At Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers, we have conducted the most comprehensive weekly Canadian Immigration News analysis. Read our blog to learn more about the most significant events of the previous week.
Canada amended the Super Visa program
On June 7, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed modifications to the Super Visa program, making it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents. On July 4, 2022, the new changes will come into force, allowing super visa holders to stay in Canada for five years at a time and extend their stay by up to two years. Furthermore, international medical insurance firms will be allowed to provide the required medical coverage for super visa applicants.
The Canadian government established Super Visas in 2011 to deal with the queue of applications from visitors requesting longer stays in Canada. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that is valid for 10 years and may be granted to qualified parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The Super Visa, unlike the ordinary visitor’s visa, allowed a stay of up to two years (under the old regulations) with the option to apply for an extension. For more information about Canada’s super visa program, contact our immigration experts today.
IRCC invited 932 applicants via the Express Entry system
On June 8, Canada invited new candidates through Express Entry. IRCC issued 932 Invitations to Apply to candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the new PNP-targeted draw. In 2022, Canada held only PNP targeted draws, selecting candidates based on criteria such as age, work experience, education, and language ability. In 2022, IRCC invited 10,152 candidates via Express Entry.
Express Entry is Canada’s main immigration pathway for skilled workers. The system manages applications for three of Canada’s main economic immigration programs: the Federal High Skilled Program, Provincial Nominee Programs, and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates are ranked against each other in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool. If you also want to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, you can contact us to evaluate your chances or improve your current application.
The Federal Government expanded National Newcomer Navigation Network to assist healthcare professionals
The Government of Canada has expanded the National Newcomer Navigation Network to assist internationally educated health care workers. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has allocated nearly $1.5 million in funds to promote sector collaboration of foreign qualification and credential recognition standards for internationally educated healthcare workers. This initiative will assist internationally educated healthcare workers in obtaining key jobs, eliminating barriers to working in Canada’s health care system, and accelerating the process of getting credentials and qualifications.
There are many ways for internationally educated healthcare professionals to immigrate to Canada. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may be eligible to come to Canada through certain designated programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Provincial Nominee Program. In order to practice as a healthcare professional in Canada, you will need to meet the requirements of the regulatory body in the province or territory where you wish to work. Each province and territory has its own regulatory body that sets the standards for entry into the healthcare profession. If you are a healthcare worker looking for assistance with your immigration application, feel free to get in touch with us. We have a team of experts who can help you with the process and make sure that your application is successful.
Children born abroad to Canadian LGBTQ2+ couples will be able to acquire Canadian citizenship
June is a month to recognize gender diversity and the unique challenges faced by marginalized groups. Although same-sex, gender-opposite, and intersex couples are prohibited from being discriminated against under Canadian law, such situations still occur rarely. Until two years ago, same-sex couples in Canada as well as families trying to have children were confronted with difficulties because they had children outside of the country.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005. Until 2020, Canadians had to be biological parents to pass on citizenship to their kids born abroad. However, this changed when the Superior Court of Quebec determined that parents of children born abroad may be included in the definition of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. LGBTQ+ Canadians who want to adopt or already have adopted a child abroad can contact our immigration lawyers to discuss their options and the best way to complete their adoption.
Canada introduced new guidelines for the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class
Canada introduced new guidelines regarding determining membership in the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class. The new guidelines are for circumstances when there is a relationship breakdown. If the primary applicant (sponsored spouse) wishes to proceed with their permanent residence application in these circumstances, conversion to humanitarian and compassionate grounds will be applicable. In addition, the guidelines exempt these applicants from the requirement to have temporary resident status.
The spouse or common-law partner in Canada class allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners. Under this pathway, eligible candidates can bring their partners and dependent children to Canada. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, live in Canada, and be financially stable. In Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers, we help you with the paperwork and ensure a seamless transition for you and your family.
The Government of Canada announced a new public policy on issuing open work permits under the TR2PR pathway
On June 8, 2022, the Government of Canada revealed an update on the new public policy on issuing open work permits under the temporary to permanent resident pathway (TR2PR). The government’s temporary public policy, which was approved on July 4, 2021, and took effect on June 6, 2022, will remain in force until December 31, 2024. The public policy will allow the Government to provide open work permits to avoid the need for renewals while also broadening eligible family members abroad’ and speeding up family reunification.
The TR to PR immigration pathways were launched as part of a specific public policy and are designed to give permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates in Canada who have the required skills and expertise to help Canada’s economy recover following the COVID 19 epidemic. IRCC is aiming to bring in 40,000 people by 2022 and 32,000 people by 2023 under the TR2PR program.
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada and need assistance, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you with the process. We understand that immigrating to a new country can be a daunting task, which is why we are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.