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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, October 25, 2013,

"Economic imperative
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.


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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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  • B.C. desperate for skilled workers Young people still face barriers to getting into a field, despite a looming shortage in tradesIn October, the B.C. Construction Association announced that it is going to Ireland ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2013, 12:19 PM by Milorad Borota
  • Maple leaf ragged: what ails Canada? Country's increasingly hardline stances on immigration, tar sands, indigenous people and Quebec separatism spark soul-searchingJonathan Kaiman in, Friday 14 September 2012 14.00 ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 5:11 PM by Milorad Borota
  • New Canadian visa requirements for five countries QMI AGENCY Toronto Sun FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 03:16 PM EDTConcerns about human trafficking and fraudulent travel documents prompted the Canadian government to impose new visitor ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 5:05 PM by Milorad Borota
  • Canada to create visa to attract start-up entrepreneurs Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:31am IST ReutersBy Randall PalmerOTTAWA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Canada plans to create a new class of visa that it hopes will attract high ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 4:43 PM by Milorad Borota
  • Minister reprises get-tough message for Canadian immigration cheats By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press September 10, 2012 Montreal GazetteOTTAWA - The federal government reprised a familiar get-tough message for immigration cheats Monday, promising to revoke the status ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 4:53 PM by Milorad Borota
  • Canada has lesson to learn from Australia in foreign student policy Diane Francis | Aug 24, 2012 11:43 AM ET | Last Updated: Aug 24, 2012 3:33 PM ET Financial PostCanada is finally moving toward a smart, two-step immigration ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 12:17 PM by Milorad Borota
  • Canada’s new immigration rules put premium on young people BILL CURRY OTTAWA — The Globe and MailPublished Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012, 9:24 PM EDTLast updated Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012, 9:28 PM EDTNew immigration rules will ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 11:39 AM by Milorad Borota
  • Quebec is committing slow-motion suicide JOHN IBBITSON The Globe and Mail Published Sunday, Aug. 19 2012, 8:48 PM EDT Last updated Monday, Aug. 20 2012, 10:59 AM EDTWhatever her intention, Pauline Marois ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2012, 11:40 AM by Milorad Borota
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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.
"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.
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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

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". 
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.