If integration of newcomers can be smoother and more effective, then the Canadian economy also benefits from the skills these individuals contribute. Therefore, settlement initiatives overseas should be promoted.
Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) March 30, 2014
On March 21, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reported that Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander spoke at the graduation of students in the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), an overseas pre-departure settlement program. FWCanada believes that the program should be promoted because it is beneficial to both prospective immigrants and the Canadian job market.
“Our government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including newcomers, are able to contribute actively to Canadian society. Programs like the CIIP help immigrants on the path to a successful life in Canada by providing key information on foreign credential recognition, the Canadian labour market and settlement issues,” said Alexander.
According to the program guide, the CIIP was first launched as a pilot project in 2007, and became an official program in 2010. Since then, it has serviced over 13,000 prospective immigrants and produced more than 9,000 graduates. The CIIP has branches around the world, preparing new immigrants to adapt to living Canada before departure from their respective home country.
The official news release states that 72% of CIIP graduates who respond to the post-settlement survey have been employed within 12 months of arrival in Canada; 93% have acquired credential assessment within 6 months of application; 69% have found employment in their own professional field. As a result of this record, CIC has announced an increase of $1.9 million funding to the program for the next six months.
“Since the CIIP educates prospective immigrants about the Canadian job market and settlement issues before their arrival in Canada, individuals in this program can first learn about the host country in an environment and language that they are familiar with,” said Marisa Feil, supervising attorney at FWCanada. “This makes them more prepared in dealing with difficulties in settling in a new country than those who have not gone through the program and thus have to seek similar kind of service once they have landed in the country.”
The Government of Canada points out that although the CIIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), its services are provided by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) that represent Canada’s 150 institutions that provide a community and technical based education.
The CIIP program guide indicates that the CIIP has three components. First, it has a one-day workshop that informs participants about job prospects and searches in Canada. The second portion covers specific actions to take to secure employment upon arrival in Canada. Lastly, the CIIP also offers online advice, tools, and other resources from Canadian settlement organizations.
“If integration of newcomers can be smoother and more effective, then the Canadian economy also benefits from the skills these individuals contribute. Therefore, settlement initiatives overseas should be promoted,” said Feil.
FWCanada is a Canadian Immigration Law Firm which provides expertise in immigration services such as Temporary Resident Permits, Criminal Rehabilitation, Study Permits and Work Permits. Marisa Feil and her team ensure that each case is closely evaluated to determine the most relevant program. For more information, contact FWCanada at 1-855-316-3555.