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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to Briefly Pause Intake of Certain Applications

Starting August 1, 2014, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MB PNP) will be transitioning to a new application management strategy. According to the program’s website, this strategy will reduce processing times to less than six months.

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Canadian Immigration Minister Details Express Entry System

Canada Express EntryCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with business leaders and stakeholders in Toronto yesterday about the January 2015 launch of the Express Entry electronic application management system. The system will serve as a faster and more economic way for skilled immigrants to come to Canada.

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More than 1 Million Canadians have Roots in India

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently returned from a two-day trip to India. While there, he discussed a range of immigration initiatives that will benefit Indians coming to Canada for a variety of purposes.

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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Announces CAN+ Program in India

CAN+ IndiaCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the launch of the CAN+ program in India yesterday during a visit to New Delhi. The program aims to increase processing efficiency for visitors coming to Canada from India.

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Some Pending Low-Wage LMIA Applications to be Returned

As of June 20th 2014, the Government of Canada will no longer process any applications submitted on or before that date for low-wage positions to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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Canada Welcomes Over 2,200 New Citizens on Canada Day

Canada Day ImmigrationOn July 1st, 2014, Canada’s 147th birthday, more than 2,200 new Canadians from 138 countries were welcomed to the country at 45 citizenship ceremonies across the nation.

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Canada Celebrates Canada Day

Canada DayJuly 1st, 2014 is Canada Day, Canada’s 147th birthday. To celebrate, many proud Canadians are participating in festivities in cities and regions across the nation.

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Work Permit Fee Eliminated for Musicians Playing in Bars and Restaurants

Foreign artists entering Canada to perform in a bar or restaurant can now do so without the need to apply for and receive a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Previously, an LMIA, as well as the associated fee of $275 per individual, was needed for artists performing in this capacity.

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Canadians Celebrate Heritage This Week

Canadians are celebrating their shared heritage throughout June and early July. From June 21 to July 1, 2014, events are being held across the country to commemorate Canada’s history, diversity, and national identity.

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Canada’s Biotechnology Industry on the Rise

Canada bio science Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Industry Mike Lake took part in the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego. The annual convention is the world’s largest gathering of scientific leaders and representatives from biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, with representatives from 80 Canadian companies.

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Major Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced major reforms to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program this afternoon.

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Government Announces Final Passage of Bill C-24

Parliament HillCanadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced yesterday that reforms to the Citizenship Act have received final passage and Royal Assent. These reforms are the first major changes to the program since 1977. The changes will affect the application process for immigration to Canada, and enforce new rules for some Canadian citizens.

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Multicultural Society Helps Canadian Immigrants, Foreign Workers

Multicultural SocietyVancouver Island Multicultural Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and its leaders are looking back on the growth and successes of the organization.

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Canada Wages On Par With U.S.

Canada/US flagsAn internal government study has shown that wage levels in Canada are generally even with those in the United States, suggesting that Canadian workers should not be paid at a competitive disadvantage.

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Diversity on the Rise in Canada’s Capital

An increasing number of businesses and public sector organizations in Ottawa have reflected the diversity of their respective communities by hiring new Canadian immigrants.

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Nova Scotia Nominee Program Facilitates Immigration for International Graduates

Nova ScotiaInternational students who have graduated from a Canadian college or university now have the opportunity to easily settle in Nova Scotia after their studies are completed.

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Changes to Assessment Criteria for Intra-Company Transferees

WorkersCitizen and Immigration Canada released a bulletin today outlining the changes made to the assessment criteria for work permit applications for intra-company transferees (ICTs).

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Number of Applications to Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada Skilled Workers

On June 6th, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the total number of applications received for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Since the program reopened on May 1st, 157 applications have been received toward the overall cap of 25,000.

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Elimination of Recruitment and Advertisement Exemption for International Students Graduating from Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions

Maple leafEmployment and Social Development Canada has eliminated the Recruitment and Advertisement Exemption for international students who have graduated from recognized Canadian post-secondary institutions, and whose Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWPs) are expiring.

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Funds Literacy Program for New Canadian Families

ChildrenHome Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, a new program designed to help immigrant mothers prepare their children for kindergarten, has launched in Nanaimo, BC.

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Immigration Minister Highlights Success of Canadian Citizenship Program

Canada celebratesLast Friday, May 30th, Canadian Citizen and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada had welcomed its 100,000th new citizen of 2014. Already in 2014, Canada has sworn in more than twice the number of new citizens than the number of new citizens admitted by this time in 2013.

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Quebec Skilled Worker Cap Beginning to Fill

QuebecThe Government of Quebec has released new data on the number of applications received under the current Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program intake cycle. As of May 16, 2014, the program has received 2,173 applications. A maximum of 6,500 applications will be accepted in total.

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New Immigrant Investor Program in the Works

Business meeting

Last Friday, May 23, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with business leaders to begin formulating plans for a new federal immigrant investor program. The program will be known as the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot.

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Need for Immigrants in Halifax

Nova ScotiaA recent report has shown that immigration to Nova Scotia hit an eight year low in 2013, with outmigration to other parts of Canada at the highest level in over a decade.

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AB Leaders Seek to Help Foreign Workers Transition to Permanent Residency

Alberta jobs minister Thomas Lukaszuk and Gil McGowan, a labour leader with the Alberta Federation of Labour, found common ground at a forum on temporary foreign workers in Edmonton. The two leaders say they want to see a system in place that allows temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents.

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