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What will happen to Canada Immigration after COVID-19?

As we all know, Coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has spread quickly all over the world. The travel industry has been badly damaged, with airlines cutting flights and tourists cancelling business trips and holidays. More than 100 countries have travel restrictions because of coronavirus. Canada is not an exception and is dealing with this virus which, as a result, caused some of the immigration programs to slow down or some non-essentials to stop. Coronavirus has an economic slowdown to most of the countries including Canada.

There are some questions which we will discuss in this article:

  1. Is Canada going to decrease immigrants?

The answer to this question is very simple. Canada’s economy has been affected negatively by coronavirus and for Canada to help its economy to grow, more immigrants are needed to promote economic growth and pass this tough situation successfully.

  1. How immigrants can help Canada’s economy?



In 2019, Canada welcomed almost 313000 immigrants. This number was about 303000 in 2018. As mentioned above, Canada is targeting welcoming 1 million immigrants from 2020 to 2022. Canada has one of the world’s oldest populations in the world because of its low birth rate. As more Canadians retire, more new labour is needed to replace them which makes the role of immigrants important here.



  1. What will happen when Canadians go back to normal life after COVID-19?


Canada is among those countries that based on its economy is able to rebound fast after quarantine measures have been eased. This provided more job opportunity for Canadians and consequently for immigrants. Therefore, even after coronavirus, immigration policy of Canada will continue welcoming even more immigration to cope with these problems.



  1. How immigrants will help to create more jobs?

Immigrants can help the economy in many different ways. Business immigrants who invest money in Canada or those entrepreneurs will bring money to Canada to start their business which not only creates jobs for themselves and help the economy, but also they hire other Permanent Residence. This will increase the job opportunity for immigrants. Moreover, other immigrants bring their knowledge and experience to share with Canadian companies to be employed and consequently either working for other companies (as labours) or create businesses and make more job opportunities. Lastly, new immigrants will bring their savings which helps the economy and money cycle. It is worth mentioning that international students are another important category which should not be forgotten. They bring money and help the economy which creates more jobs for Canadians.

All in all, not only Canada’s immigration will not slow down, but it also will speed up to reach the target.


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Update on 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

March 27, 2020—Due to the current focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will delay the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program to accepting new applications.

The launch of the annual call for expressions of interest to apply was anticipated in the coming weeks. Given the present circumstances, however, IRCC is prioritizing their efforts to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the pandemic.

It is important to note that the temporary deferral of the launch of the 2020 call for applications is not expected to impact when parents and grandparents will arrive in Canada, and that processing of these applications continues.

The Government of Canada remains strongly committed to family reunification, and IRCC is committed to opening the program as soon as possible.

Details on the opening of the PGP Program will be posted online and shared via our social media once they are available.



Processing changes for visas due to COVID-19

Ottawa, April 10, 2020—With the current travel restrictions in place, most foreign nationals are prevented from entering Canada, with some exemptions.

With these restrictions, Canada is suspending processing of non-essential visitor visa applications. This allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to focus resources on critical services. This suspension also applies to some electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications.

Processing of visa and eTA applications for those who qualify for an exemption to the travel restrictions will continue. This includes all temporary foreign worker applications, with a particular focus on essential services, such as those in medical fields and food supply chains.

The processing of study permits for students will continue in anticipation of the fall study term. IRCC will continue to process applications to the extent possible. Study permit applications require biometrics, and many visa application centres that normally provide this service are closed. As a special measure, due to COVID-19, applicants are now being given 90 days instead of the standard 30 days to give biometrics. It should be noted that only students who have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020, can currently travel to Canada.

Workers, students and visitors (who qualify for an exemption to travel restrictions) must apply online.

Permanent residence applications continue to be processed. Only permanent residents who received approval before March 18, 2020, can currently travel to Canada.

We will continue to provide updates on any further changes, including when the suspension of processing is lifted.




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