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Immigration Newsweek

by. Attorney Henry Moyal

Following the tabling of the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on November 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has released details on its 2018 multi-year Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.

For example, the bulk of new immigrant visas will remain steady within the economic program under the Federal High Skilled category.
However, the caregiver program seems to be dwindling and it is predicted that it will be eliminated in the not so distant future.

Currently, Canada Immigration is still accepting applications for permanent residence for those who entered under the old live-in-caregiver program which was changed in 2014. Applications received under the legacy Live-in Caregiver Program will continue to be processed, with the final applications expected to be processed in 2019 or 2020.

The other two caregiver programs (Caring for Children Class and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class) plus the old live in caregiver program comprises one of the smallest group of immigrants to be issued visas according to the 2017 Annual Report.

Target numbers for caregiver admissions are: 17000 in 2018 / 14000 in 2019 and a mere 5000 in 2020.

As the numbers drastically go down, it is very likely that the caregiver program and pathways will be gone after 2021.

Henry Moyal, Immigration Lawyer

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