Cannabis Act stricter driving rules can impact immigrants

With the legalization of marijuana comes stricter driving laws, which could have an impact on immigrants and visitors The possession of marijuana for personal use has been legalized in Canada. But, along with that, there are new laws on transportation-related offences that could impact visitors and immigrants in Canada. On June 21, 2018, Bill C-46, the […]

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Irregular migration is a ‘crisis’ says new poll

More  Canadians view border-crossers as economic opportunists than genuine refugees Two-thirds of Canadians believe irregular migration into the country has reached a crisis point, according to a new Angus Reid poll. And about the same number (65 per cent) are of the view that Canada has received “too many” irregular crossers for the country to handle. […]

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Improved estimates for Canadian immigration processing

Better estimates of Canadian immigration application processing times as of July 31, 2018 How Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) estimates immigration processing times has been changed, hopefully for the better. “We understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for […]

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Biometrics now required for nationals from Europe, Africa, Middle East

On July 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence. Currently, Canada already collects biometrics from in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, individuals […]

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Immigration Canada to expand biometrics program

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is expanding its biometrics program for more effective screening, and to facilitate application processing and travel. Canada currently collects biometrics from in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, individuals ordered removed from the country and individuals from 30 foreign nationalities applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit or […]

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Trudeau condemns child separation policy

It’s World Refugee Day, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned for the first time the U.S. government’s policy of separating children from their families upon illegal border crossings. “What’s going on in the United States is wrong. I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa today. “Obviously, […]

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Promotions can impact a temporary worker’s immigration prospects

When rising the career ladder can sometimes cause one’s immigration prospects to slide A Canadian business is employing a foreign worker. They want to promote them or give them a raise. What could be wrong with that? Quite a few things, as it turns out. There are certain immigration requirements that all employers and foreign […]

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Canadian visa requirement lifted for UAE citizens

The Canadian government is lifting the visa requirement for United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizens as of June 5, 2018. After a comprehensive evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria, the Canadian government found that the UAE meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption. “The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner and […]

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What if there were no immigration to Canada? asks Conference Board

Canada is known as a nation of immigrants, but with growing immigration numbers recently, some anti-immigration critics question if so much immigration is really necessary. Rising populism across the globe has also put the value of immigration into question. Would Canada be better with no immigration at all? A new report presupposes this scenario of […]

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Lonely? Sponsor a relative to immigrate

Beyond parents, grandparents, children and spouses It is generally well known that Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses, common-law partners, children, parents and/or grandparents to immigrate to Canada. What is less well-known is that in certain circumstances it is also possible for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor an extended […]

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