Canadian Immigration Minister to determine how to better recognize foreign credentials

According to the Montreal Gazette, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney plans on hiring a company to take a look at immigrants’ credentials to better assess how they can work in their field when arriving in Canada.

The third-party company will work overseas and check credentials before the immigrants even arrive in Canada.

“The overall goal here is to better select and better support potential immigrants before they come to Canada so they can hit the ground running once they arrive by integrating quickly into our labour market,” said Kenney.

According to Kenney, immigration officers do not have the time or expertise to properly determine how an applicant’s credentials stack up against Canadian requirements for jobs such as engineering or being a doctor. But what this also means is that foreign skilled workers’ degrees may have less of an impact on their points earned in the Federal Skilled Worker Point Program now that visa officers won’t be in charge of determining the effect of the applicant’s credentials on their immigration application.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Many of the first world countries like the U.S., countries in Europe and Canada are going to experience a wave of immigration because people feel those places can provide a better living for them and their families. So those countries expecting the wave will make precautions if they haven’t already to choose the best or the immigrants which can help them the most. This is a practice,that I think will become widespread especially if the recession is still going on.

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