Here is a very Good News for applicants of Canadian Immigration, particularly for those who applied before February 27, 2008.
Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, honorable Mr. Jason Kenney, tabled Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s 2009 Annual Report in Parliament.
At the same time as other countries have reduce immigration levels as a temporary response to the global economic slump, Canadian government is truly maintaining its immigration levels to get together the country’s medium- to long-term economic needs.
Canada plans to greet between 240,000 and 265,000 fresh permanent residents in 2010, the similar number of immigrants as in recent years. In 2010, Canada will yet again welcome more new permanent residents than the normal annual intake during the 1990s. The center of the 2010 plan is on economic immigration to maintain Canada’s economy during and further than the current economic upturn.
Particularly, the admission ranges for immigrants designated by the provinces and territories have been greater than before. Provinces and territories are in the most excellent position to recognize how Canada’s immigration intake can be bring into line to their labor market needs. Second, by rising the admission ranges in the Provincial Nominee Program, the Government of Canada is facilitating to make sure that the benefits of immigration are distributed crossways this country. Canada and the provinces will work mutually to manage expansion in the provincial nominee program. Increasing the total number of immigrants processed under the economic category will also let CIC to carry on reducing the backlog of federal skilled worker applicants as part of the Action Plan for Faster Immigration.
Although the Action Plan has been ready for less than a year, near the beginning indications are that it is paying off. People applying now in the federal skilled worker program can be expecting to receive a decision in six to twelve months, compared to up to six years under the old system. Canada has also brought the backlog of federal skilled worker applicants downward from more than 630,000 to 425,000 i.e. a lessening of more than 30%.
The backlog consists of group who applied previous to February 27, 2008, the date the Action Plan took effect. Since then, approximately 240,000 people have applied to the new federal skilled worker program under the Action Plan. But even with those additional applicants, the total figure of people at present awaiting a decision on their application is still 12% lower than when the Action Plan took effect.
Minister Kenney said that before we changed the system, we had to process each application received. Since a lot of more people applied each year than could be accepted, a backlog was created. Now that Canadian government is processing only those applications that meet particular criteria, Canadian Government is making important advancement in reducing the backlog.
Improving the federal skilled worker program is component of the Government of Canada’s overall obligation to modernizing the immigration system to make the most of its contribution to our overall economic growth.
The Government of Canada will go on to work with provinces, territories and stakeholders to ensure immigration meets the needs of communities, employers and families now and in the future.