Saturday, November 24, 2007

Canada Immigration System

Throughout the world, Canada is known as a prosperous and strong nation valued for its stability, respect for diversity and democratic institutions. With a huge landmass, a relatively small population and abundant natural resources, it has prospered to the point where a recent United Nations study lists it as the best place in the world to live. This is why Canada has recently become the destination of choice for many of the world's immigrants.

The Canadian Government is committed to admit 255,000 newcomers to Canada as permanent residents for 2007. This is an increase of 10,000 projected new permanent residents admitted for 2007. The Government is planning for continuous increases in the number of new immigrants each year until 10% of Canada's population or 325,000 immigrants are admitted to Canada annually in five years time. This would represent an annual increase of 100,000 new permanent residents over current immigration levels. On a per capita basis, this level of immigration ranks among the highest in the world. Unlike the United States and other countries, there is no quota based on either nationality or occupation. .

Canada needs more immigrants. The 2001 census, released by Statistics Canada, showed a decline in the rate of increase in Canada's population. Immigration was declared the primary contributor to the national population increase of 4 percent, ahead of birth rates and natural increase for the first time since the Second World War.

Under the new Immigration Act enacted on June 28, 2002 many occupations that could not qualify under the previous legislation are now able to qualify e.g. Doctors, Dentists, Teachers, Nurses, Lawyers, Managers, all other professional and technical occupations, skilled trades. Unmarried live-in couples are now recognized and may apply for Permanent Residence. The Canadian Government lowered the pass mark to 67 points on September 18, 2003. I strongly recommend that you proceed immediately with the assessment of your qualifications for Permanent Residence since, according to the present Immigration Act and its Regulations, the Minister of Immigration can change the pass mark at any time, without notice.

Furthermore, the Government is making significant financial investments this year and following years to accelerate the processing of existing and new applications for permanent residence to Canada.

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