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IRCC has released its Forward Regulatory Plan for next 2 years with Projected Immigration Changes

Posted - 15, Oct 2016

The IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) has released its Forward Regulatory Plan for next 2 years that includes key changes to be made in the immigration regulations. However, this forward regulatory plan is not fixed and can be updated and upgraded over and again with time based on the IRCC operating environment. Let’s find out the key objectives of the FRP (Forward Regulatory Plan) of the express entry:

Changes to Conditional Permanent Residence for New Sponsored Spouses

At present, the spouses who have been sponsored to Canada, but are married for less than 2 years or have no children with the sponsoring partner, given conditional PR. IRCC is reviewing the rewiring this provision in view of its impact on vulnerable spouses.

Changes to the International Mobility Program

The IMP (International Mobility Program) is IRCC’s temporary foreign worker program. However, it is different from the TFW being operated by ESDC. It invites the LMIA exempt foreign individuals to meet the labour market, cultural and economic needs of Canada. The FRP recommends changes in IMP to eliminate diplomatic missions and few international entities from the employer adherence parameters.

Changes to the Definition of Dependent Child

IRCC recommends increasing the maximum age of a dependent child. At now, unmarried children aged 19 and below are allowed to be included on an application. While no new age is recommended as of now, the proposed changes in this regard aim to allow more immigrants to bring their children with them, and decrease the need for multiple applications within a family.

Changes to Business Immigration Programs

The Federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs ended in 2014 only hence the FRP now recommends removing these programs from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPA).

Repeal of Live-in Caregiver Program

Repealing of the Live-In Caregiver Program was announced in 2014 by the then federal government. The two new programs- caring for Children Class and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class shall replace the caregiver program which will provide the pathway to PR in Canada as well. However, the people living in Canada on Live-in Caregiver Program may continue to be eligible for PR provided their work permit was based on LMIA and was requested before November 30, 2014.

Changes to Support the Expansion of Biometrics

A few changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) are needed, in order to line it up with lawmaking amendments to the IRPA that permits the development of biometrics.

The other key Changes include:

  • Changes to Support Five Country Conference Information Sharing
  • Changes to Support the Electronic Administration/Processing of Applications under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Changes to Support Changes to the Citizenship Act
  • Changes to Support the Expansion of Eligibility for the Electronic Travel Authorization
  • Changes to Support Further Enhancements to the In-Canada Asylum System

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