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Liberals Reveal New Plan for Immigration System



One by one the change is happening this year of 2016.  The Liberals are now unveiling the changes or new plans of Canada’s immigration system. After the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau sworn-in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 04, 2015, we are now witnessing the modifications of some systems.

For Filipinos living now in Canada, we are thinking, what lies ahead for us in this new government era? One thing is for sure, we are hoping for the best for our future in this land.

Here are the summaries of Liberals plan on Immigration System 2:


  1. Quality of Service

We will establish new performance standards, including streamlining applications, reducing wait times, and offering money-back guarantees.

Performance will be independently assessed and publicly reported. We will start with the services hardest hit by years of cuts by Stephen Harper: Employment Insurance, veterans’ services, immigration, and EI and CPP appeals.

  1. Reuniting families

We will make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada, and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians.

We will take immediate steps to reopen Canada’s doors, and will make reuniting families a top priority.

We will immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents, to 10,000 each year.

We will also nearly double the budget for processing family class sponsorship. Wait times will come down – which currently average almost four years for parent and grandparent applications.

We will provide more opportunities for applicants who have Canadian siblings by giving additional points under the Express Entry system, and we will restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their children to Canada.

We will also grant immediate permanent residency to new spouses entering Canada, eliminating the two-year waiting period.

  1. International students and temporary residents

We will make it easier for international students and other temporary residents to become Canadian citizens by restoring the residency time credit. We will also make changes to the Canadian Experience Class, to reduce the barriers to immigration imposed on international students.

  1. Remittances

We will work with provincial and territorial governments to better regulate the remittance industry, so that residents of Canada who send money overseas to help family members are not gouged by high fees.

This will include working with Canada’s banks to ensure low-cost access to transfer services, exploring ways for Canada Post to offer remittance services, and imposing tough new penalties on those who abuse the system and take advantage of vulnerable newcomers to Canada.

  1. Hiring Caregivers

We will make it easier and more affordable to hire caregivers.

Canadian families looking for caregivers to help family members with physical or mental disabilities must pay a $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee. We will eliminate that fee.

We will also work with the provinces and territories to develop a system of regulated companies to hire caregivers on behalf of families. This will make it simpler for families to hire caregivers, and protect caregivers by allowing them to change employers in the case of bad relations or abuse.

  1. Syrian Refugees

We will welcome more refugees from Syria to Canada, and offer more help to those providing aid in the region.

  1. Refugees

We will:

Fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides limited and temporary health benefits to refugees and refugee claimants;

Establish an expert human rights panel to determine designated countries of origin, and provide a right to appeal refugee decisions for citizens from these countries; and

Appoint individuals with appropriate subject-matter expertise to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.


It looks good isn’t it? Well, let us wait and see, we are really looking forward on this.  Share your thoughts.

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