The Canada immigration regime and targets for 2017 reveals that the nation plans to accept 300,000 skilled overseas workers through Express entry draws. Canada uses a system based on points to evaluate the eligible immigrants who can become a part of the workforce. A vast majority of the economic immigrants to Canada will be arriving at the nation through the point based Express entry system.
US administration led by Trump is planning to enact a bill to reduce the number of immigrants who arrive legally to the nation. It is seeking to give priority to highly skilled overseas workers through a system based on merit on the lines of Australia and Canada.
Canada immigration regime ranks the immigrant applicants based on their education, language skills, age and professional credentials through the Express entry draws. Applicants can obtain a maximum of 600 points for each category, as quoted by the Reuters.
For instance, immigrant applicants obtain 100 points if they are aged between 29 to 20 years and those above 45 years get zero points in the age category.
Prospective overseas applicants can also earn extra points through the Canada Immigration regime if they have a sibling having Canada PR or Citizenship. Canada has a population of 35 million and the target of Canada immigration regime for 2017 accounts for 0.9% of its population. According to the last census held in 2011, 20.6% of Canada’s population was overseas immigrants who moved to the nation. Latest statistics for 2016 will be announced later in 2017.
Below is the break-up of immigration targets of Canada for 2017 based on category and target % of population: (As per Migration Policy Institute)
· Economic – 172, 500, 0.5%
· Family – 84, 000, 0.2%
· Refugees, protected individuals – 40, 000, 0.1%
· Humanitarian and others – 3, 500, 0.01%
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