being applied for and Canadian immigration continues to grow. Below we explain the most notable Canadian immigration events that have occurred over the past year.
Canadian Visa Updates 2020
Express Entry Sweepstakes
Over the past year, Canada had a total of 34 Express Entry draws. Canada invites thousands of immigrants to apply for permanent residence every month. Due to COVID-19 and border closures, Canada has experienced delays in accepting permanent residents through Express Entry and PNP Draws.
VisaPlace has also created a CRS score calculator that makes it easy to evaluate and score your profile and rank in the Express Entry group.
Changes in Canadian citizenship
The Canadian government has made a change in the definition of “father” under the Citizenship Act. This is good news especially for couples who have had fertility problems or same-sex couples.
Prior to this decision, the Citizenship Act allowed foreign-born children to be automatically recognized as citizens only if they shared a genetic link with a Canadian parent.
Now, the government will allow non-biological Canadian parents who are the legal parents of a child at birth to pass on citizenship.
Canada extends residence time for temporary residents
Due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada has announced an extension of the period during which temporary residents can stay in the country.
This new policy also allows previous work permit holders who require a specific work permit from the employer to work while their new application is being reviewed.
Home Child Care Pilot Project Closed
The Family Child Care Provider Pilot Project has received its full annual application limit and remains closed for the remainder of 2020. The Family Child Care Provider Pilot Project will reopen for the new year on January 1, 2021 .
2020 Policy Changes
As of April 2020, travel bans and restrictions were put in place in Canada due to the coronavirus outbreak. These restrictions have been delayed multiple times throughout the year as Canada waits for the pandemic to stop.
Exemptions to the conditions of the work permit
In May 2020, a public policy was put into effect to allow temporary workers in Canada with a valid work permit or authorization to work without a permit who are changing jobs or employers and have a specific job offer from the employer exempt from the LMIA or the LMIA to request authorization through the IRCC web form to begin work at a new job while your work permit application is pending.
Increased processing times
Canada’s travel restrictions affected immigration, refugee, citizenship and passport applications and are differentiated by situation. Each visa has a different processing time and application process, and some visas may take longer to process due to travel restrictions on those visas.
What to Expect for Canadian Immigration in 2021
Canada increases immigration plan
On October 30, Canada’s immigration minister announced that Canada wants to attract 401,000 new permanent residents over the next year. This is part of Canada’s plan to improve the economy by focusing on foreign workers. The previous immigration plan had a target of 351,000 immigrants, but now that COVID-19 has been affected, Canada wants to invite another 50,000 immigrants to revive the economy. These immigrants will be highly qualified workers and entrepreneurs with the aim of stimulating the economy through work and business start-ups.
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