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Asylum Seekers At The Canadian Border Triple In Number:

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Canada is a place which has been attracting a fair share of immigrants since the visa debacle in the US and the restrictions in the UK. However, it has also been facing the problem of having asylum-seekers crowd up the borders illegally and this problem shows no sign of going away.

According to the latest Canadian government data, asylum seekers illegally crossing the U.S. border into Canada tripled if not more in the last month. Worried about Trump’s crackdown, some migrants are heading north to look for safety.

More than three thousand people crossed the border illegally in July in order to file refugee claims. They were arrested in numbers which was much higher than what was recorded in June.

Maximum of them went to Quebec where there has been a recent rise in the influx of asylum seekers. Opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups are strongly opposed to the situation. Quebec also saw the entry of 3800 people in the first half of August. The federal and provincial governments are under tremendous pressure to deal with the situation where thousands of newcomers have arrived in less than two months.

Understanding the Problem

While Canada is known to be one of the most compassionate countries out there, the problem of refugee seekers is something that the Government of Canada has yet to address successfully. What is aiding the problem is that more refugees are now choosing Canada as their next home.

Canada is unable to provide shelter and social assistance for all the asylum seekers. The refugee crisis has hit an all-time low. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has redeployed resources to efficiently deal with the Quebec arrivals. Haitians, who might be deported from the US after the expiration of their temporary protected status, are seeking asylum in Canada and are responsible for more than half the influx.

Cheaper fees and Better Jobs for International Students in Canada

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Cheaper Tuition fees and Better Jobs for International Students in CanadaThe major reasons why students from across the globe are moving to Canada for pursuing studies are the cheaper tuition fees, a faster visa process and most importantly better post-graduation job opportunities.

However students are facing several problem as they are unaware of Canadian norms. According to many students, cultural awareness sessions are highly beneficial and also by providing a senior student guide has been proven to be beneficial.

America has always dominated the market for foreign students but  Donald Trump’s victory  could make lives difficult in the country as an immigrant.However Canada has recently announced its tweak in its immigration system to help and boost economy and also declared sustained record immigration numbers. One of these policies will make it easier and simpler for international students to begin their working lives in Canada after they graduate.

Reportedly international students pay two to three times more tuition fees than Canadian students, making them the major contributors for the top universities across the country.It is estimated that the U.S. international student population is approximately worth $32 billion a year to the country’s economy. Most of the students are targetting top universities like Toronto and McGill.

International Graduates Under Express Entry

International students obtaining degrees and diplomas in Canada are now specifically awarded points. Students will get 30 extra points for completing a total three year post secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate, while those who complete post secondary diploma of at least one year can score 15 points. No points are awarded for a high school certificate acquired in the country.

However Canada’s provinces are already working upon the policies attracting international students to their universities, and on giving a warm welcome to international graduates through their immigration programs. It is also reported that the number of Canadian-born graduates who are dropping off from the college are increasing year after another.






PGP Applications Process to undergo changes in Canada

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Parents and Grandparents Program Applications Process is All Set to Change in CanadaParents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is all set to experience changes from 2017 cycle, as confirmed by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to these changes, now people are required to fill an online form depicting their interest in IRCC program for sponsoring parents or grandparents to live in Canada.

These online forms will be made available from January 3, 2017 on 12 pm EST to February 2, 2017 till 12pm EST. After this 30 days period, 10,000 forms will be selected randomly to submit further applications provided that these individuals should be the citizens or permanent residents of Canada. In case if more than one application is submitted, duplicate ones will be deleted from the record.

Chosen individuals would have to submit applications and required documents within 90 days from the invitation date. A complete guide will be made available on IRCC site from January 9, 2017. A notification will be provided by IRCC to all those who filled the online form no matter whether they are invited to send applications or not. Those 10,000 candidates who are selected only can submit further application and documents. Those who are not selected in the current cycle can try again in 2018.

In the earlier system, the applications for Parents and Grandparents Program were chosen on the basis of first come and first serve. But with the changes introduced in the system, IRCC believes that it will be a fairer decision this time to pick candidates for PGP.

John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said that, they are making changes on the basis of past applicants experiences. Through these reformed policies, everyone will have equal and fair chance to file application to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

It is a matter of fact that the Canadian Government is aiming at 20,000 new permanent resident entries to Canada through Parents and Grandparents Program in 2017.

‘Four-in’, ‘Four-out’ Rule Removed by Canadian Government

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‘Four-in’, ‘Four-out’ Rule Removed by Canadian Government In a historic decision, the government of Canada has decided to remove the rule of four-in, four-out rule in order to aid the foreign workers in Canada. This decision was made effective immediately according to which the policy of limitation of working for only four years by foreign workers has been abolished.

The ‘Four-in’, ’Four-out’ rule was set up in April, 2011 according to which once a duration of four years  is completed for foreign workers, then certain candidates are not allowed to apply for another four years to live and work in Canada.

To aid the labor market requirements in Canada, Temporary Foreign Worker Program was launched. This program allows the industries and companies to pick the right candidates from across the globe to fill the positions in which native talent is not available. For a candidate to start working through TFWP, he/she must have a temporary work permit which should be supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

There are certain individuals like workers in occupations like managing and professional departments, candidates employed in Canada through International agreements like Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program or NAFTA, and workers who were exempt from LMIA for some reasons are already exempted from the four-in, four-out rule.

According to John McCallum, Immigration Minister of Canada, this abolishment would help in removing the extra burden from applicants as well as the processing officers. It is a first step to bring suitable changes in the TFWP to aid the foreign workers as much as possible. On further he added that these are just the initial steps and more defined policies will soon be implemented.

More opportunities will be open for young people, people having disabilities, newcomers in Canada and other indigenous people. The percentage of low wage workers to be employed will be 20% for employers using TFWP before June 20, 2014 and 10% for employers using TFWP after this.

Canada to process family reunification applications within 12 months

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Federal Government To Process Family Reunification Applications Within Twelve MonthsThe main reason for government to have piled up applications is mostly due to the time taken to process an application, which takes up an enormous amount of time. Processing being the first step needs to be cleared in order to proceed with the steps ahead. To tackle this serious problem, IRCC has decided to effectively reduce the processing time for the family reunification applications.

The Canadian Federal Government introduced a new 12 months processing time for the new family reunification immigration applications. The processing time has been decreased by 15 percent for the applications within Canada and 10 percent for the applications coming from abroad.

The immigration department promised to process the pending applications in a year, although if the cases are very complex, they might take a bit longer.

Effective measures have been introduced to reduce the processing time greatly. Spouses, partners and dependants will have increased allocation, and the target is to increase the allocation numbers from an average of 47,000 in the previous ten years to about 64,000 allocations in 2017.

To increase the processing and to deal with backlogs, the funding is increased. IRCC received about $25 million by the government to help with the backlog issues.

The process for applying is set to be simplified greatly with more easy-to-understand applications for aspiring immigrants. Instead of showing the documents in stages, all documents will be given beforehand. Incomplete applications or applications without the necessary documents will be sent back.

The processing time has been reduced to 12 months. Moreover, IRCC also made sure that all the applications within the system will be cleared in the time span of 12 months. The new applications will be processed within 12 months from the day they will be received. Also, there are 20 percent cases, which are very complex and shall take time to be processed. It is expected that this move will help the tech sector to grow beyond leaps and bounds.

Canada set for friendlier immigration policies

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Canada set for friendlier immigration policiesJohn McCallum, the Canadian Immigration Minister, announced that visa policies in the country will be made friendlier for overseas high skill immigrants, in view of their increasing demand in the country. He assured that visa processing will be put on the fast track and work authorization made simpler for these immigrants. Furthermore, firms that create employment opportunities in the country by investing funds will also get this benefit.

McCallum, together with Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, unveiled the Government’s strategy of facilitating the Canadian companies to hire international talents in order to promote the country’s economic growth. The firms that create more jobs in Canada will be given priority over others for getting these visas. Also these immigrants will be allowed to work on short-term basis.

John McCallum stressed the need for a large high-skilled workforce from across the globe, in addition to the native Canadian skilled workers, to promote the nations’ economy. To this end, the government will allot more funds to speed up the approval process for work permits in respect of overseas professionals. According to the Immigration Minister, the processing of overseas professionals in the technology sector will be reduced to two weeks. All this is to ensure that the specific category of immigrants help the government pulls in foreign capital and international citizens.

The Immigration Minister cited the example of Thomson Reuters that has assured the government of creating large employment opportunities in Canada in return for accentuated visa processing for immigrants. The minister also gave assurance to ease the recruitment by Canadian firms of overseas high skill immigrants for short duration.

Both McCallum and Bains were of the view that high skill immigrants are, in fact, a stimulant for enhancing job opportunities in Canada, since these people facilitate start-ups in the country. According to Bains, since the spread of technology is crucial for firms across the globe, it is the influx of innovative human resources that will give an edge to them.


Canada one of the top four nations for high-skilled immigrants

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Canada one of the top four nations for high skill immigrantsWorld Bank report states that Canada has become one of the top four attractive destinations for high skill immigrants. However, the US continues to draw top-notch overseas immigrants, borne out by the fact that three-fourths of the immigrants are tech professionals in Silicone Valley.

A research carried out by Christopher Parsons, William Kerr, Ça?lar Özden, and Sari Pekkala Kerr under the aegis of the World Bank indicated the immigration pattern of the previous five decades that took into account the total migrants the world over, and their origins and destinations.

The research threw up some interesting facts, such as the US, Britain, Canada and Australia continue as top destinations for overseas immigrants; immigration trends have neither drastically increased, as feared by some section of people and political groups, nor decreased, but have remained unchanged for the last 50 years; well-educated and above average people migrate for better financial gains; the US attracts 40 percent of international immigrants and Britain, Canada and Australia together account for another 35 percent.

The study foresees an extremely positive development for Canada, since a majority of high skill immigrants to the country possess funds and skills to boost its economic growth. The research specifically highlights an increase in high skill women migrating to greener pastures. A case in point is the year 2010 in which more high skill women migrated overseas, than men – a trend that has been witnessed for the first time. The maximum number of women, who migrated overseas, was from Asia and Africa and their preferred destinations were North America and Europe.

The countries not left far behind the top four nations in attracting highly skilled immigrants are  Germany, France and Spain, who have left no stone unturned in appealing to the top skilled immigrants to move over. Whether their efforts are bearing fruits is yet to be seen.

The future trends, as per the projection of the research, indicate a continued dominance of the top four nations over international immigration.



Acquiring Permanent Residency will be Easier for Immigrants in Canada

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Acquiring Permanent Residency will be Easier for Immigrants in CanadaThe processing of electronic visas will be modified in order to make it easier for the immigrants to acquire permanent residency for those who study or work in Canada. The modifications will start from the Express Entry Program which awards points on the basis of age, education, linguistic ability and work experience. The applicants then will be categorized according to their suitability for employers in Canada. It was made effective from November 2016.

According to The Globe and Mail, it will be easier for foreign students and talents to get permanent residency of Canada from now on. It can be inferred that these changes reflects upon the intention of government to invite more and more skilled workers in Canada.

The changes in Express Entry System means that foreign workers in Canada under LMIA who wish to live here forever do not need points for LMIA under Express Entry Scheme of jobs. Moreover, those workers having job in Canada under North America Agreement and Intra Company Transfer for minimum two years can easily apply for permanent residency in Canada.

However, the points needed in Express Entry System have been decreased drastically. Where 600 points were required for jobs backed by LMIA earlier, it is only 200 points required for the same after November amendment. It will prove to be a great benefit for those who are looking for a permanent residency in Canada.

Mr. John McCallum, Immigration Minister of Canada has said that it is one of the key steps taken to improve the economy of Canada through foreign talents. According to CEO of Wattapad, Allen Lau it was much needed for tech sector as native talents of Canada are not meeting the demand of work.

Mr. Allen Lau pondered upon the importance of competing with the global talents which can boost the high spirit of Canadian industries to work even harder.


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