Are you thinking about immigrating to Canada? Millions of new immigrants are expected to join the growing Canadian family through different immigration programs as a result of immigration policy updates and changes starting in the new year. Here’s what you can expect in 2020 Canada immigration.
2020 CANADA IMMIGRATION LEVELS TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH
Justin Trudeau’s new minister for immigration, Marco Mendicino, is expected to present the 2019 Annual Report to Parliament at the House of Commons.
The report will provide details on the Government of Canada’s immigration policies, including the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan.
The Trudeau government is already looking at welcoming 341,000 new immigrants for 2020, and 350,000 new immigrants for 2021.
According to the mandate letter sent by Trudeau to his immigration minister, we can expect Mendicino to raise the immigration cap to 360,000 new immigrants for 2022.
2020 CANADA IMMIGRATION TO BRING CHANGES TO THE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM
The Government of Canada is expected to announce changes to how applications are processed for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in April.
The PGP brings in 21,000 new immigrants annually.
With demand for the PGP exceeding available slots, IRCC is looking to make improvements at how applications are processed.
Expect the changes to be made public in April 2020.
IMMIGRATION TO SMALLER COMMUNITIES TO CONTINUE IN 2020
IRCC’s 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan sought to welcome 67,800 new immigrants under the different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
The plan calls for an 11% increase in 2020, compared to the targets for 2019.
Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are looking to nominate more qualified foreign workers through their individual PNPs, but are also looking to bring these new immigrants to their smaller communities.
80% of new immigrants going to Canada under the PNP settle in the larger urban centres, leaving smaller communities bereft of the economic benefits of the arrival of skilled foreign workers.
Provincial and territorial governments have recently introduced region-specific PNP streams collectively called the Regional and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).
The RNIP is a community-driven program that is designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to Canada’s smaller communities by allowing them to nominate skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.
11 communities across Canada are expected to have their programs up and running under the RNIP in 2020.
Other programs under the Trudeau governments include the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), which allows the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and ** New Brunswick** to nominate an additional 4,000 new immigrants every year.
The AIP is expected to be made a permanent program in 2020, with additional slots made available.
Another program to look forward to in 2020 is the new Municipal Nominee Program (MNP).
With no details made public as of yet, the MNP is expected to be similar to the RNIP, where eligible foreign workers can apply for permanent residency to smaller communities in Canada. The MNP will be part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to promote spread the benefits of economic immigration to Canada’s rural communities.
Since the introduction of the PNP in 2998, the Government of Canada has shared more of its selection powers with its provincial and territorial counterparts to allow for the more equitable partition of the economic benefits of skilled worker immigration.
ELIMINATION OF CITIZENSHIP FEES IN 2020
Trudeau’s mandate letter to his IRCC minister also includes the elimination of citizenship fees.
Currently, the cost of applying to become a Canadian citizen is CAD630.00 (approximately PHP 24,601.76) per adult application.
It has been said that the cost is prohibitive for low income families who wish to apply for Canadian citizenship.
It is expected that the number of citizenship applications will drop until an announcement is made public by Mendicino sometime in 2020.
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