Key Changes to three Canada Immigration Programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Investor and Entrepreneur Programs

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced important changes to three of its immigration programs that will come into effect July 1st, 2011. The changes affect the Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Immigrant Investor Program and the Federal Immigrant Entrepreneur Program.

Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program Effective July 1st

Only 500 applications will be accepted for each of the 29 occupations on the list of 29 eligible occupations  here for a total of 10,000 applications being considered in total, unless the applicant has a valid job offer from a Canadian employer – at which point they are not affected by the caps.

The 29 occupations will also remain the same this year.

Changes to the Federal Immigrant Investor Program Effective July 1st

As of July 1st there will be a cap of 700 applications processed for the Federal Immigrant Investor program. The cap for this program is expected to be reached within days.

These deadlines have made it extremely important for you to get your application filled out properly the first time !

Changes to the Federal Immigrant Entrepreneur Program Effective July 1st

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is not accepting any more applications for this program as of July 1st and has not stated when they will open up again. This is a BIG deal! No more Entrepreneur cases will be accepted come July. This program has been “dead” for sometime. Applications we have found were taking around 5 years to process. Other categories will have to be explored for those applicants wishing to apply as Entrepreneurs.

These changes are hot off the presses. Stay tuned for more information as we learn about the details. We will keep you posted!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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