Canada Visa Misinformation: Canada Immigration ‘Visa’ Lottery
Global News: The story being circulated about ‘Canada immigration lottery’ appears to be Untrue. The Canadian government has not made any public statement that ‘Canadian Visa Lottery Program’ will open.
”OTTAWA – Parliament of Canada today approved a visa lottery program similar to the U.S DV visa lottery which will give opportunity to winners to settle in Canada, work and obtain Canadian Citizenship after 4 years for 16 eligible countries.
Prior to the approval of this bill, Canada used to run the Highly Skilled Migrant Program which is tailored for skilled workers from certain categories to enter and work in Canada.
Eligible countries include Oman, Ethiopia, Philippines, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Nigeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Pakistan, Zambia, Thailand, Uganda,Fiji and Lesotho.
Under the new visa lottery program, every winner is required to have obtained at least a high school education or its equivalent or have two years of recent work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. Vocational training is also considered a substitute for high school education unlike the U.S. DV Lottery.
Canadian Immigration and Citizenship encourages applicants to apply on their own although applicants are allowed to have someone else submit on their behalf. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that information in the entry is correct and complete. Entries that are not correct or complete may be disqualified. It is free to register for the program. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
Registration for entries will be opened on March 1, 2017. Entrants will be notified of their selection and interview appointment beginning August 1, 2017. Checking your status online is the only way you will be notified if you are selected. You will not be notified by phone, letter, or email.”
The above ‘Canada Visa Lottery news started immediately after the U.S. Executive Order that barred citizens of:
Syria (There is also an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees)
from entering U.S
According to reports, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has introduced a temporary public policy that may allow foreign nationals affected the by the U.S. Executive Order to apply for temporary status in Canada, or to extend their stay.
Somali-Canadian Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s new Minister of Immigration in a press conference said that ”
“we are aware that the executive order does apply to those from the seven countries transiting through Canada. Let me assure those who may be stranded in Canada that I will use my authority as minister to provide them with temporary residency if they need it, as we have done so in the past.”
Justin Trudeau, Canadian’s Prime Minister also tweeted:
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017See Also
No where in the tweet did the MP mentioned that citizens from 16 countries could apply as of March 1, 2017. The rumour that Canada is about to start a new immigration lottery just like the DV visa lottery in the U.S, are all false.
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