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Month: January 2014

Changes to Canadian Experience Class Aim to Reduce Backlogs and Processing Times

In an effort to attract a greater number of skilled immigrants and increase efficiency, the Canadian government is making changes to its Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. Between November 9, 2013 and October 31, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept a maximum of 12,000 new applications under the CEC going forward. However, …

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Canada Lifts Freeze on Parent, Grandparent Visa

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has reopened its Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) as of January 2, 2014, and over the coming year will accept immigration sponsorship applications of 5,000 parents and grandparents of Canadian immigrants. The acceptance of new PGP immigration sponsorships is a policy change from the recent freeze of new PGP sponsorships …

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Urges Canadian Government to Consider Employers’ Immigration Needs

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the province’s largest employers’ organization, has issued a new report strongly urging the Canadian government to ensure that Canada’s immigration policies reflect employer’s needs. The OCC immigration report, “Think Fast: Ontario Employer Perspectives on Immigration Reform and the Expression of Interest System,” is the Chamber of Commerce’s response to …

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Canada Speeds Up Immigration of Philippine Typhoon Victims, Donates $20 Million

In response to the loss of life and property in the Philippines in the wake of the recent Typhoon Haiyan, Canada’s government and charities partnered in a matching donation program resulting in more than $20 million in government donations. From November 9 to December 23, 2013, the Canadian government established a mechanism to match the …

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Canadian Government Introduces Changes To Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Aimed At Reducing Backlog And Processing Times

In an effort to attract a greater number of skilled immigrants and increase efficiency, the Canadian government is making changes to its Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. Between November 9, 2013 and October 31, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept a maximum of 12,000 new applications under the CEC going forward. However, …

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Indians Traveling In Large Numbers to Canada

Canada Remains A Popular Destination For Travelers and Visitors from India Canada continues to be a popular annual destination for tens of thousands of visitors, students and business travelers from India. Between January and December 2013, Canada’s missions in New Delhi and Chandigarh issued almost 85,000 Canadian visitor visas, and an additional 13,613 study permits …

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Tighter Requirements Expected For Canadian Citizenship, Foreign Workers

Canada’s Minister of Immigration is signaling that his government will introduce new legislation to tighten the requirements of attaining Canadian citizenship. Alexander also said the Canadian government was concerned with “birth tourists who come to Canada solely for the purpose of citizenship for newborns and without any intention of immigrating and living here permanently.” In …

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Growing Number of New Immigrants Choose to Settle in Western Canada

Although historically most immigrants to Canada have settled in one of the country’s three biggest cities—Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver—the past few years have seen a growing shift in immigration towards the less populated cities of Western Canada. Spurred on by the region’s energy boom, a growing number of immigrants have chosen Canada’s prairie provinces—particularly Saskatchewan …

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