A new government for Canada, with Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau at its helm, has been sworn in this week.
The party has made a number of pledges on immigration and visas, which will be of particular interest to those who are seeking to stay in Canada for the long-term.
Here’s a summary of the immigration policy of Canada’s new government.
- Repealing elements of the recently-enacted C-24 bill, which opponents argued created “second-class citizens”.
- Time spent as a study permit or work permit may be counted as part of the time applicants need to have spent in Canada before being eligible to become a citizen.
- System will be reviewed to ensure “processing times are efficient”.
- Candidates with siblings in Canada may be awarded extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
- Dependent children: Maximum age may be restored to under 22, instead of under 19.
- Parent and Grandparent Program: annual intake may be increased from 5,000 to 10,000.
- Family class: budget for immigration processing may be doubled, with the aim of reducing processing times.
- New spouses immigrating to Canada may receive immediate permanent residency, eliminating the existing two-year conditional period for certain applicants.