Canadian Immigration Minister to determine how to better recognize foreign credentials

According to the Montreal Gazette, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney plans on hiring a company to take a look at immigrants’ credentials to better assess how they can work in their field when arriving in Canada.

The third-party company will work overseas and check credentials before the immigrants even arrive in Canada.

“The overall goal here is to better select and better support potential immigrants before they come to Canada so they can hit the ground running once they arrive by integrating quickly into our labour market,” said Kenney.

According to Kenney, immigration officers do not have the time or expertise to properly determine how an applicant’s credentials stack up against Canadian requirements for jobs such as engineering or being a doctor. But what this also means is that foreign skilled workers’ degrees may have less of an impact on their points earned in the Federal Skilled Worker Point Program now that visa officers won’t be in charge of determining the effect of the applicant’s credentials on their immigration application.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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