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Work permit pilot extended for in-Canada family class spouses and common-law partners Ottawa, January 30, 2019 –The Government of Canada is extending the open work permit pilot for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class until July 31, 2020. Canada recognizes that when families can work while living together, their integration outcomes are improved. Extending this pilot ensures applicants are able to work, provide for their families and contribute to the Canadian economy while waiting for their permanent resident applications to be processed. To be eligible for an open work permit under
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New and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents to launch on January 28, 2019 January 11, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, announced the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019. The launch of the 2019 PGP Program will include a new and improved intake process. The Government of Canada has listened to and addressed concerns from clients and stakeholders about the previous intake process, and has taken steps to provide a first-in-first-served approach for 2019. This approach will
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This Ontario man has a warning for permanent residents: 'Get your Canadian citizenship' For almost 60 years, Cornelis Ruijter has lived as a permanent resident in Canada, having immigrated to the country with his 14 brothers and sisters in 1961. The Barrie, Ont., man never bothered becoming a full Canadian citizen, but after a theft abroad left him stranded in Europe for five weeks, he has some advice for any other permanent residents. "Get your Canadian citizenship and get your passport," he said. Until last year, when he travelled out of the country, Ruijter would bring his Netherlands passport and his permanent resident card, getting around without fail. But on
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Details of 2019 Parents and Grandparents Program coming soon Ottawa, December 10, 2018 – Family reunification is a top immigration priority for the Government of Canada. The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) continues to be very popular, with high demand for sponsorship from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Details on the 2019 intake system will be released in the coming weeks. On August 20, 2018, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that, as a result of listening to stakeholders and clients, in 2019 the Government of Canada is moving away from a random-selection process for PGP
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Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women December 5, 2018—Toronto, ON—Visible minority newcomer women integrating into Canadian society can face many barriers to employment. To address these challenges, today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot. The goal of the pilot is to improve the employment and career advancement of visible minority newcomer women in Canada by addressing the barriers they may face – gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and
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Canada adopts historic agreement to address migration December 10, 2018—Marrakech, Morocco – Canada believes that effective international cooperation is essential in order to address common challenges as well as harness the benefits of global migration. Today, Canada announced it adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the first global framework on all aspects of international migration. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, made the announcement at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech,
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Other News
More Families to Reunite in Canada
Canada and Australia Announce Amendment to Youth Mobility Arrangement
To support biometrics expansion, Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and offering interim services at some missions
Spouses being reunited more quickly in Canada
How does the end of the Ontario college strike affect my immigration status?
Federal government continues to make family reunification a priority
New definition of age of dependants now in force
Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act
Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent
Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills
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