Canada to Return 300,000 Immigration Applications

Did you apply to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker program before Feb. 27, 2008? If so, Canada has decided that your application will not be processed anymore and your money will be returned along with your application.
This was among the key decision made public in the country’s new budget.
According to government figures, about 200,000 people had applied before this date. They could still submit fresh applications, based on the new criteria issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The new plan is part of a series of measures announced by the Canadian government in recent years to cut back on the million-plus backlog and to ensure that those who come to Canada under the various skilled worker programs do indeed are needed by the labour force.
Traditionally, those who meet certain points were able to come to Canada, but over the past few years, the government has changed this process and had sought applications only from those who fall under certain job categories.
The government has also been stressing that it is favourable towards bringing in younger immigrants with Canadian work experience and language skills, as they could join the labour force faster and will continue to work for a longer period of time.
The government is also asking employers to look into the local labour pool before hiring from abroad.
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