Starting in June 2017, refugee claimants from Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, and Yemen will be eligible for expedited processing if they are already in Canada.  Claimants selected for expedited processing will have an opportunity to submit documents to support their claim.  Then a decision-maker from the Refugee Protection Division will either accept the claim based on […]

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For many of us, family means security and support. Of course that means that for some who are immigrating to a new country, keeping their families together is more important than ever. More families now may be able to stay united due to Canada’s announced changes to the maximum age of a dependent child. The […]

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After being in effect for five years, the Canadian government eliminated the immigration rule of conditional permanent residents. This means that sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents no longer have to live with their sponsor for two years to keep their status in Canada. This action is in accordance with the […]

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Two Express Entry draws have happened so far in April 2017. The score on April 5th was 431, and 3,753 invitations to apply were sent to the highest scoring applicants in the pool. A week later, the score dropped substantially to 423, with 3,923 invitations to apply issued. Further information released for Atlantic Immigration Pilot […]

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Canada’s recent 2017 budget allotted $7.8 million over two years to fund the Global Talent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This stream is designed to support companies that need foreign talent to help and fast-track investments that create jobs and growth for Canadians. Under the stream, skilled foreign workers hired by qualifying companies […]

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Introducing the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project The Federal government has just announced an exciting new pilot project for Canada’s Atlantic region.  Starting in March 2017, the four Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) will accept up to 2000 applicants and their families as new permanent residents. The program […]

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Express Entry score continues to drop The Express Entry score continues to drop.  The last draw was held on January 11, 2017.  The minimum score was 459 and 3,334 people were invited to apply for permanent residence. Canada gets a new immigration minister On January 10, 2017, John McCallum stepped down as the Minister of […]

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced several important changes to existing immigration programs. Spousal sponsorships On December 15, 2016, IRCC released detailed changes to the way spousal sponsorships would be submitted and processed in 2017. These changes include: Creating one application package to be used by all applicants instead of the two […]

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Shorter wait times for spousal reunification As part of its commitment to bring families together, the Government of Canada announced a few changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program. From January 3rd, 2017 sponsors will have 30 days to fill out an online application form expressing interest in bringing their parents or grandparents to Canada. […]

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Canada will accept 300,000 new immigrants in 2017, announced Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, John McCallum. By increasing the number of permanent residents selected in the economic programs, the government is aiming for strengthening the Canadian middle class, supporting the economic growth and attracting investment. Immigrants play important role in the Canadian economy. As the population […]

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