Changes in the Canadian Immigration System - 2016

During the recent Canadian national election, the Liberal Party of the newly-elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed liberal reforms to Canada's immigration system.

The upcoming changes will affect various categories as detailed below:

FAMILY

- The new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Program will double the quota of immigration visa applications for parents' and grandparents' sponsorship from 5,000 to 10,000 visas per year, allowing more parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada in 2016. Additionally, the budget for handling family class immigration applications will be doubled, allowing reduced wait times for families.

- Candidates who have siblings in Canada will be able to receive more points on their Express Entry Application.

- The two year waiting period for "Conditional Permanent Residence" for spouses of sponsored individuals will be bypassed.

- The maximum age for dependents will be restored from 19 to 22, making it easier for immigrants to bring their older children toCanada.

HEALTH

The $1,000 Labor Market Impact Assessment fee for families seeking caregivers for members with mental or physical illness will be eliminated.

Furthermore, refugees or shelter seekers awaiting a decision regarding their case by the government will be entitled to free healthcare.

EDUCATION  

Adjustments will be made to the Canadian Experience Class Program to help remove barriers for international students, making it easier for them to achieve a Canadian Citizenship, and the Canadian Citizenship residency time credit will be restored for them as well.

Although the changes have not yet been initiated, with a pledge of $500 million and a majority government, it's safe to say that we can expect good things in the near future.