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 permitted to enter the United States if they have the proper papers in order.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not criticize the ban directly, but tweeted that Canada would continue to welcome people fleeing persecution, terror and war, regardless of their faith.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
UCI numbers increase from eight to ten digits
If you have made a Canadian immigration application before, you will no doubt be familiar with the eight-digit Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number that was assigned to you by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These numbers are used to track a person’s immigration history and, like a Social Insurance Number, they will stay with the person for life.
IRCC has suddenly started assigning ten-digit UCI numbers without having updated the online forms first. To the best of my knowledge, they have not released instructions for people with a ten-digit UCI who want to file a new application yet.
Kerry Molitor is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Toronto, Canada. Through her company, Kelen Immigration Services, Kerry helps people come to Canada and stay here once they have arrived.