If there is anything that the pandemic has shown the world, is that there are countries whose governments have managed the pandemic well and those that just failed.
Fortunately, Canada is seen as one of the countries who has also handled the pandemic well amongst the developed countries. In terms of immigration, we have not been let down by the Canadian government. In 2020, processing for visa applications and immigration did not stop completely (just slowed down) as the Canadian government implemented new procedures in view of the pandemic. In terms of work permits, there were also some occupations that were closed off to foreign workers for some time but we can tell you that is no longer the case.
In 2021, Canadian immigration is back in full force. As an immigration company based in Canada, we are seeing the increased interest of individuals wanting to flee their home countries out of disappointment with their own governments of how the pandemic has been managed and are in search of better opportunities in Canada.
Processing times for applications made outside of Canada have also stabilized. As an example, for Philippines, at the height of the pandemic it took 7 months for a student visa or permit to be granted and now it is back to the usual 3 to 4 months. This means that from the date of application, you can be in Canada in as quick as 4 months. Studying in Canada is still the fastest immigration pathway that offers a lot of benefits. More information can be found here.
Compared to other popular countries for immigration such as Australia and New Zealand, which have closed themselves for immigration, Canada remains open for permanent residency and student visa processing. Even the International Experience Class or Working Holiday Visa* is open again for Canada for 2021, which is another sign of how Canada is committed in its plan of attracting immigrants from all over the world.
For those still contemplating of when to study, work or immigrate to Canada, there is no better time than now. Take into account the preparation of the requirements for your application along with the government processing times, for some people this timeline could be 1 year. At MVC, we will guide you from start to finish ensuring you a hassle-free experience. Contact us today for a free assessment!
*job offer from a Canadian employer needed