Brampton, Ontario (PRWEB) November 07, 2012
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) tabled its 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration in Canada's parliament on October 31st.
Canada has welcomed 240,000 to 265,000 new immigrants for the past 6 years, with major focus on the economic class, comprising Skilled worker, business immigrants and provincial nominees. The 2013 plan aspires to increase admissions for Canada Experience Class (CEC) applicants to 10,000, up from the current approximately 6500.
The CEC was created in 2008, to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers, already in Canada. A recent change in the CEC criteria includes reducing the work experience eligibility period to 1 year, from 2 years for International graduates. This is expected to help these students in immigrating to Canada, even with a 1 year study program.
In 2013, CIC plans to admit between 53,500 to 55,300 Federal Skilled Workers, including their spouses and dependants. CIC intends to lift the current pause on FSW applications in 2013, when the new selection criteria are expected to take effect.
The overall target, maintained for the seventh straight year represents the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history.
CIC also plans to eliminate the backlog by 2014, as a result of series of recent decisions and actions:
- Limiting FSW application intake to priority occupations in 2008, through Ministerial Instructions;
- Introducing caps to the number of new applications In 2010;
- Returning unprocessed FSW applications received before February 27, 2008;
- Freezing the intake of most new FSW applications in July, 2012.
With those decisions, the CIC is close to achieving its target of establishing a “just in time” system - process new applications as they are received within a year.
For more information about the above programs, or about Canadian immigration programs, contact Deepak Kohli.
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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