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Canada Has a New Political Party: What Does it Mean for Immigration?

Canada has a new political party, the People’s Party of Canada (or the Parti populaire du Canada in French), and this party’s views on immigration may be of interest to Canadians and newcomers alike. The People’s Party of Canada was formed in 2018 by MP Maxime Bernier, formerly of the Conservative Party. According to Bernier, …

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Deciding Whether to Become a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen

Almost all immigration programs in Canada require you to become a Canadian permanent resident before becoming eligible for citizenship. Whether you apply through Express Entry, a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), or some other immigration program, you secure permanent residency, not citizenship. After you have been a permanent resident and have lived in Canada for three …

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Dual Citizenship in Canada: It is Right for You?

Dual citizenship means you maintain citizenship of two countries. If you are a foreign national applying for Canadian citizenship, ask your country’s embassy about the rules for citizenship. Some nations do not permit dual citizenship. If they do permit it, you need to follow their rules. In Canada, for example, if you obtain a second …

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Social Media Scams Targeting Immigrants to Canada

The government of Canada and IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) are warning immigrants about a scam targeting them through social media. Some individuals have created a presence on Facebook and possibly other social media platforms, where these individuals claim they are immigration consultants linked with the Canadian government. In exchange for thousands of dollars, …

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Keeping Your Canadian Permanent Resident Card from Being Lost or Stolen

Taking steps to prevent your Canadian permanent resident (PR) card from being lost or stolen can help you avoid the problems associated with having to replace the card. While you retain your permanent resident status whether you have the PR card or not, you will need the card when you travel outside of Canada as …

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Medical Exams for Permanent Residents in Canada

Medical exams for permanent residents in Canada are mandatory. If you apply for permanent residency, both you and your dependents, including your spouse or partner and your children, will need to submit to a medical exam. Your immediate family will need to submit to the medical tests even if they are not traveling to Canada. …

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Changes to Immigration Processing Time Estimates

Anyone who applies for permanent residency or submits an immigration application in Canada knows processing times can be a concern. Depending on many factors, including the amount of backlog, the complexity of the form and the number of forms received, it can take some time to hear back about the status of an application. In …

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