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Canada Launches Foreign Credential Assessment Website

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It is now easier to work out if your foreign qualifications can be accepted in Canada with the launch of a new website to help people applying for work. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has launched the International Qualification Network (IQN) for the assessment and recognition of foreign worker qualifications. It serves as a virtual space […]

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Feds expected to tighten refugee rules

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OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are expected to announce further changes to Canada’s immigration system. CBC News reports Immigration Minister Jason Kenney plans to announce legislation this week to further strengthen barriers against what the government considers to be “bogus” refugee claimants coming from countries where they face no real risk or persecution. Among other […]

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Canada should target talented, unemployed Europeans

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BARCELONA — Canada must not be shy about taking advantage of Europe’s financial distress. The Harper government should target some of the continent’s best and brightest as immigrants and prospective future citizens. Spain is a case in point. According to data from the European Union, it had an unemployment rate of 22.9 per cent last […]

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More Canadian Immigrants Choose to Settle in Saskatchewan

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According to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan – the booming Prairie province – has become a magnet for migrants in 2011 because of its reputation for seeking newcomers and plenty of work. The Statistics Canada’s report, which was released on Tuesday, shows that Saskatchewan and Alberta lead the country for population growth in […]

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Settlement funding helping new Canadians

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The amount of money the federal government allocates to provinces to help in the settlement of new immigrants has expanded significantly in the last half-decade, and is being spread more accurately to reflect their destinations within Canada. “The Government of Canada wants newcomers to integrate into Canada. That is why we have tripled settlement funding […]

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PR: Passport submission waivers take off

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A final step during the application for Canadian Permanent Resident status, submitting your passport to the visa office so it can be stamped, is no longer necessary for citizens from Visitor Visa exempt countries. For these applicants, once they are approved, they will be mailed their landing documents. However, anyone who requires a Visitor Visa […]

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Immigration: Ontario’s Dominance in Decline

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This much is clear; Ontario’s proportionate share of new immigrants to Canada has been in steady decline for the past few years. In 2005, about 64% of all newcomers settled in Ontario (mainly in and around Toronto) but by 2010 the number had dropped to 52%. Is that a bad thing? I guess the answer […]

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Veils ban at citizenship ceremonies

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Under no exception will new Canadians be able to continue hiding behind a face covering when taking their oath of citizenship, the federal government announced Monday in a move that’s already stirring controversy within and outside the Muslim community. The new rule, which takes effect immediately, means Muslim women will have to remove their niqabs, […]

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The Lure of Alberta

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An ideal culture – that’s how Sudanese immigrant Phillip Deng describes Canada. He chose to immigrate here in 2006 through the federal government’s Skilled Workers Program, which is designed for newcomers who have education, work experience, knowledge of the English or French languages, and other abilities that will help them establish themselves as permanent residents […]

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Canada has issued its first Super Visa

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This was revealed by Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney. Speaking on the occasion of issuing Canada’s first Super Visa, Kenney said the federal government remains committed to finishing the process of Canada Parent and Grandparent Super Visa in a period not exceeding eight weeks. Canada Parent and Grandparent Super Visa—Under Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Super […]

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