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Consultations for Specialized Visa Program to Attract Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Canada’s immigration system is seeking to transform itself into a fast and flexible one, focusing mainly on creating jobs resulting in economic growth and prosperity. The country’s policy makers have begun to realize and understand the importance of entrepreneurship to spur up the economic growth. On April 18, 2012 Jason Kenney, the country’s Minister of …

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Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney introduced the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act on February 16, 2012. This legislation proposes further reforms to make the asylum system faster and fairer, steps to human smuggling issues, and to make it mandatory to provide biometrics with applications for temporary visas. The changes proposed in this bill …

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Hope for 50 Refugee Families in Canada

On February 13, 2012, the Anglican Church and the Government of Canada celebrated an agreement under which nearly 50 families were brought to Canada from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran. Anglican dioceses hold sponsorship agreements with the government which has enabled them to bring approximately 150 refugees to Canada. These families were selected and referred to …

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Success of the Provincial Nominee Program

Following the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the second biggest immigration program in Canada. Provinces and territories participating in this program nominate potential immigrants based on their labor market needs. At present the PNP has paved the way to permanent residency for more than 36, 000 people, a six-times …

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CIC – New Websites and Widgets

IQN Website Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched a new website, the International Qualification Network (IQN), to promote the newer and different methods in the assessment and recognition of foreign worker qualifications. “The Government of Canada is committed to improving the process of recognizing foreign worker qualifications, and the IQN website will help find solutions that …

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Changes for Live-in Caregivers in Canada

Who is a live-in caregiver? According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), “Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.” How can one work as a live-in …

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Provincial Nominees Program Visas to be Increased

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently announced that it intends to welcome 42,000 to 45,000 persons to Canada under the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) category in 2012. This number is inclusive of the nominees, their spouses and dependents. In 2010, Canada welcomed 36,000 persons under the PNP. CIC is still accepting applications in this category …

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Federal Skilled Worker Program Visas to be Increased in 2012

“The government’s number one priority remains the economy. We recognize the importance of immigration to our labour market and we value the contributions of skilled immigrants who add to our international competitiveness,” said Minister Kenney. “We are committed to facilitating the arrival of the best and the brightest to our country.” These were the words …

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