Canada receives 17,500 permanent residency applications after a week relaxing languages rules for acquiring the stay permit. A week after that brought in it received 12,530 applications. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the government received only 3,653 applications a week for six months before changes made to the language proficiency tests on October 11, 2017.
Nancy Caron, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada representative, said that the government aimed at reducing physical requirements as it encourages applicants to apply for the permanent residency card. It helps people who’ve lived in Canada for a while and wanted to settle here with their families. The route becomes a lot easier and quicker. On an average, Canada issues 200,000 permanent residency permit every year.
The Canadian government has taken all measures to process the application within 12 months as mentioned in the program. Some critics suggest the government to wait for a little longer to see if it is just a rapid yet short increase or more successful and long-term increase in permit applications. However, he feels that it will only bring different communities in the country together and increase cohesiveness. Through the citizenship program, people will relate and contribute more to the country.
Canada’s integration journey
Canada relaxed the permanent residency rules to integrate people into the country and make them feel like they are a part of it. He was sure that it would improve the social, political, and economic status of the country. Despite the government increasing the processing fees in 2016, people are still applying for the permanent residency permit.
The age and language requirement was 14 to 64 years earlier, but now they changed from 18 to 54 years. The government reduced the amount of time you’ve to spend in Canada for five years to only three. Time spent as a student or temporary worker in the country counted in the period.