Government May Halt Skilled Worker And Immigrant Investor Programs

Government expected to announce possible pause on Skilled Worker applications today

The Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Immigrant Investor Program were scheduled to start taking new applications on July 1st of this year even though both programs are in the middle of being revamped.

Today, the government is expected to announce changes to the program to the tune of freezing applications, but nothing is confirmed.

In April, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that he would be putting forth legislation that would allow him the ability to change or cancel programs like the Skilled Worker and Immigrant Investor Programs.

The government of Canada has been working on solutions to the massive immigration application backlog, one option of which included legislating away (effectively deleting) all of the waiting applications. This legislating away of the immigration applications is contained in the new budget bill, which will take effect within days.

As per the bill, the 280,000 Federal Skilled Worker visa applications that were submitted before February of 2009 would be cancelled and about $130 million in application fees refunded. This would leave a backlog of about 110,000 applications.

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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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