Don't let layoffs impact your immigration process

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I would like to speak on behalf of all temporary residents who are concerned about the impacts that the COVID-19 outbreak will have on their permanency in Canada since many companies were asked to shut down its operation to support efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

First, as you may know, the most common immigration programs such as Express Entry through the Canadian Experience stream or other provincial programs requires a minimum amount of time of working in Canada to meet the requirements of the program. That said, many work permits are issued for a period of only a year and many immigrants would have the exact amount of time to be eligible for these programs. On a regular basis, any time off work would not be counted as a period of experience. However, due to COVID-19 crisis, many immigrants are not allowed to work and have received temporary layoffs, which will directly affect the eligibility to meet the current policies of the immigration process.

Besides that, with many companies suspended their operation to ensure the well-being of all people in this country, recent graduates are now facing an extra challenge to find a job. This situation has directly impacted graduates who need to find an eligible job (NOC 0, A or B) to renew their spouses' open work permit and keep staying in Canada together as a family. Also, for many families the partner is the only person working in the household and if he/she looses the right of working that will directly affect their financial and economic situation .

To conclude, this critical moment has unfortunately affected many temporary residents who invested their time and money planning their immigration process. These families are now unsure if they will be able to stay in the place they have called home. For that, we would just like to rest assured that these topics have been discussed since many immigrants in Canada are patiently waiting for that answer.