Taking Citizenship Week in Canada to new heights

Celebrating Canadian citizenship It’s Citizenship Week (October 8 to 14, 2018) and there are 72 special citizenship ceremonies happening across the country this week, including a special CN Tower ceremony in Toronto where six new citizens braved the EdgeWalk,  the world’s highest hands-free walk, while taking the oath of citizenship — 116 storeys from the […]

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Minister Hussen addresses asylum system criticism

OP/ED by Ahmed Hussen, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Conservative politicians have been peddling false information to stoke fear when it comes to those seeking asylum in Canada. It is time for the misleading, divisive and dangerous political rhetoric to end, and to set the record straight. The fact is that Canada has a strict […]

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Medically inadmissible to Canada before? Things have changed

On April 16, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to ensure the country’s immigration policies better reflect the importance Canada places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Under the 40-year-old policy, applicants could be found medically inadmissible to Canada […]

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Asylum claims in Canada has reached highest level in decades

Asylum claims reached highest level in decades in 2017, and that trend isn’t slowing down. This week, Pew Research Center published a new analysis of data from the Canadian government on the number of people who sought asylum in Canada in 2017, and it found that more people sought asylum in Canada in 2017 than at any point in […]

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Update on spousal sponsorship process improvements in time for Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is trying to spread the love with an announcement on how it’s improving the spousal sponsorship process of immigration to bring spouses and dependants together faster. “The Government of Canada is committed to family reunification,” said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen. “We […]

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December 18 is International Migrants Day: statement from Minister Hussen

The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement: “The United Nations designated December 18 as International Migrants Day. It is an opportunity to remember the rights, contributions and […]

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Plan to tackle backlog of live-in caregivers waiting for PR, plus other caregiving pathways

After long periods of being separated from their families, participants in the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) may soon be reunited with their loved ones as the federal government looks to eliminate the program’s backlog of permanent resident applications by the end of next year. In 2014, due to exploitation of workers and long processing times, […]

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Liberals plan to reduce permanent resident backlog for caregivers

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Sunday his department will process 80 per cent of backlogged permanent resident applications by the end of next year. But critics say Ottawa still isn’t doing enough to protect caregivers and prevent their families from being separated.   Saying the government is committed “first and foremost” to family reunification, Liberal […]

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Points for having siblings in Canada under Express Entry

Have a sibling in Canada and want to immigrate here, too? It will now be easier. Starting on June 6, new points will be awarded to candidates applying under the Express Entry system with siblings in Canada. Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having […]

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New federal strategy to help newcomers put their skills to work in Canada faster

  Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen has announced that the federal government will introduce a new Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers, as part of Budget 2017. The strategy will help internationally trained newcomers to our country find jobs that match their skills and experience. Newcomers to Canada often face challenges in getting […]

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