International Experience Class Moving to CIC

Posted on August 31, 2013

Effective August 31, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will assume responsibility for International Experience Canada (IEC). The program was previously administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

The program will continue to operate as usual, meaning that the application process will be the same for IEC participants. Applicants will not face an interruption in service as a result of the transfer.

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Minister Alexander commends RCMP for laying citizenship and immigration fraud charges

Posted on August 30, 2013

Minister Alexander commended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nova Scotia for a thorough investigation into alleged residence fraud. Basem Farid Awaad was charged with a number of criminal code offences including misrepresentation and false representation.

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Government of Canada supports memorial project to commemorate victims of Communism

Posted on August 23, 2013

Federal funding will be provided to build a memorial for the victims of communist regimes around the world. The memorial will be between the Library and Archives Canada building and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. The memorial will be called “A Memorial to Victims of Communism” and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

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Canada welcomes first immigrants under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program

Posted on August 16, 2013

Eric Byrne and Paul Lyttle are two of the first immigrants granted permanent residency under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program. The program was launched in January of 2013 to facilitate the immigration of skilled tradespeople who meet Canada’s current and evolving economic needs. Skilled tradespeople are assessed on criteria such as language ability, practical training and work experience rather than formal academic education.

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New Divorce Process for Non-Residents

Posted on August 16, 2013

As of June 2013, a new divorce process came into force. In most instances, a Canadian divorce is only available if at least one of the spouses has lived in Canada for at least one year. Amendments to the Civil Marriage Act now make a limited exception for couples from other countries if they married in Canada and cannot divorce in their home country because their country does not recognize the Canadian marriage. To obtain a divorce under the new process, eligible spouses need to contact the Superior Court in the Canadian province or territory where they married.

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