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Thousands of New Immigration Place Planned for 2016

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Reports confirmed that between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents will be admitted, a range that’s the highest projected level in decades.


Immigration Minister John McCallum said the plan is grounded in Canada’s tradition of being a welcoming and generous country.

“It outlines a significant shift in immigration policy towards reuniting more families, building our economy and upholding Canada’s humanitarian traditions,” he said at a news conference in Ontario.

The Liberals are also opening up thousands of new spots in the family class programs, mostly for spouses and children.

We are ready to apply, where do we start?

Your first step should be to approach an experienced and recognized immigration consultant.

An immigration consultant will guide your through the application process. It can be complicated and seem like a lot of admin but a skilled consultant is likely to ensure the best possible outcome for your application.

What you can expect of the application process:

Canada employs a simple two-step Express Entry system which took effect in January 2015.

Step 1

Complete a profile for Express Entry and register with the Canadian Job Bank. Your profile will then be added to their pool of prospective employees.

• Interested candidates must submit an online Express Entry profile.
• Applicants will then be assessed based on their language proficiency, education, Canadian work experience and other factors which may contribute to their success in Canada.
• Skills are self-declared, based on appropriate test results.
• Candidates who meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs, which are subject to Express Entry, are placed in the Express Entry pool.
• Candidates then start the process of promoting themselves to prospective employers.

This would include registering with Job Bank and making sure Canadian Employers are aware of the fact that you are registered with Express Entry.

Step 2

Receive an invitation to apply at which you may apply for permanent residency.

• Once you receive your job offer you will soon be offered an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for your Permanent Residency (PR).
• Candidates with an ITA will have 60 days in which to apply for their permanent residency in Canada. Applicants must employ one of the following economic immigration programs as a means of application and would be expected to meet the specific criteria as set out in either of these immigration programs:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
4. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Processing Times

Express Entry candidates can now expect applications to be processed in less than 6 months.


Source: New World immigration and The Canadian Press, 2016

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