Canada has long been recognized as a culturally open country. This has made it one of the most popular immigrant destinations in the world and has led to vibrant economic state in Canada that has benefited from the skills and cultural diversity of its residents.
Recent changes in Canada’s permanent resident system have made it difficult to understand how applicants will be processed in 2015. This can have an effect on the number of permanent residencies granted to new immigrants.
Permanent Residence in Canada
Obtaining permanent resident status in Canada can be difficult for new residents. The process is constantly updated to accommodate new policies and regulations, which is why so many people turn to immigration lawyers for help.
There are a number of different categories under which a person can receive permanent residence.
- Business Class
- Skilled Worker Class
- Provincial Nomination
- Family Class
Why Immigrants Choose Canada
Canada’s policies on regulating immigration are a result of economic and humanitarian objectives. The country’s educational system is sought-after by people around the world, and its health care provides a high standard of living.
Its programs, which include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Business Immigration Program, and Provincial Nominee Program, have helped encourage even more economic growth through immigration.
Immigration in 2015
The permanent residence system in Canada is now described as “express entry.” Rather than being driven by application, the new system is managed by the government.
It requires that those seeking to obtain permanent residence must file a profile to establish their interest in receiving the PR status. Citizenship and Immigration Canada then ranks those applicants and considers their current employment.
Those ranked accordingly could then be invited to submit an application for permanent residence. Each individual is given sixty days to file.
This has led to some uncertainty among workers and their employers related to their chances of obtaining residence. Ranking at the top in the Express Entry system requires a job offer approved by an LMIA, which is difficult for most people to obtain, even if they are living and working in Canada. However, the sheer number of new immigrants the government intends to process in 2015 means that most of these applicants are unlikely to have LMIA supported work permits. Here’s the numbers of skilled immigrants Canada intends to process in 2015:
Federal Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades: 47,000 – 51,000
Canadian Experience Class: 21,000 – 23,000
Provincial Nominee: 46,000 – 48,000
It can therefore be seen that while the draws from the Express Entry system so far have almost all required an LMIA to be invited, in order to meet their targets the government will eventually have to begin inviting those without LMIA’s, since it is highly unlikely there will be so many applicants with LMIA’s.
The number of Canadian immigrants being processed will stay strong due to the country’s standard of living and opportunities it provides new residents. Skilled immigrants are needed in Canada’s economy and it is expected that this program will remain at high levels of yearly intake for the foreseeable future.