The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, marked the first anniversary of the launch of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) by announcing new funding as well as plans to expand its overseas services.

To date, more than 2,000 people have participated in the overseas orientation sessions and more than 3,000 are registered in these countries. These sessions help individuals selected under the federal skilled worker category to understand the requirements of the labour market in Canada, including the foreign credential recognition processes, while they are still overseas. The sessions are currently delivered by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Canadian Immigration Integration Project.

The expansion of FCRO services is part of a broader effort to assist newcomers as early as practical in the immigration process. Plans are under way to offer in-person services overseas to more prospective immigrants, including skilled workers, and to provide them earlier in the process so that people can settle more quickly once they arrive in Canada.

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