Canada Accepting High-Skilled Immigrants – Apply Now

Information on record shows that there will still be more people to work in Canada despite the reduction in high-skilled immigrants.

The Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said that “we want to make sure that people who are here making a contribution now have an easier time staying here so they can keep making that contribution.”

He insisted that Canada will still have more people to fill up jobs even with the reduction of high-skilled immigrants over the next two years.

In February, the minister introduced in parliament the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 which was his first levels plan as immigration minister and has an immigration target of 432,000 immigrants in 2022, 431,000 in 2023 and then 451,000 in 2024.

Even with the immigration plan, number of immigrants in the high-skilled workers category will be almost half of what the government has previously planned. The government has an immigration target of 55,900 people in that class while in October 2020 it forecast that it would bring in 110,500 people in that class.

The minister said that the government is still targeting to accept more economic immigrants than ever before and that it was just adopting a different approach as a result of the pandemic.

The reduction in skilled workers comes at the expense of a new program developed during the pandemic which is called the temporary resident to permanent resident program (TR2PR) and the program was for people that were already in Canada on either work or study visa and to give them permanent residency in Canada.

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Sean Fraser also said that the program was a smart one for the pandemic and it made sense to continue but then wind it down.

The government plans to process 40,000 people through that particular category this year and by next year about 32,000 people before the program will phase out in 2024.

This change will mean that there will be further delays in accepting people from outside Canada who want to come to Canada.

Fraser said that it could start accepting people from outside Canada later this spring.

He said that “there has been real frustration for people who were in the Federal Skilled Worker Program seeking to come to Canada through those existing streams. We will be resuming the Federal Skilled Worker draws in the near term.”

Even with the delays, he said that Canada doesn’t not need to worry about slipping as a destination of choice for immigrants.

In his words, “for a quite number of years, we have been winning the race for global talent. The only question is, to what degree can we win it by a wider margin? Canada is a destination of choice and I expect we will remain a destination of choice for people looking to migrate around the world.”

He further talked about the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and also about the refugees as he said that the government has not specified how many refugees it will take from Ukraine but it is prioritizing the applications from the country and also making it very possible for Ukrainians to travel to Canada on long-term visas to allow them work and study.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that an additional $117 million has been given to fund the process applications from Ukraine.

The system is really challenged right now and it is very difficult even for the best applicants to get through the system.

The director of workplace strategies with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Leah Nord said that they fully support the government’s efforts to increase immigration levels.

She said that their members are highly supportive of immigration and that immigrants diversify communities, workforce and also fill up labour shortages. She also said that they do wonder about the plans to reduce economic class immigrants in favour of people already in Canada.

She said “we need everybody and it should be both and not either or.” We need workers. We have labour shortages here. People say it’s unprecedented. I use unfathomable. It is across sectors, it is across communities and it is across skills.”

An Ottawa immigration lawyer and member of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, Betsy Kane, said “the system is uniquely challenged right now and it is very difficult. Even for the best applicants to get through the system. The government is trying but for applicants, it is very, very frustrating.

He said that Canada still had an advantage as a top destination with peace, security strong public services and good economy but the delay is really a barrier to a lot of immigrants.

He said that “we are not a rapid pathway. We are a good pathway. The systems in place, the programs in place are very good but you have to be patient and you have to go through a lot of prerequisite hoops to position yourself for success.”

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He buttressed that as new demands crop up, like the current demand from people fleeing the war in Ukraine that the government should keep on adding resources to ensure the system returned to the normal wait time for application processing.

“We just hope that the system stabilizes and the money that is going to be injected into the system over the next two years allows the government to move forward with a more robust immigration levels.”