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Weekly News Review September 5 -11, 2022

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A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.
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Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers brings you the most up-to-date Canadian immigration news. Today, we will discuss the provincial nominee program draws, regulatory amendments, visa delays, etc. Do not forget to follow us for more timely Canadian immigration news and updates.

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program to receive an all-time high number of applications

This year, Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) appears to be on track to break a record. The number of new permanent residents is projected to be 27.4 percent greater than previously anticipated. Just over 14,000 new permanent residents have come to Canada through the PGP in the first six months of this year. Canada has already received 2,280 more new permanent residents than it had last year through this program. The PGP is expected to attract 28,040 additional permanent residents to Canada by the end of 2022, nearly tripling the number from last year.

The Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for immigration to Canada. Those approved under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and may eventually be able to apply for citizenship. Your parents and grandparents will then be able to benefit from all of the perks of Canadian permanent residency, such as being able to work in Canada, receiving health care, full legal protection under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and applying to become a Canadian citizen if they fulfill the requirements. If you want to bring your parents or grandparents to Canada and want to know if you are eligible to sponsor them, contact our immigration lawyers to get the help you need.

Ontario introduced new amendments for the OINP and invited new candidates

On September 6, 2022, Ontario announced changes to Ontario Regulation 422/17 (General), which would affect the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The Ministry also released the newly proposed language criteria for the Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream and new education requirements for the Employer Job Offer International Student stream. In addition, Ontario also changed the minimum amount for OINP’s administrative monetary penalty. The public consultation on these amendments will last until October 21. If implemented, the OINP will add them to program eligibility requirements.

On September 7, the province invited 1,521 candidates under the Skilled Trades Stream of the OINP, with a minimum CRS score of 320. The Skilled Trades stream is one of Ontario’s PNP streams that focuses on candidates with a valid Express Entry profile. The OINP evaluates all applications in the Express Entry pool and sends Notifications of Interest to those whose profile is closest to what they are searching for. Candidates who are successfully nominated via the Skilled Trades stream are invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. In 2022, Ontario invited 5,631 candidates in 6 draws of this stream.

British Columbia invited more than 370 regional candidates under the BCPNP

On September 7, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) invited over 370 people for permanent residency. A total of 361 invites were issued to regional applicants, including those working in the technology sector. Regional applicants are individuals with job offers outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District who have met the minimal criteria. Additional 8 invitations were issued to early childhood educators. Furthermore, healthcare NOCs also received up to 5 invitations. This year, British Columbia has issued 6,541 invitations in their provincial program.

The BCPNP is an immigration program administered by the Government of British Columbia to nominate suitable candidates for Canadian permanent residency. Applicants must first register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to apply for the nomination. The province then reviews applicants’ jobs, education, location, language ability, and wage against the provincial labour market needs. Applicants then receive a registration score based on several criteria and are placed in a pool for the desired category. Those who fulfill certain requirements and have a registration score above a designated level are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. If you want to move to British Columbia and need assistance with your application, get in touch with our immigration lawyers today.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba invited candidates under several draws

On September 6, Saskatchewan conducted new rounds of invitations in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). In the Express Entry category, the province issued 302 ITAs, and in the Occupations In-Demand category, 458 invitations were issued. The next day, the province issued 521 and 422 invitations, respectively. In addition, Manitoba invited 278 candidates under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams and the International Education Category. This year, Saskatchewan issued ITAs to 8,238 candidates, while Manitoba invited 4,797 candidates.

The SINP and MPNP are immigrant programs managed by the provincial governments that seek to attract and retain highly skilled workers and international students. Through these provincial immigration programs, the immigrants with the skills and experience are offered to immigrate to Saskatchewan and Manitoba to work and settle. The provinces invite and nominate successful applicants. After receiving their nominations, applicants need to apply for permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Feel free to contact Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers for help with your application for any of the provincial immigration programs.

IRCC needs to improve the evaluation of pilot programs

The Government of Canada audited its pilot immigration programs and found that without a clear set of defined principles, officials struggled to manage and evaluate the progress of the programs. The authors also commented that this lack of guidance for IRCC officials prevented them from creating a formal risk management process. The evaluation function was utilized to constantly monitor and evaluate early performance outcomes of pilot initiatives, allowing for quick decision-making about program modifications or whether a temporary program should be transitioned into a permanent one. However, while examining economic development and retention, there were issues because the data was not immediately available until years after the research ended.

In recent years, Canada has launched multiple immigration pilot programs designed to bring newcomers to smaller communities across the country that need both skilled and unskilled workers. By doing so, the Government aimed to fill labour gaps and also give a boost to the local economies. Some pilots are industry-specific and meant to help meet the demands of two of Canada’s vital economic sectors: international agricultural workers and care providers. Other pilots target specific regions in Canada, such as the four Atlantic provinces, and rural and northern parts of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The immigration backlog puts Canada’s competitiveness at risk

Navigating the visa application procedure has gotten more difficult for Canadian educators, international students, and partners. Immigration authorities in Canada have increased staff and are working to reduce processing times. This year, some students had to postpone their program start dates as a result of the backlog. Fortunately, the Canadian Government has extended its COVID-era policy that allows students to finish up to 100% of their studies online and still obtain a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). IRCC has confirmed that this policy will not change until August 31, 2023, and students studying online or who have submitted a study permit application by August 31, 2022, will be eligible for a PGWP.

In January, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser promised to end COVID-19 backlogs by the end of the year. That was before Canada launched a major response to the refugee crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, authorizing hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and their families to immigrate to Canada. According to recent statistics from the Canadian Government, more than a million immigration applications in progress have exceeded service standards.

Immigrants and their children will make up the majority of Canada’s population by 2041

On September 8, 2022, Statistics Canada published a report titled 2041: A Larger, More Diverse Population with Greater Differences Between Regions, which predicts that immigrants and their descendants will account for the majority of Canada’s population by 2041. Visible minorities, who are now referred to as the “racialized population” by Statistics Canada, will become more apparent with the growth of the Canadian population through immigration.

Up to half of all individuals 14 years old and younger (49.7 percent), and almost the same proportion of working-age people in Canada (34.6%) in 2041 could be racialized Canadians. Statistics Canada accepts the following groups as visible minority populations: South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian and Japanese.

We are a team of experienced immigration lawyers who are ready to help you with your visa, permanent residency application, or any other immigration matter. We have a wealth of experience in all areas of immigration law and are here to help you with every step. Contact Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers today to get started on your immigration matter.

Lev Abramovich

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.