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July 07, 2010 02:30 ET

Immigration Caps Come to Canada

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - As the global economy struggles to return to growth, the United Kingdom is not the only country seeking to limit immigration. The number of applications for Canadian immigration that will be considered has been capped at 20,000 for those applying under the points-based Federal Skilled Worker Program for the year to June 30th 2011. Announcing the change, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said, "Canada is adjusting its 2010 immigration plan to put even greater emphasis on economic recovery and further reduce the federal skilled worker backlog."

Canada Immigration authorities have also made changes to the list of favoured skills. Financial managers, university professors, mining engineers and occupational therapists have been taken off the occupation list, but architects, dentists, pharmacists and social workers have been added. Applications for Canadian immigration under the scheme will be limited to 1,000 per occupation. 

Canada immigration authorities have also tightened up on the language requirements. New applicants are now required to include the results of an English or French language test as part of their application. Previously, people applying for immigration to Canada could prove their language ability with a written submission. Some applicants used another person's writing sample, making it difficult to make an assessment of the applicant's true language ability. Jason Kenney feels that these measures will cause an improvement to the application experience for would-be immigrants, since skilled applicants will know from their test result how many points they will be awarded for language ability before they apply. 

Time will tell if the Canadian Immigration cap will be a good thing for the Canadian economy in the long term. Liam Clifford of world-leading Immigration Company Global Visas does not think so and says, "The policy of capping skilled migrants is wrong and the fact is if there is no vacancy or job skilled migrants will not come. On an international scale economies and countries must allow talent to move freely and compete for that talent in an open market. Locking your door is not the answer."

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