Canadian Immigration System Changes 2016

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As a consequence of recent elections in Canada, the newly elected part of Liberals have come into power. With this, the new prime minister of Canada Mr. Justin has proposed some new changes to be brought upon the immigration system.

Although these changes won’t have much effect on all the immigration streams but here are some of the changes which are enforced –

1. Family Stream

Canada needs more families to immigrate to its provinces. Considering this, they have doubled the quota from 5000 to 10000 effective immediately for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents in an year. The budget for this application processing has also been doubled to effectively reduce the application processing time.

2. Siblings

Do you happen to have siblings in Canada, well you are in luck since you will be getting additional points for them.

3. Spouses of Sponsored Individuals

Are you a sponsored immigrant living in Canada, well now you can bring your spouses right away since the waiting period for the Conditional Permanent Residence is now revoked.

4. Dependent Age

It has been relaxed to 22 instead of 19 earlier, well it means you can easily bring older children to Canada.

Better Education –

With improvements in families immigration, Canada wants to provide better education and route to become a permanent residents for international students. As a result, improvements in CEC are being made and the govt. has tried to restore the residency time credit for them as well. Plus an additional funding of $500 Million has been invested to improve the infrastructure.


Another major concern for the citizens, LMIA fee for the families seeking caregivers for family members with mental and physical sickness stands removed.

New refugees and shelter seeks will get free healthcare.



In a nutshell, these are welcome changes from the new government. With express entry candidates around the world waiting for their applications to be processed, these new changes will certainly help in improving the atmosphere around the immigration system.

How do you feel about these new changes, do write to us in comments section.

Adrienne is an immigration consultant and follows the CIC updates keenly. She has special interests in laws and upcoming policy changes in Canadian Immigration which may have impact on interested applicants.

One thought on “Canadian Immigration System Changes 2016

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Hi, when do the new proposed changes take place? Especially interested in the age change back to 22 for sponsorship of a relative


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