Post-pandemic changes in Canadian Immigration system – Myths and Reality
The corona pandemic will continue to create uncertainty in the whole world. Like every country with an immigration system IRCC, post-pandemic measures are also there. However, one thing that is certain is that people’s demand to go to Canada will not diminish. Canada’s need for immigrants will not lower down. Despite the economic imbalance of Canada’s economy, Canada still has a lower birth rate and a higher aging population.
Canada’s birth rate is so low that it is not sufficient to maintain the desired size of the population of the country. People’s desire to have fewer children has affected the population’s needs greatly. Thus, the combination of lower birth rates and higher aging population rates will make it more difficult for the Canadian economy. It will make it difficult to maintain social spending when the social costs will rise on par.
Here are some points during the COVID-19 pandemic that people should know about the Canadian immigration system:
IRCC post-pandemic measures
- Settlement and resettlement services will still be available to those in need. Refugees and immigrants will be provided free information about the quality of life in Canada. They will be provided with language training sessions. They will be helped while looking out for jobs, and to establish connections amongst Canadians and immigrants.
- Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be taking measures to make it a point to ensure the well-being, security, and safety of the people working for the service-providing organizations. IRCC will also follow up on public health and provincial guidelines. Till the time service providers will have clear guidelines about the safe reopening of their offices, they will be focusing on delivering critical services.
- Organizations will be providing essential services to newcomers. They will, moreover, also be providing interpretation services and short-term counseling services as well via telephonic, e-mail, and online services.
- COVID-19 has made it tougher for temporary residents to renew their work or study permit applications. Moreover, since traveling by air has reduced around the world, many temporary immigrants are finding it hard to get air tickets back home. Hence, a new public policy has come into implication. Previously, only a 90-day timeframe was allowed for foreign nationals by the Canadian government. Now it has been renewed to a longer time duration.
- Biometrics collection for temporary residents has been made easier and effective. Due to the ongoing public health concerns going on due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the biometrics information is collected at service Canada centers with a partnership between IRCC and Service Canada. Applicants will, however, be screened to make sure that the security and safety of Canadians are not at risk.
- Applicants who are residing in Canada temporarily will be covered by certain public policies. Some of them are an extension of the study permit, a visitor visa, a temporary resident permit, and some more.
- To facilitate online studies in Canada for international students, they have also new guidelines. Once the students have applied online, the processing of the application forms is processed quickly. Applicants will also be informed as fast as possible about their biometric, police verification, and medical examination requirements.
If you are planning to travel to and live in Canada as an immigrant, make sure that you are aware of the COVID-19 guidelines in detail.