Here there are few important developments that we can expect in the following 12 months both in Canada and beyond that might support to shape the future of Canada's immigration policy.
By March 2020, Canadian new Minister of Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, should be in a place to table the last year that is 2019 Immigration Report to the Parliament. The report is normally published by Nov 1 each year, but this time it was delayed because of the Canadian elections on Oct 21.
This report is important because it gives insight into the Canadian government’s immigration preferences. Perhaps its most important character will be Canada’s 2020-2022 Plan of Immigration Levels. We already understand that the federal government’s targets of immigration for 2020 (341,000 immigrants) and 2021 (350,000 immigrants). As outlined in the Immigration Minister’s Mandate Letter, we should assume a natural increase to the 2022 goal that based on present trends; it could be in the neighborhood of 360,000 newcomers.
It is assumed that the Canadian government will publish its intake process strategies for the Parents & Grandparents Program (PGP) by 2020 April at the latest. Meanwhile, the Canadian government has a yearly target of welcoming nearly 21,000 newcomers under the PGP, controlling the intake process has shown challenging for several years and now the present demand far surpasses the supply of open immigration places. It is possible that the federal government will roll out the latest process that attempts to avoid early intake process lapses.
Eliminating Canadian citizenship fees is also a section of Mendicino’s Mandate Letter. The present cost of becoming a Canadian citizen is $630 per adult, which some have debated is prohibitively expensive for low-income people and to their families. It is not clear that when these fees will be waived, but we can anticipate the citizenship uptake rate to tentatively stagnate or decrease as qualified immigrants make the wise decision to anticipate for this policy to be executed.
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