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OECD report applauds Canada immigration policy

Canada immigration policy

In a recent report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has applauded the Canada immigration policy. The report that reviewed the labor migration policy of Canada says that the country is widely seen as a role model when it comes to immigration policy.

Factors that make Canada immigration system most efficient

Canada has the largest and the most elaborate skilled immigration system among the OECD countries. It was Canada that first introduced a point-based selection system for skilled immigration. Later Australia, the United States and New Zealand developed their own point-based skilled immigration systems inspired by Canada. The point-based ranking system allows Canada to maintain more control in selecting skilled workers to migrate to the country.
Canada immigration system includes both federal and provincial programs. Express Entry, the federal program for Canada immigration, prioritizes prospective immigrants on the basis of a number of human capital factors including language, education and work experience. Selecting immigrants on the basis of these factors has helped Canada to have a strong labour market. One in every five people in Canada are foreign born, while 60% of the total population is highly educated.
Another popular pathway for Canada immigration is Provincial Nominee Programs. These are the Canada immigration programs run by provinces and territories for selecting immigrants who meet their demographic and labor needs. These programs play a major role in selecting candidates for Canada immigration. Besides selecting candidates through their own immigration streams, Canada PNPs nominate Express Entry candidates for permanent residence in the country. It helps these candidates obtain Canada PR faster, as Canada Express Entry has a faster processing system.
Canada is also the fastest growing destination for international students among the OECD countries. In Canada, international students have an option to do part-time work. They can also apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit(PGWP) with which, they can work in Canada after their studies for a certain period of time. The number of PGWPs issued by Canada has increased by five times in the past five years.
Responding to the OECD report, Canada Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that Canada would continue to support the immigration policies and programs that enhance the economic, social and demographic vitality of its communities. He further said the country would continue its efforts to attract newcomers through its new immigration programs such as the Atlantic Pilot Program, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and Agri-food Immigration Pilot.
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