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“Express Entry’ law begins January 1

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With one month left to the launch of a new immigration system that will give skilled immigrants express entry into Canada, the government has made public for the first time the details of the points system it will use to select foreign workers. While the government is promising the new system will have “in demand” immigrant s in Canada within six […]

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Canada lifts Suspension of deportation of Haitians and Zimbabweans

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The temporary suspension of removals for Haitian and Zimbabwean nationals currently in Canada has been lifted. The lifting of the suspension, which had been in place due to dangerous situations in those countries, was announced by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander.  Individuals affected […]

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Jason Kenney Believes Alberta Should Attract Permanent Immigrants

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Jason Kenney Believes Alberta Should Attract Permanent Immigrants Tuesday, 21 October 2014 Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney has urged Alberta government to consider taking efforts in drawing new permanent immigrations and training the current unemployed residents. According to Kenney, doing so would help Alberta take care of the serious lack of labour problems in the […]

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Multiple Entry Visitor Visas now available in Canada

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Multiple Entry Visitor Visas now available in Canada Friday, 26 September 2014 As of February of this year, visitors to Canada will be automatically considered for a Multiple-Entry Visitor Visa. This visa allows visitors to enter Canada for periods of 6 months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each […]

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Chris Alexander Encourages French-speaking Individuals to Immigrate to Quebec Regions

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Chris Alexander Encourages French-speaking Individuals to Immigrate to Quebec Regions Monday, 29 September 2014 During discussions between various interested parties, the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has voiced his support for attracting individuals from French-speaking regions to immigrate to Canada. Members who participated in these series of discussions consist of community leaders, […]

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Skilled Immigrants to be Offered “Express Entry” to Canada in 2015

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The Canadian government is forging ahead with a new immigration system that will offer “express entry” to qualified immigrants starting in 2015 as a way to help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers. Express Entry, formerly known as Expression of Interest, will be “a swifter path to Canada  that will […]

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Canada to Initiate Proceedings Against 875 Refugees Per Year

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In January 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released Operational Bulletin: PRG-2013-59, which states that the CBSA has committed to referring a minimum of 875 refugee vacation or cessation cases per year to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD). News of this bulletin, and the apparent resolve of CBSA to reach its quota, puts many […]

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The longer immigrants are in the country the more likely they are to fail citizenship test

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The longer an immigrant is in Canada, the more likely they are to fail their citizenship test, a government report says.  According to the internal Immigration Department report, applicants who have been in Canada fewer than five years consistently have the highest success rates on the mandatory knowledge test, compared to counterparts who have been […]

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Proposed law aims for stricter Canadian citizenship requirements

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OTTAWA — Immigrants will have to spend more time in Canada and more of them will be forced to prove they know at least one official language to become Canadian citizens under a new law proposed by the Conservative government. “Citizenship is not a right. It’s a privilege,” Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Thursday in […]

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Cap on Canadian Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Filled

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 According to a February announcement by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, the cap of 5000 on applications for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program has been filled after only a month since it was re-opened on January 2, 2014. This is the maximum number of applications for the program […]

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