Good News for Those Applying for Skilled Worker Class Immigration to Edmonton

The Edmonton Journal reported this month that wait times for Skilled Worker Class Immigrants has dropped from up to 5 years to less than half a year due to reforms to Canadian Immigration Law brought in by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Although the article says that many opponents claim he has taken a tougher stance on immigration, Kenney says that he has implemented things that have improved the immigration process, and helped to root out fraud and end the backlog in the immigration system

 Everything we’re doing now I just see as a natural extension of our long-standing approach.

With support from both the NDP and the Bloc Québécois, he pushed through refugee reform legislation in 2010 that will take effect next summer. The reforms are intended to repair a system choked with a backlog and vulnerable to bogus applications by speeding up the refugee determination process and reducing the number of appeals.

Kenney also dramatically expanded the role of provinces in selecting skilled immigrants, which has lessened the concentration of newcomers in Canada’s major cities.

For those interested in taking advantage of the new laws, and the easing up of the backlog that is expected to take place, here is some information that might help you with the Skilled Worker Class Immigration Process:

Skilled Workers Are Required To Get Enough “Points” To Qualify

To qualify as a skilled worker, applicants are assessed on a number of different “factors” about their personal circumstances and are awarded “points” for each factor.

These selection criteria are as follows:

  • Education                                Maximum 25 Points
  • Official Languages              Maximum 24 Points
  • Experience                              Maximum 21 Points
  • Arranged Employment     Maximum 10 Points
  • Age                                              Maximum 10 Points
  • Adaptability                            Maximum 10 Points

TOTAL POINTS                      100 Points
Points to Pass                             67 Points

If You Don’t Have Enough “Points” to Qualify, You Still May Be Approved

If an applicant scores below sixty-seven (67) points, he/she may still be approved in cases where the immigration officer assessing the case exercises positive discretion in the applicant’s favour. The Immigration Regulations permits an immigration officer to exercise positive discretion in such a case, if the officer is of the opinion that it is likely that the applicant will economically establish himself/herself in Canada.

Beware, however, that the Immigration Regulations gives an immigration officer the power to exercise negative discretion in cases where the applicant scores 67 points or above, if the officer forms the opinion that the applicant will unlikely economically establish himself/herself in Canada.

For further information on the Skilled Worker Immigration Process, call our Edmonton Law Office at (780) 800-2995 or click here and fill out the contact form.

The new laws seem to have the support of some of the opposition.  The Edmonton Journal reported that Don Davies, NDP immigration critic, said he can cite a number of Kenney policies he supports, and that the minister is one of Harper’s strongest performers.

However, Davies said Kenney is at his best when focused on policy, and at his worst when wrapped up in politics.


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