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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced their immigration priorities for 2014. 

In 2014, CIC aims to admit 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents, which is about standard for this century

Year New PR year new pr
2000 227,455 2007 236,753
2001 250,637 2008 247,246
2002 229,048 2009 252,174
2003 221,349 2010 280,689
2004 235,823 2011 248,748
2005 262,242 2012 257,887
2006 251,640 2013  

The average is about 246,000 new permanent residents per year for this century, so the goal is right on track with the past numbers.

For the coming year, CIC will focus primarily on what they call "economic" immigrants, that is new permanent residents coming to or stayin in Canada through the following programs:

People achieving permanent residence status through these programs will make up nearly 2/3rd of the quota for 2014; CIC and the provinces will be accepting around 165,000 applications for these categories.

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Over 25% of the new permanent residents, or about 68,000 people, will come from sponsorship streams, such as:

With 20,000 spots reserved for parent and grandparent sponsorship, spousal sponsorship applications will make up the vast majority of the remaining 48,000 spots. Learn more about marrying your foreign fiance abroad; pick your country below:

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The remaining new permanent residents will come from Canada's refugee programs, and some of these spots will be especially reserved for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Canada has also made promises to provide asylum for homosexuals fleeing persecution in Russia.

This new emphasis on the PNP and CEC streams is based, in part, on this summer's Canada-wide consultations about what immigration programs would better suit the goals of the provinces, and help out the economy. The mission for 2014 seems to be to make as many temporary workers permanent as possible over bringing in new people from outside of Canada.


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