Canada is starting to implement measures toward economic recovery by planning to admit more immigrants to the country. Employers today need more federal skilled workers, so Canada is aiming at increasing its target to 265,000 immigrants for this year (2010). Such immigrants will include federal skilled workers and provincial nominees.
If the government is to succeed with its aim, it has to start addressing all the problems that it encounters when it comes to the processing of applications. The number one problem the government is facing is the huge pile of applications it is dealing with today, which is continuously increasing in number. Such condition is good, yes, indicating a greater possibility for the government to reach its target. As of now, though, this huge number of applications is the reason processing is becoming very slow – and therefore, only a little number of applications is completely processed from time to time, and worker backlog results.
Changes in Policies Involving Federal Skilled Workers
To address the said problem, the government is implementing new regulations. These are the following:
• There will now be a limit to the number of applications to be considered by the government every year for the federal skilled worker category.
• For this to take effect, all federal skilled workers are now required to either have a job offer or to be experienced in any of the 29 in-demand occupations in the country before they will be eligible to apply.
• Those applying under the occupation list will be limited to 20,000 per year. Of these, only 1,000 applications will be considered. This limit, however, excludes applicants that already have job offers.
• All federal skilled workers (and applicant for Canadian Experience Class) must take an independent language test and submit the result.
At first, the said regulations may seem contradictory to the aim of the Canadian government to increase number of immigrants to the country. This, however, is aimed at better managing the number of applications and reducing the waiting time of those applying. And by limiting the number of applications today, those who have been waiting in the list for a long time will be given priority.
The said changes have been introduced a couple of years ago, and improvements had been observed. This year, however, with the influx of more applications, the government saw the need to refine the approach and improve it even more.
Changes in Policies Involving Immigrant Investors
In line with its aim toward economic recovery, Canada is also leveling up the eligibility criteria for the immigrant investor program. The changes include the following:
• An increase in the required personal net worth of new investors – from $800,000 to $1.6M
• An increase in their investment – from $400,000 to $800,000
The criteria for investors in Canada had remained one of the lowest since the year 1999. The increase is implemented to strengthen Canadian economy as much as to facilitate faster processing time because of the expected reduction in applicants.
Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said, “These changes are necessary to keep Canada’s program competitive with that of other countries, and keep pace with the changing economy.”
The said changes are still being processed and are not yet final. While processing is being done, no application will be accepted. Acceptance and processing of applications will resume once the new criteria are set in place.
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