The new PR pathway aimed at essential workers and international graduates launches in a few days. The general public welcomed this initiative; however, the expert community is concerned as the Immigration Department is in fact violating the rights of many wanna-be immigrants. Firstly, IRCC refused the right of permanent residence aspirants to be represented by the lawyer or immigration consultant by prohibiting councils to submit applications on behalf of their clients. In turn, this may result in multiple mistakes, that will lead to refusals, delays in processing, and extra pressure on the whole system. In addition, the full guides for the new program are still unavailable, and many immigrants are stressed as they still don’t know the exact procedures. Some representatives call this policy populistic and political rather than actually helpful to many temporary residents.
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