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Immigration Regulations for Forward Projections - IRCC

Immigration Regulations for Forward Projections - IRCC

Oct 12,2016

Canada (IRCC) announced changes to major immigration regulations. 

A Forward Regulatory Plan does not bring any difference into effect; rather, it is a list of certain regulatory changes or activities that IRCC intends to realize over the next two years. Numerous objectives were put forward, which are summed up below.

Revised International Mobility Program

The International Mobility Program (IMP) is an impermanent foreign worker program run by IRCC, independent from the Temporary Foreign Worker program run by Employment and Social Development Canada. Its mandate is to simplify the entry of LMIA-exempt foreign nationals in order to respond to Canada’s labor needs and modern national economic and cultural interests.

Changes to Conditional Permanent Residence for New Sponsored Spouses

Therefore, they are recommended to live with their spouse for two years after their arrival in Canada in order to guard their permanent residence status. While no detailed changes were proposed in the Plan.

Changes in backing the Expansion of Eligibility for the Electronic Travel Authorization

In 2015, it was announced that certain categories in which Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania — countries whose citizens need Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) in order to enter Canada — would be excluded from the TRV requirement. Regulatory changes are required to allow nationals of these three countries who have held a Canadian temporary resident visa in the last 10 years, or who hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa, to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) instead of a TRV for travel to Canada by air.

The Forward Regulatory Plan also defines that changes to the information sharing policy with the United States are required, to account for a new immigration information sharing connection to confirm the validity of a visa.

Changes to Support Changes to the Citizenship Act

Following responsibilities from the Prime Minister and the Liberal Party of Canada to amend the Citizenship Act, the Forward Regulatory Plan says that a proposal will be developed to amend citizenship regulations to support changes to the Citizenship Act.

What the Forward Regulatory Plan Means

Government departments periodically release Forward Regulatory Plans to blue-print their planned changes and actions. These releases are intended to inform the public and businesses, in order to empower stakeholders to plan for the future.

When the Government of Canada implements changes relating to the immigration regulations, CIC News will report news and analysis of those changes.


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