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Ministers Meet to Speed Up Canadian Immigration

Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino met virtually with his provincial and territorial counterparts to find ways of speeding up the processing time for new permanent residents, as well as increasing their numbers and boosting Canadian immigration.

“Immigration is an integral part of any economic recovery, and we have never seen it more necessary to ensure prosperity for all Canadians,” said Arlene Dunn. She cited the unprecedented challenges that immigrants face due to a pandemic but also emphasized immigration’s ability in contributing to our economy through innovation and entrepreneurship.

The ministers used their time to discuss the distribution of immigration, cultural integration strategies, and how best to leverage successes in different immigration programs.

Immigration playing critical role in response to COVID-19

Canadian immigration minister says that Canada can’t afford to turn their back on immigrants and refugees. “Canada’s immigration system has played a critical role in our response to COVID-19, said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino,” he continued.

The federal government of Canada is aware that the country needs workers from other nations more than ever before due to its economic recovery after CIVID 19 caused billions worth of damage across North America last year. In fact, according to Mendicino this type of support for migrants will continue because it leads Canadians into prosperity while also helping them deal with disasters like COVID-19 which causes widespread destruction on both sides of the border each time they strike again.

“Canada is relying on immigration to help fight the virus and provide economic stability.” He said.

“Today, we had productive discussions with the provinces and territories on how to better and more evenly spread the benefits of immigration across the country,” he added. “Our ongoing collaboration, further strengthened today, has contributed to valuable initiatives that will help support population growth and a modern immigration system. 

“Together, we can build a stronger and more diverse Canada.”

The Forum of Ministers’ responsibilities

The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration meets monthly to discuss immigration issues in Canada. The group is comprised of cabinet ministers and their political staff, with independent experts often invited as guests. Issues covered cover a wide range from refugee resettlement plans, temporary foreign worker programs, visa processing rates at Canadian embassies abroad, etc., all the way to relations between different cultural groups within Canada’s borders.

In order to attract talented, educated immigrants for the future of our country and economy, Canada has put in place measures such as speedier processing times via an entirely online application system. This is a huge step forward from last year when there were many barriers that deterred people considering immigration, including long wait periods before their paperwork was processed or jobs could be picked up while they waited for permanent residency status.

The government understands how important it is to not only encourage more immigration but also make it easier than ever with all new initiatives being introduced since this past year which includes speeding up processing time by making everything completely digital on applications like the Start-up Visa program.

Virtual and Touchless Immigration process

“My vision for our immigration system going forward is that it is completely virtual and touchless and that each and every one of these steps is integrated so that we become the envy of the world,” said Mendicino.

“In a world that is increasingly going virtual, we are leading the way, especially when it comes to our immigration system,” said the immigration minister. “We are the only ones that have moved our citizenship ceremony online, to my knowledge, and now we are also moving into the digital space when it comes to testing applicants.”

The IRCC’s innovations during the pandemic boosted permanent resident arrivals despite COVID-19 to improve Canadian immigration.

“The improvement we’re seeing in permanent resident admissions is encouraging and good news for the economy,” said Iain Reeve, associate director of immigration research at the Conference Board of Canada.

Permanent Resident Status Portal & Virtual Landing

Canada is always changing the way it processes permanent residency applications. The latest developments are meant to help finalize your status as a Canadian permanent resident even faster, by streamlining all of the information that needs to be processed and applying for PR from one portal.

From virtual landing to a new permanent resident confirmation portal – Ever since COVID-19 many changes have been made. The newest development is a virtual landing process to make the permanent residency application more convenient and there are new features on the confirmation IRCC portal.

This year, IRCC is doing something new. They are bypassing the traditional in-person landing appointments to validate Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR) documents which would normally have been the final stage of the Permanent Resident process. Instead, they’re completing it without an interview face-to-face with immigration officers – and instead done virtually through video conference call technology!

IRCC now uses a new online permanent residence confirmation portal to confirm permanent resident status.

The new portal should help people who are in the process of applying for permanent residency by providing a more user-friendly interface. People will be able to upload relevant documents and check their application status at any time without having to go through complicated paperwork or worry about lost applications.

The newly launched PR card processing system is designed with convenience for applicants as its primary goal, which could make this phase of immigration an experience that many find less stressful than before!

The IRCC will send you a confirmation email when they are done reviewing your application. This is where the PR status-checking process starts, and it’s important to make sure all of those who need their account finalized can access that portal as well!

According to immigration law in Canada, once an applicant has been approved by Immigration Refugees And Citizenship Canada (IRCC), he or she receives notification via mail with instructions on how best to finalize his/her Permanent Resident Status.

Once IRCC approves your PR application they will send you (the principal applicant) an invitation to check if you want to use the PR confirmation portal to finalize your PR status. If you do want to use the portal, you will confirm email addresses for everyone who will need an account in the portal.

Once you’ve confirmed, IRCC will create an account in the portal for you and send you another email with a link to sign in to the portal. You can’t create an account yourself – IRCC does this for you after they’ve contacted you.

IRCC will set up profiles under the principal applicant’s account for anyone under 18 and any other dependents you chose to act on behalf of (as per the email addresses you provided in the first email).

In the portal, you will be able to access your proof of residency or citizenship status and use it before receiving your PR card.

Valid COPR holders now can enter Canada as of June 21, 2021.

The day had finally come! After months of preparation, and waiting, our clients which hold COPR, can now start their journey in Canada.

Canada has lifted restrictions on entry from confirmed COPR holders as of June 21, 2021. The government of Canada made the announcement at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Three weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that would allow those eligible to immigrate to Canada with the opportunity of expediting their travel into Canada, and finally, valid COPR holders can now enter the country. 

A COPR is issued to those who have been approved by IRCC to immigrate to Canada. This means the individual has met IRCC’s program criteria, paid their fees and passed health, security, and criminality screenings. With a COPR, they can travel to Canada to begin their new life.

23,000 Confirmation of Permanent Residence has been issued since Canada introduced coronavirus travel restrictions in March 2020, according to Canadian government data. CORP holders have not been able to enter Canada since the COVID-19 travel restrictions were imposed by the government in March 2020.

The Canadian government noted that more information on when and how to obtain a new COPR will be posted shortly on IRCC’s website.

COPRs are valid for up to one year. They are tied to the applicant’s passport and their immigration medical examination. Many individuals have been unable to travel to Canada due to coronavirus disruptions or because they do not fall under one of Canada’s travel restrictions. This has caused their COPR to expire. They will not need to go through the immigration process again, however, they will need IRCC to reissue a new valid COPR to enable them to travel to Canada.

All COPR holders are going to need to follow Canada’s travel rules upon arrival, such as the quarantine requirement. The federal government also announced today, June 21, 2021, that those fully vaccinated will be exempt from this requirement. 

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