November 2, 2012
Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2013
In order to continue meeting Canada’s labour market needs, reunite families and maintain Canada’s strong commitment to refugee protection, Canada plans to maintain the admission range between 240,000 and 265,000.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada plans to admit between 53,500 to 55,300 persons in the Federal Skilled Workers category in 2013. By the end of 2013 they are looking to implement a “just in time” system which will allow them to process new applications as they are received, and process them in less than a year, instead of up to eight years under the old FSW program.
Also in 2013, Minister Jason Kenney hopes to increase the number of people admitted under the Canadian Experience Class which aims to recruit and retain international student who have studied and graduated in Canada, as well as temporary foreign workers who speak one of Canada’s Official languages and already have Canadian work experience. Kenney hopes to admit up to 10,000 permanent residents next year in the Canadian Experience Class, up from 7,000 in 2012 and 2,500 in 2009.
Kenney said that he is also increasing the number of family reunifications, especially for immigrants’ parents from 17,000 a year to 25,000 a year but added that Canada cannot admit what he calls “unlimited numbers of seniors”
There are also plans to redesign the Federal Business Immigration Program and target more active entrepreneurs that will help transform Canada’s economy.
Minister Jason Kenney assures us that he we are moving towards a fast, flexible, just-in time Immigration System that will help us achieve our economic immigration objectives, family reunification goals and humanitarian obligations.
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