Category Archives: permanent residence

New ePassport Now Available to All Canadians

Canada’s new 10-year ePassport is now available to all Canadians, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced the new electronic passport on Tuesday in Calgary: “The new, 10-year ePassport provides more convenience for … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun: Hong Kong Immigrants Returning to Asian Homeland

A story in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun reports that an increasing number of Canadian citizenship of Hong Kong origin are moving back to the South East Asian city, according to demographic data: Statistics Canada’s numbers tell the tale. Despite Canada’s rapid population … Continue reading

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Family Class Immigration Increases by 15% in 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Tuesday a 15 percent increase in the number of individuals admitted under the family class immigration program in 2012 over the year before. In the announcement, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney promoted … Continue reading

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Furor Over Use of Temporary Foreign Workers at Canadian Bank

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) got in trouble with the public last week when several ex-workers came forward alleging they had been replaced by temporary foreign workers. This week, RBC apologized for the decisions that led to the use … 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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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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China, Philippines and India Top Sources for Immigration to Canada in 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released immigration figures for 2012, and for the first time since 2009, it shows China regaining its status as the largest source country for immigration to Canada. From 2010 to 2011, the Philippines was … Continue reading

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Government Report Recommends Increasing Immigration Levels in 2014

The seven year freeze on increases in immigration levels beyond 253,000 should be lifted in 2014, according to an internal government review obtained by Postmedia News: The study, dubbed a “Literature review and expert advice to inform Canada’s immigration levels … Continue reading

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Russian Bride Ditches Canadian Pensioner, Collects $25K in Welfare On His Dime

An elderly Russian woman left her Canadian husband and subsequently collected nearly $25,000 in social assistance payments that have been charged to the 82 year pensioner who sponsored her immigration to Canada, said the Canadian man affected. In an interview … Continue reading

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