Canada Immigration Updates 2018

Canada has become the prominent choice among developed countries for migration. The Canadian government has been increasing the immigration targets for the last few years, 2018 has been a busy year with some new changes and updates. If, you are dreaming of moving Canada, you must aware about new changes and updates in immigration rules and regulations. Learn all the new and upcoming policy changes with immigration lawyers mississauga.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has already executed some modifications for Canadian immigration in 2018. Some other additional modifications have been announced which are still under consideration. Some of these changes will come into effects in 2018 and others will be implemented in 2019.

The following changes have already been made and will affect both current applicants and applicants throughout 2018.

  • Canada raises immigration targets

In 2017, the immigration target of the Canadian government was 300,000; however, the immigration authority of Canada has announced an increase in immigration targets from 300,000 to 310,000 for 2018. It is expected that the country will accept nearly 1 million new immigrants between 2018 and 2020. Thousands of newcomers will be arriving through federal economic occupations managed by the Express Entry system. IRCC has also scheduled to admit more provincial nominees in 2018 than they accepted in 2017. The Canadian government also plans to greet more newcomers through family sponsorship programs in 2018. 21,000 parents and grandparents will be able to unite their families in Canada.

Ø CRS  Scores trends lower than last years

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) SCORES have been seen lower than the previous year. The least CRS score requirement plunged to 413 points in 2017. This is around 50 points lower than the average score are required to receive an ITA invitation the last year. This descending trend seems probable to continue throughout 2018. it seems that, as the Canadian government has finally become comfortable with the Express Entry system and they are capable to process applications much faster and can issue a larger amount of ITA invitations with lower requirements.

  • Live-in caregivers get opportunities by the end of 2018

IRCC has declared that they will process 80% of backlogged permanent resident applications Caregivers through the former Live-in Caregiver Program.

  • Parents and grandparents sponsorship continuous on lottery intake system

In 2018, 10,000 applications will be accepted under this program. The randomized lottery system executed in this program last year will remain same for next year despite criticisms.

  • Faster processing of the new Global Talent Stream

The Canadian government has launched the Global Skills Strategy to provide Canadian employers faster access to highly skilled foreign workers. Work permits applications under this program will be processed within two weeks.