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  • Canada Prioritizes Family Reunification Amid UK’s Study Visa Reforms

    Published on May 30, 2023

    In a remarkable demonstration of its commitment to family unity, Canada unveiled a fresh immigration policy last Friday, targeting the expeditious processing of family reunification applications. This step comes in the wake of the United Kingdom’s recent prohibition against the inclusion of family members by Nigerian students, among other nationals, who hold study visas.

    Sean Fraser, Canada’s immigration minister, focused on the policy’s goal, highlighting its intention to strengthen family reunification efforts within Canadian borders. This development comes on the heels of the UK’s decision to limit foreign students from bringing their relatives into the country beginning in January 2024.

    Revitalizing Immigration

    The revamped Canadian system promises to expedite the reunification of recent immigrants with their spouses, children, and parents in the country. The innovation relies on cutting-edge analytics and technology to process Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications from family members of permanent residents and citizens within a month.

    Minister Fraser proudly noted the method’s efficacy, stating that the process has already approved an overwhelming 98 percent of TRV applications from spouses and children, significantly in advance.

    A Win for Immigrant Families

    Moreover, Canada has also introduced a unique program that will issue open work permits to spouses and their dependent children. This policy holds true regardless of whether the applicants apply overseas in the Family class or within Canada as a spouse or common-law partner.

    Sanjay Laul, Founder and Advisor of education management company M Square Media (MSM), lauded Canada’s new policies. “Canada’s commitment to family unity reflects the true spirit of inclusivity, a principle that is deeply woven into the fabric of international education,” he said. “This initiative stands in stark contrast to the policy shifts we’re observing in other parts of the world and is a testament to Canada’s unwavering commitment to its immigrant communities.”

    Laul continued, “By providing open work permits to spouses and dependents, Canada is not just bolstering the economy but also ensuring a more seamless transition for immigrant families. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

    He also expressed his belief in the potential positive impact of these policies on the country’s international reputation. “This move is bound to further enhance Canada’s appeal as a destination for international education and as a welcoming home for diverse families,” Laul concluded.

    The announcement marks a significant divergence in the immigration policies of two prominent destinations for international students. As Canada seeks to bolster its family reunification efforts, the international education community will undoubtedly be watching closely to see how these policies evolve in the coming months and years.


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