Canada is set to see a surge in immigration come 2015 – this was the announcement made by Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander.
As the government has been trying to address labor shortages, it has strengthened its immigration programs and is now expecting to see the fruits of its labor next year.
Below are some of the figures Canada is expecting for 2015:
⧫ Up to 51,000 new visas to be allocated to the Federal Skilled Worker Program – this is higher than the number this year, 2014
⧫ Around 46,000 to 48,000 visas to be allocated for the Provincial Nominee Program
⧫ Up to 30,000 new visas to be provided for the Live-in Caregiver Program – and this while the government is working to reduce backlog applications in this category
⧫ Around 23,000 visas for those applying under the Canadian Experience Class
According to Alexander, around 260,000 to 285,000 new visas will be issued in 2015 covering all of Canada’s immigration programs – a number higher compared to that in 2014.
There will be a new Express Entry program to process upcoming applications next year, but it is expected that most applications that will be processed and approved in 2015 are those submitted under the old immigration programs.