Canada | Immigration | The President to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S whereas Canada remains open

The President of U.S. Donald Trump announced that he is going to sign on an Executive Order to temporarily suspend U.S. immigration on Wednesday, April 22, citing coronavirus concerns.

On Tuesday evening, during coronavirus briefing at the White House, President Trump said that his administration was currently performing on drafting the Order, and it might be ready for his signature by Wednesday. During his briefing, Trump said the temporary suspension is about to last 60 days for permanent resident visas (or “green cards”), though there'll be some exemptions, which he didn't specify.

The president also added that the immigration suspension wasn't just a way to contain the spread of COVID-19, but also to assist American workers who are hurt by the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada’s favour of immigration despite coronavirus

Canada also fighting COVID-19 and has passed emergency measures, including travel restrictions on some foreign nationals.

Despite the fact, Canada is still committed to accommodating immigrants, temporary foreign workers, and international students to the maximum extent possible. It hasn’t suspended immigration, rather, continues to ask foreign nationals to submit their applications
Recognizing that foreign nationals may have trouble obtaining all necessary documentation at this point thanks to coronavirus-related interruptions, Canada has stated it'll not reject any application that's incomplete due to such interruptions. In additions to this Canada continues to carry federal and provincial immigration draws to ask new individuals to use for permanent resident status.

Below are the draws that took place since the first travel restrictions announcement on March 16th.

• Two consecutive Express Entry draws on April 15 and April 16.
• British Columbia’s  (BC) Provincial Nominee Program draw on April 16
• Two Express Entry draws  in the same day happened on April 9
• BC-PNP draws on March 30,  April 6th and 7th
• Saskatchewan’s PNP draw  on March 26
• Manitoba’s PNP draw on March 26
• Express Entry draws  happened on March 18 and March 23
• Alberta’s PNP draw on March 18

Canada manages immigration applications made by skilled workers through Express Entry. Under its 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome 341,000 immigrants in 2020, 351,000 in 2021, and 361,000 in 2022 respectively.


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