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Immigration officials find own website ‘confusing and not user friendly’

It turns out Canada’s immigration officials are as confused as prospective immigrants and travellers by the information provided on their own department website. “We expect clients to know just what to do because ‘it’s on the website,’ ” says an internal Immigration Department document from last year. “Yet, even for immigration officers like ourselves, we […]

Fees reduced for minors applying for citizenship without a parent

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The fee for citizenship applications for minors applying without a parent (under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act) has been reduced by the Government of Canada from $530 to $100. This follows a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for citizenship as of last June. It also brings the fee into […]

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New citizenship revocation process under Bill C-6

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New citizenship revocation process under Bill C-6 On January 15, new provisions of Bill C-6 involving changes to Canada’s citizenship revocation process came into effect. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen announced that under this new process the Federal Court will now be the decision-maker for all citizenship revocation cases, except in instances where […]

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Canada’s immigration program for migrant caregivers under review

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Foreign caregivers will not be eligible for permanent residence if they have not accrued two years of employment by Nov. 29, 2019, according to a notice posted by the Immigration Department. The federal government is currently reviewing Canada’s two programs for foreign caregivers — one for those caring for children and the other for those […]

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Canada’s Immigration Minister to Open RC Show 2018

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Toronto, Feb. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Restaurants Canada is pleased to announce that the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship will officially open RC Show 2018 – the biggest event of the year for Canada’s restaurant and hospitality industry. Minister Hussen will lead RC Show 2018’s ribbon cutting ceremony […]

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Canada’s merit-based immigration system is no ‘magic bullet’

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Mireille Paquet, Professor of Political Science, Concordia University President Donald Trump has made comprehensive immigration reform in the United States one of his key legislative goals. He’s proposed bringing the U.S. immigration system “into the 21st century” by providing a path to citizenship for some undocumented migrants and by fully securing the country’s southern border. […]

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Shaping the future of Canada’s immigration system

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  Having inherited an immigration system plagued with backlogs and heavy-handed enforcement, the Liberal government says it’s keen to hear what you think needs to be done about Canada’s immigration future. Since the beginning of the summer, Immigration Minister John McCallum and his parliamentary secretary, Arif Virani, have held more than two dozen roundtable meetings […]

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Western Canadian Provinces Welcome New Applications Through Provincial Nominee Programs

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From CIC NEWS Buggy Late August was a busy period for PNPs in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia (BC) The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC were each active in their drive to welcome new immigrants over the past couple of weeks, as more than 2,000 potential newcomers either submitted an application to one […]

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May/June Issue

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Syrian refugees – Don’t be afraid – An immigrant experience – By Jacqui Henry

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By Jacqui Henry – AIM Contributor Canada recently welcomed its 25000th  Syrian refugee and we all, or at least most of us, applauded the government for its swift action in giving a home to people so desperately in need. But as a former new arrival to Canada, I know that their arrival is just the […]

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