Canadian Immigration at the Start of 2023 – an Overview
Canada is undergoing some exciting changes in its immigration policies for 2023. The country is preparing to welcome a record-breaking 465,000 immigrants, a move aimed at boosting its economy and addressing the shortage of skilled workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “healthier, more resilient future” mandate is the driving force behind this decision, which also includes facilitating faster and easier immigration processing and improving family reunification for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship is also planning to adapt the country’s immigration policies to the new realities emerging from the global pandemic. The goal is to support Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery through immigration, as it remains a driving force of the country’s economy. To this end, the immigration office will focus on improving online processing and submission of requirements to make the application process more efficient.
In 2023, Canada will also be replacing the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system with TEER, which will assess an applicant’s training, formal education, work experience, and associated responsibilities, instead of just evaluating their skill level. The Express Entry program will utilize the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in a more speedy manner, and there will be two new online portals introduced for TRV and permanent residency applications.
The Canadian government has also made changes to its travel requirements. While proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to enter the country, travelers are advised to verify the most recent updates from Canada’s official website before traveling. In addition, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) has become the new regulatory body for Canada Immigration Consultants, placing stricter regulations on the industry.
These developments signify Canada’s commitment to welcoming immigrants and boosting its economy, and applicants can look forward to a more efficient and streamlined immigration process in 2023.