This Week in Canadian Immigration: July 14th, 2017

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Breaking Canada Immigration News


This week Arton Capital’s Passport Index ranked countries passport scores to determine how easy it is to travel with that passport. Canada ranked number five with a visa-free score of 154. The score of 154 means that people who hold a Canadian passport can travel to 154 countries without a visa and/or can be granted a visa upon arrival. This is great news for Canadians considering they are typically known to be “travel-hungry” people.

Canada Passport


Next week Canada holds the Canada Open Gran Prix badminton tournament. India’s shuttler, Sameer Verma has been left disappointed as he had to withdraw from the Open. “I have to withdraw from the Canada Open GP as I couldn’t procure my visa in time, really disappointed as I was really looking forward to paly at Calgary,” Sameer wrote on his Facebook page. He also went on to say “as international athletes I think we shouldn’t be facing visa issues but again it is not something which I could do about it, will be playing in the US Open GPG next week,”  Do you agree, do you believe that international athletes need to go through visa processes to compete in world competitions?

Canada Badminton Visa



Effective August 1st, 2017, the Legal Services Society of B.C. will no longer accept applications for immigration and refugee cases because government funding hasn’t been able to keep up with the increase of refugee claims. Legal aid will cease to be provided to both immigrants and refugees in British Columbia, Canada. Many immigration specialists and lawyers have said that they fear that this will cause many people to be at risk of deportation. The reason many immigrants could be in jeopardy for deportation is that they will no longer have the legal aid to pay their immigrant lawyers to proceed with their cases. A refugee from Uganda, Alfred Okot-Ochen, applied for asylum in Victoria in 2003. Alfred stated that he would not have been able to “navigate the complicated paperwork without a lawyer funded by legal aid.”

Immigration Law


Other Canadian Immigration Stories This Week:

  1. Express Entry Helping to Address Canada’s Need for IT Workers
  2. Two Filipinas named among ‘Top 25 Canadian Immigrants’
  3. Churches, NGOs take Canada to court over refugee pact with U.S.
  4. Douglas Todd: Buying fake jobs to immigrate
  5. Visa dispute frustrates foreign teachers
  6. Sameer Verma to skip Canada Open Grand Prix after failing to obtain visa
  7. New Canadians guests of honor at family fair
  8. Legal aid cuts put refugees claimants, immigrants at risk, experts say
  9. Shuttler Sameer forced to withdraw from Canada Open due to visa issue
  10. Canada attracts top talent with swift visa processes
  11. Ottawa must not leave ‘legacy’ refugee claimants behind Editorial
  12. Trump administration officially delays ‘startup visa’ rule
  13. Former Canadian flag, the Red Ensign, gets new, darker life as far-right symbol
  14. Canadian accused in Guatemala village massacre fights to keep citizenship
  15. Canada Open: HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap lead the charge
  16. Nurse’s ‘painful separation’ from son after visa issue at U.S.-Canada border to end in Orangeville
  17. Ahmed Hussen says overloaded immigration lottery is ‘fair’
  18. Team Canada eyes future, while trying to stay competitive in present
  19. Canadian Passport Lands Number 5 Spot In Global Passport Power Rankings
  20. 2017 Express Entry Draw #17: Slight Decline In CRS Score, 3,202 ITAs Issued


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