Earlier this year Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, conducted nationwide
consultations with the purpose of improving Canada's current
immigration system. As a result, Citizenship & Immigration
Canada ("CIC") has enacted multiple new
programs intended to make immigration to Canada easier, faster and
An increased number of Provincial nominees will be admitted to
Canada under Canada's various Provincial Nominee Programs
("PNP") in 2012;
A two year moratorium on sponsorship of parents and
The introduction of a new "Super Visa", tailored
towards parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent
Creation of a new PhD eligibility stream which will allow up to
1,000 international PhD students/holders per year to apply for
permanent residence in Canada via the Federal Skilled Worker
Public opinion on the impact these changes may have on potential
applicants, the economy and job creation has been mixed. Altough it
may be too early to speculate as to what effects these changes may
have, there has been a large consensus supporting the idea that the
current policy change is aimed more towards economic growth as
opposed to individual immigration or family integration. The
Conservative Government has certainly been quick to vocalize that
the changes will benefit all classes of immigration; however, such
is to be expected when entertaining political rhetoric.
In the next coming weeks, we will be exploring each individual
category in order to give our readership a more in-depth look at
the changes to each individual category and how they may affect
their situation both from an individual and business type
perspective. In the interim, we suggest that any information
regarding the changes to the Canadian immigration system derived
from the general media be taken with a considerable amount of salt
as any changes in policy and interpretation should be considered by
qualified, experienced counsel.
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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