Canada's Immigration Model: What can be Learned?

  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
  • With

    Neil Yeates
    Deputy Minister
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada

    Welcome and Introduction

    Carl Meacham
    CSIS Americas Program

    With the U.S. Senate's "Gang of 8" bill for immigration reform now public, the stage appears set for the first major overhaul of U.S. immigration laws since 1986.  As the debate heats up over the merits of the reform proposal, U.S. policymakers may benefit by looking north and reviewing Canada's immigration model. Whereas the U.S. immigration system is guided by family reunification efforts, Canada has used a point system since 1965 that allows the country to better measure potential immigrants based on labor needs. The point system is transparent and predictable, while also being flexible for Canadian policymakers to alter.  At the same time, the Canadian government continues to introduce other groundbreaking measures to attract talented immigrants.  Just this month, the government introduced a pilot program that allows immigrants with demonstrated funding for a tech start-up to file for immediate permanent residency, in a bid to boost innovative talent in Canada.  To discuss these issues and more, the CSIS Americas Program is pleased to welcome Neil Yeates, Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Join us for this timely and informative discussion.



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