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This is Canada’s Immigration System

More and more migrants seem to obtain their Canadian Permanent Residency. In fact the percentage of temporary foreign workers obtaining permanent residency has increased to 21 per cent from 9 per cent since the 90’s. This is based on information published in a new study by Statistics Canada that examined their immigration system, suggesting it has become increasingly geared toward temporary migrants.

This Is Canada’S Immigration System

Only nine per cent of temporary foreign workers who came in the mid-1990s successfully obtained permanent resident status, while some 21 per cent of them did by the end of 2014, according to the new Statistics Canada report.


It was the first study ever that examined Canada’s national policies around attracting and retaining temporary foreign workers as immigrants.

Canada’s immigration system focusses on the employability of newcomers while growing their nation at the same time.

The report, published earlier this week, indicates that the number of temporary residents entitled to work in Canada, including migrant workers and those under the international mobility program such as intra-company transfers, has tripled since early 2010s to more than 500,000, surpassing the 260,000 permanent residents settling here per year.

Your chances at success are better with Canadian qualifications and experience. Ottawa has rolled out a number of immigration programs such as the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that favour immigration candidates with Canadian education credentials and work experience, turning foreign workers into a pool of prospective immigrants.

“It was a smart move by Canada. It has definitely helped eliminate immigrants’ integration costs for taxpayers because they are already here studying or working,” said immigration policy analyst and lawyer Richard Kurland.

“I expect the new Express Entry system that favours applicants with Canadian credentials and work experience will further amplify the outcomes of this study.”

The report found that temporary foreign workers from less developed countries were also more inclined to seek permanent residence in Canada, given expected increases in their standard of living.

Skilled migrants are more successful at obtaining permanent residency. About 38 per cent of higher-skilled workers got their status through the Provincial Nominee Program and half through the Federal Skilled Workers Program.

Canada’s immigration plan for 2017 will focus on family reunification and skilled migrants. The plan’s highlights include:


• Reaching a new target for newcomers through Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class increases by 23 percent.
• The government plans to allow 51,000 new immigrants to enter the country through the Provincial Nominee Programs.
• Quebec aims to welcome more than 29,000 through economic programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
• Economic immigration to make up a larger share of overall immigration than in 2016.
• More spouses, partners, children, parents and grandparents to arrive through Family Class sponsorship programs.


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