Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has recently announced changes to Canadian immigration program for economic migrants. The changes will be effective from July 1, 2011. The changes will only affect the Federal government programs and have no effect on immigration programs administered by Quebec government.
Another significant development is the changing of the designate regulator for Canadian immigration consultants. Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has been appointed as designate regulator of immigration consultants who charge fee for their services with effect from June 30, 2011. Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is no longer the designate regulator. There is a transition period of 120 days for consultants to register with ICCRC.
Following are the main changes in the economic immigration programs of Canada:
Temporary moratorium on the Federal immigration program for Entrepreneurs has been put in place. No new applications will be accepted under this category.
The maximum number of applications for Canada Immigrant Investor Program will be 700 per year. Furthermore, the complete applications will be sent to Centralized Intake Office (CIO), Sydney Nova Scotia. This change will not effect the applications received at visa offices before July 1, 2011.
There has been no change in the list of professions eligible for Canadian immigration under Federal Skilled Worker Class. However, the total number of applications per year has been reduced to 10,000 from 20,000. Also the maximum cap of applicaitons is set at 500 for any of the eligible professions.
The applicants who have arranged employment opinion (AEO) approved by HRSDC will not fall under these restrictions.
The Canadian will continue to accept over 250,000 immigrants during the year 2011.