Canadian Prime Minister Promises Reform of Immigration Policy – Transcend Consultants

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The Prime Minister of Canada, Hon. Stephen Harper admitted that Immigration remains a critical element of the Canadian economy and alluded to upcoming changes in the immigration policy. He wanted the Canadian Immigration policy to be more ‘activist’ in nature and to ‘recruit’ those immigrants that the economy needs. Transcend Consultants advises prospective immigrants to be alert to upcoming changes.

In a recent interview with a television channel, The Prime Minister of Canada, Hon. Stephen Harper admitted that Immigration remains a critical element of the Canadian economy and alluded to upcoming changes in the immigration policy.

“Immigrants are big contributors to this (Canadian) economy” he said.

Traditionally, the Canadian economy has benefitted from immigration, as new immigrants bring both skills and culture to this country. Some of the skills are required more than ever before, given that a substantial portion of the Canadian workforce is set to retire in the next few years. Statistics Canada has estimated that a major chunk of these jobs will be filled by immigrants, as there are not enough Canadians. The challenge for the immigration policy is to select those immigrants that can reduce the skills gap in the economy, and be able to adapt to Canadian conditions quickly.

The Prime Minister suggested that Immigration reform may be the way to achieve this. The main thrust of the reform appears to be actively recruiting the immigrants with skills required by the economy. Mr.Harper pointed out that the current immigration policy involves ‘passively’ processing incoming immigration applications.

To be fair, the Immigration policy has started becoming activist since 2008, with the introduction of Ministerial Instructions. These instructions allowed the Department of Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) to tinker with the Immigrant selection process, by allowing applications from only a few selected occupations. By restricting the occupations in this manner, one could argue that the Department has started ‘recruiting’ immigrants. However, it appears that the proposed reform could be more wide-ranging in nature and may end up changing the immigration system as we know it now.

Some of the other reforms instituted in recent past include

  • restriction on the numbers of applications to be accepted for processing;
  • change in submission requirements and guidelines for many immigration programs/ categories.
  • change in the immigration office for submission of initial application for many immigration programs/ categories.

For example, Immigration applications under the Federal Immigrant Investor program (FIIP) have been restricted to a maximum of 700 per year, to be submitted to the immigration office in Canada. The quota was reached in less than a week, resulting in many qualified Investor immigrant applications being returned, leaving the applicants in dark.

Transcend Consultants, headed by Deepak Kohli, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) can assist such applicants by suggesting alternative avenues available for immigration. There are a number of Business Immigration options available to applicants with business experience and/or high net-worth, who can contribute to the Canadian economy by investing and creating jobs in Canadian economy.

When talking about the state of Canadian economy, Mr.Harper said, there are a “lot of opportunities in Canada that others (countries) don’t have”. This is consistent with the observation that Canada has emerged out of the recession in a better shape than most other developed countries. The economy is on a growth path, and there are many opportunities for investors to invest and immigrate to Canada with their families.

For more information about the above article, 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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