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Toronto— While addressing members of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce at an interactive session last week in Toronto, Chris Alexander, Canada’s minister for Citizenship and Immigration emphasized that the government is promoting the immigration under ‘Express Entry Scheme’ to get required skilled category workers for Canada. Also Read - Indian companies to visit Canada to explore business opportunities

Alexander expressed confidence in ICCC’s leadership and its commitment to fostering bilateral ties between Canada and India and said that India is very important to cater the future Canadian needs. “India is one of the biggest source country for economic immigration and attracting new investors, Canada is focusing on Indian market so the active support of community leaders is badly needed to take this relations to the next level,” the Minister said.

He also emphasized that the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to Canada will be a milestone in promoting the Canada India relations. Ties between the two countries will be help in promoting bilateral trade and investment and also set the course of movement of capital and human resources at a large scale.

Dharma P Jain, President, ICCC welcomed the minister and introduced him to the members of the chamber.

While answering the questions of the ICCC members, Hon. Minister Alexander stressed on making the visa process easy with lesser time for processing to fulfill the future immigration needs; target of getting 50, 000 application processed in the express entry scheme this year; 6-30 days for processing visitor visa; granting of 10 years visitor visa has been started for businesses and families; Opening up more visa centres in India to speed up the process; 20, 000 students has been granted permanent residency last year in which Indians have substantial number; CEPA is priority for the government; attracting Bollywood to shoot here for the films.

Members of ICCC board Tony Chawla, Brij K Sharma and ICCC’s Immediate Past President Naval Bajaj along with ICCC sponsors and media persons were also present at the session.

This story originally appeared on The Weekly Voice.