A new immigration points system kicked in this past Saturday. Originally announced in December by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the changes to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program aim to improve the economic suitability of new Canadians. The model immigrant is now younger and more fluent, but her CV may be a little shorter.
Just like before, successful immigrants must score 67 points out of a possible 100, but language fluency and age now count for more, while points for work experience have been reduced. The biggest change is probably in the age category: 35 is now the oldest you can be before losing points—a big shift from 49.
The updates, the government says, are the result of research into immigrant integration. Of course, where there are winners, there are inevitably losers. (In fact, I’ve argued before that the new system could result in more American immigrants.)
To paint a clearer picture, here are two Lego immigrants whose fates will swap under the new system.
(Infographic: Trevor Melanson | Photo: Rachel So/flickr)