Gulf residents applying for Canadian permanent residency in pre-defined categories will be processed through the Abu Dhabi Embassy, instead of the previous London (UK) Visa Office beginning on January 1, 2006.

With the resignation of four board members in less than four months, The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) expressing concern, and an independent auditor describing its expenses as "unusually high", the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is raising considerable doubt over its ability to self-govern.

A new agreement between the Quebec government and the Government of Canada grants international students the right to seek off-campus work in all regions of Quebec, including Montréal and Québec City. Nearly one hundred schools across the province are eligible to participate under the newly tabled regulation.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) supplementary budget estimates have been approved in principle, and are expected to provide an extra 168.5 million to bolster CIC programs and services.

Immigration Minister Announces Tripling of the Number of Parents and Grandparents Immigrating to Canada every year The measures to speed up the processing of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents coming to Canada as family class immigrants include tripling the number of parents and grandparents who can immigrate to Canada from 6,000 to 18,000 a year in 2005 and in 2006.

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By James Gordon
Feb. 10, 2005
Disgruntled Democrats have had months to cool off since George W. Bush recaptured the U.S. presidency in November, but it appears some may never recover.

Mike Aves, 40, a financial planner in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been active in the Young Democrats, said he was finding it almost impossible from that distance to land a job in Canada. "I've told my wife, I'd be willing to take a step down, socioeconomically, to move from white-collar work to a blue-collar job, if it would get us to Canada," he said.

By Tom Zeller Jr.
Nov. 7, 2004
 
One might only guess that a few of the 58 million people that voted for President Bush were motivated by a love-it-or-leave-it view of the country. But it is statistically demonstrable that after John Kerry's defeat, some Democratic supporters gave that sentiment some real thought, too.



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By Kevin Berger
Nov. 4, 2004

David Cohen, partner of Cohen-Campbell, a leading Canadian immigration law firm, had barely settled into work Wednesday morning when his phone started ringing with Americans seeking legal guidance to taking up residence in the land of the maple leaf. The Bush victory did it, they told him: America's shift to the right had finally squeezed them out of their own country. Farewell Ten Commandment statues in public squares, hello single-payer healthcare.

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Feb. 19, 2003

OTTAWA -- The government will spend $41.4 million over the next two years to attract more skilled workers and foreign students to Canada and to help workers find jobs once they get here.

On February 18, 2005 the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced that spouses and common-law partners in a genuine relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, regardless of immigration status, are able to apply for permanent residence status while remaining in Canada.

Coderre ruling stands, Federal Court decides Opens gates for prospective immigrants.

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The Gazette
Saturday, May 24, 2003
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre has lost his bid to reverse a Federal Court ruling that found his department misled Parliament.