Time for another article today. If you read the title of this post, you should have understood that we (applicants) are facing a dilemma, where Canada has decided to provide a smoother path towards citizenship of immigrants, while the path to express entry is getting difficult with each passing day.
Bill C-6, an act amending Canada’s Citizenship Act, has finally received Royal Assent and is now law, which will certainly benefit a lot of immigrants.
Some important amendments are listed below for your references –
- Applicants are no longer required to intend to continue to live in Canada once granted citizenship.
- Minors can now apply for citizenship without a Canadian parent, as the age requirement for citizenship has been removed under subsection 5(1)
- Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship.
- Applicants must file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three out of five years, matching the new physical presence requirement.
- Applicants no longer have to be physically present in Canada for 183 days in four out of the six years preceding their application.
- Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.
- Applicants between 18 and 54 years must meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship. (age change)
The above laws are now in effect and will impact your current citizenship application, if you have one already in process.
Coming to Express Entry, the system that has left candidates in a fix with no recent draws, CRS going down in recent months and new rules being implemented. Let’s cover them one by one.
- IRCC has removed the rule of Job Bank registration as a VOLUNTARY step not a necessary one for your Express Entry application – Someone actually informed them that the tool designed is a USELESS SOFTWARE, which merely acts as a step of hindrance for those unable to register / verify job bank. This job bank software was useless anyways, which provided absurd job matches to almost everyone who registered there. Possibly CIC never tried to resolve the issues and decided to ignore that completely.
- IRCC is now able to rank your profiles by the timestamp of your application submission – Consider your score was 415 and the minimum CRS in a draw matches your score. But you still did not receive ITA. Well, it’s probably because IRCC now ranks all profiles by time stamps and if the number of candidates invited ended with some other candidate who has an earlier time stamp compared to your submission, his profile will get invitation but not yours.
- Canada has established a baseline of 300,000 immigrants every year and has approved 320,000 applications in 2016 and is looking to exceed that number this time.
- IRCC was expected to announce a draw last wednesday as per their trends, however there was none declared. A possible explanation is the new rules of sibling points implemented since 6th June, which has given additional points to those having a sibling in Canada. Now, IRCC wants to make sure the next draw is declared taking those points into accounts and it has not been able to update 100% of such profiles. This is possible reason of the delay in the next upcoming draw, which should be declared now on 21st June 2017 with a score of 405-413 CRS range.
- Applicants for Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship May Have Second Chance – Since the last draw had 10,000 applications with 15% apps rejected as incomplete. IRCC has decided to hold another draw soon to fill that gap.
Well, these are the important updates for now from IRCC. We have PNP candidates, who have had their application timelines extended till 8 months to get PR post their PNP approval, which is going to increase considering the number of applications in queue with recent bumper draws.
We can only expect the process to become more efficient as we move to third quarter of the year, but get ready for a bumpy ride with extended approval time, untimely and ruthless rejections.
What you feel about these recent updates and delays, express your sorrows and happiness in comments section.