With countries like Australia and the UK limiting the number of immigrants, Canada is poised to welcome the addition of 240,000 to 265,000 permanent residents in its 2009 plan, the highest of 15 last years. The announcement by Jason Kennedy, who is the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, highlighted the renewed commitment to Canada’s immigration program.
- The goal of CIMC (Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada) is to make the immigration process to Canada efficient with new procedures introduced for submission, for interested applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The immigration process, which previously took 6 to 7 years, has thus been reduced to only 6 to 12 months.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program applications are received at the Nova Scotia Centralized Intake Office (CIO). With this centralization of the reception of requests, the overall waiting times are considerably reduced. However, part of this workload is delegated to visa offices abroad.
- The appropriate visa office where your application should be sent varies, depending on the most appropriate eligibility criteria for the applicant under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
- Any applicant who has arranged employment can send their application directly to the Canadian immigration visa office.
- International students and temporary foreign workers who are currently living legally in Canada for at least one year can submit their application to the Canadian immigration visa office in Buffalo, New York.
Federal Skilled Worker program applications that qualify under the new experience requirements established for pastoral work are sent to the CIO in Nova Scotia.
- Applicants whose designated occupation is mentioned in the 38 high-demand occupations in Canada, such as skilled trades, finance, health, and others, receive priority processing. International students or temporary foreign workers who have resided in Canada for more than one year and who have an offer of arranged employment also benefit from this benefit.
- Some primary documents, as well as new forms and fees, must be submitted to the IOC. Applications that are qualified are then processed overseas at the most appropriate Canadian immigration visa office. The IOC will then ask applicants to submit their full request within 120 days to the visa office.
- Non-qualifying requests are returned with a full refund of the processing fee. The processing procedures for other categories or programs of Canadian immigration are not affected by the new parameters.
- The funds released from Budget 2008 will be used to improve the application process, allowing the Department to meet its annual targets, reduce its backlog and use today’s inventory in the most efficient manner possible to future benefits.
- Sending additional staff to visa offices abroad with long wait times is one of the most critical steps taken to make immigration to Canada faster and easier. Work from these offices is redistributed to the comparatively less busy visa offices to avoid processing delays.
- If you do not qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you should not lose heart. An immigration specialist can suggest the best solution for you. The Provincial Nominee Program can also open up the permanent residency option for you through the new Canadian experience category. Several means are available for immigration to Canada. Consult your immigration expert today to find out the most suitable way of immigrating to Canada for you.
Thus, the latest new changes to the Canadian immigration process ensure that immigration processing for Canada is on par with two of the most competitive countries, New Zealand, and Australia.
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