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In a report released on labour shortages faced by small and medium sized firms across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called for changes to the immigration system to better meet their needs..

Canada has adjusted its 2010 immigration plan by increasing the 2010 quota for economic immigrants. These changes are a response to the Canadian and Global economic recovery and will assist in further reducing the federal skilled worker backlog. As Canada recovers from the recession, increasing economic immigration is beneficial to the country and ensures employers have the workers they need to supplement the Canadian domestic labor supply. Canada expects the need for more economic immigrants will also grow further in the years ahead.

The Canadian Immigrant Investor Program (comes under the Business Immigration Program) seeks to attract experienced business people to invest $800,000 into Canada's economy. Your investment is managed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and is guaranteed by the Canadian provinces that use it to create jobs and help their economies grow.

A growing number of Indians are coming to Canada as immigrants, visitors and students. In 2009, India was the top source country of immigration to Canada. More than 32,000 permanent resident visas were issued to Indian nationals, an increase of 13% from the year before, and 53% more than the three-year average from 1997 to 1999. Canada is currently home to over 1 million Canadians who can trace their ancestry to India.

The Investors category is one of the categories through which you can obtain a Permanent Residence status in Canada (Canadian Immigration). There are three different kinds of Investors categories including Federal Investors Class, Quebec Immigrant Investor Program and The Provincial Nominee Investors Class. Here are the general requirements that a foreign national must meet in accordance with Canadian Immigration Regulations, in these 3 investor class immigration categories.

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Temporary residents in Canada can now apply online for work permits. Temporary residents seeking work permits or an extension of their visit in Canada can now apply online. Apart from applying online, applicants can also pay their application fees, check their application status and change their address online. The new online applications will result in faster processing because online applications can only be submitted if they are complete.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Minister Diane Finley and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced an investment of $50 million over the next two years to help newcomers have their internationally-obtained education and work experience assessed and recognized more quickly..

The new Citizenship law has retroactively restored Canadian citizenship to many who had lost it due to obscure and outdated provisions in past legislation. Secondly, it has henceforth limited citizenship by descent to first generation Canadians. Canadian Citizenship is now restored to anyone born in Canada or who became a Canadian citizen on or after January 1, 1947 and then lost their citizenship.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada's 2009 Annual Report, Canada is actually maintaining its immigration levels to meet the country's medium- to long-term economic needs. While other countries have cut back immigration levels as a short-term response to the global economic downturn, Canada is actually maintaining its immigration levels.

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