WHAT'S NEW IN IMMIGRATION
Recently Canadian immigration law is being affected a great deal by changes in policy and what CIC decides to emphasize. CIC government policy is not a change in law but a change in government emphasis and goals.
Previously Federal Investor applications took 3 years to be processed. Due to the long processing delay few people chose this category. The Federal government has decided to emphasize this category and processing times are now under one year for a business investor. The Federal government has decided to emphasize sponsorship of spouses. Previously a sponsorship of spouse took 18 months. Now many spousal cases take only 6 months.
Previously the BC Business Immigration Program did not have that many applicants. The BC PNP has decided to emphasize this category. Recently there have been many cases approved of approximately 60 million dollars that created more than 200 new jobs in BC. PNP wishes to expand this program and hire more staff and double the number of cases approved.
If you are a businessman considering immigration to Canada or you wish to sponsor a spouse, now is a good time to apply under these categories.
Previously it took approximately 18 months to sponsor a parent. The Federal government has decided to reduce the emphasis of this category. It will now take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to sponsor a parent. This time period will only get longer as the Federal government is reducing its targets dramatically from 20,000 in 2002, 12,500-13,000 in 2003 to only 5500 in 2004.
If you have a wealthy parent or parents you wish to sponsor it is strongly advised they consider applying themselves under the investor category.
The government has a huge backlog of Federal Skilled Worker applications. There is approximately enough cases to last for four years. Previously the point total to pass was reduced from 75 points to 67 points in order to build up inventory. There is now too much inventory. In the near future it should be anticipated that the point total will be raised from 67 to cut off the number of new cases coming into the system. Also there may be years in which the government meets its targets before the year is over.
If you are thinking of applying under the Federal Skilled Worker category it is suggested you do this as soon as possible before the pass mark is raised or formal quotas are implemented.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596