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Trudeau’s Canadian Immigration plan

Trudeau’s Canadian Immigration plan

The immigration plan for 2017 was announced by Canadian Minister of immigration, John McCallum. Under the new tenet , oriented at refuegees and skilled workers, this plan has disclosed benefits for Indians, aspiring to migrate to Canada. According to the 2017 plan the number of immigrations will stay the same, but the source countries from where these prospective migrants are expected has changed.

Canada will be inviting 300,000 migrants, the same as the previous year to ease the economic pressure in the country, created due to an aging population and which has caused a skill gap in the nation. The categories of admission have been slightly modified and give a reason to cheer for Indian citizens who are planning to relocate since there will be a drop in the intake of refugees this year and the quota for economic and family reunification streams,  the standard routes for Indians, has been boosted.

During the current year, the quota for economy class was at 160,000 which will be updated in 2017 to 172,500, and is good news for hopeful Indian candidates as they utilise this category the most. The other category, family reunification intake has also been raised from 4,000 to 84,000.

Ravi Jain, a leading immigration lawyer of Torronto-based Green and Spiegel LLp stated that the changes made in the new immigration plan will be beneficial for Indian students and he said, “With the higher number of economic class immigrants coming in every year going forward, there will be room for the government to award higher points for Indian international students so that they can  more smoothly transition to permanent residence.” He also made a statement to the Hindustan Times that, “this new target will benefit Indians as there will be more room to bring in Indian immigrants through both the family class and the economic stream." He further added that, "I have already seen a decrease in processing time for my Indian clients who are sponsoring spouses and I expect that parental sponsorships will be processed faster as well”.

Remarkably, the announcement regarding the new immigration plan was made just before the Mccallum’s one week trip to India, during which he will be travelling to Amritsar, Chandigarh and New Delhi.

It was discovered from the data released in 2015 that India was amongst the top two nations for the sources of permanent occupants. 39,530 residents were admitted in 2015 which was a slight rise in the figure of 2014, Indians only lag behind permanent residents from the Philppines.

McCallum mentioned a statement that, “the 2017 levels plan will put Canada in a strong position for the future and support our overall economic and social development as a country”.  There were demands during the process of consultation to raise the immigration limit to 450,000 per annum,but McCallum settled the figure in 300,000 as same as of 2016, primarily because of a heavy intake of Syrian refugees.

While announcing the immigration plan 2017, John McCallum stated that, “In 2017, economic immigration programs will see an overall increase of 7% over 2016. Immigrants with skills and experience are able to quickly contribute to the Canadian economy and society, improving life for the middle class as they help create jobs, spur innovation and strengthen communities”.

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