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Month: March 2014

Canadian Government Considers Tighter Language Requirements for Immigrant Spouses

In keeping with its recent efforts to overhaul the country’s immigration system, the Canadian government may be considering stricter language requirements for immigrants’ spouses. While a final decision has yet to be reached, Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has raised the idea of stricter language requirements for immigrant spouses at consultation meetings with representatives of …

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Ontario Seeks to Attract More Skilled Immigrant Workers

The Ontario government has introduced legislation aimed at attracting a greater number of skilled immigrant workers, and the new law may also represent a new opportunity for wealthy immigrants in the wake of the recent cancellation of the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The proposed Ontario Immigration Act is supposed to work in sync with …

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Federal, Provincial Ministers Meet and Recommit to Recruiting Immigrants to Canada

Key ministers responsible for shaping Canada’s immigration system recently met to align their goals, and discuss how to design an immigration program to meet the country’s future economic needs. Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers met in Ottawa, agreeing that economic immigration was a top priority for Canada. All the immigration ministers in attendance …

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Study Helps UK Workers Understand Canada’s Work Criteria

To help ensure that Canada’s foreign workers meet the country’s labor needs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is co-sponsoring a study designed to help British and Irish workers assess their skills against the criteria required to work in Canada. CIC is partnering with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the United Kingdom’s National …

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Irish Workers Scoop Up Almost 4,000 Canadian Work Visas In 10 Minutes

In a classic example of supply and demand, young Irish workers recently scooped up almost 4,000 Canadian work visas—in less than 10 minutes. While thousands of their fellow Irish citizens seeking International Experience Canada (IEC) permits were left empty-handed, those Irish workers who moved fastest were able to claim all 3,850 allotted Canadian work permits …

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Concerns Arise Over Immigrant Workers’ Move to Smaller BC Towns

In a reversal of previous trends, a majority of foreign workers arriving in British Columbia (BC) are seeking employment in smaller, more remote towns rather than in the province’s biggest cities, raising concerns about Canadians losing employment opportunities to foreign workers. While greater Vancouver has historically been a magnet for foreign workers, the booming natural …

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Canada Welcomes More than 35,000 New Citizens in January, February

Canada welcomed 35,000 new citizens in the first two months of 2014 —twice as many as in the same period last year. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), more than 19,200 new Canadian citizens were sworn in this February, almost double the amount of new citizens welcomed one year earlier. In January, over 16,000 …

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Canada Adds Over 10,000 New Visas to Irish Worker Program

Canada will welcome 70 percent more young Irish workers under a new agreement between the Canadian and Irish governments. Under the agreement, Canada will issue 10,700 International Experience Canada (IEC) permits to Irish citizens under the age of 35 in 2014, a significant increase over the 6,350 IEC permits issued to Irish individuals last year. …

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Wealthy Asian Immigrants Expected to Seek Alternatives to Canada

The elimination of Canada’s long-standing Immigrant Investor Program (IIP)—and the fast track to citizenship it offered—means thousands of predominantly Asian wealthy investors may have to examine their immigration alternatives. The cancellation of the IIP program means an estimated 46,000 wealthy Chinese investors in Canada will receive a refund of their immigration investment and as have …

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Canada Fast Tracks Path To Citizenship For Military Members

Service in Canada’s armed forces could mean a fast track to citizenship for Permanent Residents thanks to Canada’s new immigration law. In its recently introduced Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, the Canadian government announced that in order to “recognize the important contributions of those who have served Canada in uniform” it was planning to introduce a …

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