John McCallum, the Canadian Immigration Minister, announced that visa policies in the country will be made friendlier for overseas high skill immigrants, in view of their increasing demand in the country. He assured that visa processing will be put on the fast track and work authorization made simpler for these immigrants. Furthermore, firms that create employment opportunities in the country by investing funds will also get this benefit. McCallum, together with Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, unveiled the Government’s strategy of facilitating the Canadian companies to hire international talents in order to promote the country’s economic growth. The firms that create more jobs in Canada will be given priority over others for getting these visas. Also these immigrants will be allowed to work on short-term basis. John McCallum stressed the need for a large high-skilled workforce from across the globe, in addition to the native Canadian skilled workers, to promote the nations’ economy. To this end, the government will allot more funds to speed up the approval process for work permits in respect of overseas professionals. According to the Immigration Minister, the processing of overseas professionals in the technology sector will be reduced to two weeks. All this is to ensure that the specific category of immigrants help the government pulls in foreign capital and international citizens. The Immigration Minister cited the example of Thomson Reuters that has assured the government of creating large employment opportunities in Canada in return for accentuated visa processing for immigrants. The minister also gave assurance to ease the recruitment by Canadian firms of overseas high skill immigrants for short duration. Both McCallum and Bains were of the view that high skill immigrants are, in fact, a stimulant for enhancing job opportunities in Canada, since these people facilitate start-ups in the country. According to Bains, since the spread of technology is crucial for firms across the globe, it is the influx of innovative human resources that will give an edge to them.
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