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New citizenship pathway for undocumented immigrants

Canada's Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, announced that the country has proposed a "broad and comprehensive program” that would enable an extensive number of undocumented individuals to file required applications in order to obtain their permanent residency. This proposal further builds on Canada’s already ambitious immigration objective of 500,000 new arrivals each year by 2025.

The country’s population has increased mainly through immigration, which resultantly contributes to the country's economic growth. Minister Miller claimed that there are estimated to be between 300, 000 and 600, 000 individuals residing in Canada without adequate documentation. These individuals risk being deported due to the fact that they do not have formal status.

Individuals who legally entered Canada either as international students or temporary workers and stayed after their visas expired would be protected by this new program.

Individuals who lack the appropriate documentation, along with those who recently arrived in Canada, will not be able to seek permanent residence. His intentions are to submit a proposal to the cabinet in the spring to allow illegal immigrants to “regularize their status.”

While experiencing housing crisis along with an increase in inflation, the government stated last month that immigration targets would remain constant for the next two years.

Expansion on immigration would stop in the year 2026. Canada anticipates 485,000 immigrants in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025, which it plans to maintain through 2026.

If you or someone you know is undocumented in Canada and need assistance in exploring applying for Canadian permanent residence, contact Yanique Russell Law at 416-499-7077 or

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