March 9, 2016 – The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship, John McCallum, announced yesterday that Canada will
welcome a greater number of immigrants in 2016. The
government's plan for 2016 is to bring in between 280,000 and
305,000 new permanent residents to Canada which represents an
overall 7.4% increase over the 2015 levels. The number of economic
class admissions will decrease approximately 11% this year and the
number of individuals granted permanent residence status based on
humanitarian and compassionate grounds will decrease 29% this year.
Family class admissions will increase approximately 17% and refugee
admissions will increase 125%. For a summary of the changes in
levels of admission for 2016 compared to 2015, please click here.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided
details of the changes that it plans on making but the timing of
the implementation is uncertain. In its Annual Report to Parliament
on Immigration, the government announced many of the details of the
changes that it plans on implementing in hopes of strengthening
Canada's immigration system.
The following are the 9 key changes to immigration that we can
expect this year:
Establishment of an expert human
rights panel for determination of designated countries of origin,
along with a right to appeal decisions for citizens from these
countries who are in Canada and who are claiming refugee
Providing additional points under the
Express Entry application system for applicants who have Canadian
The maximum age for dependent
children will be increased to 22 from 19 years allowing more
Canadians and permanent residents to bring their children to
Removal of the two year condition for
sponsored spouses entering Canada. Once a sponsored spouse receives
permanent residence status, there are no conditions attached to the
status; in the event of marriage breakdown within two years, the
sponsored spouse remains a permanent resident.
Develop a system of regulated
companies to hire caregivers on behalf of families to make it
easier for Canadian families to hire foreign workers to take care
of their loved ones. The changes will also protect caregivers from
employer abuse and will eliminate the $1000 Labour Market Impact
Assessment fee for caregivers.
Reform to the Canadian Experience
Class Program to reduce barriers to international students.
Restoration of the residence time
credit given to international students and other temporary
residents to make it easier to become a Canadian citizen.
Removal of the current visa
requirements imposed on Mexico.
Implementation of the Electronic
Travel Authorization (eTA) for visa-exempt nationals (except U.S.
citizens and other specified exempt travellers) who are travelling
to Canada by air
At this point, we do not have a firm time frame for when these
changes will be implemented. We will provide any information
regarding implementation of the changes as soon as it becomes
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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