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First permanent residents in Canada under new skilled trades programme

August 20, 2013 Canada

Canada has welcomed the first permanent residents under the country’s new Federal Skilled Trades Programme, it has been announced. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said it is part of a focus on job creation, economic growth and long term prosperity. ‘The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled [...]

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Canadian officials warning over visa and job application scams

August 5, 2013 Canada

People applying for visas and moving to Canada are being warned to be careful not to become the victim of scammers who are out to steal identities, commit fraud and spread computer viruses. ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No one can guarantee you a job or a visa to [...]

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Canadian visa applicants face delays due to strike action

July 17, 2013 Canada

Delays in processing Canadian visas are being experienced around the world and a backlog is building up due to strike action. The action by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is affecting offices in China, Japan, Hong Kong, the UK, Indonesia, Thailand, India, the United States, Colombia and Brazil. Officials said that [...]

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Super visa for parents and grandparents becomes one of the most popular in Canada

July 12, 2013 Canada

More than 20,000 parent and grandparent super visas have been issued in Canada since the programme was launched in December 2011, it has been announced. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that it has proved to be one of Canada’s most popular visa programmes. ‘The government is committed to family reunification and the [...]

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Canadian citizenship guide launched as a downloadable eBook

July 3, 2013 Canada

Canada’s popular citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, has been launched as an integrated audio eBook download. ‘This is yet another way those studying for the citizenship test can learn about Canada’s history, values, symbols and important institutions,’ said Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney. The audio eBook [...]

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Canada launches major consultation programme on future immigration policy

June 24, 2013 Canada

The public have been invited to give their feedback on immigration levels in Canada as part of preparation for future policy decisions. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched online consultations for public input on immigration levels. In addition, Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra is beginning a [...]

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Immigration data and information to be made more accessible in Canada

June 19, 2013 Canada

Data on immigration in Canada is being made available on a new online portal as part of a governmental commitment to openness and transparency. Immigration data is one of the most sought after sets of information in the country and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney hopes that the new next generation Open Data Portal will help [...]

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Millions using Canada’s on line visa and immigration help tools

June 13, 2013 Canada

More than four million people have been helped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) new online Help Centre since it was launched just six months ago, it has been announced. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that the Canadian government is committed to improving service and the new online Help Centre is part [...]

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Canada speeds up citizenship process with changes to test rules

June 10, 2013 Canada

Citizenship applicants in Canada who fail their first citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge, it has been announced. In the past, individuals who failed their knowledge test would be required to wait a number of months for an appointment with [...]

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Improvements made to Canada skilled worker visa programme

June 3, 2013 Canada

Improvements have been made to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Programme aimed at making the country more attractive to highly skilled workers from overseas. ‘The government’s number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity,’ said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. ‘Our changes ensure not only that Canada can select the immigrants [...]

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New Start Up visa in Canada open for applications

May 22, 2013 Canada

Canada’s new Start Up visa, which officials claim is the first of its kind in the world, is now open for applications. The Start-Up visa is regarded as being an important part of the Canadian government’s plan to build a fast and flexible economic immigration system. It aims to provide Canadian private sector organisations with [...]

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Canadian parent and grandparent visa waiting times cut

May 13, 2013 Canada

The backlog and waiting times for visa under Canada’s Parent and Grandparent (PGP) programme are set to be cut in half by the end of this year. As a result Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the PGP visa programme for new applications on 2 January 2014. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said [...]

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Canada’s revamped federal skilled worker visa programme open for applications

May 6, 2013 Canada

Canada’s new and improved Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FDWP) is now open for applications after a revamp which has updated the visa selection criteria. The FDWP has been updated to improve economic outcomes by selecting immigrants who will be able to integrate more rapidly and successfully into a new life in Canada, according to Citizenship [...]

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