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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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Canada and European Union Reach Landmark Trade Agreement

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Friday, October 18, that Canada and the European Union (EU) will soon be signing a sweeping trade agreement. The agreement, which will greatly enhance trade and investment ties between the two partners, will be the largest that Canada has ever signed.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program adds Business Incubator Stream

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that the popular Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program will add a new stream to link foreign entrepreneurs with business incubators in Canada. The stream is scheduled to begin accepting applications on October 26, 2013.
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Malala Yousafzai Offered Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Canadian authorities have confirmed that Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old advocate for girl’s education in Pakistan and worldwide, will be made an honorary Canadian citizen.
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Canada and US Will Share Information to Fight Foreign Criminals

Canada and the United States will be implementing a new information-sharing system aimed at decreasing the number of foreign criminals and ineligible refugee claimants to both countries. The plan, which is to be fully implemented by next fall, will include the sharing of basic information such as an individual’s date of birth, travel documentation and fingerprints.
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Workers in US Should be Tapped to Fill Canada’s Labour Shortage, Study Shows

A new study by the Conference Board of Canada, released on Friday, suggests that Canadian employers should look south of their own border to find the workers needed to fill shortages across the country.
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Foreign Service Workers, Canadian Government Strike Tentative Deal

A lengthy dispute between some Canadian Foreign Service officials and the Canadian government has finally ended, thanks to a possible new deal between the two parties. With this deal comes the end of rotating strikes at visa offices across the world, which had allegedly slowed processing of visitor and study visa applications.
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Canadian Immigration Officer among Those Killed in Nairobi Attack

Annemarie Desloges, a Canadian consular officer, was one of two Canadians killed in last Saturday’s terrorist attack in Nairobi.
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Changes Made to Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

On Friday, September 13th, the Province of Alberta announced several changes to its Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). These changes will help to facilitate immigration for certain categories of workers intending to settle in the province.
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Canadian Organization Asks Government for More Temporary Workers

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) asked Ottawa to take immediate steps to bring in more temporary foreign workers. The organization states that almost 290,000 full- and part-time jobs remain unfilled across the country.
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More Than a Quarter of British Columbia's Population Was Born Abroad

Statistics Canada has begun to release data drawn from its 2011 census. It comes as no surprise that Canada holds its place as one of the most diverse countries in the world. The Province of British Columbia (BC) is no exception.
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New Brunswick’s Temporary Pause for Business Applicants

Each year, New Brunswick welcomes several hundred immigrants through the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program (NBPNP). This program allows individuals who wish to live and work in New Brunswick to come to Canada based on a nomination by the province.
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New Biometric Requirements Take Force

As of Wednesday, September 5th, some temporary residents in Canada will have to provide biometric data in order to enter the country.
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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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