Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino following the suspension of permanent and temporary resident visas announced yesterday by the United States, simply announced – “Come to Canada”.
President Donald Trump signed a new executive order that will prevent new green card holders and temporary foreign workers from coming to the United States in 2020. Trump signed the order because he thinks it will help American workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic are finding jobs.
Minister Mendicino has made many comments since the start of the coronavirus crisis that Canada is still committed to welcoming immigrants, temporary foreign workers, and international students. Although the Canadian economy has also been weakened by the pandemic, Mendicino and the Canadian government believe that continuing to welcome immigrants will help the economy.
Mendicino reiterated these views in a new TV interview.
Asked about his thoughts on suspending immigration to the United States, Mendicino said that immigration would “spring Canada’s economic recovery”. He stated, “We have a plan in place that looks to leverage the best and the brightest from around the world. We’ve got pathways like the Express Entry program, and the Global Talent Stream, which will help to bring entrepreneurs, engineers, and innovators. We’ve also got pathways for manual laborers and skilled laborers.”
In fact, Canada continues to welcome new immigrants through Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and other permanent residency routes during the pandemic. In addition, temporary foreign workers are largely exempt from Canada’s current travel restrictions and technology workers can enter Canada through temporary visa channels such as the Global Talent Stream.
Before the pandemic, Canada sought to welcome 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020 after the record year it had experienced in 2019. Canada has not set targets for temporary foreign workers and international students.
In all, Canada offers more than 100 combined options for permanent and temporary residents for skilled workers who want to take advantage of the country’s economic opportunities. Canada also offers various immigration streams for temporary foreign workers and international students who wish to move to permanent resident status in Canada.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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