CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS
Skilled Canadian Immigrants with Jobs Offers Jump to front of Immigration Queue
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has recently announced that skilled Canadian immigrants with experience in key occupations and those with job offers from Canadian employers will go to the front of the immigration queue to Canada.
According to Mr. Kenney, despite the fact that Canadian immigration level did not increase dramatically, skilled Canadian immigrants still play an important role in the country economic. It is estimated that about 30 percent of foreign people migrating in Canada now are economic migrants whose Canadian visas entry requirements based on their skills or arranged employment offers.
Mr. Kenney also added that new Canadian citizens would help to offset the country’s ageing population and skills shortages.
Today, about 70% of Canada's 34.1 million populations are of working age – a figure expected drop to 60% within 25 years. With the aim of filling labour shortages in Canada provinces and territories, the federal government would continue to recognise the importance of the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the minister said.
Under the nominee program, provinces can choose to sponsor migrants whose skills, education, and work experience will have an immediate economic impact. The top three provincial nominees are the booming oil and gas provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Last year, Canada accepted 38,428 provincial/territory nominees, including more than 8,600 temporary foreign workers to Canada who later became Canadian permanent residents. This year, Canada will accept a record of 40,000 provincial nominee immigrants – five times more than Canada's PNP intake for 2005.
The Citizenship and Immigration Department is currently conducting a series of nation-wide consultations about Canadian immigration levels and the type of migrants in Canada it should accept into the country.
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Hanna Eliasson | Migration Expert Canada