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Canada revises Immigration Policy

On the 26th of June 2010, Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced revisions and updates on the Immigration system of Canada. The new changes apply to the list of occupations under which one can be eligible for Immigration. The appalling fact is - the new list of occupations is even shorter to the previous one. Earlier, experts and analysts provided optimistic views that the Skilled Occupation list would broaden and include many more occupations however; the reality is far from it.

"Canada is adjusting its 2010 immigration plan to put even greater emphasis on economic recovery and further reduce the federal skilled worker backlog, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney told a news conference today. He went on to add “Canada will continue to welcome historically high numbers of immigrants, but we need to manage the number of new applications or risk creating new backlogs and longer processing times. We have more than enough applications on hand now to fill many of our needs, and we want to be fair to those people who have been waiting the longest."

Clearly, the Immigration authorities have chalked out their plans. Gone are the years where the Immigration authorities approached Immigration on a Long term perspective by placing a large occupation list and processing all applications over a period of 3 – 4 years. Today they are going by the short term perspective by selectively placing a very limited number of occupations based on the Economy’s real time demand of these professions. Once the demand is fulfilled, they will replace with another short list by virtue of their survey in another 1 year time i.e. by July 2011.

"Undoubtedly, Immigration to Canada is no longer the simple the way it used to be. The assessment of applications by the government is more detailed these days and combined with the fact that they are going to accept very limited number of applications under each occupation on the list – the prospective immigrant will no longer have the luxury of time to decide about their immigration plans if they qualified due to the lack of vacancy” says S K Gala, the Regional General manager of Ferreira & Koach. “If you qualify today for Immigration to Canada, it will be of dire importance that you apply soonest as you will lose the opportunity if you are late".

Ferreira & Koach have been in this consultancy sector for the past 22 years. Their in depth experience with the Canadian government is indeed an advantage as they continue to offer advise to prospective immigrants.

Ferreira & Koach have a regional office in Adliya and provide services such as assessment, processing of application for college, university education, work permit and immigration applications. They conduct seminars on a weekly basis to provide vital information on various subjects concerning immigration.

Prospective immigrants can attend these seminars free of cost by prior appointment.

Candidates can send enquiries and resumes to koach@batelco.com.bh or fax 17 716471. Qualified entries will receive an invitation to attend the seminar.