Monthly Archives: March 2013

Former Immigration Officer Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

Former Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officer Diane Serré was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for accepting bribes in exchange for preferential official treatment of applications for permanent residence. Serré was found guilty of 15 counts of fraud … Continue reading

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Immigration Canada Announces April 1 Launch of Start-Up Visa Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Thursday that foreign entrepreneurs would be able to start applying for the newly created Start-Up Visa Program on April 1st of this year. “Canada is open for business to the world’s start-up entrepreneurs,” … Continue reading

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Canada’s Immigration Backlog Reduced by 40 Percent

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) backlog of permanent resident applications has declined by forty percent since 2008, according to a CIC announcement on Tuesday. A freeze in the acceptance of new Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Immigrant Investor applications, in … Continue reading

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Canada Among Most Welcoming Countries to Foreign Visitors

A new travel and tourism study from the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks Canada as one of the most welcoming countries to foreign visitors, ahead of the United States and most European countries. The rankings, revealed by Max Fisher in … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration Application Fees to Increase

Immigration processing fees are going to increase, according to a proposed federal budget released on Thursday. The cause of the coming fee hikes, according to Alexis Pavlich, a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, is Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) … Continue reading

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Burlington, Ontario Ranks as Best City in Canada for Immigrants

MoneySense, a Canadian personal finance magazine, has released its annual Best Places to Live for 2013 index, and Calgary takes the number one spot as the best place to live in Canada overall, while Burlington, Ontario is ranked as the … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration Department Releases TV Ad Warning of Marriage Fraud

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) began airing a television ad today warning Canadians of the dangers of marriage sponsorship fraud. The ad tells Canadians that some foreign individuals seek out Canadians and feign genuine affection for them, in order to … Continue reading

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Irish Immigration Shift from Australia to Canada, Fuelled by Calgary’s Economy

A story in Saturday’s Irish Times examines the increase in Irish immigration to Canada as the country’s workers seek employment abroad. The article notes two trends in recent years: Canada being increasingly favoured by Irish emigrants over Australia and the … Continue reading

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Changes to Arranged Employment Stream of Federal Skilled Worker Program

Changes will be coming to application requirements under the arranged employment stream of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) on May 4, 2013, according to an announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) this week. Individuals with arranged employment in … Continue reading

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Immigration Canada Announces A Priority Occupations List for Federal Skilled Worker Program

After months of speculation that the new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) would not have a priority occupations list, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has officially announced that the program will in fact have a priority occupations list when it … Continue reading

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