In 2013 Canada welcomed a record number of visitors from the Philippines with over 47,000 Canadian visitor visas were granted for Filipino visitors, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced on April 22, 2014.
According to a recent announcement by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, Canada will schedule to launch its new recruitment model for economic immigration called "Express Entry" in January 2015.
So far in 2014, Canada has welcomed more than 75,900 new citizens; the highest intake of new Canadians in almost 4 years. Canada has the highest rate of naturalization in the world with 85 per cent of eligible permanent residents becoming citizens. As a result, potential migrants have identified Canada as a viable place to migrate to, and since 2006, the CIC has received a steady increase in citizenship applications from around the world.
In order to show and highlight the opportunities that exist for Chinese businesses, students and travellers in Canada, Minister of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander is currently travelling to Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The Canadian government on 6 February 2014 introduced the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977 which reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship while continuing to move toward a faster and more efficient system.
According to a February announcement by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, the cap of 5000 on applications for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program has been filled after only a month since it was re-opened on January 2, 2014.
From January 1, 2014, the age of dependent child has been lowered from 21 years to 18 years by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), following the amendment of Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Canada is still the favourite destination for people from Indian to come to travel, study or do business as recent official figures have revealed the number of Canadian visas issued for Indians for these purposes in 2013 remains high.
In an announcement on March 28, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney released that from April 1, 2013, the best and brightest entrepreneurs from around the word, with ideas for new business ventures and financial backing from Canadian investors are allowed to apply for the brand-new Start-Up Visa Program.
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on March 26 made an announcement on the successful efforts to reduce the backlog of permanent resident applications to make Canadian immigration system faster and more effective in coming years.
According to a recent announcement made by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, Canadian Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have become very popular since the program's launch in December 2011.
In an announcement in February, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney released that Canada had welcomed a record of 9,353 newcomers in 2012 through the fastest-growing immigration stream.
Overseas innovative entrepreneurs will be able to immigrate to Canada to start up businesses under a brand new visa program that will be launched in April, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on Thursday.
Canada has welcomed a record number of visitors from Chandigarh, India under visitor visa category in 2012, according to a recent announcement by Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has begun accepting applications from overseas skilled workers under a brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program from January 2, 2013 to address labour shortages seen in many regions in Canada.
A number of more than 700 potential families are going to be nominated Canadian visas to settle in Nova Scotia, according to Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
In order to facilitate permanent residence processing, Citizenship and Immigration Canada on December 20, 2012 introduced a Bridging Open Work Permit for applicants who are waiting for a final decision on their permanent residence application under economic class immigration streams.
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that Canada and New Zealand has recently signed a new information sharing initiative which will strengthen efforts of Canadian government to cope with immigration fraud.
Aiming to crack down on fraudulent marriages, the Canadian government has proposed a stricter requirement which would require a person coming to stay in Canada with their partner to stay in the relationship for two years or more before formally being granted permanent residence.
Last year, Canada saw the highest level of immigration in more than 50 years, according to a recent announcement from Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Alice Wong.
Saskatoon and its surroundings has become the fastest growing and youngest area, according to a recent release of Statistics Canada. International immigration is considered the main reason for the growth.
According to a poll released last Thursday, Canadian attitudes toward immigration are hardening but Canada still remains more positive attitude as compared to other Western nations including the US and Europe.
It is now easier for Haitians who are in Canada temporarily to obtain work permits thanks to some changes in Canada immigration rules, according to a recent announcement from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The Canadian government has accelerated the process of accepting visa applications for Haitians after months of criticism over the low number of visas being granted to Haitians following the terrible earthquake in January 2010.
Due to the continued influx of immigrants settling in Alberta, the Canadian Government has decided to increase funding for immigrant-settlement programs next year even while many immigrant settlement agencies in other provinces are facing cuts.
Applications lodged on or after April 1 2010, by residents of Pakistan for Canadian Permanent Resident visas in all economic categories are no longer being processed from the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad.
Passport Canada is set to launch the new ePassport in 2012. Appearance wise the new ePassports will look similar to the old Canadian passports except they will have an electronic chip encoded with the individual’s name, gender, date of birth and a digital picture.
On March 16th, 2010, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the launch of consultations to identify Canada's new and emerging labour market needs and how immigration can best respond to them in light of the momentum gained by the economic recovery.
According to Statistics Canada the Canadian economy saw a 5 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2009, an "astonishing" difference from the projected 3.5 percent that was predicted by the Bank of Canada.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenny recently announced that there will be new online resources aimed at newcomers as a way to help them facilitate themselves in Canada and provide them with easier access to government resources.
The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is warning immigrants about unauthorized immigration consultants, calling them "ghost agents" who may be targeting the Haitian earthquake victims.
According to Seneca College President Rick Miner, approximately 700,000 Ontarians will be unemployed by 2021 due to a shortage of skills and lack of education, and the retirement of the baby-boomer generation.
Effective February 14th 2010 international students who attained a degree from a Quebec university will be offered a “certificate of selection” that will fast track them to obtaining Canadian citizenship.
Quebec's Immigration Minister Yolande James recently unveiled a new program that will allow residents of Quebec to sponsor their children over 21 years of age, brothers, sisters, as well as their siblings' spouses and dependent children.
In wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many children have been left parentless. As a result, the Canadian government says that it will endeavour to ease the processing of applications filed for the adoption of Haitian orphans.
In an effort to assist families to reunite with their loved ones from Haiti, Immigration Canada has announced that priority will be given to citizens seeking to sponsor their family members from Haiti as well as pending adoption cases.
Canada's military has deployed the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to provide "eyes-on" feedback and assistance to the catastrophic situation left by the massive earthquake that occurred in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Spain.
The ageing population of Canada means there are less people to do the jobs needed to keep Canada’s economy competitive, with the percentage of people actively in the labour market reducing to 58% by 2035.
As of March 31, Lebanese nationals applying to immigrate to Canada may select the visa office in Beirut, Lebanon, as their main point of service, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced last week.
Effective Thursday, April 2nd, all temporary foreign workers or foreign graduates in Ontario on "open work permits," along with their spouses and dependants can now receive OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) as long as they are employed full time in Ontario for a minimum of six months and have lived here for at least 153 days.
Thanks to the new budget, Ontarians will pay a single 13 per cent sales tax as of July 1, 2010 with most households receiving one-time $1,000 payments and personal tax cuts to ease the pocketbook pain, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced.
New figures show a population increase of 0.19 per cent, the fastest fourth-quarter growth rate since 1992. According to Statistics Canada, international immigration fuelled an increase in Canada's population in the last quarter of 2008, particularly in the western provinces.
Last year Canada attracted nearly 80,000 international students to the country's higher education institutions. These figures represent the highest number of foreign students in a decade and initial reports for 2009 suggest that international student recruitment remains strong.
The United Nations has come out with its International Migration Report and Canada will continue to remain the second-biggest net receiver of immigrants until 2050, at 214,000 a year, although it's far behind No. 1: the United States
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has addressed the issue of immigration fraud by launching a video warning against the dangers of unscrupulous immigration representatives offering immigration services.
The Canadian government has provided more than $2 million to help foreign doctors become paramedics, give more English-language instruction to adults and provide more resources to those settling in Edmonton and northern Alberta.
According to Canadian news sources, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is working on a plan to fast-track some business travellers to Canada, allowing them to obtain visas much faster than other visitors.
Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism touched off Black History Month at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, which is celebrating the World War 1 contributions of the No. 2 Construction Battalion of Nova Scotia
Finance minister Jim Flaherty has put to rest some of the doom and gloom forecasts originally put forth by critics and prognosticators, assuring Canadians that their needs will be at the top of his agenda during these tough economic times.
Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenny assures that there will not be a reduction in the number of permanent visas to Canada issued in 2009 in spite of recent changes to immigration requirements.
In talks with Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has called for further exploration of recruitment possibilities for Pakistanis in Canada's increasingly scarce labour force in some provinces.
According to Statistics Canada, the population of Canada grew more in the past three months than it has in any third quarter since 1990. The agency said growth across the country was due mostly to immigration. Between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2008, 71,300 people entered Canada due in most part to the efforts of individual provinces in stepping up their efforts to attract people internationally.
In an attempt to trim the backlog of the more than 900,000 people who have already applied to enter Canada, the Canadian government is set to announce a dramatic reduction in the number of new immigration applications it accepts.
According to statistics, the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, is facing an impending labour shortage, as there are currently not enough young people in the province to satisfy fill positions in certain areas.
Thanks to a new pilot project that's been introduced in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada can not only bring in more foreign temporary workers than before, but also, cut the process by more than four and a half months!
Canada's steady vacancy rate has been credited to strong employment growth, solid income gains, and high immigration levels, which continued to support strong demand for both ownership and rental housing.
If you have children, and are planning to immigrate to Canada, you might just be in for a delightful surprise. According to a report released last month, Canadians are taking education much more seriously than in the past.
If you're planning to immigrate to Canada and its strong economy was one of the reasons for your decision, then the latest forecast on Canada's real estate market will not disappoint. Real estate brokers are forecasting steady, yet moderate growth in the Canadian residential property market in 2008.
According to experts, by 2030, Canada's population growth will be almost entirely dependent on immigration, and communities that don't attract and retain newcomers will see steady declines in population.
Canada's attractive employment rate could lure even more immigrants. It has been found that in the second quarter of 2007, Canada’s employment rate was higher than that of the United States and most European countries.
Based on figures released last month (Dec 2007), more than 33 million people, which includes immigrants, now live in Canada, up from 115,200 from 1 July 2007. It is the strongest growth rate in six years.
The Government of Canada is increasing funding by more than $121 million over three years to provinces (besides Ontario and Quebec) in an effort to help immigrants settle and integrate into Canadian society.
It is not hard to see why Canada is so attractive to immigrants, especially since new numbers from Statistics Canada have shown just recently that Canadians are saving a lot more than they are earning!
The census data recently released by Statistics Canada had revealed that the unprecedented economic boom in Alberta, along with the incredible growth in immigration, have helped to push Canada’s population above 31 million, 31,612,897 to be exact.
Gay and lesbian Canadians can now marry their same-sex partners abroad and then sponsor their spouse for immigration to Canada. The update to Canadian immigration rules was quietly introduced by the Conservative government on January 24th.
Canada’s new minister of Citizenship and Immigration outlined the immigration priorities of the new Conservative government at a recent conference in Vancouver. The government remains committed to openness, fairness and equality for Canadian immigrants.
CIC newsletter, The Monitor, reports that the number of foreign students were marginally lower (2%) than they were in the previous year. A decline was also noted in the flow of foreign students in three of the levels of study: secondary or less, trade certificates, and university. These numbers were almost entirely offset by an increase in the number of foreign students in the other post-secondary level of study, which was 23% higher than in 2004.