Canada

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Canada speeds up application and processing for spousal visas

February 16, 2018 Canada

Spouses are being re-united more quickly in Canada as improvements to the immigration system have led to shorter processing visa times. The improvements also mean that a backlog has been reduced, according to officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the aim has been to reduce the backlog of […]

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International arrivals boost population growth in Canada

December 22, 2017 Canada

Canada is known for being welcoming to expats and the latest official figures show that immigration continues to account for most of the steady population growth the nation is experiencing. As of October 2017, Canada’s population was estimated at 36,885,049, having increased by 176,966 in the third quarter, the highest quarterly increase since 1971. A […]

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People moving to Canada to work are preventing the workforce from falling

December 15, 2017 Canada

The workforce in Canada is growing in large part due to the rise in the number of people moving to Canada with immigrants making up almost a quarter of the labour force. From 2006 to 2016, about two thirds of Canada’s population growth was the result of migratory increase, the difference between the number of […]

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A million new residents expected to settle in Canada by the end of 2020

November 27, 2017 Canada

Canada’s new multiyear levels plan will see almost one million new permanent residents welcomed by the end of 2020, it has been confirmed, many of them moving to Ontario. Ontario is the top destination for newcomers to Canada and a new Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) will guide the relationship on immigration between Canada and Ontario […]

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No visas needed for Canada for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens from December 2017

November 17, 2017 Canada

From the beginning of December citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will no longer need a visa to travel to Canada, it has been announced. Instead they will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) which they need to get online before travelling and immigration officials are urging those with plans for travel from 01 December 2017 […]

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Census reveals cultural diversity of Canada with 40% from more than one origin

October 26, 2017 Canada

The latest Census figures to be made public in Canada show the modern diversity of the nation which now has over 250 ethnic origins or ancestries with four in 10 people reporting being of more than one origin. The Census also shows that close to 2.2 million children under the age of 15, or 37.5% […]

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Citizenship week in Canada marked more flexibility for foreign applicants

October 16, 2017 Canada

The annual citizenship week in Canada this year celebrated recent changes to the nation’s Citizenship Act which has made the process more accessible and flexible and also the 150th anniversary of the creation of the nation. It was even more poignant this year as it is the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada and […]

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More flexible citizenship application process comes into force in Canada on 11 October

October 5, 2017 Canada

Significant changes to the requirements for citizenship in Canada come into force next week which officials say give applicants more flexibility. The changes relate to physical presence in the country and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship. Currently applicants aged between 14 and 64 […]

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New study suggests young international students more likely to make Canada their home

September 7, 2017 Canada

International students are increasingly regarded as an important group of young and well-educated individuals who are the kind of people likely to be granted permanent residence in Canada. The most up to date official figures show that in December 2015 there were 353,000 international students with a valid study permit in Canada, up from 84,000 […]

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Official figures show how immigration is making Canada more linguistically diverse

August 16, 2017 Canada

While many people in Canada are known to speak English and French, official figures show that the nation is becoming more diverse with more people speaking more languages than ever before. Almost 7.6 million Canadians reported speaking a language other than English or French at home in 2016, an increase of almost a million since […]

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Pilot to attract overseas workers to Canadian Atlantic provinces gaining momentum

July 19, 2017 Canada

A pilot scheme in Canada aimed at attracting international graduates and skilled professionals to move to the Atlantic Provinces is gaining interest. A growing number of employers are looking to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot to find workers which is part of an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces. Since it […]

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Canada pledges to remain open to foreigners as US Court approves partial visa ban

June 29, 2017 Canada

Canadians have been urged to celebrate the nation’s multicultural population which should be seen as being able to attract people from all over the world. While some countries, such as the United States, the UK and Australia are exploring ways to reduce the number of people moving from overseas, Canada has been leading the way […]

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Changes to citizenship in Canada to streamline applications now in place

June 20, 2017 Canada

The Act that set out changes to the citizenship process in Canada has been approved. The main aims of the changes to the Citizenship Act are to streamline the application process, enhance the programme’s integrity and make sure dual citizens are not treated differently. Some of the changes are now in effect while others will […]

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