Despite Election Outcome, There Are No Plans To Increase Staff To Handle Influx Of Applications
During the U.S. presidential election campaign, many Americans claimed they would move to Canada if Donald Trump was elected president. Now that he has been elected, there are concerns over his immigration plans, specifically with regards to Mexican immigration.
Trump’s immigration platform has taken a clear stance against certain groups and nationalities. Despite this and the rise of certain populist attitudes, Canada's immigration platform continues to embrace multiculturalism and inclusivity. It certainly helps that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encourages immigration and a diverse population in Canada.
On December 1, 2016, a visa requirement for Mexican immigrants was lifted, which could also lead to an increase in immigration. The visa requirement was imposed by the previous federal government in 2009 to reduce the number of Mexican asylum seekers. Since the imposition of this visa requirement, Mexican asylum rates have fallen from 25 per cent to below one per cent.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have discussed a possible increase in immigration applications from Mexico with the lifting of the visa requirement, but the official line is that “there are no current plans to modify staffing levels.” The existing immigration levels have an estimated number of admitted immigrants per year, but it does not estimate the number of immigrants per country. As such, there is no available estimate for the number of Mexicans who may come to Canada as of yet. Thus far, Canada’s immigration department is not adding staff to handle this possible influx of immigration applications.
Whatever the outcome of this possible surge in immigration to Canada, navigating the immigration process continues to be a frustrating experience. Thankfully, while Canada might be chilly and far for most, Canadian immigration lawyers are passionate and dedicated to helping their clients navigate the entire process, from application to becoming a permanent resident and, eventually, a citizen.