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IRCC Issues New Guidelines for ‘Dual Intent’ for Overseas Spousal Sponsorship Applicants

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The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) declared its new guidelines for dual intent on 30th October 2020. The news was about dual intent program delivery instructions for partners and spouses who have applied or may apply for Canada PR as a sponsored partner or spouse. According to Canadian immigration law, dual intent refers to the foreign nationals who can seek temporary residence and permanent residence in Canada at the same time. The news explains what factors the immigration officers will undergo while accessing the sponsored spouses’ dual intent application. Dual intent is also applicable to the individuals who have applied for TRV.

Dual intent is available when an individual has applied or may apply for Canada PR. It also applies to enter Canada for a specific duration on a temporary visa as a student, visitor, or temporary worker.

More clear rules for dual intent will probably help many existing students, visitors, and temporary worker who is willing to make Canada their home by gaining Canada PR, especially given the way that numerous Canadian immigration programs (programs to obtain Canada PR) reward people who have a Canadian degree or work experience in Canada.

If the Canadian immigration official has concerns or questions about the candidate’s dual intent application, the official must make the candidate aware of these worries. After this, they can offer the candidate a chance to react to the worries. If temporary residence application is not approved, the official will furnish the candidate with a letter clarifying why the application is rejected.

In evaluating an application for temporary residence, immigration officials are told to consider different factors such as:

  • The total duration that an individual will spend in Canada;
  • Means of support;
  • Commitments and ties to the nation of origin;
  • The reason to stay in Canada;
  • The credibility and validity of documents, reports and data submitted;
  • Past consistence with prerequisites of the IRPA and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) that apply to temporary residents (students, visitors, and workers), and data accessible in biometric and biographic information sharing.

If the temporary resident candidates do not show that they have the aim of leaving Canada, and the official just considers their objective to reside in Canada by obtaining Canada PR, their application will not be approved. Regardless of whether the candidate may consequently fit for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The purpose behind this, IRCC says, is because the candidate has not demonstrated that they would regard the terms of temporary residence, should they be not fit for obtaining Canada PR.

Canada immigration officials will utilize their judgment on applications with dual intent; however, the Global Case Management System notes should unmistakably exhibit the official’s thinking while applying. At the end of the day, if dual intent was considered a component of choice on the application, it should be written in the candidate’s file.

Having two purposes — one for temporary residence and one for permanent residence — is authentic. Canada’s IRCC states: “An aim by a foreign national to obtain Canada PR does not disqualify them from becoming a temporary resident if the Canadian immigration official is contented that they will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay.”

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Canada announces its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

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On 30th October 2020, the Canadian Government announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada aims to add more heads under Canada PR – 401,000 immigrants in 2021, 411,000 immigrants in 2022, and 421,000 immigrants in 2023. In Canada’s immigration history, this is the second time Canada aims to target the highest level of immigrants.

Back in the year 1913, Canada targeted about 400,000 immigrants and welcomed nearly 401,000 newcomers. After achieving this massive number of immigrants in the 1900s, Canada aims to add more immigrants. As stated by E.L. Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, Canada is a safe country that welcomes immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Immigrants entering Canada bring their culture and heritage and use their talent, perspectives, and ideas in nurturing Canada.

Canada relies on immigration to increase and sustain its economy and increase the nation’s population. Few individuals enter Canada for temporary stay under temporary foreign workers visas, visitor visas, or to study in the country under a Canada study permit. Irrespective of their status to reside in Canada, they all contribute to increasing Canada’s economy by utilizing different sectors’ services.

As per the prediction, by the 2030s, Canada’s population growth will entirely rely on immigration. The immigration target set for 2020-2022 was to welcome 341,000 new immigration. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the figures were impacted, and the total number of newcomers was affected. To compensate for these figures, the Canadian Government introduced 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plans, which is viewed as the most ambitious immigration target in Canada immigration history.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigrant Category








Federal High Skilled [FSWP, FSTP, CEC]




Federal Business [Start-up Visa Program and the Self-employed Persons Program]




AFP, RNIP, Caregivers












Quebec Skilled Workers and Business Between 26,500 to 31,200 CSQ’s to be issued To be determined To be determined
Total Economic




Family Spouses, Partners and Children




Parents and Grandparents




Total Family




Total Refugees and Protected Persons




Total Humanitarian and Other




Short forms used in above table

Full Forms

FSWP Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP Federal Skilled Trades Program
CEC Canadian Experience Class
AFP Agri-Food Pilot
RNIP Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
AIPP Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
CSQ Certificate de selection du Quebec

2021-2023 Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan is developed based on the Covid-19 pandemics situation and its consequences on Canada PR’s admission. The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan aims to bolster the Canadian economy by filling job vacancies created due to border closed after the Covid-19 pandemic.

One in three Canadians is an immigrant as Canada regularly welcomes newcomers. It marked a population growth with an increase of 1.4% in 2018 and 2019. More than 80 percent of the population growth was due to immigration.

Why Canada values Immigration?

Canada welcomes newcomers to increase its economy. Canada’s population incorporates a more ageing population, and Canada also faces a low birth rate. Canada’s 18 percent population belongs to people aged above 65 years. The country faces the lowest birth rates at 1.47 birth per woman. With these statistics, Canada will face adverse economic problems shortly. Welcoming newcomers to support the economy by working in different sectors, international students who contribute to the educational sector and visitors who contribute to the travel and tourism sector will increase the Canadian economy, which can solve these challenges.

If you are looking for Canada immigration, do not hesitate to contact the regulated Canada immigration consultants at Elaar Immigration.

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