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“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...]

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...]

Canadian Provincial Head Wants More Immigration Power

The head of one of Canada’s largest provinces wants the country’s federal government to cede more authority to local governments in making decisions related to immigration. Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia says that because provinces are in the frontline in understanding the local economic and social needs, they should have more power to determine immigration policies. Currently, … [Read more...]

Canada to Bring in More Trades People

Is Canada moving away from attracting immigrants with advanced degrees or highly accomplished professionals to skilled-trades people such as plumbers and welders? It would appear so, going from the latest statement from Canada's Minister for Citizenship & Immigration, Jason Kenney. In a statement, Kenney says he will launch a month-long public consultation process across the nation to … [Read more...]

Canada’s 2010 Immigration Highest in 50 Years

Canada’s legal immigration stood at a 50 year high last year, according to the country’s federal immigration minister. Jason Kenney said almost 281,000 legal immigrants came to Canada last year, and the number was higher than the government’s own plan of allowing between 240,000-265,000 new immigrants for the year. About two thirds of the immigrants were from the skilled economic migration … [Read more...]

Canada Wants India to do More on Illegal Immigration

Canada is pushing India, particularly the state of Punjab, to do more to crackdown on what it calls the proliferation of fraudulent immigration consultants & travel agents. During his three-day visit to India, Canada’s immigration minister Jason Kenney held a number of meetings with federal (central) and state officials, including the federal home minister P Chidambaram and Punjab’s chief … [Read more...]

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