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Immigration and Sponsorship Consultations

In effort to correct the current seven year back log of the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP),Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC) has put out a call for consultations to survey opinions for redesign of the program. The purpose of the consultations is to receive input on (1) how to limit the intake of applications; and …

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Alberta Expands Foreign Worker Program

Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) pilot project has expanded to include more occupations, effective July 16. Alberta faces the largest labor shortage in the country and expanding the project will make it easier for employers to fill positions in high-demand occupations. Some government estimates suggest Alberta could be short as many as 100,000 workers. Originally …

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Canada U.S. Border Share Information

According to recently declassified briefing notes obtained by the Canadian Press, the CIC will begin sharing biometric data of travelers with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They will begin regularly sharing this information by 2014. Earlier this year the CIC implemented new regulations requiring certain visa applicants to provide biometric data on visa applications. …

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CIC Rollout of Phase I to Expedite Family Reunification

The Canadian Government announced on November 4, 2011 that it is planning on taking immediate action to reduce the backlog and wait times for sponsored parents and grandparents under the Family Class Sponsorship. It is reported that there are more than 165,000 parent and grandparents are still waiting for a final decisions in regards to …

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