Canada

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Canadian govt launches new app to ease stress of international arrivals

April 5, 2016 Canada

The Canadian government has launched a new app that is says will help people arriving and visiting the country get real time information and reduce stress at international airports. According to Ministers the Travel Smart app gives people easy access to information on entry and exit requirements, border waiting times, passport validity and more. They […]

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Canadian government aims to attract more French speaking professionals

March 21, 2016 Canada

A new programme aimed at attracting skilled francophone workers to Canada and encouraging them to settle in communities outside of Quebec has been announced. The International Mobility Programme stream will start on the first day of June and it is hoped that those taking part will want to settle permanently in Canada. “We want francophone […]

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Strong support for free labour zone between UK and key Commonwealth nations

March 15, 2016 Australia

People in the UK back the introduction of reciprocal rights to live and work freely in countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand, according to a new poll. It comes a time when the UK is set to introduce salary thresholds and an NHS surcharge for expats not from European Union countries. The research, […]

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Canadian immigration policy to focus on family reunification in 2016

March 9, 2016 Canada

Immigration policy in Canada in 2016 is to have a particular emphasis on family reunification, the country’s Immigration Minister has announced. In what he describes as an “ambitious” plan to bring in between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents to Canada, John McCallum, said the country will show global leadership. “Canada will welcome a greater […]

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Changes announced to make becoming a Canadian citizen faster and more flexible

February 26, 2016 Canada

Becoming a Canadian citizen is to be made faster and more flexible and provisions that resulted in different treatment for dual citizens are to be changed. Under amendments to the country’s Citizenship Act announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum, the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before qualifying for […]

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New research reveals less popular destinations set to become more popular in 2016

February 19, 2016 America

Some overlooked destinations around the world are set to become more popular in 2016, according to a new analysis of travel demand changes over the last two years. Queens in New York is set to overtake Brooklyn as the most popular destination for visitors staying in the city’s outer boroughs with a 150% increase in […]

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Plans being set up for Syrian refuges to settle in diverse communities in Canada

February 12, 2016 Canada

Communities throughout Canada have responded to the Government’s pledge to welcome 25,000 people from war tone Syria by offering to help them start a new life. While cities have always been a draw for refugees under the Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) programme many municipalities have expressed an interest in integrating them into their communities. Communities […]

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Visa exempt travellers need new electronic authorisation for Canada from March

February 4, 2016 Canada

Officials in Canada have issued a reminder that from March 2016 visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). There are exceptions including citizens of the United States and travellers with a valid visa, but those who will need an eTA are urged to make sure […]

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Start-up visa programme expected to be popular in Canada in 2016

January 18, 2016 Canada

Canada’s business immigration start-up visa programme is expected to become a more popular financing option for new companies across Canada in 2016. Over the past few years there have been a number of changes in business immigration programmes in the country with the cancellation of the Federal immigrant investor programme and the Federal entrepreneur programme. […]

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2016 sees change to working holiday visas for Canada

January 8, 2016 Canada

Young people seeking to get a visa for a working holiday in Canada now need to work with a set of changes to the International Experience Canada (IEC) programme. Run by Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC) and aimed at young adults wishing to work while visiting Canada, it has been regarded as the simplest visa […]

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New round of parent and grandparent visas opened in Canada

January 6, 2016 Canada

A new round of visa applications to sponsor parents and grandparents has just started in Canada and is expected to be popular, immigration officials have announced. A limit of 5,000 new and complete applications has been put on the visa stream by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A spokesman explained that all applications received […]

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New flights to strengthen travelling between Canada and Australia

January 4, 2016 Australia

People travelling and moving between Australia and Canada are set to gain much greater access under a new bilateral air services arrangement announced by both governments. Over the coming year gateway capacity in this market for business travellers, students and visitors will triple, offering new opportunities for both Australian and Canadian airlines and their passengers, […]

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Open work permit pilot in Canada extended for a second year

December 22, 2015 Canada

Foreign nationals applying for a visa to move to Canada as spouse or common law partner will continue to have the opportunity to work while waiting for their application to be finalised, it has been announced. Officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have confirmed that the pilot programme giving them open work permits is […]

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