Immigrating to Canada? Note the Changes in 2014

The calendar of year 2014 brings in some new rules connecting immigration and is to be effective across Canada. Family Reunification Program has been restarted. However, it will limit the number of applications to 5,000 annually. Nevertheless, a respite as Canadians with parents or grandparents overseas can apply for them to become permanent residents in this country. Applications were halted in 2011, to clear an eight year backlog.

New regulations are also aimed at allaying fears of Canadians that their jobs are being filled by foreign workers. Under the new rules, for a period of six years, government officials are not required to possess warrants to conduct surprise workplace inspections, interview foreign workers and demand documentation from employers. A drive that is to ensure compliance is met and in accordance with the provisions of federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The government is expected to maintain the rules governing its temporary foreign worker program, confirming it will charge employers $275 for each application they make. The new rules, which were built on measures announced in April 2013, included additional restrictions on language proficiency employers can request, broader requirements to advertise job openings and a new questionnaire that tried rummaged whether a firm is seeking to replace existing Canadian workers. These regulations are to stay and may also witness a further tightening by mid 2014 if expected evaluations do yield the dividends expected.

Permanent residents may also be expected to reside in Canada at least three of the previous four years to qualify. The balance tilts in support of the consideration that a longer stay must be a requirement to truly understand what it means to be a Canadian and the understand the responsibilities of participating in Canadian life. A change to four out of six years can be expected along with filing of two mandatory income tax returns can be expected to be on the roll out.