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On The Way to Refurbish Canada Immigration – What Is Expected From The Federal Government?

With a number of recent developments, the Canada immigration system seems to come out of age. The federal government is taking some serious steps to improve the selection of quality professionals from different international regions. Some of the noteworthy drawbacks that have been depreciating the Canada immigration process include:

Innumerable licensing bodies (stakeholders) with too many procedures for immigrant evaluation.Excessive involvement of bureaucrats in assessing the skills relevant to different occupational sectors of the country.Insignificant approach in language testing of the immigrants emerging from non-English speaking of pre-assessment approach to evaluate the skills and qualifications of the immigrants before they actually migrate to the country.Insufficient contribution of employers and provinces in foreign credential recognition system. Imbalance among the categories of immigrants. Currently, family-class immigrants are overpowering the economic immigrants.

Inspiration from Australian Immigration Policy

Until the late 1990s, Canada and Australia shared similar approach to select the foreign immigrants. However, by the end of the decade, Australia made a huge change in its approach that has certainly helped its economy to benefit out of immigration. Over the decade of 2000s, the Canadian federal government has attempted to draw inspiration from its Australian counterpart and the outcomes have started appearing.

Here is a small list of what changes and improvements are being executed by the Canadian federal government to ensure a cleaner and rewarding immigration process:

Language Testing System: Some occupational areas, especially those belonging to the fields of law and medical, require the professionals to have great communication skills in the official language. It will be considered as a critical aspect in the immigration to Canada process. At the same time, the occupational fields with not that strict language ability will not have such strict rules.

Assessment in Advance: Australia already has an established pre-assessment system that evaluates the immigrants in their respective fields in advance. Such a system is in pipeline for the Canadian immigration system as well. It will save the immigrants from disappointment of not finding suitable positions on reaching the country.

Involvement of Employers: The federal plans are to involve the employers in the process of selecting immigrants. It is obvious that the employers from different fields can make relevant and better selections. Moreover, the employers will be encouraged to assess the immigration applicants so that the skilled professionals are immediately absorbed.

Balanced Immigrations: The government is also taking interest in balancing the number of economic immigrants with that of the family-class immigrants. It will help the country’s economy to attain benefits from professional immigration.

With implementation of these plans, the new Canadians will find the same employment benefits that the generation of immigrants around 3-4 decades ago used to enjoy.

Canada Analyses Immigration Sponsorship of Parents Grandparents

Ottawa is mulling over giving topmost preference to those single parents whose each and every child is in Canada. This is one choice being considered by the Canadian Immigration Minister.

Other steps in the pipeline include: 1. Increasing the income criteria for those offering sponsorships and making certain that they offer financial assistance to the senior members of the family in the ‘Country above the US’ for the entire lifetime. 2. Settling for the balance of family test wherein the parents and grandparents should have not less than 50% of their kids staying on a permanent basis in the Maple Country to qualify for sponsorship. 3. Putting a ceiling on eligibility for those sponsors who enjoy the citizenship of the nation. At the present, those having the permanent residency status of the nation are entitled to offer sponsorship to their parents and grandparents. 4. Putting a ceiling on the applications to extraordinary situations and cases by necessitating that either the parent or grandparent to be widowed or possess certain other special requirements.

Meanwhile, Jason Kenney, the minister, has reportedly said that the nation is entirely denoted to assisting families reunite. He added that the response of the Canadians will inspire Ottawa to come up with a fresh system under which applications in the future will be looked into as soon as possible, and that there would not be cases of mounting backlogs.

Since the month of November, the nation has ended entertaining sponsorship applications meant for parents and grandparents even as this has been engineered to put a check on the backlog of sponsorship which now touches the 168,500 mark. During 2012, the government intends to accept somewhere in the range of 21,800–25,000 visa applications. During 2011, it was only 14,072.

Canada also introduced the Super Visa (10-year) in the month of December, enabling parents and grandparents to undertake temporary visits to the nation. Kenney further said that the overhauled program must be perfectly in tune with financial restrictions, in view of the rather liberal public health-care program and certain other social advantages offered by the country.

Reportedly, nearly 50% of those who took part in a 2011 survey had declared that they wish that the class of parents and grandparents be brought to an end even as 1,482 participants had also said that they wished that more parents were allowed entry into Canada per annum. However, 1,272 persons had favored restrictions saying that they wished that there be a check on the numbers.

What Other Fees do I Have to Pay to Get Into Canada?

If you’re planning on immigrating to Canada, it’s important to have all the facts. Many people do not know how much it will realistically cost them to immigrate to Canada. Aside from your immigration lawyer’s fees, the government requires you to pay certain fees depending on your circumstances. Be sure to review and understand this information before starting the immigration process.

Citizeshipn and Immigration also has a helpful tool to help you calculate your application fees.

Processing Fees

Depending on what category you will be applying in, you’ll be charged different processing fees. Please note that these fees are listed in Canadian Dollars, are non-refundable and must be submitted with your immigration application.

The fees for the Skilled Worker category are as follows:

Principal applicant: $550

Spouse or common-law partner of applicant: $550

Child (22 years of age or older): $550

Child (21 years of age or younger): $150

The fees for the Business Class category are as follows:

Principal applicant: $1,050

Spouse or common-law partner of applicant: $550

Child (22 years of age or older): $550

Child (21 years of age or younger): $150

The fees for the Family Class category are as follows:

The sponsor: $75

Principal applicant: $475

Spouse or common-law partner of applicant: $550

Child (22 years of age or older): $550

Child (21 years of age or younger): $75

All applicants must pay Rights of Permanent Residence Fees. These are refundable and can be paid at any point during the immigration process. They are as follows:

Per applicant (22 years of age or older): $975

Per applicant (21 years of age or younger): $0


Those who are planning to live in Quebec will be required to apply for a Certificat de Selection du Quebec (CSQ or a Quebec Selection Certificate). The costs for this certificate are as follows:

Principal applicant: $390

Spouse or common-law partner of applicant: $150

Child of applicant (any age): $150

Other fees


If your documents are not in English or French, you must translate them. This will have to be completed by an authorized translator. This may cost into the hundreds of dollars.

Passport Photographs:

Similar to most forms of identification, the Canadian Government will require special photographs to be taken for your application. Prices for these vary according to where you live, but may cost as much as $12 for two photos. Photos must be taken for each person in your family immigrating to Canada.

Recognition of Foreign Degrees/Credential Evaluation:

You may need to have your foreign degrees or credentials recognized and evaluated in Canada to work in your field of study and experience. This will cost approximately $115 or more. World Edu- ca- tion Ser- vices is an organization that can evaluate your credentials.

Language Classes:

If you are not familiar with English or French, you will have to improve your language abilities to be considered for immigration. Language proficiency tests must be approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and will cost $250 and up. Resources: IELTS ($265) and CELPIP ($250) for Eng- lish, or the TEF for French ($250).

Medical Examination:

A medical exam is required for each applicant, as well as their spouse and children. This exam must be completed by a physician on Canada’s list of designated medical practitioners (website). You will likely end up paying around $200 for each exam including X-rays. Note that fees vary by country and region.

Traveling expenses:

Traveling from your country to a Canadian visa office for your interview will cost you a fair bit. Consider airfare and accommodation costs.

Passport application:

To get to Canada, you’ll require a passport from your home country. These costs vary per country, so be sure to look into how much your passport will cost you.

Settlement Funds:

If you are applying to work as an Independent or Skilled Worker, you’ll be required to bring funds with you to Canada to support yourself and your family.

Number of Family Members Funds Required (in Canadian dollars)

1 = $10,000.00

2 = $12,500.00

3 = $15,000.00

4 = $17,500.00

5 = $20,000.00

6 = $22,500.00

7 or more = $25,000.00

In order to calculate more than 7 family members you simply add $2,500.00CAD for each additional dependent. You will need to provide proof of your funds when you submit your application for immigration, at the time of your interview or assessment by the overseas visa officer and at time of entry into Canada .

The legal need to have the necessary financial support becomes less important if you have arranged employment in Canada.