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Navigating Changes in Canada’s New Immigration Laws

As if immigration wasn’t complex enough, the laws seem to be changing every year. This year, there were a number of changes made to Canadian immigration laws, possibly to deal with potentially record numbers of people seeking to move to that country.

These changes only stand to change more rapidly and at a higher level throughout the coming year. With some visa requirements being lifted and others becoming more stringent, it’s bound to be a tricky time. Read about navigating the changes in Canada’s new immigration laws, and where you can go to seek more information and advice if you’re exploring options.

Canada’s New Immigration Laws

In late 2016, the first of a wave of changes to Canada’s new immigration laws took effect. Among these are the institution of a lottery system for the grandparents and parents sponsorship program. The importance of arranged employment when applying to be a permanent resident has been drastically decreased. Studying in Canada also was introduced as a factor in applying for residency. Finally, Canada has lifted their requirement against visas for Mexican nationals.

Coming Legal Changes

In 2017, a wave of additional changes are on the horizon and they’ll be fast and furious. First up will be a lifting of requirements against visas for those from Bulgaria, Brazil and Romania. Next is a coming work visa program for those working in highly skilled professions (similar to the U.S. H-1B visa).

Having Canadian relatives looks to take on more significance in the decision to grant permanent residency, and the country is going to make it easier for Europeans to get work permits through ratification of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the EU.

Fast and Furious

Not only are there great changes on the horizon, they’re looking to come fast and furious as well. The government has created an expedited method of implementing and publicizing changes in the law. Some have been accomplished through amending current legislation.

Others are posted on the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) website as frequent Program Delivery Updates. It’s important to keep close watch on this page, as oftentimes this is the only way to learn about new changes in the law.

A Confusing Prospect

Unfortunately, the IRCC website is not always up to date given just how fast laws are changing, and the law trumps the available information. That means if you make an error due to something you found on the IRCC site being incorrect, it doesn’t matter. It’s still an error that can cost you your status.

For those seeking to undertake an immigration to Canada, it’s thus important to contact an immigration attorney in that country, or to talk directly with the Canadian immigration services department. Getting approved as a resident of our northern neighbor is every bit as complex and confusing as it can be to move to the United States, and information is, as always, the best weapon in your arsenal.

No matter what your reason for moving north, do your homework and gather all the information you can about Canada’s new immigration laws before starting the process, then stay informed throughout. It’s your best chance of success.

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