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New reforms reinforce Canadian citizenship and passport value

February 19, 2014 Canada

New Canadians should be prepared to take part in the democratic life of the country as well as respect cultural traditions and not see it as a passport of convenience, it is claimed. A number of new reforms are being introduced to reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship as well as making the whole immigration [...]

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Changes for international students seeking study permits in Canada

February 14, 2014 Canada

New rules that aim to strengthen Canada’s status as a study destination of choice for prospective international students will be introduced later this year. The new regulations, which take effect in June, aim to improve services for genuine students, while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and [...]

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New bill to reduce Canadian citizenship backlogs and processing times

February 7, 2014 Canada

The Canadian government has reaffirmed its pledge to reduce backlogs and processing times for citizenship applications. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander launched the Blueprint for Citizenship Improvements as a part of the government’s introduction of Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. Bill C-24 reinforces the government’s commitment to reduce backlogs and improve processing [...]

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Expat returns home to Canada after almost 30 years

February 5, 2014 Canada

Not many people retire to the place they originate from, but that is precisely what expat Margaret Johnston did when she left Scotland for her new home in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, or New Scotland. When Margaret, a pharmacist, lost her husband in 2009, soon after taking early retirement, she decided it was [...]

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Surge in visas granted for Indians working, visiting and studying in Canada

January 28, 2014 Canada

People from India are set to continue to make a major contributions to life in Canada with the number of visas issued since 2008 up 73%, according to immigration officials. Canada is also a popular place for Indian students with the number of study permits up 321% since 2008. ‘For over a century, Canadians of [...]

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Canada launches new strategy to attract international students

January 21, 2014 Canada

Canada has launched a new international education strategy aimed at attracting more international students and researchers to the country and supporting Canadian students abroad. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, said it will foster innovation and create jobs and opportunities in every region of the country and is designed to maintain and enhance Canada’s global [...]

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Canada announces visa free travel for Czechs for up to six months

January 17, 2014 Canada

Czech nationals no longer require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada and can now stay in Canada for up to six months visa free, which is consistent with all other visa exempt nationals. ‘Canada values strong ties with our European friends and after working with Czech officials for some time we are pleased to [...]

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Norway launches new international education strategy

January 8, 2014 America

Norway has launched a new strategy aimed at encouraging more students to study abroad and a number of initiatives are being set up with the United States and Canada with Asia also regarded as an important region for growth. New Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, has confirmed that academic collaboration with [...]

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Canada pledges to bring immigrant families together faster in 2014

December 23, 2013 Canada

The Canadian government is aiming to continue to bring families together more quickly in the New Year by cutting immigration backlogs and waiting times. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander released new figures showing that over the first six months of 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) admitted 45,000 permanent residents to Canada in the [...]

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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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