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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to become Canada’s new ambassador to China. Ahmed Hussen, the current Member of Parliament for the York South-Weston riding, will fill McCallum’s former position as Immigration Minister.
Hussen faced many challenges before entering politics. He came to Canada alone as a refugee from Somalia in 1993, when he was only 16 years old. Hussen settled in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated from high school there before moving to Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood in 1996. Living in the low income neighbourhood sparked Hussen’s interest in politics and social activism.
In 2001, Hussen started volunteering in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and became an assistant to Dalton McGuinty, the leader of the opposition party, the following year. Hussen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2002 and, when McGuinty became the Premier of Ontario in 2003, Hussen became his Special Assistant at Queen’s Park.
Hussen returned to university and earned a law degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he passed the bar exam and became a lawyer. He focused on criminal, human rights, and immigration law in Toronto before leaving the profession in 2014 to campaign as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. When Hussen won the seat for the riding of York South-Weston in 2015, he became Canada’s first Somali Member of Parliament. He is also the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress.
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.