Jason Kenny, Canadian Immigration Minister said that Canada is trying to attract huge number of economic immigrants for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Visa Immigration Program. Through this program the permanent residency applications from the temporary foreign workers and graduate students who have lived in Canada on temporary visas will be answered immediately.
The Experience Visa was introduced in Canada in the year 2008 and aimed at attracting skilled work force to Canada and also to inspire the candidates who have established a strong work ethic and who is capable of developing the economy of the country.
Eligibility of Experience Visa Class:
- Temporary overseas worker with minimum 2 years of skilled work experience in Canada
Overseas graduate from Canadian post-secondary institution with at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada.
- Candidates should be proficient in English or French
- Should apply for the visa during the work period or within one year of leaving their job in Canada.
Kenny recalled his memories and said, "We'd tell them to leave the country because their temporary foreign work permit or student visa had expired" after they'd completed two years of contract work here or obtained a degree at a Canadian university."
He expects the number of candidates for Canada's Experience Visa to rise to 7,000 in 2012.
He also said, “We're maintaining the highest per capita levels of total immigration in the developed world, with, I think, the sole exception of New Zealand." And "The CEC and the PhD initiative represent what we hope is the future of immigration to Canada: bright young people who have a Canadian education or work experience that will be recognized by Canadian employers, and who have strong English or French language skills." "Such newcomers are set for success.", up from 2,545 in 2009.
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