Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) April 27, 2013
This week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) celebrated the graduation of close to 70 students from the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FIN). The FIN is a government program launched by the Foreign Credentials Office (FCRO) in 2010 to assist immigrants in their process of integration into the Canadian workforce.
"Often, new immigrants have a difficult time finding employment in their field of expertise during their first few years in Canada," says Marisa Feil, supervising attorney at FWCanada, a Canadian immigration law firm. "The FIN shows that the Canadian government is making efforts to ameliorate this situation."
The FIN offers internship opportunities in numerous fields, including policy making, administration, finance, computer science, project management, and science. To date, this program has helped almost 200 newcomers across the country, and has a significantly high success rate, with 70% of its participants being able to find a job in their chosen profession or career path upon the program’s completion. Former FIN participants have an advantage in the workforce over other newcomers, as they may land a permanent job with the employer that had received temporary during the internship. In this way, the FCRO also provides service to employers who are interested in hiring newcomers, linking the two parties together.
"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian economy as quickly as possible. Obtaining Canadian work experience is a key part of success in Canada's labour market and the FIN offers newcomers that valuable experience," says Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, at the graduation ceremony of 2013.
However, despite the government's intention to speed up the process of adapting to the Canadian workforce for new Canadian immigrants, the FIN accepts a very limited number of participants, making it only minimally effective in solving the problem of underemployment that newcomers face in Canada. Over the past five years, Canada has welcomed an average of 6.2 thousands of immigrants annually. The fact that the FIN has only produced close to 200 graduates since 2010 demonstrates the mismatch between the need of internship opportunities and the supply of assistance that is currently available to help newcomers gain Canadian work experience.
Moreover, the requirements that determine the eligibility of the FIN’s prospective participants are stringent. Applicants must have been a Canadian permanent resident for less than ten years prior to applying for the program, have high language proficiency and preferably, a post-secondary degree. Applicants also need to undergo a screening for employment readiness by an immigrant-serving organization and live within the proximity of certain locations, which makes the program less accessible.
Nonetheless, the introduction of the FIN shows that the Canadian government is aware of the current employment issues concerning new immigrants and is taking positive strides to counter those problems. There are at present numerous other government-funded immigration services and welcome centres across the country available for new immigrants. Newcomers are encouraged to improve their language proficiency and enhance their knowledge of the Canadian work environment through taking advantage of these services.
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.