Category Archives: CANADA VISA NEWS

Inter-Country Adoption Immigration Backlogs a Result of Systemic Issues

Canadian couples and their legally adopted children have been stuck in an immigration catch-22 for the past while. The Canadian government will not process visas for children without exit letters and, in the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo for instance, exit letters will not be issued for a child without a valid visa; […]

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Missing Correspondence from CIC Results in Dire Consequences for Applicants

Bashar Kassir, a Toronto resident, applied to sponsor his parents to Canada in the midst of Syria’s civil war so he could be with them and ensure their safety, security, and overall well being. Months later, he received notice that the application had been refused, citing a lack of supporting documents that were allegedly requested […]

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Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act protects the integrity of Canada’s immigration system

The recent changes (as of June 2014) to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act have already been contributing to the efficiency of Canada’s immigration system according to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. On August 1st that new applications are being processed faster than ever due to the government’s overhaul of the Citizenship Act. The citizenship […]

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Canada has introduced a new immigration program

The town of Morden in Manitoba, Canada has introduced a new immigration program called Morden’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative which is designed to help applicants who do not meet the criteria for existing provincial nominee program streams (ex. Family, Employer Direct, General). For eligible applicants, the town will offer full support to potential immigrants that […]

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Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program is set to reopen April 1st expected to be released shortly that will set the program’s restrictions. In 2014 the Quebec Government imposed a limit of 6,500 applications which was reached in early August 2014. Now, only those applicants who have a valid employment opportunity will be considered until the […]

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Express Entry being implemented in January 2015

The Express Entry program will be launched in January of 2015. It will offer four different groups of economic based immigration classes the opportunity to expedite their application by placing them in a pool of candidates accessible to prospective employers. Potential immigrants in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, […]

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Ottawa urged to remove citizenship by birth on Canadian soil

Immigration Officials have recommended that Canada remove its citizenship by birth policy to limit the potential of “birth tourism,” wherein foreign nationals who have children in Canada are then sponsored by those children once they turn eighteen. However, critics have responded by arguing that birth tourism is extremely rare and the cost of restricting citizenship […]

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Canada’s Start-up Visa Program Promotes Economic Growth

On July 16, 2014 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed the first two successful applicants under the new Start-up Visa Program. The two entrepreneurs formerly of Ukraine developed an application through their company Zeetl Inc. which allows firms to monitor social media for customer complaints. The program targets innovative entrepreneurs who can potentially […]

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada New Rules for Dependent Child

Starting August 1, 2014 the Canadian government will redefine who can immigrate to Canada as a ‘dependent child’. Changes to the definition of a dependent child The age of dependency has been reduced from under twenty-two (22) to under nineteen (19) and the exception made for full-time students has also been removed. Meaning that young […]

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Canada overhauls its temporary foreign worker program

On June 20, 2014 the Canadian government announced a comprehensive package of reforms affecting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that ensures the initiative will be used as intended, to fill positions that cannot be filled by Canadian applicants. Through limiting access to the TFWP, better labour market information, stronger screening, and tougher penalties for employers […]

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