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!
As of May 10th, 2017 the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration resumed receiving online applications for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry and the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker. On May 9th, 2017 all online applications were suspended but shortly resumed the day after. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stated that the “Nova Scotia Demand is expected to open and close over the next year.” Their motive behind doing this is to create greater efficiency in the processing of applications.
A significant change to the Canadian Immigration system happened this week, about children. The Canadian government raised the age of children who can be included on their family’s application to immigrate to Canada. Currently, only children 19 and younger can apply for their family’s applications. This week the government raised the limit to 22 which will begin to take effect on October 24th, 2017. The government stated that by increasing the age limit on these applications will help boost the pool of applicants schools can draw from and allows those students to contribute to the Canadian economy eventually.
Another great change happened to Canadian Immigration this week involving the lifting of visa requirements for individual countries. Citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, and Brazil that are eligible are no longer required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) when flying to Canada.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced the change in anticipation of the expected lifting of the visa requirement. The IRCC intends for the lift of the requirements to be in effect on December 1st, 2017. On that day, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will be required to obtain an eTA to board a flight to Canada. The Canadian government has yet to confirm if it will extend the lifting of the visa requirement to all citizens of Brazil as well. Many believed this requirement lift was well overdue as Romania and Bulgaria were the only two countries left in the European Union who still required a TRV when traveling to Canada.
On a less positive note, a small Canadian town came into the light this week voicing their opinion of illegal immigrants coming to Canada. Canada has become the oasis for illegal immigrants from the United States as President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants in America has begun. There is a small town named Emerson in Manitoba, which has seen more than 300 illegal immigrants make their way across the U.S.-Canada border. This number is alarming considering the town only has 678 residents to start with. The mayor allegedly is not a fan of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s liberal immigration policies.
Although some people are jumping over the border illegally, many people are also being stopped at the border as illegal immigrants too. Kat Ferry, a native of England, spends every Easter in Toronto but this year there was a bump in the road. Kat spent the day in Toronto, and when she came to return to the US, the customs officer took a look at her documents and stated that he wasn’t letting her back into the United States. “I had my visa and working papers, but didn’t realize I had to have the visa in my passport stamped, Ferry said. “They kept me there five hours, during which time they interrogated me. They wanted to know who I worked for, how long I’d been in the country and eventually said they wouldn’t let me back. I was escorted by police back to Canada. It was five hours of hell. In spite of the fact I had been coming here every year for the past ten years, he wasn’t open to hearing any of that.” Ferry stated that she was sure if it weren’t for the president’s push to ban immigrants, her situation would never have been a problem.
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