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Changes to the System for Immigration in Canada

Toronto News,  (PR) June 16, 2012

According to Globe & Mail, Canada’s Immigration Minister says that the Immigration program will change to become faster, more flexible, just-in-time immigration system. He wants to re-design the point system to favour younger immigrants and those with higher language abilities, and introduce additional stream for tradespeople. Deepak Kohli of Transcend Consultants welcomes changes that improve the outcome for Canada and its new immigrants, while cautioning against unproductive tinkering.

According to Transcend, Canada’s Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Hon. Jason Kenney announced that the system for immigrating to Canada will undergo significant changes in coming months, to make it faster, flexible and responsive to changing labour market. He wanted a system that allows the Canadian consulates to be able to attract the type of immigrant that it needs and issue Canada visa faster, thus creating a win-win for both the economy and the immigrant.

Following an earlier media interview on the upcoming changes, the Minister elaborated some of the initiatives further.

He felt that the younger immigrant are a better fit, as compared to slightly older ones. Transcend believes that the future points system may award highest points to a narrow band of age group e.g. 22-35, instead of current 22-49 years. The real impact of this remains unknown, especially there are advantages to bringing mature immigrants with stable family and multiple young children in a single family.

The other change relates to increased flexibility in language criteria. The Minister talks about introducing minimum required language skills for immigrants in certain occupations (e.g. doctors, lawyers, etc.), while allowing lower language skills for immigrants whose occupations do not involve use of language (e.g. tradepeople, cooks, etc.).

According to the interview, an Expression-of-Interest system will allow Canadian businesses, hand-pick suitable candidates from the Immigration inventory for priority processing and thus help employers fill vacancies quickly. While laudable, the same objectives could be better achieved through more effective use of the Work permit program, as those workers can apply for permanent residence from within Canada. The author feels that the Immigration department is admitting those workers as permanent residents (instead of temporary workers) through these changes. That’s a positive news for qualified immigrants and Canadian immigration consultants.

A system of Pre-assessment, prevalent in the 90s, is set to re-appear for future applicants. Immigration applicants may be required to undergo credentials evaluation before filing the application or before the finalization of the application. Such a change improves outcomes for both the Canadian economy and immigrants, but this will add to the processing time.

Lastly, changes are expected to the Immigrant Investor programme, as the Minister feels that the current investment criteria are not sufficient to allow Canada to achieve its objectives significantly. The Author cautions applicants to seek advice to quickly file their Immigration applications.

Transcend Consultants is a full-service Canadian Immigration Consultancy firm, operating from Brampton, Ontario and serving clients globally. Their practice areas cover economic and family immigration programs, and focuses on immigration for business or investment purposes. Their principal consultant, Deepak Kohli, a management graduate with training and wide ranging experience in various Canadian immigration programs fuses his experience with a variety of industries for successful immigration outcomes.


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