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June 30, 2010

Kenney: The Real Changes to the 2010 Immigration Plan

Immigration  Minister Jason Kenney clarifies that the adjustments to the 2010 immigration plan is to put emphasis on economic recovery and reducing the federal skilled worker backlog, and not to reduce immigration numbers. Instead, they are a way to bring more transparency to the process, while also speeding it up.

It is now necessary for applicants to include the results of their language tests in their application. However, the Minister comments that this does not change the language requirement but rather speeds up the process. Visa officers can accurately assess their ability and simply assign points instead of spending time to review written submissions, which could also be someone else’s sample. He also believes this is a step that would help immigrants succeed as many regulatory bodies and industry sectors require language assessment before hiring.

Effective immediately, applicants must either have a job offer, or they must have experience in one of 29 in-demand occupations. The government will also limit the number of applications considered to 20,000 per year in order to better manage the supply with the labour market demand. This limit does not apply to applicants with a job offer. According to the minister, these individuals will be given priority at all times.

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