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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Ah, The Good Old Days of Immigration

Source: Winnipeg Free Press On a cold January morning in 1968, my parents, Rey and Gloria Pagtakhan, arrived at Emerson to immigrate to Canada. About 12 weeks earlier, my father sent in their immigration application from St. Louis, Missouri, where he and my mother were going to school on visas from the Philippines. Instead of a visa confirming his immigration, my father was sent a telegram … [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...]

B.C. Hopeful Ottawa Will Increase Immigrant Quota

B.C.’s jobs minister is still hopeful the federal government will allow the province to hand-pick an increased number of skilled immigrants, despite the Citizenship and Immigration minister’s refusal Wednesday to grant a similar request to Alberta. The provincial nominee program allows provinces to choose skilled immigrants who are best qualified to meet shortages in the regional labour market. … [Read more...]

Immigration Rules Can be a Boost to European Migrants

Canada’s new immigration regulations, particularly a refocus on skilled trades-people, might be offering more opportunities for Eastern Europeans to migrate to the country. For years, Canada had emphasized on highly skilled professionals such as doctors, engineers, IT experts, accountants, managers etc. True, in a globalized economy, people with multi-lingual skills and with experience as … [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...]

Canadian Parent, Grandparent ‘Super Visa’ Launched

Canada’s new parent, grandparent Super Visa system for immigrant visitors came into effect today, December 1, 2011. Under the system, parents or grandparents of Canadians or Canadian permanent residents could apply for the visa, which, if approved, will be granted for up to a ten year period. If approved, the visa holders can stay in Canada up to two years. They, through their sponsors in … [Read more...]

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