Canada continues to admit high numbers of skilled immigrants and those on family based Super Visas

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According to preliminary data just released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Canada continued to admit a high number of new immigrants into the country in 2011.

According to the data, there were 248,660 new permanent residents in 2011. This consisted of 156,077 new economic immigrants, including those on the Canadian skilled worker visa, 56,419 new family class immigrants and others.

The Canadian Skilled Worker visa currently has an annual cap of 10,000 new applications with a cap of 500 for each of the 29 occupations. Applicants with a job offer in an occupation where there is a shortage area are not affected by the cap. If you do not have such a job offer there are only a very limited number of visas available; The 500 visa cap per occupation can be reached quite quickly.

"Canada's per-capita immigration rate remains one of the highest in the world. Immigration has always been a sustaining feature of Canada's history and continues to play an important role in building our country," said Citizenship & Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Also, the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa has proved to be a popular choice for new immigrants with more than a thousand applications approved since the programme began in December 2011. There has been an overall approval rate of 77 percent.

"I'm pleased that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is working as intended and giving large numbers of eligible parents and grandparents an opportunity to spend extended periods of time with their families in Canada," said Kenney.

In order to apply for the Super Visa applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Submit proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income.
  • Demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance.
  • Undergo the Immigration Medical Examination.
As of 26 February 2012, 80 percent of Super Visa applications were being processed within 41 calendar days. Kenney noted as application volumes continue to increase, CIC will continue to aim for a Super Visa processing time of eight weeks or less.

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