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November 30, 2008

Canada announces immigration reform

www.ap.com

"TORONTO: Canada's Conservative government said Friday that it plans to fast-track the immigration process for skilled workers in high-demand occupations, drawing criticism from the country's opposition leaders that the new rules are unfair.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said applications for immigrants in occupations such as health, skilled trades, finance, and resource extraction will be processed within six to 12 months compared with up to six years under the old system. Geochemists, speech language pathologists, university professors, plumbers and chefs would also be fast-tracked.

The minister also said that Canada will maintain its immigration levels, while countries like the United Kingdom and Australia are cutting back.

"The recent steps this government has taken to improve our immigration system will help ensure that Canada remains competitive internationally and responsive to labor market needs domestically," Kenney said...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 30, 2008 06:45 PM

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