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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 Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that Canada will maintain its immigration level in 2009, welcoming between 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents. The 2009 plan includes up to 156,600 immigrants in the economic category; 71,000 in the family category; and 37,400 in the humanitarian category.

Quebec Skilled Worker / Professional applicants intending to reside in Montreal or another city in the Province of Quebec are selected based upon a different set of criteria than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada. If you want to imigrate to Quebec as a skilled worker, you must first follow a separate selection process before your application is finalised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Ministry recently introduced a new rule that would better protect the value of Canadian citizenship by strengthening the process of applying for citizenship and cracking down on crooked citizenship consultants. The full package of amendments named as Bill C-37: Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act proposes to add legal authority to regulate citizenship consultants and to crack down

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.

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..


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.


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