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New improved passport service for Canadian expats

December 10, 2013 Canada

Canadian expats can now benefit from an improved passport service which aims to be more efficient and streamlined for citizens living and working abroad. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that the improvements mean that expats will have options over who they choose as a guarantor. They can pick an adult with a valid [...]

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Boost for immigration skills programme in Canada

November 27, 2013 Canada

More funding is going into a government run programme in Canada aimed at helping thousands of skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs. More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province with official figures showing that nearly 40% of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario. The Ontario Bridge Training Programme, which has already supported 50,000 [...]

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Changes to visa process for skilled workers in Canada

November 14, 2013 Canada

  Canada hopes to attract top quality skilled workers and the immigration department is making changes aimed at making the visa application and processing system more efficient and user friendly. Major changes are being made to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) programme. the aim is to manage intake, maintain reasonable processing times and prevent a [...]

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British retirees looking at different retirement locations overseas

November 7, 2013 America

Financial problems in southern Europe appear to have forced a shift in perceptions of desirable places to retire for British people including looking at less obvious destinations. A third of people want to move abroad when they retire, but the popularity of Spain, France, Portugal and Greece has plummeted in the past year, according to [...]

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Canada to introduce new skilled visa application process for 2015

November 6, 2013 Canada

Canada is to introduce a new visa application process in 2015 with the aim of attracting the best and brightest immigrants. The process, provisionally entitled Expression of Interest (EOI,) is being described as a move from a passive economic immigration system to one that actively recruits skilled people to move to Canada to work. ‘We [...]

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Canada announces record immigration programme for 2014

October 29, 2013 Canada

  Canada aims to attract hundreds of thousands of permanent expats in 2014 as part of a new immigration plan to drive economic growth. The plan involves attracting record numbers of new permanent residents under two of the most popular visa programmes according to Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander. The goal is to welcome up [...]

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More funding for immigrants language skills announced in Canada

October 21, 2013 Canada

The Canadian government has announced more funding to help people arriving in Canada to ensure their language skills are stronger. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that the support is for newcomers as they acquire language skills, find work and integrate into the community. ‘By giving immigrants the tools they need to succeed, [...]

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British expats happiest in Canada

October 2, 2013 Britain

British expats in Canada are the most happy with life in their new country and those in China are the least, a new study has revealed. Expats are also happy living and working in Australia and Norway and less happy in Greece and Spain, according to figures from a survey by visa application website Global [...]

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Canada pledges to speed up immigration system for new applicants

September 11, 2013 Canada

Officials in Canada are looking at new ways to make the immigration system more flexible, fast and fair and also speeding up citizenship decisions by clearing dormant cases. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that the application process has been bogged down by applicants not taking the process seriously. ‘We are continuing to [...]

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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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