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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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Canada Unveils the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

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Canada Unveils the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act Wednesday, February 12, 2014 The Canadian government on 6 February 2014 introduced the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977 which reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship while continuing to move toward a faster and more efficient system. “I am pleased to bring forward the first […]

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Visitors to Canada Considered for Multiple-Entry Visas Automatically

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Friday, February 14, 2014 Visitors to Canada have been automatically considered for multiple-entry visas since February 6, 2014, according to a recent announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Under the Canadian immigration rules, qualified visitors are allowed to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years […]

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Canadian citizenship rules face broad reform in 2014

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The federal government will introduce several changes to Canada’s citizenship rules after members of Parliament return to Ottawa next Monday following a six-week hiatus, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. In an interview with CBC News on Thursday, Alexander said the government will table a bill in the next session of Parliament that will see “the first comprehensive reform […]

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New citizenship rules target fraud, foreign terrorism

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The Canadian government is proposing sweeping changes today in what is being called “the first comprehensive reform to the Citizenship Act in more than a generation​.” Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in interview with CBC News ANALYSIS | Chris Hall: The slippery slope of revoking citizenship Canada to play matchmaker with skilled immigrants and jobs Under the Conservative […]

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Canadian Experience Class – Program Changes and Intake Caps

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Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced significant changes to the popular Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of immigration. Most importantly, an intake cap of 12,000 applications has been instituted for the upcoming year. The cap is effective from November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014. The CEC is a popular immigration path for […]

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New York Visa Application Center Has Been Closed

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The Canadian visa application center (VAC) in New York City has been closed until further notice. Applications that have already been received by the VAC will continue to be processed. The Consulate General of Canada in New York has not provided an explanation as to why the VAC has been closed. The VAC will return […]

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Canada accepting 5,000 parent, grandparent sponsorship applications

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Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to sponsor foreign parents or grandparents under a special immigration program can do so beginning today. The federal government is reopening the door slightly by accepting 5,000 sponsorship applications under the new Parent and Grandparent Program in 2014. The government froze applications in 2011, to deal with the massive backlog of […]

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Immigration dramatically changing makeup of Toronto and Canada: National Household Survey

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  By Bruce Campion-Smith The Greater Toronto region is growing more diverse as immigration brings changes to religious practices, languages and the faces of its residents. New data released Wednesday from the 2011 National Household Survey highlight the changes unfolding in Canadian society: One-in-five is now foreign born, the highest proportion among G8 countries; The country […]

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