New immigration system priorities in Canada
Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau issued a letter with the new immigration priorities including:
Reducing application processing times, including delays that have been impacted by COVID-19.
More permanent residence pathways via Express Entry for international students and temporary foreign workers.
Online applications for family reunification and providing temporary residence to spouses and children abroad while they await the processing of their permanent residence applications.
New Municipal Program will be created to help promote the broader distribution of immigration across Canada. Immigration programs will better support newcomers to small- and medium-size communities.
Waiving Canadian citizenship application fees. It was delayed earlier due to the pandemic.
Encouragement of Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers. Simplifying work permit renewals, upholding the two-week processing standard, and establishing an employer hotline.
Regularizing status for undocumented workers in Canada.
Improving foreign credential recognition.
Expanding the new immigration stream for human rights defenders.
Latest news as of Dec. 18, 2021
Canada is lifting the ban on international travel from the 10 countries in Africa starting December 18 at 11:59 p.m. Here is the list of the countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt. The ban was originally set to expire on January 31.
Canada will also re-introduce pre-arrival tests for all new incoming travelers. Currently, Canadian residents can leave and come back within 72 hours without needing a pre-arrival COVID-19 test. A negative pre-arrival test will be required for all new arrivals to Canada starting December 21.