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Visitors to Canada will be Automatically Considered for Multiple-Entry Visas

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced yesterday that visitors to Canada will now be automatically considered for a multiple-entry visa. This new policy will come into force this Thursday, February 6, 2013. In addition, the fee for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) will be decreased from $150 to $100, regardless of whether the visa issued is a single- or multiple-entry visa.
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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Cap Filled

After only a month, the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program has reached the maximum number of applications that will be accepted this year. The program, which re-opened on January 2, 2014, had placed a cap of 5,000 on application intake.
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New Temporary Foreign Worker Rules may Reduce Processing Times

According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, the Canadian government is preparing to enact new changes to the country’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

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Canada Seeks to Double Number of International Students by 2022

According to a new plan released this week, the Canadian government hopes to attract 450,000 international students by 2022. This is double the current number of international students currently studying in the country.
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Calgary is a Must-See City for 2014

The city of Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta, has made the New York Times’ list of must-see destinations for 2014.
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SINP Intake Quotas Slowly Filling

As of January 10, 2014, the Saskatchewan intake cap for international skilled workers without a job offer has been filled. The cap, set at 250, is the first to fill in the popular Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
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High Numbers of Visas Issued to Indian Nationals

Between January and December 2013, high numbers of visitor visas and study permits were issued by Canada’s visa offices in New Delhi and Chandigarh, India. A total of 84,672 visitor visas and 13,613 study permits were issued during this time frame.
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Canada Pledges Funds to Combat Polio in Pakistan

On Tuesday, January 7, the Government of Canada announced that it would donate $20 million over the next three years to support efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan.
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Information Technology Sector Booming in Ottawa

Canada’s capitol city may be poised to become a major hub of information technology careers.
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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Reopens Today

The parent and grandparent sponsorship program, which previously saw a moratorium on application intake, began accepting applications once more on January 2, 2014.
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Changes to Labour Market Opinion Process - Effective Dec. 31

Four changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application process will come into effect on Tuesday, December 31. They are as follows:
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New York Visa Application Center Has Been Closed

The Canadian visa application center (VAC) in New York City has been closed until further notice. Applications that have already been received by the VAC will continue to be processed.
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Improvement to Canadian Passport Services

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced yesterday that Canadians living abroad will receive improved passport services. These improvements are effective as of December 9, 2013.

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Canadian Leaders Reflect on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Canadians across the country joined South Africans in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, and celebrating the former president’s legacy. Mr. Mandela was the first black South African president, and is known worldwide for his leadership in the struggle against apartheid.
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Canada has Highest Rate of Job Satisfaction Levels

Canadians are the most happy with their jobs, according to a recent study. The study reported that approximately two thirds, of 64 percent, of Canadians said that they loved their job or ‘like it a lot’. A full 24 per cent of Canadians love their jobs so much that they said they would even work for free.
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Ontario Expands Programming for Immigrants throughout Province

The Province of Ontario, in partnership with the Federal Government, is expanding the successful Ontario Bridge Training Program. The program to date has helped over 50,000 immigrants become licensed in Canada and find jobs in their fields.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Program Prepares to Issue First Visas

The Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program is close to issuing its first visas to applicants.
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Priority Immigration Processing for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that it will offer priority processing of immigration applications from individuals who have been ‘significantly affected’ by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Visa Requirements Lifted for Czech Republic Nationals

Effective immediately, Czech passport holders no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to travel to Canada.
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Canada Pledges Aid to Philippines in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

In the aftermath of the devastating typhoon that ripped through the Philippines last week, the Government of Canada has created the Philippines Crisis Fund to assist in relief and recovery efforts. Already, the government has pledged $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations working in the country. It has also pledged to match donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities.
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Intake Caps Announced for Canadian Experience Class in 2014

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) will be introducing a cap on application intake. From November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014, a maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted for review.
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Canada’s French Heritage Celebrated During Francophone Immigration Week

This week, Canada’s French-speaking communities take the spotlight as the country celebrates Semaine de l’immigration francophone / Francophone Immigration Week. This is the first time such a week has been celebrated nationwide.
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Canada’s Foreign Worker Intake on the Rise

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released preliminary estimates of the country’s temporary foreign worker intake for 2013. According to its figures, the country has significantly raised its admissions this year.
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Permanent Residency for Parents and Grandparents, Live-In Caregivers to Increase in 2014

The Government of Canada has released some of its plans for immigration levels in 2014. Included in these plans are expected increases in the number of permanent residency visas issued to applicants through the Live-In Caregiver and Parent and Grandparent programs.
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Canadian Citizenship Week Celebrates Canada’s Unique Heritage

This week, from October 21 to 27, is Canadian citizenship week! To celebrate the importance of Canadian citizenship, a range of activities are being held throughout the country.
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