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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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Immigrants Granted Permanent Residency Due to Computer Glitch

computersApproximately 150 new Canadian Permanent Residents were allowed to stay in Canada even though their visas had been issued by mistake.

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Federal and Provincial Governments Meet to Discuss Immigration

canadaImmigration ministers from both federal and provincial/territorial governments met in Ottawa to discuss immigration matters.
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Nova Scotia Increases its Provincial Nominee Quota

nova scotiaThe Federal government has increased the number of Permanent Residents to be issued visas through the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A total of 700 nominees will receive visas, up from the province’s regular quota of 500.
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In Light of Controversy, Temporary Foreign Worker Program to be Reviewed

minersAfter a hiring controversy in British Columbia, the Canadian government has announced that it will conduct a review of its Temporary Foreign Worker program.

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Presents Immigration Plan for Next Fiscal Year

flagCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has presented its Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. Each year, this report is given to Canadian Parliament as a way to summarize recent developments in immigration and outline immigration policy for the following year.
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CEC to Play a Prominent Role in Shaping Canadian Immigration in 2013

flagsCitizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced plans to maintain its record levels of immigration. CIC plans to admit a total of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013, matching its targets for the seventh year in a row.

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Rwandan Genocide Participant Deported from Canada

gavelJean Leonard Teganya, a Rwandan refugee claimant in Canada, has been deported for complicity in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Cracks Down on Marriage Fraud

marriage certificateAs part of its ongoing efforts to reduce marriage fraud in Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has introduced new legislation related to spousal sponsorship.
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Over 800 Afghan Interpreters and Families Resettled in Canada

canada mapOver 800 Afghans have settled in Canada thanks to a special program created by the Canadian government. The program allowed Afghans who acted as interpreters for Canadian military and diplomatic personnel to live in Canada with their families.
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Honoured in Ottawa

ottawa parliamentFive outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs were bestowed with the first ever Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards ceremony.
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Ontario Wants 135,000 New Immigrants Each Year

welcome to ontarioAn expert roundtable on immigration to Ontario has concluded that immigration to the province should be increased to 1% of its population, or approximately 135,000 people a year. Of this number, it is advised that at least 65-70% come economic immigration classes.
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Canada Seeks to Attract British and Irish Workers

canada britainImmigration Minister Jason Kenney recently traveled to the United Kingdom on a formal business trip. The primary objective of his 5-day trip is to encourage young British and Irish graduates to consider coming to Canada to live and work.
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