Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bienvenue au Canada, les Riches Chinois!

Parlez-vous Francais?

Earlier this year, Canada closed an immigration provision - long popular with the wealthy Chinese - that allowed wealthy foreigners to “buy” their way into permanent residency in Canada. As previously reported in this blog, countries such as Portugal have tried to draw the attention of these well-heeled would-be residents left out in (or more literally, ‘of’) the cold. However, those still longing for the vast expanses of Canada need not fret – so long as they can passably speak French. According to this SCMP blog, a loophole exists that would allow applicants to apply for Canadian residency through Quebec. An unlimited number of approvals will be granted to those who can pass “an advanced intermediate level of French demonstrated by a standardised test”. Once settled in their new country, les immigrants nouveaux can then immediately resettle to a place such as Vancouver (also known more colloquially as “Hongcouver”) with a more familiar-sounding population.
Clever. And a side benefit? They’ll be able to properly pronounce many more of the wine labels that lay in their caves. A glass of Ducru-Beaucaillou, anyone?

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