20 Sep Activists are urging Trudeau to expand his plan for undocumented migrants
Activists are urging Trudeau to expand his plan for undocumented migrants
As the House of Commons resumes operations after the summer break, immigration advocates are pushing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to establish a path to permanent residency for as many as 500,000 undocumented immigrants in Canada. Since the spring, the minority Liberal government, aided by the New Democrats, has been quietly developing a so-called regularization plan for non-status migrants, many of whom are precariously employed in construction, cleaning, caregiving, food processing, and agriculture. The range of vulnerabilities faced by people in the gig economy is concerning, advocates say. Poor mental and physical health caused by social isolation and abusive working conditions were some of the main issues facing these workers.
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Canada approved the applications of around 250,000 Ukrainians under the CUAET
On September 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated the number of Ukrainian newcomers arriving in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). According to the latest update, between January 1 and September 11, 2022, 13,599 Ukrainians arrived in Canada by land, and an additional 73,262 arrived by air. Between March 17 and September 14, 2022, IRCC received 559,552 applications under the CUAET. The applications of 251,922 Ukrainian nationals have been approved so far.
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The rise of unauthorized immigration consultants across Canada
There has been a tremendous increase in ‘Ghost’ immigration consultants throughout Canada recently. Unauthorized or unlicensed experts have been accused of having a physical office in many Canadian cities. Illegal immigration and visa consultants are most common on social media, especially TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms. Ghost consultants are individuals who pretend to provide immigration services to clients but do not have the required education or training. They falsely represent themselves as immigration experts. They are not allowed to advocate for or apply for a client’s immigration status.
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ESDC updated processing times for LMIA applications
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, the current average LMIA processing times decreased for almost all streams except the low-wage stream:
Global Talent Stream – 8 business days (2 days less)
Agricultural stream – 14 business days (1 day more)
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 4 business days (1 day less)
Permanent residence stream – 22 business days (4 days more)
In-home caregivers – 24 business days (14 days more)
High-wage stream – 51 business days (11 days more)
Low-wage stream – 41 business days (17 days less)