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Notice – Changes to Visa Office Website
Effective March 31, 2015, all visa and immigration content on visa office websites will be moved to the Canada.ca website. This includes country specific information, checklists, forms and guides.
Program delivery update - December 22, 2014 - One Year Pilot – Issuance of open work permits to applicants for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class
November 30, 2014 Information for Caregivers updated on CIC web site.
April 23, 2014 - New caps for Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades Programs, and Canadian Experience Class (Effective May 1, 2014)
Changes to the International Student Program - June 01, 2014
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, October 25, 2013, Canadianimmigrant.ca:
From the government’s perspective, however, Alexander says his role is to meet that growing demand, while ensuring it’s done in a way that’s right for the Canadian economy. “We have to find the people that will satisfy our economic needs and fill our skills gap,” he says. “The economic imperative to immigration that is stronger than ever … The global economy is changing, our economy is changing, and the immigration system has to change with that.”
Alexander says that while the federal skilled worker program is still CIC’s flagship program, recent policy changes have bolstered the provincial nominee programs and the Canadian experience class, as it favours those who already have experience in Canada, have higher language skills and have shown their ability to adapt."
Biometric Identity Screening:
Starting in 2013, CIC plans to require nationals of 29 countries and 1 territory to appear in person to have their fingerprints and photograph taken when they apply for a temporary resident visa, study or work permit.
Making Canada’s Asylum System Faster and Fairer
New Asylum System Comes into Force December 15, 2012
Under the new system, asylum claimants will receive a hearing within 60 days after their claim is referred to the IRB. In contrast, claimants currently wait, on average, close to 600 days to receive a hearing.
For the first time in Canadian history, most applicants will have access to a newly-created Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). Failed asylum claimants from countries that have a history of producing genuine refugees will have the benefit of this full fact-based appeal. The new RAD will have the authority to reverse a negative decision by the IRB, if the evidence compels it.
This means that, for DCO claimants, hearings will be held within 30 or 45 days, depending on whether the asylum claim was made at an inland CIC office or at a port of entry.
List of countries whose citizens need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa to visit or transit through Canada
Bridging Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants
Effective December 15, 2012,qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who have submitted an application for permanent residence (PR) under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and who meet program eligibility requirements, may be considered for a bridging open Work Permit (WP) if their current WP will soon expire.
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Legatum Institute’s 2015 Prosperity Index found Canadians experience the greatest personal freedom and general social tolerance of all 142 nations in the report.
"Canada is now the only Western democracy in which there is no serious argument among the citizenry or politicians over the importance of immigration. Canadians understand that immigration is not migration. It must be seen as the first step toward citizenship. And the sooner an immigrant becomes a citizen, the better." The Globe and Mail Apr 22, 2016
"As a result of our reforms you'll see a higher and higher share of the economic immigrants either already working here or being invited by employers," Kenney said Thursday.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney,
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March 23, 2013, Vancouver Sun:
"A record 213,516 temporary workers entered Canada in 2012, up from the record of 190,575 set the previous year. The latest total is more than double the number who arrived in 2003, and the pace picked up considerably after the Conservatives took office in 2006."
"We are all immigrants. Some of us just took a little longer to get here." Margo Goodhand Winnipeg Free Press
"There's an unlimited number of people who want to come to Canada" Jason Kenney, Canadian Immigration Minister, July 2011.
The long line for immigration is a “big, good problem,” Kenney told them. “There are far more people who would like to come to Canada than we can practically receive in any one time.” 06 October 2011 The Toronto Observer
"In fact, last year, Ipsos-Reid did a global poll from which they estimated that there are at least two billion people around the world who would like to immigrate to Canada right now. Seventy-seven percent of the people in China, 71% of those in Mexico, 68% in India, etc., and they didn’t actually survey in every country of the world." Speaking notes for Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, At the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
Ottawa, Ontario, October 20, 2011
As of first week of October 2011, Canadian immigration officials confirmed, more than one million people have been waiting in line for a Canadian visa.
“Canada is a good place and there are plenty of economic opportunities,” said Kenney. “But even if the nation does everything it can to help its immigrants adapt to their new home, it’s also up to the immigrant to do everything they can to integrate themselves into the Canadian experience.” Jason Kenney, Canadian Immigration Minister, August 2011.
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Cases involving false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances in the citizenship process should be referred to the citizenship fraud tip line at CIC's Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday). People from overseas can contact the nearest Canadian visa office. Tips may also be reported by email at Citizenshipemail@example.com.
All other types of fraud tips related to immigration should be reported to the CBSA Border Watch Tip Line at 1-888-502-9060. The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
"There are thousands of unfilled jobs available right now in Saskatchewan, ranging from unskilled to high skilled. Ag operators are offering $25 /hr for basic labour. Even lawyers are needed! But employers say recruitment efforts in other parts of CDA have failed. Labour shortages are expected to grow to 120,000 jobs in a decade. If you're looking for work, check out m.saskjobs.ca".
Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Twitter @kenneyjason February 25, 2012
On June 29, 2010, the government passed a law to change the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. There are new rules for applications to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. (The new rules do not apply to H&C applications filed before the law was passed). Other changes that will affect refugee claimants will be put into place no later than June 29, 2012.
Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, has received Royal Assent. Read more
Vol. 145, No. 32 — August 6, 2011
Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA), which received Royal Assent on June 29, 2010, introduces changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that will improve Canada’s asylum system, resettle more refugees from abroad, and make it easier for refugees to start their lives in this country Read more...
Canada’s New Refugee Determination System to Start in June 2012
Ottawa, August 19, 2011 — The Balanced Refugee Reform Act will come into force on June 29, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
January 31, 2012
2006 NOC edition has been replaced!
On January 31, 2012, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Statistics Canada replaced the 2006 edition of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) with a 2011 version. For the purposes of the Federal Skilled Worker Program list of eligible occupations, new applicants are advised to refer to the HRSDC website for the latest job descriptions and duties for each NOC.
CIC will assess FSW applications received at the Centralized Intake Office before January 31, 2012 according to the old NOC system as they were the conditions under which the candidate applied.
CIC is examining the impact the NOC changes will have on immigration programs and will publish updates as soon as they become available.