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Canada’s Online Immigration Tool

An interactive website created by Canada's immigration ministry is becoming increasingly popular among those who wish to immigrate to the country. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the federal department in charge of immigration -- its Come to Canada Wizard gets more than seven thousand hits a day from around the world. The site has been accessed more than four million … [Read more...]

“Conditional PR” for Some Married Spouses

Canada has implemented its new rule to give only a ‘conditional permanent residence’ to sponsored spouses who have been in a relationship with their sponsor for less than two years and have no children from the partnership. The new rules came into effect October 25, 2012. Under the new rules, spouses with less than a two-year old relationship who are sponsored to come to Canada under the … [Read more...]

New Language Requirements for Citizenship Applicants

Canada is changing the way citizenship applicants prove their ability in English or French, which are the country’s two official languages. Beginning November 1, 2012, they will need to submit proof of their language skills at the time of their citizenship application. Until now, applicants between the ages of 18-54 (check here for those below 18 and above 54) had to prove their language … [Read more...]

Canada Stops Accepting Applications Under Skilled Worker Program

As of July 1st, Canada will not be accepting fresh applications under its Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) and its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the decision will not affect those who have already applied, and those who have a job offer and are planning to apply under the FSW program. Those in the PhD Eligibility Stream will also … [Read more...]

Temporary Resident Visa Can Be Applied Inside Canada

If you are in Canada on a temporary residence permit (student or work permit visa), and want to apply for a new temporary resident visa (TRV), you can now do it within Canada itself, instead of having to apply from abroad. The new application can be made to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Case Processing Pilot Office in Ottawa. You can use this new facility if you are: A … [Read more...]

Saskatchewan Changes Immigration Program

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is changing some of the regulations related its provincial Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). One of the key changes is who can apply for the SINP program and how many people they can sponsor once they are in the country. Until now, those who want to work in the province and fulfill the SINP criteria were able to apply. But under the new … [Read more...]

Canada Mulls Start-up Visa System

The Canadian government is considering starting a new program to allow immigration of foreign entrepreneurs with great business ideas but not enough money. The new ‘start up visa’ program will allow entrepreneurs who have great ideas in IT and other sectors to be matched with Canadian investors. If everything goes well, the entrepreneur will be given a visa to move to Canada to establish the … [Read more...]

Opportunites to Immigrate to Quebec, Canada

Quebec’s Investor Immigration Program, part of the Business People stream, has been closed until end of March 2013. This follows receiving 2,700 applications, which was the cap set for the current year. However, according to the Quebec government,which runs an immigration program fairly autonomous from the federal government of Canada, two more streams under Businesspeople are still available. … [Read more...]

Canada to Return 300,000 Immigration Applications

Did you apply to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker program before Feb. 27, 2008? If so, Canada has decided that your application will not be processed anymore and your money will be returned along with your application. This was among the key decision made public in the country’s new budget. According to government figures, about 200,000 people had applied before this date. … [Read more...]

Parent, Grand Parent Immigration to be ‘Redesigned’

The Canadian government has launched an online consultation process to redesign the country’s Parent and Grandparent Immigration Programme (PGP). In-person consultations are soon to follow in a number of cities. The new consultations appear to have two key aims – to cut the long wait times for PGP applicants and to avoid too much of a constraint on the country’s coffers. Who Can Sponsor: Under the … [Read more...]

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