16 January 2008

Ottawa finding new ways to boost Canada immigration

Ottawa needs to find new ways of drawing talented immigrants to the country, according to the finance minister Jim Flaherty, who wants more done to boost Canada immigration and solve labour shortages. Mr Flaherty was meeting with business leaders and academics to discuss the problem of attracting highly skilled immigrants to the area. He described the labour and population shortages as some of Canada's "most daunting economic challenges".

The Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Canada has submitted its own ideas to boost Canada immigration. CMA Canada has said that the country should offer scholarship programmes to students who want to study in Canada and then give them support by helping them with the Canadian skilled visa assessment so they can remain in the country, reports the Canadian Press.

"Enhancements to immigration policy should be made such as establishing a longer-term work permit beyond the current maximum two year limit, to encourage gifted foreign graduates to stay in Canada and help Canada's economy benefit from our investment in education," the group said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Human Resources and Social Development department is to add 21 new occupations to a trial which will see employer applications from foreign workers fast tracked.

More information is available on Visa Bureau's skilled migration pages.

Anyone applying for a Canadian visa should begin by taking Visa Bureau's online assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

Canada needs skilled workers: anyone interested in migrating to Canada should complete an online assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Canada.

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