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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.