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Citizenship and Immigration committee  I'll start with students, Madam Chair. A full 25% of those who came through our economic pathways in 2019 had been students in Canada or were coming through a postgraduation work permit and were successful in that. We have, then, a really good incidence of students moving into

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely, Madam Chair. Those who are already in the country, whether they're students or temporary foreign workers who are here and are already working, are people we absolutely want to attract as we try to meet levels targets in 2021. There—

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you for the question. When the pandemic hit in March, we realized that some parts of our workforce were better equipped to work from home than others. For about 55% of our workforce—and we have about 9,000 employees here in Canada—it was easy to disconnect a laptop from t

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Mr. Mills, do you want to take that one?

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We received a considerable number of applications for the parents and grandparents program when it was opened. We are in the process now of going through those applications to ensure some integrity. In other words, we're reducing duplicate applications we may have received. Once

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think once we have finished quality assurance on the applications that we have received and we have a good, clear handle on the numbers of duplicates, then we'll be happy to release those figures.

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I'll make sure my microphone is okay, too. I apologize for that. Once we have finished the quality assurance on the applications and gone through to make sure that we have eliminated the duplicates, then we'd be happy to release information on that.

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thanks for the question. It will depend on the type of business that we have. Where we have electronic applications, which we do on many of our temporary lines of business, acknowledgement of receipt can be issued very quickly. We're able to do that. Where our business is paper-

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I just want to double-check that I'm right on this one. I believe your interpretation is correct. We will take hard look at that, and I'm also happy to get back to the committee on that.

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Madam Chair, the member has indicated that she has written to the minister on that. We would like to go and find her correspondence on that and check into this case.

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I know there are a number of applications under the Quebec skilled workers program that are waiting to be processed, but those whose applications were completed prior to March 18—I'll repeat what I've said before—should be eligible to travel to Canada, where that final determinat

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you for the question. Depending on the circumstances, these permits may be open or closed, what we have looked at and what we have done is that we have enabled people to change jobs and still hold on to that work permit where they have another job to go to, without comi

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Part of the difficulty of COVID-19 with respect to the immigration business is that it's not just its impact on IRCC; it's also its impact on the immigration ecosystem. As you indicated, one of the biggest impacts has been on our visa application centres. These are centres that w

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Dual intent, which is in the immigration act, is that there would be a reasonable expectation of somebody who is coming here on a temporary basis to leave at the end of their stay. Although many permanent residents are in the country already, they have been temporary residents fi

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you for the question. There are a number of reasons for this. I'll ask Mr. Mills to join me in responding. First, this is a new business line for us. We haven't really had to deal with expired confirmation of permanent residence before, or certainly not to this level. T

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley