Talks with business groups are going on, immigration Canada determined to make it count
The immigration minister of Canada, Diane Finley is still consulting with the business groups regarding the job openings that are to be made available for the skilled immigrants based on the new legislation that could accelerate immigration applications.
The consultations and meetings are held to identify the critical occupational shortages in various trades and professions. It also aims to sort out the way immigration Canada need to work in order to reduce the job shortages. One of the chief issues that came up during the meetings was the limited recognition of foreign qualifications in Canada. Minister Finley urged the provinces and the territories to take initiatives to better recognize the credentials and qualifications that are earned overseas.
Currently, the immigration officers are busy in developing guidelines on the kind of occupations that are needed to be prioritized for processing. In the autumn, these guidelines will be released and it will mainly focus on applications that fall in the federal skilled worker category.
The Canadian government announced a new immigration “class” last week. This would allow skilled foreign workers to acquire permanent resident status in Canada. In her statement, Minister Finley said that skilled temporary foreign workers and overseas students who graduate from Canadian universities or colleges are eligible and welcomed for permanent resident status.
Although, people from managerial, professional, technical occupations and skilled trades can apply but they need to have a work experience of more than two years in their field along with the basic language skills.
At present, Canada is targeting more than 250,000 immigrants annually.