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Citizenship test guide now available as an audio eBook

Posted on June 28, 2013

The popular citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, is now available as an integrated audio eBook.

For more information, please click here.

Canada and U.S. cross-border business efficient, simple and secure

Posted on June 26, 2013

The Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in December 2011. It provides a practical road map for expediting legitimate trade and travel between Canada and the U.S. The joint progress report details efforts by both governments to achieve Action Plan objectives and identifies areas of improvement.

Two notable examples of Action Plan commitments include enhanced guidance and training to Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs Border Protection officers to achieve maximum efficiency at all ports of entry on business traveler issues, as well as, the designation of documents, such as a work permit, onto NEXUS client profiles for expedited clearances.

For more information, please click here.

New interactive map for citizenship ceremonies

Posted on June 25, 2013

A new online interactive map will help Canadians and permanent residents find citizenship and reaffirmation ceremonies with greater ease.

During a citizenship ceremony, permanent residents are able to take the oath of citizenship and receive citizenship certificates. Canadian citizens can participate by repeating the oath of citizenship and reaffirming their commitment to Canada.

Take a look at the new map by clicking here.

For more information, please click here.

CIC Consulting Canadians on Immigration

Posted on June 21, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched online consultations for public input on immigration levels and mix today. You can access the online consultation by following this link.

The Government welcomes feedback on the appropriate level of immigration for Canada and the most suitable mix among economic, family, and refugee and humanitarian classes. Participants will also be asked for their views on the increasing role of economic immigration.

Fore more information, please click here.

World Refugee Day

Posted on June 20, 2013

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism has announced that the Government of Canada has resettled more than 16,000 refugees to date and is on track to meet its commitment of resettling 20,000 Iraqis  by 2015. Canada works closely with private sponsors, other countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to find viable long-term solutions for refugees all around the world. By 2015, Canada will also resettle up to 5,000 Iranian and Iraqi refugees currently in Turkey.

Recently, Canada has also committed to resettling up to 1,000 more Bhutanese refugees over the next two years. In total, Canada will resettle 6,500 Bhutanese refugees.

Furthermore, Canada has invested $5 million to provide refugees in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with streetlights, lanterns and fuel efficient stoves. This investment seeks to make refugee camps safer at night.

For more information, please click here.

Faster Removal of Foreign Criminal Act Becomes Law

Posted on June 20, 2013

The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act (the “Act”) has been passed and has received Royal Assent. The Act speeds up the removal of dangerous foreign criminals from Canada.

Generally, the Act:

  1. Makes it easier for the Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from Canada;
  2. Makes it harder for those who pose a risk to Canada to enter Canada in the first place;
  3. Removes unnecessary barriers for genuine visitors.

Below is a list of some of the changes that the Act brings into force:

  • Eligible individuals can file an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division only if sentenced to less than 6 months’ imprisonment in Canada. 
  • Foreign nationals inadmissible on the most serious grounds of security, human or international rights violations, or organized criminality no longer have access to humanitarian and compassionate (“H&C”) considerations.
  • The Minister of Public Safety can only take national security and public safety factors (no H&C) into consideration when deciding to grant a request for relief from inadmissibility (on grounds of security, certain human or international rights violations, or organized criminality).
  • A statutory obligation exists for foreign nationals to attend an interview with CSIS when requested to do so by an immigration officer.
  • Inadmissible persons seeking Ministerial relief have to submit a formal application.
  • Foreign nationals or permanent residents are inadmissible on security grounds for any act of espionage against Canada or contrary to the interests of Canada.

For more information, please click here and here.

Canada Launches New Open Data Portal

Posted on June 18, 2013

Canada’s Open Data Portal was launched today. The Portal provides significant access to government data and information. The Portal contains data sets compiled by over 20 departments and agencies, covering a broad range of topics, from housing to immigration. Some of the most popular data sets include: statistics on wait times for permanent residency, wait times at border crossings and information about soldiers in World War I.

To access the Open Data Portal click here.

For more information, please click here.

New Citizenship Judge Appointed in Montreal

Posted on June 17, 2013

Andrea Paine was appointed as a new Citizenship Judge for Montreal. Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship.

For more information, please click here.

PAFSO Union on Strike

Posted on June 11, 2013

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. Members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas. Posted processing times for temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account these work interruptions. If you are applying for a visa, you should anticipate delays. There are contingency plans in place to ensure that all offices remain open with at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.

Fore more information, please click here.

Come to Canada Wizard a Success

Posted on June 10, 2013

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) more than seven thousand people use the Come to Canada Wizard a day. The wizard is an interactive online tool designed to help people determine their eligibility for different immigration programs in Canada. It also helps visitors through the steps of an application and provides suggestions for relevant forms and instructions.

Click here to try the Come to Canada Wizard

For more information, please click here.


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