Canada is discovering that of late overseas immigrants are more and more acquiring permanent residency in Canada. The latest figures from the Statistics Canada reveal that the number of overseas immigrants who acquired the permanent residency in Canada between the period 1990s to 2000s almost doubled. The latest trends indicate that almost one out of every five overseas immigrants who arrive in Canada through work visas acquire the permanent residency within five years.
If you take into account the hike in true numbers of provisional workers the scenario of a two-phase process for Canada immigration appears. The report also highlights that there was an increase in the proportion of overseas workers who gained the permanent residency in Canada in the 2000s. The dynamic demographics of the overseas immigrants who arrived in Canada as provisional workers were also highlighted by the report.
The data for the period 1999-1995 reveals that the Global Mobility Initiative accounted for nearly 71% of the total numbers when compared to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that accounted for 29%. The figures for next ten years from 2010 to 2000 reveal that the percentages have modified to 59% and 41% respectively, as quoted by the Immigration CA.
The report also indicates a change in levels for skills as 67% of temporary workers were classified as high-skilled in the concluding years of the 1990s while compared to the 40% in the concluding years of 2000s. This percentage probably further decreased owing to the modifications of the preceding government led by the Conservative Party.
The report reveals that in the period 1999-1995, mere 9% of the overseas workers who arrived on the work visas secured the permanent residency while almost 21% secured it in the period 2009 to 2005. The data was focused on those immigrants who secured the permanent residency within five years of the first work authorization.
The maximum number of conversion percentages was in the Program for Live-in Caregiver and Canada’s Spouse of Common law partner category. The immigrant workers in the Reciprocal Employment category and Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme found it most difficult to transition to the permanent residency in Canada. The transition data has also been influenced by the native nation source and motivation to acquire the permanent residency.
Though the highly skilled overseas professionals had more chances of availing the permanent residency, their percentage was slightly more than the overseas professionals with lower skills who secured the permanent residency in Canada.
The report also revealed that the overseas workers from less developed nations had higher rates of conversion to permanent residency while compared to those from the developed nations.
The report also revealed the manner in which the conversion was achieved and the maximum conversion occurred for provisional workers in Canada who possessed a valid visa for Canada.
The immigration programs under the economic category were the favored modes for the transition to permanent residency in Canada. The pattern however differed based on the provisional immigration category through which overseas workers were residing in Canada. For instance, the overseas workers through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program were more probable to secure the permanent residency via the Family class sponsorship after they had departed from Canada.
The report also indicated that the overseas workers through the Low skill category favored the nomination programs of the provinces for the conversion, while highly skilled overseas workers favored the economic category. The statistics Canada concluded its observations by saying that the data only gives a broad view of the scenario for conversion to permanent residency in Canada.
It was also suggested by the report that more studies should be held to analyze the patterns of conversion to permanent residency amongst diverse categories of provisional overseas workers and other categories of provisional residents such as the overseas students.
The policies of the existing federal government in Canada are aimed at attracting more and more overseas students who would be inclined to secure the permanent residency in Canada after the completion of their studies.
The awarding of more points in the express entry scheme to the overseas students who study in Canada is targeted at retaining young overseas highly skilled immigrants who are familiar with the culture of Canada and facilitate them to assimilate into the society of Canada.