Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum is currently in Beijing, where he will meet with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Security of China to discuss the opening of five new Canadian visa departments in China. McCallum has planned the opening of new visa departments in the near future, with the prospect of facilitating the passage of immigration for the natives of China. These visa departments will process applications for permanent resident status, work permits and other ways of moving into the country. There are more visitors from China to Canada than from any other country and they need a Canadian temporary resident visa to enter.
The proposal to open 5 new visa departments had to be very welcome, given that in the near future (2018) new rules for issuing a temporary resident visa will be presented. While the plans are not yet fully implemented, it is expected that those who are applying for a temporary resident visa must appear in person at the visa office. As McCallum stressed, this means that you have to go all over the country” to make sure that as many potential candidates as possible can access the visa department.
Foreign students are at the forefront Students from China also had a strong influence on McCallum’s plans. More than 120,000 natives of China are currently studying in Canada, which means that the Chinese are the largest category of foreign students, bypassing all others by a significant margin.
With both tourists and students in mind, McCallum said that he and his department set a course to attract the highest growth in the number of visitors from China, whether tourists or qualified students who want to study in Canada. It will only be better if their number doubles. The liberal government explicitly acknowledged that foreign students and tourists bring funds to the country’s economy and also have a positive effect on job creation, which are two key tasks of the government. McCallum, in particular, has repeatedly stated that Canada must do more to attract students from abroad and also encourage them to stay in the country after the completion of the educational process. Indeed, in Canada, foreign graduates may, after graduating from an educational institution, receive a post-graduate work permit (English Post-Graduation Work Permit), and then apply for permanent resident status.
McCallum’s visit to China will precede Justin Trudeau’s official visit, scheduled for late August. Given that immigration reforms are one of the priority vectors for the activities of the liberal government, during this visit, decisions can be taken on the further development of Chinese-Canadian immigration. For many years, Canada has been a popular choice among those who want to immigrate, and Chinese here is the third most popular after English and French. Between 2006 and 2014, the number of Chinese natives with work permits increased by 478%. Moreover, in recent years, China has been among the first in the number of citizens who have Canadian permanent resident status. The Chinese also constitute one of the dominant immigrant groups paving the way to Canada through the Quebec program for immigrant investors. With five new visa departments for many people in China, the process of obtaining a temporary residence permit in Canada, whether it is a regular visit, study or work, will become even easier.