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R&B Star Chris Brown Denied Entry To Canada

Chris Brown, the American R&B star who infamously pleaded guilty to an assault charge after an incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, last night cancelled two shows in Montreal and Toronto after citing Canadian “immigration issues”.
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Northwest Territories On Track To Meet Nominated Immigrant Targets

The Northwest Territories, one of Canada’s three territories located in the North of the country, is on track to meet its Canadian immigration targets for the next five years.
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Canada Extends Intake Period For Investor Program

The period for which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept applications for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has been extended until April 15, 2015. CIC had stated previously that it would accept applications for the program, which selects up to 60 high-net-worth applicants for Canadian immigration, until February 11, 2015.
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New Requirements Imminent For Employers Hiring LMIA-Exempt Foreign Workers

Canadian employers seeking to hire foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process will soon be required to submit information about their business, including details of the offer of employment, and pay a fee to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

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International Students Feel Left Behind By Express Entry

Significant changes to Canada’s immigration management system have made it more difficult for international post-graduates who graduated from Canadian universities to become permanent residents of Canada.
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Second Round Of Invitations To Apply Issued, But CIC Fails To Follow Protocol

A total of 779 invitations to apply for permanent residence were issued over the weekend through the Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration. All recipients of these invitations to apply had 818 or more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
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New Bridging Work Permits For Certain Alberta TFWs

Temporary foreign workers in Alberta facing a looming deadline to leave Canada have been offered an opportunity to apply for bridging work permits while their applications for permanent residence through a provincial nomination are in process.

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Quebec Immigration To Take Inspiration From Canadian Model

The government of Quebec is preparing to launch a year-long policy review regarding its immigration process, beginning this Wednesday at the National Assembly in Quebec City.
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Quebec To Begin Public Consultation On Immigration And Diversity

The government of Quebec is preparing to launch a consultation with people living in the province later this month. The consultation will cover issues relating to immigration, diversity and inclusion, and comes at a time when the current Liberal provincial government is organising changes to its immigration and integration policies.
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Newfoundland And Labrador To Provide Details Of Express Entry Category Later This Month

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has stated that it will announce the criteria for its new NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category during January, 2015, and will be accepting applications thereafter.
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British Columbia Launches Express Entry Category For Canadian Immigration

The government of British Columbia has announced the immediate launch of an Express Entry stream under its Provincial Nominee Program, known as Express Entry British Columbia. This new stream aligns with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Express Entry immigration selection system, which came into operation on January 1, 2015. The British Columbia Express Entry stream allows eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their B.C. PNP application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.
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Nova Scotia Announces Details Of Its Express Entry Stream For Canadian Immigration

The province of Nova Scotia has announced full details of its new Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream, which replaces the previous Regional Labour Market Demand stream. The new immigration stream, which opens with immediate effect, is within the scope of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that allow Canadian provinces to select potential immigrants based on local labour market needs.
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Canada Offers Open Work Permits To Certain Spouses Of Canadian Citizens And Residents As They Await Permanent Residence

The government of Canada has begun to issue open work permits to certain spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents in the Spouses or Common-Law Partners in Canada class (SCLPC).
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Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Stream

Nova Scotia has announced a new provincial immigration stream that will come into operation in January. The stream is called ‘Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry’, and will replace the previous Regional Labour Market Demand stream.
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Canada Announces Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

The government of Canada will give permanent resident status to around 50 high-net-worth immigrant investors and their families under a new investor pilot program. The government says that the program aims to attract experienced millionaire investors who will contribute to economic growth and prosperity.
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Alberta Wants More Provincial Nomination Spaces

The province of Alberta has formally requested that the federal government lift the lid on the number of economic immigrants it may nominate for Canadian immigration each year.
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Manitoba Likely To Have 500 New Nominations Under Express Entry

Following the news that its Prairie counterpart of Saskatchewan will receive an additional 775 provincial nomination spaces under Express Entry, the province of Manitoba is also expected to receive in increase in its allocation.
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Temporary Suspension Of Removals Lifted For Citizens Of Haiti And Zimbabwe

The temporary suspension of removals for Haitian and Zimbabwean nationals currently in Canada has been lifted. The lifting of the suspension, which had been in place due to dangerous situations in those countries, was announced by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander.
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Saskatchewan Receives Increased Allocation For 2015 Nominee Program

The province of Saskatchewan will have 5,500 immigration nominations accepted in 2015, an increase of 775 (or 16 per cent) on the 2014 total. The government of Saskatchewan, which had been seeking an increase in its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for Canadian immigration, has stated that the increased quota will help to alleviate labour market shortages. Saskatchewan currently has the lowest unemployment rate of all the Canadian provinces.
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Ontario To Introduce New Immigration Legislation

The province of Ontario, the most populate province in Canada, is set to introduce an Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with the federal government to capitalize on the economic benefits of immigration.
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Parent And Grandparent Program For Canadian Immigration To Reopen January 2, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is scheduled to reopen on January 2, 2015. The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.
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Canada Eliminates Visa Requirement For Chilean Tourists

The Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, has announced that Chilean citizens wishing to visit Canada as tourists or in transit to a third country will no longer require visas. Citizens of Chile will only require a passport in order to enter Canada.
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Immigration Minister Opens Canadian Race Relations Foundation Symposium

A two-day conference hosted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) began in Ottawa this morning, with federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, giving the opening address.
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Canada’s Jobless Rate Drops To 6.5%

The employment figures for October have shown a decrease in Canada’s national jobless rate, which now stands at 6.5 per cent. This is the lowest rate since November, 2008.
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More International Students Coming To Canada

The number of international students choosing to study in Canada at third-level education institutions has increased by 26 per cent since 2012, it has been revealed. 103,999 study permits were issued from January to September of 2014, an 11 per cent increase from the same period in 2013 (93,717) and a 26 per cent increase for the same period in 2012 (84,207).
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