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Parent and grandparent sponsorships to re-open in New Year

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An early Christmas gift from Citizenship and Immigration Canada perhaps? Minister Chris Alexander announced today that the parent and grandparent (PGP) category of family reunification will reopen as of Jan. 2, 2014. Application forms, guides and information on how to apply to the new PGP program will be made available online on Dec. 31, 2013. […]

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Introducing biometrics for certain foreign nationals

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Canada has joined the United States, Japan, most of Europe and Australia in requiring biometric information from certain foreign nationals. Biometrics is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial features, for the purpose of verifying identity. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) goal in requiring that certain foreign nationals provide biometrics is […]

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Canadians facing high costs because of Family Class immigration: study

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Despite Ottawa’s recent reforms to ‘Family Class’ immigration, Canadian taxpayers are still facing high costs associated with allowing immigrants to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada, concludes a new study published today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, Canadian Family Class Immigration: The Parent and Grandparent […]

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Ottawa’s 2014 immigration plan focuses on economic class

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Canada is set to launch its “Express of Interest System” (EOI) to let employers cherry-pick skilled immigrants from a pool of pre-screened candidates. In tabling his annual report to the Parliament Monday, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander also announced that Ottawa will admit between 240,000 and 265,000 permanent residents to Canada in 2014, the same level […]

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Canada to fast track hundreds of visa applications after Typhoon Haiyan

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Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca Published Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:58AM EST Last Updated Sunday, November 17, 2013 2:45PM EST The federal government expects to fast-track hundreds of visa applications, and perhaps many more, from Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The Canadian government announced last week that consular officials are working around the clock to process visa […]

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Foreign service job action threatens Canada’s annual immigration target

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Permanent residency applicants appear to be taking the biggest hit from ongoing job action by foreign affairs officers, prompting concerns about whether Ottawa’s 2013 immigration target can be met. According to government data obtained by the Star, the number of immigrant visas granted from May to July of this year has dropped 7.5 per cent, […]

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Canadians to be Consulted on Immigration Issues

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Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would be seeking input from Canadian citizens on immigration issues. The public is invited to fill out an online consultation, which will be open until August 31, 2013, on immigration levels and mix. These online consultations will be supplemented by Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra, who […]

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Quebec abusing and exploiting rich immigrants alleges British Columbia

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OTTAWA — Just two weeks after Chris Alexander took over the job of immigration minister in a federal cabinet shuffle, a hot potato that pits B.C. against Quebec has landed in his lap. A key B.C. cabinet minister confirms she’s already spoken to Alexander about abuse of a program that lets Quebec charge thousands of […]

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Immigration from US to Canada at a Peak

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A new study from the Association for Canadian Studies has revealed some surprising statistics. According to the study, more Americans than ever before are choosing to move north of their border, while the amount of Canadians moving to the US continues to drop. A total of 20,138 Canadians moved to the states last year. This […]

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More people are immigrating from Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America

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The 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada reported a slight increase in the number of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The results, which were released earlier this May, illustrate the changes in immigration from these areas in the past five years. Between 2006 and 2011, 12.5 per cent of […]

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