A new comprehensive immigration study found that most Canadians support sensible immigration policies and understand the need to import skills.
A public opinion poll, of 1 522 people conducted in late January, found Canadian attitudes towards immigration are mostly positive or neutral – as long as the country’s migration policy stays sensible.
With ‘sensible’ referring to skilled, experienced and talented migrants needed to fill crucial positions. Canadians believe migrants should be educated, able to speak basic English or French and have a job offer before being accepted for immigration, and act more ‘Canadian’.
About 70% of Canadians surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that “people who come to Canada should change their behaviour to be more like Canadians”, meaning cultural differences from for example Africa or Asia should be replaced by a more Westernized ways of doing things.
Ultimately what Canadians want from migrants make perfect sense for their community and office environments. They require the newcomer to bring skills and integrate into their community. This makes perfect sense for the migrant too – if he wants make the most of his immigration journey.
When it comes to refugees, Canadians prefer private over government sponsorship (perfectly reasonable, given that private refugees fare much better) and most Canadians believe we should only admit bona fide refugees fleeing real persecution.
Essentially Canadians are welcoming of migrants who conform to the country’s migration policies and are however understandably sceptical of mass migration.
This is the minimum requirements and may not garuantee that your visa application will be successful but if you don’t meet the criteria you ca be sure your application will be rejected.
• Skilled work experience for the position you will be employed in
• Have at least a year’s experience in the same or similar position. In other words your experience must be relevant
• Candidate must meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• If you don’t hold a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, you will have to show proof of your completed foreign credential, and supply an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC
• Your age will play a role. Applicants in their 20’s and 30’s are awarded more points than those who are older
• You will be awarded additional point if you already have a Canadian job offer
• You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada, unless you go to Canada with a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
• Your record should be squeaky clean. Conviction for crimes of any sort will be held against your application.