Minister Diane Finley Announces Overseas Expansion of Foreign Credentials Referral Services

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Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced the expansion of Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) services to help immigrants from India and China. In the populous city of New Delhi, the minister confirmed the opening of a new office of the Canadian Immigration Integration Project in India’s capital city.

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers succeed, and one way to do that is to help them before they get to Canada,” said Finley.

“Too many newcomers have come to Canada only to learn after they’ve arrived what credentials are needed. By expanding our FCRO programs overseas, we’re helping prospective immigrants to get a head start by providing information on the foreign credential recognition process and the Canadian labour market.”

During the announcement, the Minister also said that more services were added – on a rotational basis – in the states of Gujarat and Punjab, which are major sources of skilled immigrants from India. In China, rotational services have been added in Beijing and Shanghai so services are available to more potential immigrants.

Until now, the orientation sessions have been a vailable in three cities in India, China and the Philippines. To date, more than 1,200 prospective immigrants have registered, and benefited.

You can find more information about the Foreign Credentials Referral Office in our Settlement Guide 2007. For the online version, visit

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