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Canada to Issue ‘Conditional Permanent Residence’ to Some Spouses

The Canadian government has made public its intention to launch a new, so-called Conditional Permanent Residence Permit for some foreigners migrating to the country through the spousal sponsorship stream. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the ‘conditional PR’ will be valid for two years, and will be issued for those who have been in a relationship with their Canadian … [Read more...]

New Sponsorship Rules for Spouses

The Canadian government is imposing a five year sponsorship bar on those who migrate to the country under the Spousal Sponsorship stream, after being sponsored by their spouse or partner. The new regulation, which came into force Mar. 02, was announced by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Until now, a person immigrating to Canada after being sponsored by a spouse or partner … [Read more...]

Loan Program to Help Foreign Professionals

The Canadian government has launched an 18-million dollar loan program to help immigrant professionals get their foreign credentials recognized in the country. The three-year program, called The Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot, will run in three provinces – British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. It will be run through selected community agencies, and will provide loans to help … [Read more...]

Canada Mulls Change to Citizenship-by-Birth Law

The Canadian government is considering changes to the current citizenship-by-birth principle, after reports of pregnant women coming to the country to get citizenship for their newborns. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has been quoted as saying the government has been aware that pregnant women are coming to Canada as tourists for the sole purpose of giving birth to a child … [Read more...]

New Website Helps Immigrants, Employers Network for Jobs

A Canadian website has gone online offering help to immigrants, employers and community agencies to find each other in the jobs sector. The new site, at NetworkForImmigrants.ca, is part of the Professional Immigrant Networks Initiative (PINs) designed to bring the three parties together. The project is organized by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), Scotia Bank and the … [Read more...]

Canada to Focus on Skilled Trades People for Immigration

Canada is reportedly planning another major overhaul of its immigration system to bring in more skilled trades people such as electricians and perhaps fewer people with top notch university degrees. While Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the World Economic Forum in Davos about plans to change the immigration system to bring in people needed by the labour market, Citizenship and Immigration … [Read more...]

Canadian Website to Facilitate Immigrant Integration

The Canadian government has launched a new program to make it easier for foreign-trained professionals get their credentials accredited. The new website, the International Qualification Network (IQN), is not for those seeking employment, or foreign credentials recognition, which are dealt by separate organisations and websites. Rather, the IQN will help all stakeholders – such as regulatory … [Read more...]

Canada Still Looking for These Immigrant Professionals

Are you a medical radiation technologist? Or a dental hygienist? Or are you a chef, or a crane operator? Well, if you are, Canada is still looking for you. Canada will be accepting 10,000 people (and their families) under its Federal Skilled Worker Program this year and there is a cap of 500 for each of the 29 professions listed for consideration for immigration. And while the cap for … [Read more...]

New Opportunities in western Canada

Ever more immigrants to Canada are choosing non-traditional provinces such as Alberta and Manitoba in the west, or Nova Scotia in the east of the country, to settle. The newcomers are choosing regions with better prospects for them and their families. Recently, Canada’s premier English daily, the Globe and Mail, ran an article on how the province of Saskatchewan is benefiting from a shift in … [Read more...]

Some Answers on Super Visa

How does the new Canadian ‘Parent and Grandparent Super Visa’ look like? How long does it take for the Canadian visa office to issue such a visa? And what are the requirements? The new Super Visa is still a hot issue, with many questions. A Montreal-based immigration firm, Canadim, has some answers to your questions. This is not an endorsement of the agency. Related articles Canadian … [Read more...]

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