Indian migrants hit by tightening Canadian immigration laws

Published:  22 Jan at 6 PM
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Whilst job-seeing migrants from the West are praising Canada’s new Federal Skilled Worker programme, their Indian equivalents fear they will lose their chance to migrate.

Indian migrants make up 33 per cent of all new entrants to Canada, but the imminent introduction of the new scheme has led to the closing of other skilled migrant programmes to new applications. Worse still, the many thousands of applicants on the waiting list for processing have now been informed the list has been deleted and that they must reapply.

According to Canadian PM Jason Kenney, it’s preferable for skilled immigrants to have jobs lined up under the new programme before they arrive. However, he was not able to estimate the quotas for permanent residency for the coming years, saying instead that skilled migrants will still have the edge.

Delhi lawyer Rakesh Garg applied along with his family in 2005, paying a considerable amount of money in fees for the application and its processing and putting his career plans on permanent hold. His application was in the waiting list and has now been cancelled and its status deleted from Canada’s immigration website.

Last March, Garg and others affected formed the Backloggers Pre-2008 Association, which now has over 1500 Indian members. According to its estimates, around 65,000 skilled migration category applications from the Punjab are still pending, and fears are rising that, under the new rules, many applicants will have their Indian qualifications and experience rejected.
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Alan wrote 5 years ago:

Canada, please please dont end up like the UK

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