Canada, as a country, has always been on the priority immigrant list because of its high standard of living and the vast opportunities available there. It attracted large groups of immigrants from all over the world. In recent times, many significant changes to Canada’s immigration regulations have been proposed and implemented. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has made changes to procedures and categories of temporary and permanent immigration, such as temporary foreign workers, skilled Federal workers, and permanent federal and family immigration.
Temporary foreign workers
Recently, there have been severe cases of exploitation that migrants face in their workplace. These events made the hopeful immigrants a little worried before making the last step to get to Canada. The Government of Canada, to prevent these cases from acting as a deterrent to the entry of immigrants, has proposed specific changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. These changes were introduced to protect the interests of immigrants to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. These government-induced changes are essential for the following reasons:
• Reduced exploitation of workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
• Increase in the employer’s responsibility towards his foreign employee because if the
• the employer does not comply with the rules, then he will be charged with a severe sanction.
• Work permits issued under this program are for a temporary phase only.
• Strengthen the government to monitor temporary foreign workers and their employers.
Changes in immigration rules.
Under new government-imposed rules, the employer must now prove that their job offer for the temporary foreign worker is genuine and not fake. The employer must demonstrate that their track record with diplomatic personnel is excellent. If a case of abuse is found in terms of meager wages and inhumane working conditions, the employer will be barred for two years from hiring temporary foreign workers. Complete information on employers who are not eligible to hire foreign workers on the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.
A four-year work limit will apply to temporary foreign workers, followed by another four years in which they will not be allowed to work in Canada. These changes will apply in practice as of April 1, 2011, to ensure fair treatment of workers in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Federal skilled worker
The Government of Canada has also initiated some changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. History shows that changes made to this category have yielded positive results, which have been a driving force in getting the government to introduce new ones. These changes were proposed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, taking into account the needs of Canadian society and the economy. Here are some of the changes proposed by CIC under this program:
• CIC intended to increase the minimum number of points a candidate can earn from 16 to 20 in the language category.
• Increase in the name of points from 10 to 12 for candidates between 25 and 34 years old, taking into account factors such as adaptability.
• Reduction in the name of years of study required to do business.
• Reduction of the maximum number of points from 21 to 15 in the field of professional experience.
• Evaluation of the job offer given by the employer to avoid possible fraud.
These changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program were proposed to provide better facilities for immigrants to meet their economic goals. Still, so far, they have been limited to theory and have not been implemented by CIC.