Canada plans to return 3 lakh FSW applications, fees
Canadian government has announced a plan to return all applications and government fees submitted prior to February 27, 2008, in Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category.punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2012 11:14 IST
Canadian government has announced a plan to return all applications and government fees submitted prior to February 27, 2008, in Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category.
This decision was reached by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) so as to "transition to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system".
This step will ensure return of almost 3 lakh applications and approximately $130 million in government processing fees. Approximately 1.6 lakh FSW applications, submitted after February 28, 2008, will remain in queue for processing. This was revealed by Rupinder Batth, managing director of an immigration and consultancy services firm, in a press release here.
With present processing time of more than right years for these applicants, "Canada risks losing the global talent competition for the world's best and brightest as potential immigrants choose to take their skills to other countries with more responsive immigration systems rather than remain in the queue for Immigration to Canada", the release said.
Other proposed changes include reforming points system under which immigrants now qualify to migrate to Canada. The government wants to place more emphasis on young immigrants fluent in English or French and whose educational credentials are best suited for jobs abroad.
The Canadian government also hopes to beef up current provincial nominee system, which gives provinces the ability to cherry-pick people they need to meet their own needs, since Canada is facing severe labour shortages, specifically in western provinces.