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Student Visa Issuances not Hindered by Visa Officer Strike

Despite an ongoing strike by some Canadian Foreign Service officers, Canada has issued more study permits than last year. According to Postmedia News, more than 45,000 visas were issued to students between May and July, the busiest time of year for these applications. Last year, only 39,600 visas were issued during the same time period.
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Legal Action Challenges Quebec Immigration Changes

Legal proceedings were initiated today by the law firms of Campbell Cohen (David Cohen) and Irving Mitchell Kalichman (Mathieu Bouchard) in an effort to prevent the government of the Province of Quebec from applying new (amended) immigration regulations retroactively.
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After Labour Dispute, BC Mine Welcomes Foreign Workers

Up to 30 new workers from China are expected to come to Canada to work for HD Mining company in British Columbia (BC). The company, whose decision to hire foreign workers came under scrutiny, intends to hire up to 201 Chinese workers.
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Alleged Crime Boss to be Deported from Canada

The leader of the Shui Fong triad, which has been linked to murders and attacks during the 1990s, is set to be deported from Canada. Lai Tong Sang has lived in Canada for 17 years.
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First Permanent Residents Come to Canada through Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program, a new addition to Canada’s programs for Permanent Residency, recently welcomed its first successful applicants to the country.
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Asylum Claims to Canada Lower by Over 50%

Canada received half as many asylum claims in the first 6 months of 2013 than the same time span in 2012. This drop has been attributed to the government’s expedited processing rules for citizens of designated ‘safe’ countries.
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International Post-Graduates Category now a permanent part of British Columbia PNP

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) announced today that the International Post-Graduate (IPG) pilot project will become a permanent fixture in the province’s PNP program.
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Extensive Changes made to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business

The Government of Manitoba has announced a number of changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (PNP-B). These changes are effective immediately. They concern the following programs and procedures:
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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Earlier today, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) announced important changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that will come into effect immediately. According to HRSC, these changes are aimed at strengthening and improving the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

 

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Immigration from US to Canada at a Peak

A new study from the Association for Canadian Studies has revealed some surprising statistics. According to the study, more Americans than ever before are choosing to move north of their border, while the amount of Canadians moving to the US continues to drop.
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Montreal is Top Destination for Chinese Students

Montreal ranks first in the world for university experience, according to a recent poll conducted by China’s Bank of Communications and the Economist Intelligence Unit think tank.
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Former Ambassador Named New Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Chris Alexander, the former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper today as Canada’s new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. He is taking over from Jason Kenney, who has held the position since 2008.
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Quebec Announces New Immigration Rules

The Government of Quebec announced today major changes to its immigration programs. These changes will become effective August 1st.

Program changes have been broken down as follows:

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Alberta Premier Wants More Temporary Workers to Help with Flood Rebuilding

Alberta Premier Redford has stated that she plans to speak with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about bringing in more temporary workers to help with reconstruction in the wake of widespread flooding throughout the province.
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Canada Announces Plans to Resettle Syrian Refugees

The Government of Canada has pledged to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014, according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
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Two Announcements: Alberta Flooding, Canadian Embassy in Egypt

Special Measures for Residents Affected by Alberta Flooding

Temporary and permanent residents who have been affected by the flooding throughout Alberta will have application fees waived and statuses automatically extended, said Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
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Canadians to be Consulted on Immigration Issues

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would be seeking input from Canadian citizens on immigration issues. The public is invited to fill out an online consultation, which will be open until August 31, 2013, on immigration levels and mix.
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Today is Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Today, across the country, Canadians are celebrating their multicultural heritage. Canadian Multiculturalism day was founded in 2002 by then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who designated June 27th of each year for the occasion.
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Canada and U.S. Promote Cross-Border Business

Canada and the U.S. have released their first progress report after announcing the creation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan in 2011. This joint plan between the two countries aims at facilitating the increase of trade and travel across their lengthy border, the longest in the world.
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Immigrants Make up Half of Canada’s Millionaires

A new survey has revealed that almost half of Canada’s millionaires are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians.
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Processing Times May Increase as Foreign Service Officers Strike

Processing times for applications submitted to Canadian Visa Offices abroad may rise as Canada’s foreign service officers go on strike.
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Canada Sees Largest Job Gains Since 2002

Canada’s economy shocked even the most optimistic observers, as the month of May saw 95,000 new jobs created across the country. This is the largest gain since 2002, over a decade ago.

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Changes to Alberta Semi-Skilled Worker Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has created a short-term initiative geared towards supporting businesses in the hotel and lodging industry throughout the province.
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Citizenship Test-Takers Now Have Two Chances to Pass

Effective immediately, applicants for Canadian citizenship who fail the citizenship test will now be granted a second opportunity to pass.
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Bilingualism in Canada on the Decline, Immigration Cited as One Cause

Canada may be an officially bilingual country. However, Statistics Canada has revealed that the amount of individuals able to speak both French and English is on the decline for the first time in 50 years.
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