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Ontario issues new Express Entry invitations to French-speaking candidates

Ontario has issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 85 Express Entry candidates on September 20 and followed this with another 46 NOIs issued on September 27. The 131 invitations brought the total number of invitations issued […]

Canadian population up by half a million in past year

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Between July 1st, 2017, and July 1st, 2018, the Canadian population increased by 518,588, according to Statistics Canada. This marks a population increase of 1.4%, the biggest gain in more than 60 years! The population increase is mostly attributed to migrants entering Canada. This includes permanent residents immigrating through economic and family sponsorship pathways, as well as those […]

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Canada’s new, improved provincial pathways to immigration

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Far from taking the summer off, Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs spent the months of July, August and September innovating and issuing more than 3,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.  The big news in the third quarter of 2018 included the largest invitation round so far this year […]

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IRCC says revised citizenship rules are resulting in more new Canadians

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Applications jumped more than 130 per cent in 9 months after rules changed in October 2017 The number of people receiving Canadian citizenship is on the rise thanks to revised rules that have made it easier to obtain, the Government of Canada says.  By the end of this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program at 20: Helping more people immigrate and succeed

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Since its inception 20 years ago, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown in both size and importance and now stands as the country’s second largest program for economic immigration. From its humble beginnings in 1998, when around 200 people were admitted to Canada through it, the Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, will be responsible for more […]

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New Express Entry report shows Federal Skilled Worker invitations jumped by 400% in 2017

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Candidates in Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class benefited the most from changes to the way candidates in the federal economic immigration system’s pool are awarded points, says a new report published Thursday. The anticipated year-end report says Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, issued to candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program […]

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Task Force on Irregular Migration updates public on how they’re dealing with illegal border crossings

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The Canadian government’s Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration met yesterday to discuss latest progress and ongoing co-ordinating efforts to address irregular migration, namely the influx of border crossings from the United States since President Donald Trump took office. In 2017, over 20,593 asylum claims were made between Ports of Entry. Ninety-one percent […]

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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 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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