In terms of immigration to Canada, 2010-2021 were a disappointment. Immigration is one of the most important factors in economic growth, and it did not change in 2021. The year 2022 appears to be quite promising, especially in light of all the recent announcements and changes that are planned. Let’s look at some of the important announcements and changes that are scheduled to take place shortly.
Targets for 2022
There has been an increase in immigration targets for 2022, which means more people will be granted permanent residence in Canada. However, it is important to note that the 411,000 people include skilled federal workers, Canadian experience class, permanent residence applicants, refugees, and family sponsorship, such as the parent and grandparents’ program or spousal sponsorships and other categories of sponsorship.
The higher immigration objective is welcome news, and we have already begun to reap the fruits of that welcome news. So, for example, in the first month of 2021, there were 20 to 21 thousand PRs issued every month. Still, in the following months, September, October, and November, more than 45,000 PRs were issued every single month, according to the latest available data. Forty-seven thousand landed PRs were received in November, setting a new record and reaching an all-time high.”
It is very clear that IRCC is trying its best to clear all the backlogs as fast as possible, which means in the year 2022, we can see a significant improvement in the processing times of the PR files.
Focus on international students
We’ve seen that the emphasis has shifted to providing permanent residency to temporary employees in 2021 and 2022 (people who are working in Canada). Many international students will get Canadian permanent residency status under the Canadian experience class category.
The new mandate letter that Canadian Prime Minister Mr Justin Trudeau has delivered to the International Relations and Cooperation Council (IRCC) states unequivocally that international students’ focus should continue beyond 2022. As a result, this is fantastic news for students. As a result, if you cannot get a Canadian permanent residence card through express entry on the PNP, the study permit is an excellent alternative.
New Immigration Program
The obligatory letter from the Canadian Prime Minister to the IRCC should prompt the IRCC to develop new initiatives in order to fulfil the revised objectives for 2022. An example of a popular program is the Atlantic immigration pilot program (AIPP), which has been declared a permanent feature of the Canadian immigration policy and is expected to bring around 6000 new permanent residents each year.
Expected changes in 2022
It is anticipated that certain modifications will be made to how the IRCC chooses and selects persons from the express entry pool. For example, modifications might be made to calculate the CRS score. Changes could be made to restrict express admission to particular knockouts, or they could come up with an ineligible occupational list, similar to the one that is used to be for some of the PNP advances. However, these are merely expectations, and there has been no formal declaration to back them up.
Changes in NOC codes
One further alteration that will be implemented during the autumn season of 2022 is a modification to the knock system. There are five levels of NOC codes in use.
- NOC O
- NOC A
- NOC B
- NOC C
- NOC D
To be eligible for the express entry, federal skill worker, and Canadian experience class programs, you must hold a skilled job that is NOC A, O, and B certified.
According to the mandate letter, the focus should be on family reunions by 2022. Because of Covid-19, many children and spouses are still in their home countries and have not obtained PR sponsorships or have been able to settle in Canada. Hence, IRCC will be concentrating its efforts on family reunification in the year 2022, so you can expect speedier processing times for family sponsorships as well as the introduction of new initiatives to bring families back together.
Almost every part of Canada’s economic immigration policy requires a language exam (IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP), an appraisal of educational credentials (ECA), and one or more reference letters for previous work. Without preparation, you risk missing the boat! As a result, be careful to regularly keep all of your credentials up to current. Reach out to experienced Total Law Canadian immigration lawyers for assistance in immigrating to Canada.