IMMIGRATION UNDER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC CONDITIONS.
Updated: May 20
Closing borders, while preventing the spread of COVID-19, posed a serious challenge to the entire Canadian immigration system.
Closing borders, while preventing the spread of COVID-19, posed a serious challenge to the entire Canadian immigration system. Entry ban for temporary foreign workers, postponement of the parental sponsorship program, and closure of the border for international students. Here are just a few facts that we had to face recently. The wave of criticism that fell, in connection with this on the liberal government, forced it to reconsider some decisions.
“The Federal Ministry of Immigration proposed the program to mitigate the possible negative consequences for temporary foreign workers .”
The dependence of the Canadian economy on the number of foreign workers is an objective factor. The Federal Ministry of Immigration proposed the program to mitigate the possible negative consequences for temporary foreign workers engaged in the meat processing, mushroom, greenhouse industries, as well as in stock raising. This program will allow them to secure their future and get the opportunity to live permanently in Canada. At the same time, Canada will receive a sufficient number of professional personnel, on whom the country's food security directly depends. The prompt implementation of this program is of particular importance in the context of the upcoming harvest season.
Big changes are also awaiting international students. Each year, student training brings about $ 22 billion and supports about 170,000 jobs in Canada. One of the main factors in choosing Canada as a place to study is the ability to obtain work permits after graduation. Canadian work experience is the basis for becoming a permanent resident of Canada. All parties, both the state and the applicant, benefit from this situation. For a potential new resident of Canada - this is the most reliable way for immigration. The state gets a highly professional specialist with good knowledge of the language adapted to life in the country.
During times of limited travel, quarantine, and social distance, new solutions are needed to attract new students. That was the initiative proposed by the Ministry of Immigration. It suggests taking into account the duration of online training in a Canadian institution, for the further provision of a work permit. In other words, during the pandemic time, students can begin distance learning without coming to the country this fall. And this will not affect the receipt of work permits after graduation. Of course, this offer will be limited, but even in this format, it will allow new students to save significant money on accommodation.
New solutions in the field of immigration during the pandemic is a necessary and right choice. And it is essential that they timely respond to all the negative challenges of our difficult time.