Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister commended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nova Scotia for a thorough investigation into alleged residence fraud. To those who would lie or misrepresent themselves to the Government consider this as a warning that we will continue to apply the full strength of Canadian law and crack down on citizenship fraud. The Government of Canada offers a tip line through the CIC Call Centre where tips on suspected citizenship fraud cases may be reported. Cases like false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances in the citizenship process can be resolved under this law.
Minister for Multiculturalism and Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration announced federal support for a national memorial to the tens of millions of innocent victims of Communist regimes around the world. This memorial will teach future generations how millions lost their lives and suffered in inhumane conditions at the hands of Communist regimes. It shows that we must never take for granted our core values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Canada has a proud history of serving as a place of refuge and welcoming refugees and people including those escaping Communist oppression. Canada is today home to many different communities affected by Communism in their countries of origin, and government is pleased to help make a Canadian memorial to victims of Communism one step closer to reality. Tribute to Liberty will work closely with the National Capital Commission and Public Works and Government Services Canada on the development of the memorial, which will be called A Memorial to Victims of Communism. The memorial is expected to be completed in late 2014.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander officially welcomed one of the first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program. “Our Government remains focused on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Alexander. “The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled workers—like Eric—so we can address regional labour shortages and strengthen Canada’s economy. It gives me great pleasure to personally welcome one of Canada’s first successful immigrants through our Skilled Trades stream.”
Eric Byrne received his Ontario trades certificate of qualification in May 2012 and currently works as a plumber for University Plumbing and Heating. He first arrived in Canada through the International Experience Canada program, which provides opportunities for international youth between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in Canada.
“Canada is a great country and the people here have been exceptionally warm and welcoming,” said Eric Byrne. “I am very pleased that I qualified for the Federal Skilled Trades Program as it recognizes the value of my skill set and has allowed me to stay in Canada and integrate seamlessly into my new status as a permanent resident.”
At the same time today in Calgary, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney welcomed another successful applicant of the Federal Skilled Trades Program. New permanent resident Paul Lyttle has been working as an electrician for Calgary-based Unitech Electrical Contracting Inc. since June 2012.
“The new Federal Skilled Trades Program is a significant improvement to Canada’s immigration system which, for too long, had not been open to in-demand skilled workers,” said Minister Kenney. “Immigrants like Paul are set for success and I am pleased that this new Program will enable him, and others like him, to contribute skills to our economy on a permanent basis.”
“Relocating to Canada was the right decision for me, both personally and professionally,” said Paul Lyttle. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay here in Canada permanently and can now start making long-term plans.”
To date, successful applicants under the Federal Skilled Trades Program have originated from different countries including India, Lithuania, Latvia and Germany, in addition to Ireland.
The Government of Canada launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program in January 2013 to facilitate the immigration of skilled tradespeople who meet Canada’s current and evolving economic needs. Skilled tradespeople are assessed on relevant criteria, such as language ability, practical training and work experience rather than formal academic education. The Program was also created in response to requests from Canadian employers for skilled workers to fill labour shortages, particularly in the natural resources and construction sectors. In order to attract and retain qualified, in-demand candidates, the goal is to process applications as quickly as possible. Eric Byrne’s application was processed in only three months, while Paul Lyttle’s was finalized in four months.
“From an industry perspective, we are elated that the first ones of what we hope will be many new skilled trade professionals have been admitted to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program,” said Mr. Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. “This new Program responds directly to industry requests for a faster and more effective immigration program focused specifically on skilled trade professionals who are in short supply across Canada.”
The Federal Skilled Trades Program, along with other recent transformational changes to economic immigration programs, supports Economic Action Plan 2013 by building a fast and flexible immigration system focused on Canada’s economic and labour market needs.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be accepting applications to the new and improved Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) as of May 4, 2013.
“The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Our changes ensure not only that Canada can select the immigrants most needed by our economy, but that they are best positioned for success.”
Improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research, which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants. The FSWP has been modernized as a result of thorough research, an extensive program evaluation, stakeholder and public consultations, and a study of best practices in other countries.
The goal of the updated selection criteria is to improve economic outcomes by selecting immigrants who will be able to integrate more rapidly and successfully into Canada’s economy.
The changes will also support Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 by building a fast and flexible immigration system whose primary focus is meeting Canada’s economic and labour market needs. Among these changes is the introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment, so that foreign credentials are evaluated based on their true value in Canada, thereby ensuring that newcomers can make an informed decision before immigrating.
In order to prevent ballooning backlogs and lengthy wait times, there is a list of occupations with a set number of applications that will be accepted this year.
Previously, the application backlog for the FSWP was on track for an unacceptable 15-year wait time by 2015 with over 1.5 million applicants in the backlog.
As a result of the Action Plan for Faster Immigration and Economic Action Plan 2012, the backlog for the FSWP has been nearly eliminated, and new applications are being processed in approximately one year.
Full details and new FSWP application kits will be available on CIC’s website later today in time for the May 4 launch of the Program.
Canadian Government has started, the Entrepreneur Start-up Visa program, on 1 April 2013.Canadian Government has designed this program to attract young talented foreign entrepreneurs to Canada to set up there business.
The Start-Up Visa Program also provides a commitment of investment to foreign entrepreneurs from an Investor group or Canadian venture. Before applying for Start-Up Visa, applicant must require a letter of support from a designated investor group or venture capital fund to invest in your business idea. Applicant will get the ability to apply for a visa to become a permanent resident. Major attraction of this category is that entrepreneur’s permanent residency status is immediate.
“Canada seeks young, ambitious, innovative immigrants who will contribute to Canada’s job growth and further drive our economy,” Kenney’s press secretary, Alexis Pavlich, said at the time.
Bloomberg Business week’s small business editor interviewed Kenney about the new visa. Kenney expects the program will be expand on later stage, initially as pilot program they will offer approximately 2750 visas for entrepreneurs and their families.
There is few Eligibility Criteria for The Start-Up Visa Program mentioned below.
- Business Idea which must be supported by designated Investor Organization of Canada.
- Must meet the Language Requirements
- Must meet the Education Requirements
- Must have sufficient settlement funds