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Canada’s Three-year Immigration Plan set to Boost Immigration Gradually

Canada’s new three-year immigration plan, unveiled on Wednesday, will see it increase its immigration intake by 13% over three years to help meet the needs of an aging population.
But the increase is below that recommended by a government advisory council in 2016, which had wanted the figure to rise by 50% over five years.


Canada’S Three Year Immigration Plan Set To Boost Immigration Gradually

“It’s easy to bring somebody in, it’s another thing to make sure they succeed in Canada,” Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen said by telephone from Ottawa.

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Canada’s immigration system focuses on bringing in skilled educated and experienced professionals who typically already have job offers in Canada but refugees from war-torn countries are also accepted under their humanitarian program. These refugees typically have no or little understanding of the English language and would find low-skilled jobs once processed by Canada Immigration and Citizenship.

The immigration minister, himself a former refugee from Somalia, said bringing newcomers to Canada was only “half of the job,” and that supports were needed to ensure they integrated well into society.

Canada has resettled more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since 2015 and seen more than 15,000 asylum seekers enter the country.

Both Hussen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say they are wary of anti-immigrant sentiment which is said to be mostly related to the burden of refugee and asylum seekers.
“I think in Canada we’re lucky that, broadly speaking, we have support (but) it’s not consensus, there are people who oppose immigration,” Hussen said.

Canada recruits economic migrants through its Express Entry system. This system matches candidates from a pool of applicants with potential employers. A list of skills and professions, deemed in local short supply, is updated regularly to ensure that only migrants with scarce skills are recruited.
The Express Entry system is the best way to obtain Canadian residency, through a Canadian Work Visa, which could then lead to Canadian citizenship.

Canada has strict assessment criteria before a migrant will be invited to apply for a visa. Factors that are considered are the applicants;

• Age
• Education
• work experience
• whether he/she has a valid job offer
• English and/or French language skills
• adaptability (how well you’re likely to settle here)

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These factors are part of a 100-point grid used to assess federal skilled workers. You earn points for how well you do in each of the six factors. Your total points will show if you qualify for the Express Entry pool. The current pass mark is 67 points.

Your immigration consultant will discuss all additional criteria and information you might need with you.

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