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Government defends changes to immigrant nominee program

Saskatchewan Immigration Minister Rob Norris is defending changes to the province’s immigrant nominee program. 

Norris says requiring nominees in the family category to have a job offer will help the province find much-needed workers and help immigrants successfully settle. 

The government tightened its immigration rules earlier this month. 

Under the new rules, someone can nominate only one family member at a time and those nominees need to have a job offer. 

Norris says Saskatchewan is making changes at the urging of Ottawa, which oversees immigration, but allows provinces to have their own nominee programs. 

Immigrants rallied against the changes yesterday in front of the Saskatchewan legislature. 

They say the changes, announced without notice or a phased-in period, are a betrayal. 

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