New Rules for Immigrants and Working
April 18, 2005, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Joe Volpe announced
new rules to make it easier for
immigrants to re-unite with their relatives, and permission for
students to work part-time.
Part of Volpe's $72-million plan will
make it easier for people in Canada to sponsor the immigration of their parents
or grandparents, a process that now takes five to 10 years because of the backlog.
He says that over the next two years, the number of parents and grandparents
given landed status will be tripled, to 18,000 a year from 6,000. And for those
parents and grandparents still waiting, there will be five-year, multiple-entry
visas to make it easier to visit families living in Canada.
Changes are also coming for foreign
students. They will be allowed to work up to 20 hours a week to gain Canadian
experience while they are being trained in this country. Upon graduation they
will be able to work for one year if they stay in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto
– and for two years, if they move to a smaller community. There will also be
other incentives to encourage new Canadians to settle outside the major urban
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