Canadian Skilled Worker and Immigrant Investor Programs Freeze

Thursday, June 28, 2012 |

The Canadian government is planning to issue a notification on new immigration applications under the popular Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Immigrant Investor Program.

As per the schedule, both immigration programs were planned to reopen to potential applicants on July 1 (Canada Day), but efforts are still in process to revamp the programs by the end of the 2012.

As it seems logical, the government doesn't want to accept new applications until it's dealt with the current backlogs. This decision might be announced by the Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Thursday.


Immigration minister has suggested the minimum investment of $800,000 compared to $400,000 in 2010, and it should be a permanent investment in the Canadian economy.

It is worth noting that the Immigrant Investor Program backlog has currently about 25,000 applications which involve approximately 86,000 people.

As per a few immigration lawyers, this decision makes sense to flourish Canada further with the help of foreign investment. Canada is in the need of people in health sciences and professions like nurses and pharmacists are in demand right now.

Canada is continuously shaping its immigration system to attract skilled manpower with strong language (English or French) skills, employment experience that is in demand by the current labour market and Canadian experience. Minister Kenney declared a variety of initiatives to that end, which include replacing the entrepreneur program with a startup visa and allowing employers and provinces to "pick and choose" immigrants based on their occupation, experience and skills set.

The moratorium to freeze skilled and investor immigration program is expected to be lifted after the complete plan is in place.

Proposed Canadian legislation would ease deportation of foreign criminals

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 |

Minister of Canadian Immigration, Jason Kenny has proposed a new legislation to make the deportation process easy for those foreigners who are involved in crimes in Canada. Once become a law, this will provide the authority to law enforcing agencies to deport visitors, refugees and even immigrants who are in the jail for more than 06 months and have convicted serious crimes. Under the new law, foreign criminals would have no right to appeal against the decision of deportation order.

Kenney is firm to eliminate crime and criminals from the immigration system and said:
"These tough but fair measures will ensure that foreign criminals won't be allowed to endlessly abuse Canada's generosity. Canadians believe that even foreign criminals should get their day in court. But they shouldn't get endless years in court, delaying their inevitable deportation."
He further added,
 It's time to send a clear message to foreign criminals:
"If you commit a serious crime in Canada, we're going to send you packing as quickly as we can."
 Under the existing system, any foreigner in jail who is sent to prison for less than 02 years has the right to appeal against their removal from the country.


The new law will also make it extremely tough for those who are a potential risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place. A ban of 05 years would be imposed on the applicants who try to enter Canada illegally by providing false information on their immigration applications.

Take a look a the following video where the minister is referring the case of a criminal named Clinton Gayle. He was a drug dealer who received a sentence of less than two years and was able to appeal his deportation as a result. While he was delaying his removal, he shot a Toronto police officer named Todd Baylis.

Proposal to tighten Canadian immigration rules

Thursday, June 21, 2012 |

A legislation proposal is submitted by Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in the house of commons on Wednesday June 20th, 2012 regarding implementation of tight conditions for foreigners visiting  Canada and targeted especially to “foreign criminals.”

Kennety told reporters that:
The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper “is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their removal from Canada during which time they continue to terrorize innocent Canadians."
Immigration attorney Lorne Waldman told in an email message that:
The proposed change “means that there will be no review of all of the circumstances and how the deportation order might affect children or spouses, family, etc., It means deportation regardless of how long the person is in Canada.”

Keep in mind that the legislation, once approved, would allow the Immigration Ministry the authoritative power to reject a candidate’s request for temporary residence for reasons of “public interest.”

Canada Immigration lawyers are commenting on this hot issue in their twitter accounts as follows:


Report urges Canadian immigration to setup appeals process for biometric system

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 |

Starting in 2013, a number of foreign nationals willing to get Canadian immigration or visas will be required to provide their fingerprints and photo graphs as part of the visa application process. 

This security measure will be launched to assist security agencies to verify the identity of the person arriving in Canada. The information provided will be matched against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police database to ensure that the visa holder is the same person as the applicant.

An internal report urges the government authorities to make the whole process flawless by creating a proper appealing process for immigration and/or visa applicants who might get rejected due the the inaccuracy of bio-metric system.

It is urged in the report that the Canadian Immigration department should make a documented process and give the immigration and visa applicants all the information while adopting complaint procedures, in the event of issues arising due to inaccurate results in fingerprint accuracy etc.

In efforts to make Canadian immigration and visa system more robust, the government feels that implementing biometric system will enhance the integrity of the whole process. This will further reduce fraud rate by culprits who try to cheat the system by attempting to gain unlawful access the Canada.

Adoption of this system will also help visa applicants by making it possible to restrict the use of their IDs fraudulently like may other countries of the world.

List of Canadian Eligible Skilled Occupations for Immigration Program

Monday, June 4, 2012 |

Canadian immigration requirements for skilled workers category keeps on changing dynamically as per the demand of skilled workers in various categories. Recently, those people applying for immigration to Canada on or after 1 July, 2011 must fall in one of the occupations listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of the Canadian National Occupation Classification List (NOC). 

It means that between 1 July, 2011 and 30 June, 2012, 10,000 skilled workers applications under federal program will be considered for processing. Furthermore, for any given occupation a maximum of 500 application will go through the processing in this time frame.

Here is the list of Canadian Eligible Skilled Occupations:

Code Occupations
0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (cap reached for June 2011 year)
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2151 Architects
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3131 Pharmacists
3142 Physiotherapists
3152 Registered Nurses (cap reached for June 2011 year)
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7251 Plumbers
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

In short, if you are willing to get Canadian immigration under Federal Skilled Worker program, you must have experience of 10 years in an of the above listed occupations.

Additionally, one might be eligible to apply for Canadian immigration under a Federal Skilled Worker visa program, if s/he has at least one year of experience in one or more of the following in-demand occupations.


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