Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants, Visitors and Students from India in 2013
Ottawa, March 4, 2013 —Canada issued a record number of visas for Indian nationals in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
We plan to grow the economy and create more jobs by attracting an increasing number of visitors and the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “
For this reason, we strive to issue visas and permits as quickly as possible to facilitate travel for immigrants, visitors and students.”
India was the third largest source country for immigration to Canada in 2012, with 28,889 permanent residents admitted. This represents an increase of almost 15 percent since 2004.
Canada also issued a record 130,000 visitor visas to Indian applicants in 2012, an increase of 58 percent compared to 2004. And the record 13,000 study permits approved represents an increase of 530 percent since 2004. This significant increase in each of these categories reaffirms Canada as a top destination of choice for visitors and students from India.
The Government continues to move toward a fast and flexible immigration system that avoids backlogs and processes applications in a timely manner.
For example, in 2008, the government introduced the Canadian Experience Class, a path to permanent residency for international student graduate whose Canadian education and work experience helps ensure they are set for success in Canada’s economy. In 2012, India was the second highest source country for successful Canadian Experience Class applicants.
In addition, in July 2011, the duration of multiple-entry visas was extended from 5 years to 10 years. This allows visitors to enter and exit Canada for up to six months at a time over 10 years. Furthermore, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which is also valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada for up to 24 months at a time.
For over a century, Canada has benefited from the talent and hard work of newcomers from India,” Minister Kenney said. “
About 750,000 Canadians can trace their ancestry to India, and now a growing number of Indian citizens are able to visit family and friends in Canada, study at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.” Taken from CIC website.