Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently outlined a series of changes to the Canadian immigration system that are expected to make it faster, more flexible and more focused on jobs, growth and prosperity.
“Canada is looking for workers who can fill our labour market needs now,” Minister Kenney said. “My vision for the immigration system is one that can get immigrants here with a job offer in hand, within months of applying to come to Canada.” Proposed changes to the economic immigration system include:
- eliminating the backlog of old Federal Skilled Worker applications;
- modernizing how workers are selected under that program to better reflect the importance of younger immigrants with Canadian work experience and better language skills;
- updating federal business immigration programming related to investors and entrepreneurs;
- creating a new Federal Skilled Trades program;
- modifying the Canadian Experience Class to better facilitate skilled temporary workers’ successful transition to permanent residence;
- developing a “start-up” visa that would link immigrant entrepreneurs with investors;
- strengthening the assessment of education credentials of applicants to the Federal Skilled Workers Program;
- exploring, with provinces, territories and employers, approaches to developing a pool of skilled workers who are ready to begin employment in Canada; and
- setting minimum language requirements and shifting to a solely economic focus within the Provincial Nominee Program.
Mr Kenney summed up by saying that "Together, these reforms will make our immigration system faster and more flexible. This will help all regions of the country ensure that they are getting the people they need where and when they are needed.”
Source: CIC 19 Apr 2012
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