Many people make their way to Canada looking for a new life; one that’s supported by a high standard of living and a highly ranked health care system.
Canada regulates its immigration and controls how many immigrants it allows within its borders each year. Its policies are based on economic, family, and humanitarian goals. The nation must strike a balance between openness to new immigrants and a control of its population and resources.
Immigration in Canada
Canada provides a highly developed society with an excellent educational system. Its health care and standard of living compel many people to move there with the intention of starting a new life with new opportunities.
The United Nations rank Canada as one of the best places to live based on quality of life, unemployment rates, and life expectancy. Its immigrants come from all over the world, and its government recognizes the contribution made by those individuals, while reaping the social and economic rewards.
Canada welcomes approximately 250,000 new immigrants each year. Its unique culture is built upon the diverse backgrounds and experiences that are brought in by these new residents.
The country classifies four categories of immigrants. Economic immigrants include businesspeople and skilled workers. The family class consists of relatives of Canadian residents. Humanitarian immigrants are those let in for reasons of compassion, while refugees are those escaping persecution or cruel and unusual punishment.
Economic Reasons for Immigration
One of the foundations of Canada’s openness to new immigrants is the economic benefit of a multi-cultural society. The nation provides the opportunity for foreign businesspeople to quality for residency through a number of professional programs. This has historically benefited both immigrants and the Canadian people.
Programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Business Immigration Programs, and Provincial Nominee programs all work to support and encourage economic immigration.
They emphasize Canada’s commitment to welcoming and supporting new talent into its economy, putting growth and prosperity at the forefront of its policy towards foreign businesspeople.
Canada provides residency for family sponsorships. This constitutes approximately 70,000 new residents and about 25% of all issued visas. Parent and grandparent permanent residencies have approached its highest level in over 20 years. Canada’s continued support to family reunification fuels this growth.
Its citizens and residents can sponsor specific family members for residency. This includes spouses, common-law partners, parents, grandparents, or children who the sponsor is planning to adopt. Applicants must not be married or live in a common-law relationship to qualify.
Canada’s support for humanitarian purposes contributes to its total immigration rate. This includes refugees looking for political protection. Under Canadian law, immigrants can apply for citizenship once they’ve lived in the country for 4 years with at least 2 years of permanent residency.
Those who apply based on on humanitarian grounds must be approved. The process often takes years to complete, and applicants must show that leaving the country would result in significant hardship for them.
On average, Canada allows between 200,000 and 250,000 new immigrants each year. In 2010, the largest percentage of immigrants was economic, followed by family and refugees.
In 2014, Canada is expected to allow between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants. The New Immigration Rules in Canada continue to evolve with major changes being made to increase the efficiency of processing new immigrants into the country.
An estimated 63% of immigrants will be made permanent residents in 2014. This will be a new record for the number Economic Immigrants in Canada.
The country has approximately 33 different ethnicities, each having a minimum of 100,000 members. The large majority of immigrants eventually become citizens of Canada.
Canada’s policy towards immigration has benefited its culture through diversity and economic growth. The country provides residency to immigrants based on economic, family, and humanitarian grounds. Canada has always recognized the benefit of welcoming talented individuals for their own benefit and for the increase in opportunities for its citizens.
Canada’s immigration policies have led to its highest number of economic immigrants ever. As more entrepreneurs and investors make their way to Canada, they create new opportunities in the market that help to create jobs and contribute to the nation’s economic strength as a whole.
Canada’s immigrants represent a large portion of the world’s countries. It’s a true melting pot that continues to grow. As a majority of these immigrants become Canadian citizens, the nation will only continue to grow in talent, growth, and prosperity.
Jeffrey Wallace is a lawyer and an ardent social worker. He is very enthusiastic about knowing more on the latest developments in the field of education. He is a regular blogger and his blogs are mainly about law and education.
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