Come to Canada: We are Open: True or False?

People from all over the world wants to immigrate to Canada and there are various categories to choose from. Before applying, anybody can check out the Canadian Immigration website and find out about the categories and the requirements.

  • Skilled workers and professionals-
For people who want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Québec).
  • Québec-selected skilled workers-
For people selected by the Québec government to settle and work in Québec.
  • Canadian Experience Class-
For people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada.
  • Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people-
For people who want to start a business in Canada.
  • Provincial Nominees-One of Canada’s provinces or territories can nominate you to settle and work there.
  • Sponsoring your family-Sponsor a family member to join you in Canada if you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen.

On July 1, 2012, temporary pause for accepting Federal Skilled Worker category was issued excluding those applications for the PhD eligibility stream and those with a qualifying offer of arranged employment. This temporary pause is being applied to manage inventory pressures and to align future intake with the implementation of proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class. Complete applications for the PhD eligibility stream, the criteria for which were established by Ministerial Instructions that came into force on November 5, 2011, will continue to be put into processing until the annual cap of 1,000 is reached. Complete applications with a qualifying offer of arranged employment will continue to be put into processing without regard to a cap, as established in the Ministerial Instructions that came into effect on July 1, 2011. In all cases, applicants meeting eligibility criteria set out in Ministerial Instructions are still subject to the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Class and all other applicable requirements under the IRPA.

Also, no new applications in Federal Immigrant Investor Class will be accepted on or after July 1, 2012. This pause is being implemented until further notice.

Despite the government’s announcement of the temporary pause, Canada is still open and there are various other programs to consider. Canada will continue to accept immigrants worldwide in other eligible categories that will grant residency to deserving and qualified immigrants and the government have no plans to decrease the number of temporary and permanent residents accepted yearly. It is a proof that Canada’s doors are very much open and immigration levels are maintained.

Canada continues to fill labor shortages around the country and the future changes in Federal Skilled category will include highly skilled workers that the country desperately needs. Measures are already in place to speed up the processing for some highly in demand occupations. CIC revealed that new rules would make it easier to attract immigrants possessing skills in high demand. Federal government has plans to introduce changes to Canada’s points based system for the purposes of recognition of skilled trades of foreigners. As per current rules of Canada immigration, immigrants possessing skill trades don’t find an opportunity of immigration to Canada, Kenney informed. Hence, new Canada immigration rules will make sure to allow immigrants who possess skill trades to move and work in Canada, he clarified.

The country continues to strive and continually bring immigrants and newcomers that are younger and brighter. Canada’s open arms policy will continue to keep the immigrants flowing and filling the labor shortage and will dramatically transform the country. In the meantime, Canada has made up its mind: immigration is good for us. It has bet its future on it. Canada aims to allow immigrants that can easily establish themselves economically when they get here.

Opening Canada’s doors to increased number of foreigners who are trade-oriented will enable the nation to allure hidden jewels from various corners of the world to fill shortage of workforce in different regions, Kenney affirmed. Canada is ready to open its doors to expanded immigration, but only if the immigrants already here do better.

The government is under huge pressure to increase immigration levels, according to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. It’s facing demands for more newcomers from business leaders and nearly every provincial premier. But before Mr. Kenney will comply, he says he wants to see more immigrants working and earning at rates close to those of Canadian-born people. That also happens to be the focus of a series of reforms he launched this spring, designed to improve economic outcomes for immigrants.

The Globe has called for Canada to double its level of economic migration, pushing its total immigration to 400,000 new permanent residents a year. Such a move would make the country’s population younger, more innovative and better placed to address future labor needs, many experts say.

Mr. Kenney first needs to see a narrowing of the difference in earnings between immigrants and the Canadian-born. The proposed new selection process will place more emphasis on language ability, youth and skilled trades.

In expressing his reservations about raising immigration levels immediately, Mr. Kenney said recent immigrants have had higher rates of unemployment and lower incomes than the Canadian-born, a trend that has gradually worsened over the last three decades. He’s not willing to bring more people in to sink or swim, he said, when too many have been sinking.

Raising the bar on language competency may trigger an increase in immigration from English-speaking countries – Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand – at the cost of immigrants from emerging economic superpowers such as China, India, Russia and Brazil. Additional administrative changes will begin to see a shift in source countries.

Lots of changes are coming fast under our current immigration system for a more efficient delivery of service, overcoming the backlogs, filling the labor shortage and welcoming the brightest and strongest immigrants that will have a better chance to economically establish themselves in this country. Whether you are a student, a professional, a foreign worker or a business entrepreneur from any part of the world with the required qualification, Canada will welcome your contribution to it’s multicultural society because immigration is essential to Canada’s economy.

Mary Jone Causing Buchholtz
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku


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