Roundup Of Recent Changes In Canadian Immigration
In today’s blog, we will be taking a brief look at the recent changes in Canadian immigration.
Limitations For Student Visas Removed
Foreign students that bear student visas which allow them to work off-campus in Canada, can now work for unlimited hours. Before the rule changed, international students were only allowed to work 20 hours per week per their visa conditions. This rule will apply to those who start their studies between the period of 15 November 2022 to 31 December 2023. This change in the rule has been made to deal with the issue of labour shortages.
Additionally, a new pilot program will be initiated to speed up the processing of student visa extension applications.
Applications For Permanent Residence
Applications for permanent residence have been moved online to the ‘Permanent Residence Portal’, where applications must now be submitted.
Government Trying To Reduce Visa Backlog
The Canadian government is trying to bring down the visa processing backlog by hiring 1,250 additional staff members to go through visa applications. Canada has been going through labour shortages, which is why it is in Canada’s best interest to lower visa processing periods and attract new talent.
Educational Credential Points For Canadian Students
As part of the Comprehensive Ranking System, people who have acquired a diploma, certificate or degree from Canada and completed their studies between March 2020 and August 2022 will now be able to acquire educational credential points. Applicants will be given points even if they completed the study program while being outside of Canada, through distance learning, or through part-time studies.
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