Canada, a nation of not quite 37 million people, wants to add more than 1 million immigrants through 2021.
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, wrote in an annual report to Parliament. “Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”
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Hussen, now in his early 40s, fled to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16.
A year ago, Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, said he didn’t want the U.S. accepting immigrants from Haiti or countries in Africa or similar “s—hole countries.”
Somalia is in Africa.
“My experience is not unique,” Hussen told The New York Times in 2017. “Canada receives a lot of refugees every year.”
For Canada to add 1 million immigrants over the next three years, the nation would need to welcome approximately 350,000 — roughly 1 percent of its current population — in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
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“Canada is a world leader in managed migration with an immigration program based on non-discriminatory principles, where foreign nationals are assessed without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or gender,” Hussen wrote in his report.
About 1 in 5 current Canadians are immigrants, according to the report, with more than 6 million arriving since 1990.
About 13.7 percent of the U.S. population, roughly 1 in 7, in 2017 was foreign born, according to U.S. Census estimates. In 2016, that figure was 13.5 percent.
How to Immigrate From Malaysia to Canada
Do you live in Malaysia and have plans to move to Canada, but do not have a clue where to start? Not anymore. Our article will give you a good grasp on how to immigrate from Malaysia to Canada with some really useful tips and things to be on the lookout for.
If you are a professional tradesmen or worker, you may want to be on the lookout for an immigration program that best fits your skills.
Express Entry is one of the most well known systems to immigrate to Canada through, thanks to its reduced processing times that take an average of four months!
Did you know that at the moment there are 470,000 jobs available in Canada according to the Canadian job Bank? Sounds like a lot? You bet! This is one of the reasons why Canada is constantly creating new immigration programs to help skilled workers make their way to Canada.
Basic Requirements for Canadian Visas
These similarities have to do with the following factors:
Most visa programs, unless they are study oriented programs or holiday visas will need you to have a set amount of work experience in a certain occupation to qualify;
Just a word of warning, sometimes unpaid internships or volunteer work will not count towards work experience, so just be aware. In most cases, part time work is accepted so long as you meet the right working hours.
You must have passed some sort of relevant English or French exam to prove your language abilities;
Yes, language can play a huge part in your application success, since both French and English are the most spoken languages in Canada. You can do this through accepted exams like IELTS for English and TEF for French. Just make sure that you select the right test option as they provide both a General and Academic test, and for immigration purposes you want to use a General exam.
A clean criminal background. All applicants must have zero charges against them either in Canada or in any other countries;
This is done through a criminal record check, so even if you have a DUI charge you may be inadmissible into Canada.
Documents You Will Need
We have already covered what sort of basic requirements you will need to cover, so now we will move onto what the most important documents you need are.
In most cases, you will need to produce at least the following during some stage of your application process.
A valid form of identification like your:
Drivers License; or
If you do need to have a medical examination, here is a general list you should follow.
Some form of legal ID like a drivers licence, passport or birth certificate;
The medical report form IMM 1017E which you can download from the CIC website;
A medical report if you have any pre-existing medical conditions;
Your glasses or contacts if you have a subscription;
You may need to bring 4 passport size photographs if your doctor does not use the eMedicial system
More Information About Your Language Tests
As we mentioned earlier, your language abilities in French and English are vital to your visa application.
For immigration purposes you must choose the General exams for both of these language tests as the Academic version will not be accepted.
Both tests will mark you on your skills in:
Cost for the IELTS tests range from around RM795 to RM850, while the TEF tests costs around RM1,449.
Having a clean record is just one way to make sure that your visa application is not rejected by the IRCC.
Here are the simple steps you can take to get a clear police record from Malaysia.
You must bring the following:
A letter requesting a police certificate from the IRCC;
Two copies of your application;
Two copies of your ID;
Two passport photos of yourself; and
Application fees on hand
Please note that the police clearance process should not take longer than 20 days to complete unless there are complications with your case.
If you have any issues with your police clearance, you can contact the Malaysian Foreign Ministry at [email protected] or call them at +603 – 8000 8000
Biometrics for Canada
If you live in Malaysia and intend to travel to Canada, you will not need to get your biometrics done if your visit is before the 31st of December 2018.
If you plan to come to Canada after this date, you will be expected to go and complete your biometrics
The biometric system is used by Canada to monitor those who come in to visit or live in the country. The system uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to ensure an applicant’s identity online.
Below is an easy video about the biometric system and how it is used in Canada.