This week, we highlight all important information regarding immigration news, consisting of new PR application changes, international student concerns, Indigenous peoples’ rights, and more, this article presents a summary of these events/changes.

Permanent residency applications through Express Entry no longer require upfront medical examinations.

IMEs (immigrant medical exams) are performed by panel physicians who are approved by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada). It is a requirement to complete this examination before permanent residency. If you have never completed one but wish to apply for permanent residency, you now have the option to upload a blank document in the designated area during the application process. The IRCC will then send you further instructions.

 Permanent residency is not guaranteed for Canadian international students, experts inform.

“International students who rely on agents are often not aware of such intricacies and discover the bad news when it is too late” stated a recent report written by Canadian senators & experts, titled “Strengthening the Integrity of Canada’s International Student Program ”. International students are oftentimes not properly educated about the repercussions of attending colleges that are not designated learning institutions, resulting in the expectation of a PGWP (post-graduation work permit). A PGWP is in reality ineligible for that circumstance. The report holds the federal government accountable for “perpetuating an inflated sense of hope”, as well as consultants.

 Immigration minister wants Indigenous people to move across borders easier.

In an interview with CBC News, immigration minister Marc Miller stated that Canada should recognize Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to move freely across borders. “It’ll take time, but it is one of my top priorities”. The government is considering exempting from immigration requirements Indigenous people whose traditional homelands extend outside of Canada. The federal government is expected to implement a solution next year.

700,000 new temporary residents added to Canada in a year

Statistics Canada revealed population data recently, here are some key details:

  • 700,000 new temporary residents over the last year
  • 2 million total temporary residents in Canada
  • 300,000 temporary resident increase expected by the end of 2023
  • Ontario has the most temporary residents, near a million

 

If you have a question about Canadian Immigration Law such as coming to Canada or extending your stay in Canada, contact us.

Sources  

Hornstein, J – “Upfront medical examination no longer required before submitting an Express Entry application” – CIC News

 

Singer, C. –  “Permanent Residence By No Means Guaranteed For Canada International Students” – immigration.ca

 

Stefanovich, O. – “Immigration minister says he wants to make it easier for indigenous people to cross borders” – CBC News

 

Singh, K. – “Canada Added 700,000 New Temporary Residents in 1 Year”

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