The immigration court has ruled that visa officers do not have the discretion to alter the eligibility criteria of the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWP) on humanitarian or
compassionate grounds. On June 14, 2022, reviewing the application of an applicant failing to fulfill the requirements of the PGWP, the Federal Court of Canada decided that even with the new
evidence, the applicant would still have failed to satisfy the necessary criteria. There is no law for the PGWP that confers discretion on an officer to alter or waive the eligibility requirements on
humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Visa officials are not permitted to overlook any of the prerequisites for the approval of a PGWP.
#PGWP, #HC, #work_permits, #Federal_Court
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (the Committee) asked the Government of Canada to issue open work permits to international students who do not
have enough funds to live and study in Canada. The Committee aimed to assess the recruitment and acceptance rates of foreign students in Quebec and across Canada, as well as francophone
Africans from countries with refusal rates ranging from 80% to 100%. The high refusal rates for African students, most of whom are black, have fueled accusations of systemic racism in Canada's
immigration system. During its hearings, the Committee was told that the high refusal rate of international students is also a missed opportunity for Canada.
#Standing_Committee, #international_students, #Racism, #African_students
On June 8, 2022, the Government of Canada published an update regarding the new public policy on issuing open work permits under the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway
(TR2PR). The temporary public policy that was signed on July 4, 2021, became effective on June 6, 2022. The new public policy will allow the government to issue open work permits until
December 31, 2024, and avoid the need for renewals, as well as expand the eligibility criteria for eligible family members abroad to help speed up family reunification.
#Open_work_permit, #TR2PR, #work_permit
On June 7, 2022, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to the Super Visa program, making it easier for Canadians to reunite with
their parents and grandparents. The new amendments will come into force on July 4, 2022, and allow super visa holders to stay in Canada for a longer period of time.
The super visa holders will be able to stay in Canada for 5 years per entry and request to extend their stay by up to 2 years.
In addition, international medical insurance companies also will be allowed to provide the necessary medical coverage for super visa applicants.
#IRCC, #super_visa, #PGP, #parents_and_grndparents