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Canada to admit more Federal Skilled Workers in 2012

Canada recognizes the importance skilled worker immigrants to their economy and is planning to admit more federal skilled workers in 2012. In 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to welcome 55,000 - 57,000 federal skilled workers, up from 47,000–47,400 in the 2011 Immigration Levels Plan. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is currently the main avenue for permanent immigration to Canada.

Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada. Canadian Immigration Minister, Kenney recently announced that "CIC will continue to ramp up efforts to modernize our immigration system to make it more nimble and responsive to labour market needs. Following nationwide consultations this past spring on proposals to improve the Federal Skilled Worker Program, we are actively exploring policy options on the way forward.

CIC completed an extensive evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker Program in 2010, showing that the program is working well and selecting immigrants who perform well economically. The report found that 89 percent of Federal Skilled Workers were employed or self-employed three years after landing. Moreover, 95 percent of the employers surveyed indicated that Federal Skilled Workers were meeting or exceeding their expectations. The evaluation indicated a strong continuing need for skilled immigrants in Canada.

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