Temporary foreign workers may get permanent residency more easily, says Canadian Minister

Temporary overseas workers to obtain permanent residence and citizenship

John McCallum, Canadian Immigration Minister, said on 11 September that the North American country may make it hassle-free for temporary overseas workers to obtain permanent residence and citizenship subsequently.

McCallum said this while speaking on ‘Question Period,’ a talk show on Canadian politics, on CTV television. McCallum, however, did not divulge details, stating that he was awaiting a parliamentary report on the subject that would be tabled later this month.

Reuters quotes Liberal government of Canada has having said that it was giving the programme a makeover, to welcome migrant workers mostly in low-skilled jobs.

There are already ways for workers to get permanent residency, but they have come under flak for being too tough. McCallum said that their government was definitely looking at providing foreign workers a road to permanent residence in response to a question if Canada was easing the rules.

He was of the view that most of those who come should have a path to permanent residence instead of the norm now. Their status would be temporary only for a brief period, after which they will gain permanent residence and become wholesome Canadians, said McCallum.

Earlier in June, Canada had eased measures to restrict the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers that businesses could recruit after complaints were received that regulations would only increase workforce shortages substantially. Prominent among them were farmers and meat processors.

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