The World Forum - July 24th, 2024

  Guys, Please Kindly  ❤️   Recommend

Immigration minister says he's working on a faster path to permanence for temporary residents

 


Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says his government is preparing to create a program that would help to speed up the process of turning newcomers in Canada under temporary permits into permanent residents.


"We are looking right now at the best path forward to create a permanent pathway for temporary residents," he told CBC's The House in an interview airing this weekend.


A previous program called the "temporary resident to permanent resident pathway" — or TR to PR — was put in place last year for eight months after COVID-19 lockdowns shut the border to newcomers to prevent the spread of the virus.


Fraser said the new program won't be identical to the old one. He said he's working under a tight 120-day timeline established in a motion approved by the Commons last month.


"That actually puts me on a clock to come up with a framework to establish this new permanent residency pathway, not just for international students, but also for temporary foreign workers," he said.


The federal government set a goal of accepting 432,000 newcomers this year alone. Fraser said his department is ahead of schedule, despite the pandemic and the unexpected pressures of working to resettle thousands of people fleeing conflict in both Afghanistan and Ukraine.


"This week we actually resettled the 200,000th permanent resident, more than a month and a half ahead of any year on record in Canada," he said. "We are seeing similar trends across other lines of business like citizenship, like work permits, which in many instances are double the usual rate of processing."


https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/sean-fraser-immigration-temporary-permanent-residency-1.6484505

Comments