Canadian Immigration Wait Times Drop Significantly; Provinces Meet To Discuss Immigration Next Steps

The Canadian immigration system has been known for having quite a large backlog in recent years, with applications taking years longer to process than they should have. However, with the Canadian government having gotten rid of most of the backlog, there have been many improvements.

According to an article in the Montreal Gazette, this means that Canada would be very close to having a first-come, first-serviced immigration system if it were not for the Provincial Nominee Programs.

To reduce the immigration backlog, the government paused the taking in of new applications for the skilled worker program and parent and grandparent sponsorship.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney met with the provinces during the annual federal-provincial immigration meeting, which determined that the provinces will be able to create a pool of skilled workers at least by the end of 2014, from which employers can choose from to suit their own labour needs. This system would be called the EOI system, or Expression of Interest System.

The EOI system has not been completely explained as of yet, but it is similar to a system used in Australia and New Zealand. For more, read the article here.


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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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