Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced their immigration priorities for 2014.
- 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2014:
- 165,000 "economic" immigrants
- 68,000 sponsored immigrants
- 28,000 refugees.
In 2014, CIC aims to admit 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents, which is about standard for this century
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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.
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Business Immigration
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) (15,000 applications)
- PNP Graduate
- Live-in Caregiver (with 24 months of Canadian experience) (17,500 applications)
- Federal Skilled Worker
- PNP Skilled Worker
- PNP Semi-Skilled Worker
- Federal Skilled Trades
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.
- Family Sponsorship
- Spousal Sponsorship
- Parental or Grandparent sponsorship (returning in 2014!) (20,000 applications)
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.