Marco Mendicino: Canada’s new immigration minister | canadapt.ca
The Government of Canada has appointed Marco Mendicino as a new Canadian Immigration Minister. Mendicino will focus on fulfilling promises covering to increase immigration targets set by the government.
Marco Mendicino has been assigned as Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Who is Marco Mendicino?
Marco Mendicino is one of the descendants of Italian immigrants to Canada. The 46-year-old also holds extensive experience in law. He also worked as a federal prosecutor for nearly 10 years of period. During his serving, he managed to get a number of criminal groups behind bars.
Mendicino is now going to take care of the immigration policies which were promised by the current Liberal Party of Canada during the elections that took place in October 2019.
Since the Liberals now have only the minority of government, they now have to wait for opposition votes in order to fulfill their promises regarding the target to increase the level of immigration. In addition, the new plan of policies also includes creating a Municipal Nominee Program, waiving citizenship fees. Furthermore, the new government will focus on making the Atlantic Immigration Pilot as a permanent immigration program.
While holding the majority seats in the government, the liberal has managed to increase immigration levels by nearly 260,000 per year to a target of 330,800 in 2019. Let us note that, the government is planning to raise those targets by another 20,000 to reach 350,000 during the next 2 years. This means Canada is going to welcome more than 1 million newcomers during the next three years.
During their final term, the Liberal has also focused greatly on refugees. In fact, class intake of refugees has been increased by 15% while economic class intake declining nearly 58 percent. There were no changes in the rates for family class immigration levels.
During the election, one of the pledges by the Liberals was to crate “modest and responsible” increases in immigration levels for the upcoming years.
Canadian citizenship applications will be our of charge
Currently, permanent residents of Canada pay 530 CAD in order to get their citizenship status with an addition 100 CAD for “right of citizenship fee”.
One of the changes to the Citizenship Act, promised by the current government, is going to be waiving all the fees required to receive Canadian citizenship. This, in turn, is going to support all permanent residents regardless of their socio-economic factors, to become more accessible in acquiring Canadian citizenship.
New Municipal Nominee program
In order to evenly expand immigration programs across Canada and as well as include communities of all sizes, the Liberals also pledged to come up with a Municipal Nominee Program. According to the intended program, there will be at least 5,000 new spaces available for potential immigrants. These immigrants, in turn, will be allowed to be directly sponsored by local communities, chambers of commerce and as well as local labor councils.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program becomes permanent
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in order to minimize the population decline if Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces. Currently, prospective immigrants can use the AIPP in order to find a job offer from designated employers. Having a valid job offer in hand, individuals can then permanently immigrate to Canada. Although the current pilot has been extended for a couple of years now, the government has planned to make it Permanent.