加拿大联邦投资移民计划越来越变成成功的商人移民到加拿大最受欢迎的选项。在 2009 年，约 1 万人在该计划下移民到加拿大。
暂停接受申请并不影响这些加拿大当局于 6 月 26 日前收到的申请表，这些将仍会正常处理。
以前，想用联邦投资移民计划移民到加拿大的申请人，必须拥有丰富的商务经验、 有个人净资产CAD 80 万 (CN 5.2 百万)，和必须愿意作出 40 万元投资 (CN 2.6百 万），这40万将于5年后全数退回给申请人但是没有利息。在各种融资选项中，申请人支付的实际金额是 CAD 80,000 （CN 524,000）至 CAD 120,000元 (CN 787,000） 之间。这金额实质上将确保申请人的加拿大永久居民身份。
在新的联邦投资移民计划的新条例下，个人净资产要求增加了一倍CAD 1.6 万 (CN 10.4百 万)，并且愿意投资CAD 800,000，但是现在尚未有新的融资方案。
这是自 1999 年以来加拿大政府第一次更改联邦投资移民计划的规定，加拿大政府指出条例更改的部分原因是因为亚洲的经济实力。这几年来，由于经济衰退，在个人收入减少的趋势下，亚洲国家尤其是中国却反其道而行的在经济和个人所得方面上升增加。事实上，联邦投资移民计划的新规定，加拿大政府认为亚洲富人用联邦投资移民方式来加拿大的人将会超过北美来的移民，鉴于亚洲人占了联邦投资移民计划的80%，加拿大政府对该地区的持续经济复原能力明显有信心。
富有的移民应该向他们的会计师、顾问或律师谘询有关避税的条例，了解各种法律税务机制以减少披露的资料。他们应该讨论设立信托基金来避开支付庞大的所得税。Read more ›
In a much anticipated change, the Federal Government has announced a series of changes to the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (“FIIP“) in the Gazette. Changes to the Quebec Investor Program are expected shortly.
The Government of Canada is proposing that amendments be made to the definition of “investor” and “investment” in section 88 of the Regulations that would increase the investment amount from $400,000 to $800,000 and the personal net worth amount from $800,000 to $1.6M for Investor class applicants.
No FIIP applications will be accepted unless they are post-marked or received by the designated Citizenship and Immigration Canada office before June 26, 2010. This pause will extend until the coming into force of proposed regulatory amendments to the definitions of “Investor” and “Investment” applicable to Business Immigrants in Division 2 of Part 6 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
FIIP applications received on or after the coming into force of the proposed regulatory amendments shall be processed concurrently with those federal applications received prior to the administrative pause in a ratio consistent with operational requirements.
Why The Doubling?
The Government of Canada is first of all confident that this will not reduce the number of applicants. 80% of FIIP applicants in 2009 came from the Asia-Pacific Region, which continues to boom despite the global economic crisis.
According to the Gazette, the increase will result in a net economic benefit to Canada of $59,229 per investment. In total, this would result in a benefit of $600,000,000 per year to Canada.
While $600,000,000 isn’t bad (you could almost fund security for a G8 summit with that amount), it’s interesting to note that an increase of $400,000 per investment only results in a $60,000 benefit.Read more ›
In this first of several changes to Canadian immigration law today, the government has introduced a cap on the number of Federal Skilled Worker applications that will be considered for processing each year.
20,000 applications will be considered each year for people that do not have an offer of employment.
Within the 20,000 cap, a maximum of 1,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications per National Occupational Classification Code will be considered each year.
The NOC eligibility list is also changing. The number of occupations eligible for the federal skilled worker program has been reduced from 38 to 29. Removed occupations include mangers in finance, health care and construction, computer and information systems, university professors, and vocational instructors. Being added to the list are the following occupations: psychologists, social workers, dental hygienists, pharmacists, dentists, architects, biologists, insurance adjusters, claims examiners, primary industry production managers, and professions in business services and management.
In calculating the caps, applications will be considered on the date which they are received.
Requests made on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds that accompany a Federal Skilled Worker application not identified for processing will not be processed.
The first year will begin on June 26, 2010, and end on June 30, 2011.
The Official Gazette detailing the new rules can be found here.Read more ›
Charlie Gillis has an interesting article Macleans Magazine today titled “Who Doesn’t Get Into Canada”. The article analyses a government report titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth” in the context of broader trends in Canadian immigration patterns.
The government report makes many very blunt observations, including that:
- Chinese and South Asians are the most likely to have university degrees or higher, and to be employed in high-skilled occupations; and
- Second-generation youth of Caribbean and Latin American origin don’t fare as well. They tend to obtain lover levels of education than native-born Canadian kids and wind up in less skilled jobs.
Mr. Gillis uses this information to provide the first discussion (that I have seen) on the effects of Bill C-50. Passed in 2008, this Bill provided, amongst other things, the Minister of Immigration with the power to:
- Limit the number of new applications;
- Reject applications;
- Decide the order in which new applications are processed;
- Delay the processing of applications from specific missions abroad in order to speed those from others; and
- Give priority to qualified skilled professionals applying under the economic class categories.
Mr. Gillis notes that the impact has appeared to have been increased wait times for family class applicants of South American or Caribbean descent that are disproportionately greater than the increase for those of Asian descent. He notes that:
The average wait time for someone wishing to bring a spouse into the country through Kingston, Jamaica has ballooned to 15 months, fully three times the processing time in 2006. A similar application lodged in New Delhi takes just six months.
……Read more ›
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