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January 11, 2023


Here, in this blog, we will have a glance over Canada’s Immigration Updates and changes made in 2022 that you just need to know.

The immigration system in Canada has gone through a number of changes and updates last year in 2022. In July 2022, Express Entry draws were introduced in Canada to welcome several immigrants in multiple sectors to reduce the labor shortage.

These changes were enforced in Canada after the shutdown of borders in December 2020 under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Let’s have a look over the trends followed in 2022 with the emerging ones in 2023:

Trends Of 2022 with Emerging Ones In 2023:

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan:

It was announced by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in November 2022 to welcome newcomers within the next three years in Canada. As per the official statement released, Canada will look forward to welcoming over 1.45 million immigrants within the period of 2023 to 2025.

The number of new immigrants has been also estimated to rise up to 500,000 in 2025. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are also set to exceed Express Entry for being a pathway towards Canada’s main economic immigration.

Resumed Express Entry All-Programs in 2022:

Since December 2020, All-program Express entry draws were resumed for the first time in Canada. Express Entry System consists of the following programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC),

International Students To Work For More Than 20 hours:

International Students Were Allowed To Work For More Than 20 hrs A Week in 2022.

In Canada, the new rule to allow all international students to work temporarily for more than 20 hours a week during their school sessions was imposed on 15 November 2022. It was further confirmed that international students are allowed to work for unlimited hours according to their availability during their academic semesters as part-time work off-campus till 31 December 2023.

Addition Of Express Entry Eligibility In NOC 2021:

New changes were implemented by Canada in National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 which is for the purpose to classify different occupations.

The changes in NOC 2021 includes an update to Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities ( TEER) with an addition of 16 more occupations for the eligibility of Express Entry.

New Immigration Pilot Policy Announced By New Brunswick:

A new policy was announced by Immigration and Opportunities New Brunswick in November 2022 with the purpose of welcoming critical workers in the province of New Brunswick. It includes a selection of six employers from the industries of manufacturing, food production, aquaculture, and farming. The reason behind the policy of introducing New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot was to help immigrants settle in the province.

Eligibility For LIMA-Based Work Permit Holder Families To Apply For Open Work Permits:

Families of LIMA-Based Work permit holders are now made eligible to apply for Open Work Permits (OPW). This was for the purpose to increase the workforce in Canada. Open Work Permit (OWP) will allow its holders to work for any employer in almost all the industries which are against LIMA Work Permit. Hence, this provision was going to be started in phases from January 2023.

Occupations In 2023 Targeted By Express Entry:

Bill C-19 was passed on 23 June 2022, in both houses of the parliament. This bill was passed to allow the immigration minister to form groups in between the Express Entry Pool. It will be based on the policy aims including in-demand occupations and issue invitations to apply to these groups.

This policy was introduced as a step from the ongoing system of issuing ITAs which was based on the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).

Upcoming Trends in 2023:

  • With the expansion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), NBCWP, and the strength of the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), IRCC will be willing to welcome newcomers in less populated
  • Specific professions will be pursued by IRCC for immigration in 2023 during record job vacancies. These professions will include physicians, and the people involved with the profession can also get an opportunity to be permanent residents in Canada
  • New changes have been made by the IRCC in the middle of a continuous shortage of labor and continued over the qualification of the immigrants. Changes include the eligibility of the new OWP permit for the families of LIMA-based work permit holders and financial investments in immigrants’ approval for healthcare workers.

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