To support biometrics expansion, Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and offering interim services at some missions
June 29, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – In 2018, Canada will expand its biometrics program. Expanding biometrics will strengthen Canada’s immigration programs through effective screening and will also facilitate application processing and travel – while maintaining public confidence in our immigration system.
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 study
July 5, 2018 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Spouses being reunited more quickly in Canada
February 14, 2018 – Mississauga, ON – Over the past year, the Government of Canada has made significant improvements to the spousal sponsorship process, making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.
In December 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it would reduce the backlog of spousal applicants by 80% and shorten processing times to 12 months. It also announced improvements to the spousal sponsorship application process to make it more efficient and easier to navigate.
February 15, 2018 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Federal government continues to make family reunification a priority
December 3, 2017— Toronto, ON – Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018, thanks to the commitments made today by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Great progress has been made on the backlog in recent years. As of October 1, 2017, there was a 63% reduction in the number of caregivers and their family members waiting for their permanent residence applications to be finalized since reaching its highest level in May
December 11, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
How does the end of the Ontario college strike affect my immigration status?
Now that the Ontario college strike is over, you have until December 5, 2017, to inform your designated learning institution (DLI) what you decide to do about your studies.
Students who stop their studies can get a tuition refund. Those who are staying enrolled can apply for up to $500 in financial aid.
Please be aware, the option you choose can affect your study permit status.
If you stay enrolled for the fall 2017 semester and continue your studies after the strike
there is no impact on your immigration status as a student
you’re still eligible for:
December 11, 2017 - Government of Canada
New definition of age of dependants now in force
Expanded definition of dependent children will help more families stay together in Canada
October 27, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22,” fulfilling a key mandate commitment of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. This change will help more immigrant families stay together. When newcomer families are able to stay together, their integration into Canada, and their ability to work and contribute to their communities all improve.
November 2, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act
October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.
Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government’s Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to
October 7, 2017 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada