New Canada immigration rules deter older Britons

For Canada’s new rules for its Federal Skilled Worker Scheme has changed criteria for applicants.

Priorities changed in Canada immigration rules—Recent changes introduced to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program are going to dash the hopes of many Britons wanting to come and settle in Canada. That’s because Canada has vowed to give preference to immigrants aged below 35 years under its Federal Skilled Worker Program.

What are new rules for Federal Skilled Worker Scheme--As per new rules for Canada immigration, all applicants desirous of coming to live in Canada under Federal Skilled Worker Scheme (FSW) would have to be below 35 years if they want to get priority in this points-based system. New rules will become applicable from 2013.

When new immigration rules for Federal Skilled Worker Scheme come into effect next year, they will spell doom for many Britons aged above 35 years wanting to become Canada permanent residents.

That’s because if you are aged above 35 years, Canada immigration department-CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada)will deduct points for every year above 35. So, such norms will dash hopes of many aspiring candidates from Briton wanting to live in Canada.

And among those robbed of an opportunity to come to Canada will include those who possess right skill-sets needed by Canadian economy, admits an immigration lawyer based in Canada, Michael Niren. Each year, nearly 20,000 Britons immigrate to Canada for living here permanently.

Changes to meet Canada market needs—However, many say it is indeed a right step by the nation. Michael Atkinson, president of Canadian Construction Association says he is pleased to see that the federal government has introduced such changes so fast.

The government had announced in April 2012 that it will be making reforms to Federal Skilled Worker program and it aptly followed by reforming FSWP in August itself.

And the new rules are in accordance with the requirements of Canada’s labor market. After all, placing increased emphasis on immigrants in the young age group does make a lot of sense especially when one is talking about future workers, adds Atkinson.

Immigrants who are young are more adaptable to build a career in construction as compared to their older counterparts, he affirms.

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