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Canadian Immigration Reaches Historical High for Seventh Consecutive Year

2012 saw Canada reach its highest sustained level of immigration in history, continuing a seven year trend.
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Federal Skilled Worker Program Will Include Occupation List

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has officially announced that the new Federal Skilled Worker program will include a list of designated occupations.
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Canadian Experience Class is Fastest-Growing Immigration Program

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is Canada’s fastest growing immigration program, with over 9,353 visas issued in 2012. This exceeded the program’s yearly target of 7,000 by 34%.
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2012 Breaks Records for Student Visa Issuances

Canada welcomed over 100,000 international students in 2012, the highest amount in the country’s history. The number was a 60% jump from intake levels in 2004.

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Canada Issued Almost 1 Million Visitor Visas in 2012

Canada issued a record number of visitor visas last year. With almost 1 million approved, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has seen visitor visa issuances increase almost 40% since 2004.
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Detroit Visa Office to Close

The Visa Office at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit has been closed. Its services have now been transferred to the New York City and Los Angeles Visa Offices.

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Refugee Claimants from 8 More Countries Will See Faster Processing

The list of Designated Countries of Origin, which was introduced on December 15th, 2012 as part of the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, has been amended to include 8 new countries.
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Overseas Orientation Program Graduates 20,000 Permanent Residents

The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), founded in 2010, recently celebrated the graduation of its 20,000th participant.

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Quebec Amends List of Occupations for Facilitated Labour Market Opinion

The Government of Quebec announced yesterday that its list of occupations for the Facilitated Labour Market Opinion (FLMO) program has been amended. The FLMO is a provincial program that allows employers wishing to hire a foreign worker in a targeted profession obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) without needing to recruit in Canada.
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Proposed Bill Could Strip Terrorists of Canadian Citizenship

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney stated that his government would like the power to strip citizenship from Canadians who commit terrorism or acts of war. This statement was made one day after a dual Canadian and Lebanese citizen was indicated as a participant in a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.
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Vancouver to Become New Host of TED Talks

The Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been selected as the host of the popular TED Talk series. TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design” is where leaders and innovators are invited at events around the world to give ‘the most important talk of their lives’. In recent years it has become a global sensation, with over 1,200 spin-off talks given in cities across the world.
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Processing Changes at Canadian Visa Offices in the United States

Effective January 29th, 2013, a number of changes have been made to Canadian visa offices in the United States. These changes have been made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with the intent to better expedite the processing of applications for Canadian temporary and permanent residency.

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Canada Launches “First of its Kind” Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that it will launch a new program on April 1st, 2013, aimed at bringing the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to Canada. According to CIC, the program will be the first of its kind in any country. Its unique partnership model is intended to “position [Canada] as a destination of choice for start-ups”.
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Libyan Family Welcomed Home to Canada

A Libyan family, originally deported from Canada five years ago, will be allowed to return to Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
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Canada to resettle up to 5,000 Iranian and Iraqi refugees by 2018

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced plans to resettle up to 5,000 Iranian and Iraqi refugees, presently in Turkey, by 2018. Citing "escalating violence in the region," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney outlined his government's intention to "help Turkey deal with this growing pressure." He also commended the government of Turkey "for keeping her borders open to those fleeing the ongoing conflict in the region."
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Indians Receive Record Number of Canadian Visas

india canadaCanada’s visa office in Chandigarh, India has reported a record number of visa issuances for 2012. The office, situated in the country’s Punjab region, processes a variety of applications including those for study and visitor visas.
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Canadian Economy Creates over 40,000 New Jobs in December

The Canadian economy generated over 40,000 jobs in December 2012, according to the latest Labour Survey published by Statistics Canada. While a majority of these jobs were created in the province of Ontario (33,000), Manitoba (5,200), Saskatchewan (4,000), Newfoundland and Labrador (2,700), and Prince Edward Island (1,300) also recorded significant job increases.
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CIC Proposes Changes to International Student Program

college kidsCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has proposed changes to the International Student Program. These changes are intended to benefit students while taking steps to prevent and reduce fraud.
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Certain Visitors to Canada Must Now Provide Biometric Data

Beginning in 2013, the Canadian government will begin requesting biometric data from some temporary visitors to the country.

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Skilled Worker Program Will Reopen in May

canada!Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the new points system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4th, 2013. At that time, the program will begin accepting applications to its Skilled Worker category.
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Work Permit Restrictions Relaxed for Some Federal Applicants

canadaA new rule change will allow some applicants for Canadian Permanent Residency to be considered for a ‘bridging open work permit’ if their current work permit is set to expire.
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CIC to Launch New Federal Skilled Trades Program in January 2013

skilled tradesStarting January 2, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will begin accepting applications for a new Federal Skilled Trade program designed to facilitate the entry of overseas skilled tradespersons into the Canadian workforce. Aimed at addressing “serious labour shortages in some regions of the country”, the program will also aim to revamp an immigration system that “has not been open to these in-demand skill workers,” according to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
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Canada Ranks High for Immigrant Integration

diversityA recent study by the Migrant Integration Policy Index has ranked Canada as the third best country in the world for immigrant integration. The study, which analyzed conditions in 31 North American and European countries, saw Canada score 89/100 points to be ranked above all countries except Sweden and Portugal.

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Canada to Introduce New Asylum System

parliamentOn December 15, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be introducing a new asylum system designed to overcome the limitations and vulnerabilities of its predecessor.
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Report Says Canada Should Boost Immigration Levels in 2014

reportsAn internal government review has revealed suggestions to begin raising Canada’s immigration targets beginning in 2014.
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