Canada has introduced a new and faster means of visa processing that allows Nigerian families and others to be together while they await their permanent residence permits.
This development comes days after the United Kingdom (U.K) banned students from Nigeria and other foreign countries on study visas from bringing their families into the country.
According to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, the new measures were put in place to strengthen family reunification in canada.
The new system will enable spouses, children, and parents of recent immigrants to join their loved ones in Canada faster.
The immigration minister noted that the new policy uses advanced analytics and technology to process Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications for family members of permanent residents and citizens in 30 days.
In 2022, Canada issued more than 1,075,000 work permits and work permit extensions.
The minister said the development was Canada’s commitment to ensure that families are together, especially during life’s big moments like moving to a new country.
“Family reunification through immigration is not only a matter of compassion; it is a fundamental pillar of Canadian society. Today’s announcement is a mandate commitment to help build inclusive and resilient communities,” Fraser said.