Mohali, India (PressExposure) March 27, 2013 -- Mr Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in the present Government, has brought in major changes in the matters of family reunification and refugee system. The present government has offered many compromises in both of these cases, but never letting loose the hard lines.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in his speech in January in Davos, Switzerland, said that Canada is exploring the ways to modernize Canada's immigration system. The actual figure of Canadian immigration backlog was almost 3,00,000 applications. It could take up to 2017 to clear such massive backlog.
Actually the government's decision under Stephen Harper to explore the possibilities of new immigration clearance came following his diction that people's skills get outdated if not explored within 5 or 6 years of its most potential time, matching with the market needs. Government under Harper found that immigration system of Canada must function faster, so that it can respond to the changing needs of the country.
In recent past the department stopped (for a while) taking in new applications from the families that wanted to get reunified, yet started giving new type of 10 years of visas to enable the visitors to stay for a longer period. The new system is reckoning the system of New Zealand's step to clear the backlog by legislating it, which is almost eliminating the backlogs. According to recent figures the backlog has declined by over 39 per cent.
Fine Tuning Canadian Economy Through Canada Immigration
The present government feels that immigration would help in boosting the country's economy. Several critics have viewed that the country is following its economic factors too narrowly. They criticize the government is bringing in the aging relatives and the economy is going to be crippled. But the government is on the view that more and more people immigrating to Canada and get in to the lined up jobs, will definitely do good to economy.
According to Kenney, government is launching a pilot project, allowing the territories and local provinces to 'mine the backlog'. What he means is all are instructed to review the backlogs / applications and milk out the most eligible candidates who can serve the need of the country's prosperity. It is also being taken care of that the applicants, who are stuck under the 'federal skilled workers' category could be given priorities under the provincial nominee program.
Under this program, the provinces can select and recommend those immigrants who can fill the sectors they are best fitted. If any applicant is found eligible in this category, the federal government starts processing the application's.
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