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April 23, 2014 - New caps for Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades Programs, and Canadian Experience Class (Effective May 1, 2014)
Changes to the International Student Program - June 01, 2014
Ottawa, November 8, 2013 — CIC is introducing an annual cap on the number of new CEC applications
In order to manage intake, maintain reasonable processing times and prevent a backlog from developing in the CEC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is introducing an annual cap on the number of new CEC applications. CIC will accept a maximum of 12,000 CEC applications from November 9, 2013, to October 31, 2014.
Effective November 9, 2013, CIC will introduce sub-caps of 200 applications each in certain skilled occupations. Also, six particular occupations will no longer be eligible for the CEC.
Because of an overrepresentation in the CEC applications received to date, the following six occupations will no longer be eligible for the CEC starting November 9, 2013:
CIC is also seeing an overrepresentation of certain occupations in the program. In order to bring in as diverse a skill set as possible, the department will introduce limits on the number of applications under certain occupations.
In addition, CIC will establish sub-caps of 200 applications each for National Occupational Classification (NOC) B occupations. These are mostly technical and administrative jobs or those in the skilled trades. NOC 0 and A (managerial and professional) occupations will not be sub-capped, but they will be subject to the overall cap of 12,000 applications.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, October 25, 2013, Canadianimmigrant.ca:
From the government’s perspective, however, Alexander says his role is to meet that growing demand, while ensuring it’s done in a way that’s right for the Canadian economy. “We have to find the people that will satisfy our economic needs and fill our skills gap,” he says. “The economic imperative to immigration that is stronger than ever … The global economy is changing, our economy is changing, and the immigration system has to change with that.”
Alexander says that while the federal skilled worker program is still CIC’s flagship program, recent policy changes have bolstered the provincial nominee programs and the Canadian experience class, as it favours those who already have experience in Canada, have higher language skills and have shown their ability to adapt."
Bridging Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants
Effective December 15, 2012,qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who have submitted an application for permanent residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and who meet program eligibility requirements, may be considered for a bridging open Work Permit (WP) if their current WP will soon expire.
Biometric Identity Screening:
Starting in 2013, CIC plans to require nationals of 29 countries and 1 territory to appear in person to have their fingerprints and photograph taken when they apply for a temporary resident visa, study or work permit.
Making Canada’s Asylum System Faster and Fairer
New Asylum System Comes into Force December 15, 2012
Under the new system, asylum claimants will receive a hearing within 60 days after their claim is referred to the IRB. In contrast, claimants currently wait, on average, close to 600 days to receive a hearing.
For the first time in Canadian history, most applicants will have access to a newly-created Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). Failed asylum claimants from countries that have a history of producing genuine refugees will have the benefit of this full fact-based appeal. The new RAD will have the authority to reverse a negative decision by the IRB, if the evidence compels it.
This means that, for DCO claimants, hearings will be held within 30 or 45 days, depending on whether the asylum claim was made at an inland CIC office or at a port of entry.
News Release — Minister Kenney announces new language rules for citizenship applicants
Ottawa, September 28, 2012 — The requirement for adult citizenship applicants to provide objective evidence of their language ability with their citizenship submission applies to every application received as of November 1, 2012.
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All other types of fraud tips related to immigration should be reported to the CBSA Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060. The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
"There are thousands of unfilled jobs available right now in Saskatchewan, ranging from unskilled to high skilled. Ag operators are offering $25 /hr for basic labour. Even lawyers are needed! But employers say recruitment efforts in other parts of CDA have failed. Labour shortages are expected to grow to 120,000 jobs in a decade. If you're looking for work, check out m.saskjobs.ca".
Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Twitter @kenneyjason February 25, 2012
Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Effective April 1, 2011, employers and certain temporary foreign workers will be subject to additional requirements Read more...
On June 29, 2010, the government passed a law to change the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. There are new rules for applications to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. (The new rules do not apply to H&C applications filed before the law was passed). Other changes that will affect refugee claimants will be put into place no later than June 29, 2012.
Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, has received Royal Assent. Read more
June 24, 2011: Changes to economic immigration programs
As of July 01, 2011:
1) FSW- only 500 applications will be accepted for processing per occupation and only 10,000 applications will be considered in total for the coming 12 months (those with job offer are not affected).
2) Immigrant Investor Program-only 700 applications for next year will be accepted; initial application, processing fee and copy of passport will have to be submitted to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Of course, Quebec investor program is not affected by this rule.
3) Effective July 1, 2011, CIC will not be accepting any new Federal Entrepreneur applications. (Canada Gazette)
Vol. 145, No. 32 — August 6, 2011
Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA), which received Royal Assent on June 29, 2010, introduces changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that will improve Canada’s asylum system, resettle more refugees from abroad, and make it easier for refugees to start their lives in this country Read more...
Canada’s New Refugee Determination System to Start in June 2012
Ottawa, August 19, 2011 — The Balanced Refugee Reform Act will come into force on June 29, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
Canadian Immigration minister announced a new immigration stream for PhD students.
"Minister Goodyear joined Minister Kenney to announce that foreign nationals studying at a doctoral level in Canada, as well as recent graduates of a Canadian PhD program, will soon be able to apply as Federal Skilled Workers."
November 03, 2011
La ministre Kathleen Weil présente le plan d’immigration Québec pour 2012 read more... (PDF)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Consultations Annual Report
Parents' and Grandparents' Supervisa Info - Operational Bulletin 357 – December 1, 2011
January 31, 2012
2006 NOC edition has been replaced!
On January 31, 2012, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Statistics Canada replaced the 2006 edition of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) with a 2011 version. For the purposes of the Federal Skilled Worker Program list of eligible occupations, new applicants are advised to refer to the HRSDC website for the latest job descriptions and duties for each NOC.
CIC will assess FSW applications received at the Centralized Intake Office before January 31, 2012 according to the old NOC system as they were the conditions under which the candidate applied.
CIC is examining the impact the NOC changes will have on immigration programs and will publish updates as soon as they become available.
QUEBEC IMMIGRATION IMPOSED CAPS ON ECONOMIC IMMIGRATION (March 21, 2012)
"As a result of our reforms you'll see a higher and higher share of the economic immigrants either already working here or being invited by employers," Kenney said Thursday.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney,
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March 23, 2013, Vancouver Sun:
"A record 213,516 temporary workers entered Canada in 2012, up from the record of 190,575 set the previous year. The latest total is more than double the number who arrived in 2003, and the pace picked up considerably after the Conservatives took office in 2006."
Ottawa, December 19, 2012 — The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
Ottawa, January 2, 2013 — The brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications today, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Read more...
"We are all immigrants. Some of us just took a little longer to get here." Margo Goodhand Winnipeg Free Press
"There's an unlimited number of people who want to come to Canada" Jason Kenney, Canadian Immigration Minister, July 2011.
The long line for immigration is a “big, good problem,” Kenney told them. “There are far more people who would like to come to Canada than we can practically receive in any one time.” 06 October 2011 The Toronto Observer
"In fact, last year, Ipsos-Reid did a global poll from which they estimated that there are at least two billion people around the world who would like to immigrate to Canada right now. Seventy-seven percent of the people in China, 71% of those in Mexico, 68% in India, etc., and they didn’t actually survey in every country of the world." Speaking notes for Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, At the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
Ottawa, Ontario, October 20, 2011
As of first week of October 2011, Canadian immigration officials confirmed, more than one million people have been waiting in line for a Canadian visa.
“Canada is a good place and there are plenty of economic opportunities,” said Kenney. “But even if the nation does everything it can to help its immigrants adapt to their new home, it’s also up to the immigrant to do everything they can to integrate themselves into the Canadian experience.” Jason Kenney, Canadian Immigration Minister, August 2011.
Immigration overview: Permanent and temporary residents - 2010
Operational Bulletin 337 – August 15, 2011
Pilot Program for Spouses/Common-law partners and Working-Age Dependent Children of select Temporary Foreign Workers Destined to British Columbia
"Eligible spouses/common-law partners of TFWs engaged in work within the NOC C and D skill categories in BC to receive open WPs." "eligible dependents, aged 18-22, of most TFWs in BC ... to receive open WPs." This pilot will operate from August 15, 2011 to February 15, 2013.
February 15, 2013 — Effective February 15, 2013, CIC will no longer accept applications for open work permits (WPs) from spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependent children (aged 18–22) of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) destined for British Columbia in occupations requiring lower levels of formal training. That includes occupations defined in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) as type C, or those that usually require secondary school or job-specific training, or occupations generally requiring on-the-job training (NOC D).
The pilot is being extended for working-age dependent children (aged 18–22) of high-skilled TFWs destined to British Columbia. High-skilled occupations are those classified as managerial (NOC 0), professional (NOC A) or skilled trades (NOC B). Eligible applicants can continue to apply for an open WP until February 14, 2014. Read more...
Canadian immigration programs currently undergoing change:
Proposed changes to the economic immigration system include:
June 28, 2012
Since the launch of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Minister Kenney has announced a series of changes to CIC’s economic immigration programs.
Canada-Alberta pilot project expanded to include more occupations
Effective today, July 16, 2012 the Alberta pilot is expanding beyond the steamfitter/pipefitter occupation (NOC 7252) to include the following additional occupations:
This program enables them to be issued a work permit that allows them to move freely between Alberta employers, without requiring authorization from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada in the form of a Labour Market Opinion, or LMO.
Two-year occupation-based work permits are available to temporary foreign workers currently employed in Alberta, or who have a job offer from an Alberta employer, in one of the above occupations, provided they have been certified in that occupation by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AAIT). This open work permit allows them to change employers in that occupation without applying for a new work permit.
Workers who are not yet AAIT-certified may apply for a one‑year employer-specific work permit, during which time they may become certified and eligible for the two-year open work permit.
The pilot will operate from July 16, 2012 until July 31, 2016. All applicants must apply to the pilot within the first year, by July 31, 2013. Extended.
No WP extensions will be issued under this pilot project.