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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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Citizenship applicants in Canada advised to use online presence calculator

December 10, 2015 Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is reminding would be applicants that it has a physical presence calculator for adult permanent residents applying for citizenship. People aged 18 and over can use the calculator to find out if they have been physically present in Canada long enough to be eligible for citizenship. “This online calculator is the […]

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Agent admits creating biggest ever immigration fraud in Canada

December 9, 2015 Canada

An agent who helped wealthy Chinese people get citizenship or permanent residency in Canada has been jailed for what is described as the biggest immigration fraud in Canadian history. Xun Wang created a sophisticated and complex scheme and took millions of dollars from Chinese nationals for whom he forged documents, which led immigration authorities into […]

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US is less safe and Canada more free, according to global prosperity index

November 11, 2015 America

All expats hope that wherever they move their chosen country will be a prosperous and happy place to live and work, but it can be difficult to find enough information about what it will be like before moving. This can be increasingly important as some countries have become more open to expats, while others are less prosperous […]

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Threatening new telephone scam targets expats and immigrants in Canada

September 18, 2015 Canada

Expats and immigrants in Canada are being warned by officials of a new scam where fraudsters are calling people on the telephone claiming to be Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officers. The scammers say they are calling to collect additional personal information and/or to seek payment for a fine that must be paid immediately to […]

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