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The U.S. President signed an Executive Order on April
22nd, 2020 suspending the processing of U.S. permanent
resident applications made by those outside of the United States
for 60 days, with the possibility of extensions. While the ban has
some exemptions, it represents a major reversing of U.S. policy on
migration to that country, with possible long-term impacts.
Canada will not be adopting any similar immigration suspension
measures. Despite the havoc wreaked onto the global economy by the
coronavirus, Canada still recognizes that immigration supports the
labour market and the country’s long-term economic growth.
Though Canada has enacted some temporary restrictions on foreign
travel as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus,
applications for Canadian permanent residence are still being
approved; the government is continuing to admit essential temporary
foreign workers for key industries, and Canada is issuing even more
invitations to persons to submit their Canadian permanent residence
Canada welcomes three times as many immigrants on a per capita
basis than does the United States. Immigration to Canada is a
matter of shared federal-provincial jurisdiction under Canada’s
constitution. This enables the provinces and territories, in
partnership with the Federal government, to manage their own
immigration programs to welcome newcomers that meet economic and
Canada considers continuing immigration to be an essential
component of our economic, demographic, and social future, in
addition to supporting key Canadian industries.
The Watson-Goepel immigration team provides ongoing advice and
assistance to individuals and businesses during this period of
special measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
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