News Release — Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants, Visitors and Students from China in 2012

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Ottawa, March 4, 2013 —Canada issued a record number of visas for Chinese 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.

China was the number one source country for immigration to Canada in 2012, with 32,990 permanent residents admitted. Canada also issued a record 235,000 visitor visas to Chinese applicants in 2012, an increase of 158 percent compared to 2004. And the record 25,245 study permits approved represents an increase of 235 percent since 2004. This significant increase in each of these categories reaffirms Canada as a top destination of choice for visitors and students from China. 

The Government continues to move toward a fast and flexible immigration system that avoids backlogs and processes applications faster.

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, China was the top 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 China,” Minister Kenney said. “Almost 1.5 million Canadians can trace their ancestry to China, and now a growing number of Chinese citizens are able to visit family and friends in Canada, study at Canadian colleges and universities, or immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

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