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The new priorities of Canada’s Immigration Minister

As Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser received the mandate letter that outlines the policies and priorities that the Prime Minister would like him to pursue. Moreover, the new immigration mandate letter reveals priorities such as family reunification, application processing, resettlement opportunities, and more.

In this article, we’ll tell you a summary of the new priorities of Canada’s Immigration Minister.

Canada’s immigration priorities

According to the mandate letter, the Minister of Immigration must:

  • Reduce application processing times, including addressing delays that have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Introduce electronic applications for family reunification. Moreover, the Minister must implement a program to issue temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while they wait for their application.
  • Build on existing pilot programs to further explore ways of regularizing status for undocumented workers who are contributing to Canadian communities.
  • Make the citizenship application process free for permanent residents who meet the requirements.
  • Establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers. The Prime Minister also calls on Fraser to simplify permit renewals, as part of improving the Global Talent Stream of the TFWP. In addition, he must improve foreign credential recognition.
  • Support the French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec. Moreover, he must support Francophone immigration across the country.
  • Keep working with the United States to modernize the Safe Third Country Agreement.
  • Expand pathways to Permanent Residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the Express Entry system.
  • Welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labour shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care.
  • Ensure that immigration better supports small- and medium-size communities that require additional immigrants. As usual, this will include expanding the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Municipal Nominee Program, and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
  • Act with urgency to provide resettlement opportunities for people under threat, including Afghan citizens and human rights defenders.

What will the Liberal Party of Canada do about immigration?

The Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau, won Canada’s 44th federal election, on September 21st. Its Forward – For everyone‘s plan talked about the improvements the re-elected Liberal government will do about Canadian immigration over the coming years.

You can read more about this in the following article: What will the Liberal Party of Canada do about immigration?

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