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Canada welcomes record numbers from China

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister and Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the minister, highlighted the record number of Chinese students and permanent residents welcomed to Canada in 2013. 

They announced that last year Canada issued over 270,000 

visitor visas to Chinese citizens, welcomed more than 29,000 Chinese students and admitted more than 34,000 Chinese citizens as permanent residents of Canada. 

This further emphasizes the deep connection that Canada and China share and comes on the heels of a successful trip that Alexander made to China where he emphasized the many opportunities and pathways to Canada that exist for Chinese skilled workers, travellers, business people and students.

While in Shanghai, Alexander met with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and spoke at the Fudan University. These events underscore China’s position as one of the top source countries for students coming to Canada.

A few quick facts:
• Nearly 1.5 million Canadian residents can trace their ancestral roots to China.
• Since 2006, Canada has welcomed a yearly average of 250,000 permanent residents.
• Canada signed an Approved Destination Status or ADS agreement with China in 2010, which allows Chinese travel agents to promote and arrange tour groups to Canada. Processing times averaged less than one week and the approval rate was 95 per cent.
• In 2013, the number of visitor visas issued to Chinese citizens had increased by almost 120 per cent since 2006.
• The number of Chinese students coming to Canada has increased by 225 per cent since 2006.

“Canada continues to be a welcoming place for Chinese visitors as well as students, and our doors remain open to those looking to make Canada their home,” said Alexander. “In 2013, China was once again a top source country for permanent residency in Canada, which is an important indication of the strong people-to-people ties linking our two countries.”

“Canada looks forward to continuing this great partnership with China and our other top source countries in the years to come,” said Menegakis.

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

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