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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American travel ban temporarily suspended Canada has been relatively well-insulated from the immigration chaos that erupted south of the border when U.S. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  The travel ban has been temporarily lifted, meaning that people from these designated countries are […]

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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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The proposed changes in the Canadian citizenship laws are explained by Kerry Molitor, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant . She points out the changes in the application fees, in the time residents have to spend in Canada before applying for citizenship, and in the age range in regard to the language requirements. Also, she explains when […]

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On January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced Express Entry, a new electronic system to process applications for permanent residence from skilled workers and tradespersons. We invited Kerry Molitor, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, to explain how the new system works, how it differs from the old one, how long the application processing times would […]

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