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Canada considering new type of visa, as it seeks to address skill shortages. – Guyanese may benefit

Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Mr. Navdeep Singh Bains has announced plans for new category of visa that will help skilled immigrants to come to Canada.Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Mr. Navdeep Singh Bains has announced plans for a new category of visa that will help skilled immigrants to come to Canada. (File Photo by Ron Scheffler for McMaster University).

Toronto, Canada; – Skilled Guyanese wishing to migrate to Canada to work in the future might be able to do so once the country deploys a new category of visa for highly skilled workers.

According to Canada’s Innovation Minister Mr. Navdeep Singh Bains, even though the country has its fair share of unemployment challenges there are some serious skill shortages in certain areas which may require Canada granting a special category of visa to skilled workers from countries like Guyana in order to fill those gaps.

“We also want to attract the best and brightest, because that’s the key ingredient for economic success going forward,” Bains said.

Touted as a “Global talent visa”, Minister Bains is hoping that consideration will soon be given to the initiative by his peers as Canada seeks to fill certain gaps that are crucial to its economic advancement.

Minister Bains is himself a son of Indian immigrants who came to Canada and worked hard to provide him with a better education.

Today, he is a Member of Canada’s parliament, and became the country’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development less than a year ago.

Mr. Singh Bains immigrant roots is said to play a crucial role in helping the Canadian Government to better understand and work with immigrant communities.

Like Bains parents, thousands of Guyanese immigrants are already settled in Canada. But Toronto had always been a conservative issuer of new visas, especially for new settlers.

However, the new category of visa that is proposed by Minister Bains would allow thousands of skilled workers to come to Canada and settle temporarily with their families for a period of up to three years in the first instance.

The Guyana Guardian was unable to ascertain whether the new type of visa will create a path to permanent residence in Canada.

No timetable or date was provided as to when the new proposed visa type will come on stream. But the Guyana Guardian plans to monitor this development and will update our readers as soon as Minister Bains can advise our editorial further.

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