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  • Officials Welcome Recipients of Canadian FSTP Visa

    On August 16, 2013, Canadian government officials extended a warm welcome to some of the recent recipients of a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada who had applied for Canadian immigration through the new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). One of these new Canadian permanent residents is Eric Byrne, who was approved to immigrate to Canada through the FSTP and now works as a plumber in the province of Ontario. Another newcomer to Canada is Paul Lyttle, who was approved for Canadian immigration through the FSTP and presently works as an electrician in Calgary, Alberta.


    There is a shortage of skilled workers for a variety of jobs in Canada because many people are retiring and not enough Canadian citizens are receiving the training necessary to fill thousands of Canada job openings across the country. In order to keep its economy growing, Canada’s government has created several Canadian immigration programs which seek to attract skilled foreign workers from around the globe for thousands of high-demand positions. One of these Canadian immigration programs is the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), which offers a PR Visa to Canada for eligible skilled foreign tradespeople in such occupations as carpenters, electricians, iron workers, machinists, oil and gas well drillers, plumbers, power engineers and power systems operators, and welders (among others). Those who qualify for a PR Visa to Canada through the FSTP or other Canadian immigration programs are authorized to live long-term in this  multicultural country; apply for jobs in Canada; attend educational programs; start their own business; plus they can receive free basic healthcare, among other benefits.


    Chris Alexander, who is the new Minister for Canadian Citizenship and Immigration, declared on August 16, 2013, “The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled workers - like Eric - so we can address regional labour shortages and strengthen Canada’s economy. It gives me great pleasure to personally welcome one of Canada’s first successful immigrants through our Skilled Trades stream.” In response, new Canadian permanent resident, Eric Byrne, replied, “I am very pleased that I qualified for the Federal Skilled Trades Program as it recognizes the value of my skill set and has allowed me to stay in Canada and integrate seamlessly into my new status as a permanent resident.” Eric further stated, “Canada is a great country and the people here have been exceptionally warm and welcoming.”


    Also on August 16, 2013, Jason Kenny, the former Minister for Canadian Citizenship and Immigration who is now the Minister for Employment and Social Development, had encouraging words for new Canadian permanent resident, Paul Lyttle, saying, “Immigrants like Paul are set for success and I am pleased that this new Program will enable him, and others like him, to contribute skills to our economy on a permanent basis.” Paul expressed gratitude for being issued a PR Visa to Canada and said, “Relocating to Canada was the right decision for me, both personally and professionally.”


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