Legal Immigration Soars in Canada, Dips in the US

by admin on February 18, 2020

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New numbers reveal that legal immigration to Canada has skyrocketed 26% since 2015, while in the US legal immigration fell 7% from 2016 to 2018.

Despite many western countries attempt to lower immigration in recent years, Canada has made increasing the number of immigrants it accepts each year a high priority.

Canada took a pro-immigrant approach as a means to offset its aging and shrinking labor force–a problem faced by nearly every western nation at the moment.

Canada is shooting to increase its legal immigration rate by 29% in 2021.

On the other end of the spectrum, the US under the Trump administration has sought to reduce both legal and illegal immigration drastically.

So far, the Trump administration has been successful in lowering of legal immigrant numbers.

Executive orders and State Department directives have been the primary tools at tightening the US’ legal immigration regulations.

Many of Trump’s changes to immigration policies are being held up in courts, however.

If those were to go into effect, it is expected that legal immigration would fall even further.

According to those who work with legal immigrants, Trump’s rule changes–not to mention his rhetoric–is having a chilling effect on legal immigrants, especially his recent “public charge” rule, which was just upheld in the Supreme Court.

Thais having trouble navigating the host of new immigration restrictions in the US under Trump should contact Chaninat & Leeds, a Thai law firm specializing in US immigration.

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