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Month: July 2014

Changes To Canada’s Foreign Worker Law May Lead To Immigrant Displacement

Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program are already having a direct impact on the lives of real immigrants, particularly those in Canada’s large Filipino community. With a majority of recent TFW immigrants—particularly those from the Philippines—employed in Western Canada’s booming natural resources sector, the federal government’s tightening of TFW visa approvals is expected …

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Canadian Film and Television Industries Worry About Impact Of New Immigration Law

Canada’s film and television industries, who have enjoyed considerable growth in recent years, are expressing concern about the potential negative economic impact of recent changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. Representatives of Canada’s film and TV industries met with federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander during his recent visit to Vancouver, and let …

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New Canadian Law Allows Government To Share Immigrant Information With Foreign Governments

Canada’s sweeping new immigration law provides the Canadian government with new powers allowing it to share immigrants’ personal data with foreign governments. Although not initially as controversial as other aspects of Bill C-24, Canada’s new immigration law, the recently-passed immigration bill will allow the federal cabinet to “provide for the disclosure of information for the purposes …

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Western Canadian Premiers Angered Over Changes To Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Leaders of Canada’s Western provinces don’t always agree on everything, but they are unanimous in their opposition to new federal changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. At their annual meeting, all the premiers of Western Canada’s provinces were strongly critical of recent changes to the TFW program that will make it more difficult …

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Indian IT Companies Worry About The Impact Of Stricter Canadian Immigration Laws

Will stricter Canadian immigration laws make it more difficult for Indian technology companies to do business, and recruit employees, in Canada? In the wake of the passage of Canada’s new sweeping immigration law Bill C-24 and other immigration reforms, that question is on the minds of many Indian Information Technology (IT) companies. Under the recent …

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Canadian Court Strikes Down Federal Government Cuts To Refugee Funding

In a major blow to the Conservative government, a Canadian federal court has overturned the government’s earlier decision to cut funding for refugee health care. However, in the wake of the court’s decision to overturn the government’s cuts to refugee healthcare funding, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was quick to announce that his government intends to …

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Canada Launches Can+ Expedited Visa Processing For Indian Visitors

During a visit to India, Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander officially launched the new “Can+” visa program, which is designed to provide expedited visa processing to Indian nationals who frequently visit Canada. The Can+ visa will be available to Indian nationals who have traveled to either Canada or the United States during the last 10 …

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New Canadian Citizenship Law Passes Amid Controversy, Complaints

Despite widespread opposition, threats of lawsuits and questions regarding the law’s constitutionality, Canada’s federal government has passed its sweeping new citizenship law. Bill C-24, titled the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, has been steeped in controversy since it was first introduced in parliament several months ago. While the Conservative government claims that the bill clarifies and …

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Chinese Immigrants Lose Court Battle With Canadian Government

A Canadian federal court has ruled against more than 1,000 wealthy Chinese immigrants seeking compensation after their immigration applications were affected by the cancellation of Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). After their applications for Canadian citizenship under the IIP were cancelled following the recent termination of the program, the wealthy Chinese immigrants sought millions of dollars …

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Future Of Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program Remains Uncertain

Speculation is growing that Canada may make major changes—or even end—its popular Live-In Caregiver immigration program. According to industry experts, as part of the overhaul of Canada’s immigration system–and in the wake of major reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program–the federal government is considering significant changes to the Live-In Caregiver program. After reviewing internal …

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