This Week in Canadian Immigration: July 7th, 2017

Each week we collect stories related to Canadian immigration, and we provide a brief summary of each story in our weekly blog edition. Below you will find snapshots of stories that range from the ongoing changes in Canadian immigration laws to success stories. We then give you fresh links at the bottom that link to each story within our summary. Let’s dive in!

Breaking Canada Immigration News


On July 1st, 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. Many people in Canada were celebrating their heritage, Canadian culture, and their Canadian pride but many were celebrating their first year as an official Canadian citizen. On Canada’s 150th birthday, 53 people from more than 20 different countries recited Canada’s oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Halifax. “Becoming a citizen means I’ve been accepted into a society and a country that sees strength in diversity,” said Robinson-Enebeli. “In Canada, you can aspire to be anyone”. Robinson-Enebeli is one of the 53 new Canadian citizens who have been living in Canada as an immigrant for five years, waiting for this day what feels like his whole life.

Canada Day Canadian Citizenship


This week a 38-year-old Canadian immigration consultant has been sentenced to three years in prison for being in connection with a scheme to illegally smuggle people into the United States. Iram Jafri from Windsor, Ontario was ordered to pay a fee of $200,000 as she pleaded guilty in February. She was operating a scheme over the last five years to help smuggle undocumented immigrants into the United States through Detroit, Michigan for exchange in money. Jafri pleaded guilty to creating and soliciting fraudulent documents. There has been proof that Jafri had assisted more than 100 people in living illegally in the United States from Canada.

US Canadian Border



Throughout any presidential election, you will always hear the whining and crying of people threatening to “move to Canada” but are they ever serious? Although the Canadian Immigration website actually crashed from the amount of traffic that occurred on the day Donald Trump was elected, not many Americans followed through with their threat. According to statistics from Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship office, the number of Americans who applied for permanent residency between January and March rose 3.6% from 2016 to 2017. Approximately 1,882 Americans applied for permanent residency in Canada in 2017. From 2016 to 2017 only a tiny 1% increase in visa and authorizations were issued to people from the US to Canada. Although the interest from Americans to immigrate to Canada was strong during the election not much of the interest was sincere.

Donald Trump Shrug


Other Canadian Immigration Stories This Week:

  1. No, Americans aren’t actually flocking to Canada in droves

  2. Lovell blames government for change to Canada visa policy

  3. Canadian Immigration Consultant Sentenced in Smuggling Case

  4. Canadian lawyers celebrate Canada Day by fighting back against Donald Trump’s travel ban

  5. Nova Scotia Reopens Express Entry Stream, Closes Within Hours

  6. Why Canada embraces immigrants


  8. Impact of Canadian visa changes not yet known, says Antigua-Barbuda minister

  9. Halifax celebrates Canada Day with ceremony welcoming 53 new citizens

  10. The number of Americans applying for Canadian citizenship has barely increased since Donald Trump was elected – and figures are still down from Barack Obama’s years

  11.  Canada, New Zealand dreams end in tears for UAE residents

  12. Canada’s immigration system discriminates against children with disabilities, say families

  13. Canada rejects hundreds of immigrants based on incomplete data, Global News investigation finds

  14. Canada’s play for immigrant tech talent

  15. More violent criminals entering Canada from Mexico after Liberal decision to lift visa requirements

  16. Advocates, community leaders react to investigation into ‘hugely flawed’ immigration system

  17. Canadian PM Trudeau “Jealous” of Immigrants who get to Choose Canada

  18. Number of violent criminals coming to Canada from Mexico Increasing: Report

  19. Trump’s anti-immigration policies are pushing tech workers and students to Canada

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