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Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent June 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON –Today, Bill C-6,an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent. Changes to theCitizenship Actreflect the Government’s commitments to streamline the citizenship process, enhance program integrity, and repeal certain provisions of the Act that treated dual citizens differently than other Canadians. Some changes to theCitizenship Acttake effect immediately upon Royal Assent, while others take effect at later dates to ensure the necessary regulatory changes and departmental
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Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills June 5, 2017—Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect tomorrow help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy. Starting on June 6, new points will be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada. Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society. Other changes to the Express
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Stripping people of Canadian citizenship without hearing unfair, judge rules TORONTO -- Stripping new Canadians of their citizenship without giving them a proper chance to explain themselves is a violation of their rights, a Federal Court judge declared Wednesday. In a key decision, Judge Jocelyne Gagne struck down provisions of the Citizenship Act enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper, saying they conflict with principles of fundamental justice. The decision comes in eight cases -- considered as test cases -- that challenged the constitutionality of the changes made in May 2015. Those amendments barred people from going to court to
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Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child May 3, 2017—Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases the Government’s commitment to family reunification. The new age limit of “under22” will come into effect this fall, on October24, 2017, raising it from the current “under19” requirement. The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees.
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Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners April 28, 2017—Ottawa, ON – To uphold its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality, the Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status. This change applies to anyone who was subject to the requirement, as well as to new spouses and partners who are sponsored as permanent residents. Eliminating conditional permanent residence supports the Government’s commitment
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Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry March 31, 2017—Moncton, NB – Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to Express Entry—Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system. Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy. Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to
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Other News
Government of Canada takes early action to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Changes to 2017 Parent and Grandparent Program application intake process
Government of Canada delivering faster processing and shorter wait times for spousal reunification
Notice Work permit pilot extended for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence from within Canada
Improvements to Express Entry on the way
Some Americans look to Canada, NZ as Trump surges to victory
Travellers to Canada take note: End of leniency period for Electronic Travel Authorization
Canada announces its intention to allow all Romanians and Bulgarians to travel to Canada visa-free on December 1, 2017
2017 Immigration Plan - Setting the Foundation for Economic Growth
Providing greater opportunities for Canadian and San Marino youth
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