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Conservative Government Continues to Welcome Record Number of Immigrants

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin

The Hon. Parm Gill

Ottawa

Each year, Canada benefits greatly from the talent, hard work, and ideas brought by newcomers from around the world. We all know that Canada is the best country in the world, and is a popular destination for visitors, students, and business travellers.

We are proud to announce that India was one of our top source countries in 2013, during which more than 130,000 visas were issued to Indian citizens visiting family and friends, and tourists – an increase of 14 percent since 2008. Canada also welcomed 14,000 students from India in 2013, which is nearly four times the 2008 level. And lastly, more than 33,000 Indian citizens were admitted as permanent Canadian residents in 2013 – a 17 percent increase since 2008. These trends reinforce Canada’s position as one of the most attractive countries in the world to visit or live in.

Our Government has a strong record when it comes to improving our immigration system. In 2008, the Business Express Program (BEP) was introduced to streamline the visa application process for businesses. The Worker Express Program, which was introduced in India in 2009, provides quicker service to applicants sent to Canada by companies under the BEP. Since 2009, more than 7,200 Indian citizens have benefited from the Worker Express Program.

In July 2011, our Government extended the length of multiple-entry visas from five to ten years. This allows visitors to enter and exit Canada for up to six months at a time over the ten-year period.

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which is a ten-year, multiple-entry visa, allows parents and grandparents to spend longer periods of time in Canada visiting their families. As of February 2014, over 31,000 Super Visas had been issued, and roughly 97 percent of eligible applicants were approved.

Our Government will continue to work hard to ensure that Canada’s immigration process is smooth and efficient, and that Canada remains an attractive destination for newcomers from around the world.

Parm Gill is a Conservative MP from Brampton-Springdale. 

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