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More Families to Reunite in Canada Government of Canada to improve application intake system and accept more sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents August 20, 2018 – Surrey, BC – To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20 000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications. This decision to increase the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will
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Canada and Australia Announce Amendment to Youth Mobility Arrangement August 28, 2018—Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, today announced an agreement to expand the age range in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Canada and Australia concerning Youth Mobility. Through the amended MoU, Canadian and Australian young adults aged 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.
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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
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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. Today, the
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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
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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: on- or
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Other News
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
Stripping people of Canadian citizenship without hearing unfair, judge rules
Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child
Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners
Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry
Government of Canada takes early action to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Changes to 2017 Parent and Grandparent Program application intake process
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