Visit from The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News, Updates

On March 5, 2020, The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada visited Immigrant Services Calgary. ISC team had a productive discussion about many shared priorities including how to grow the francophone community in Alberta. We are excited to work together to innovate and make settlement easier for newcomers.

New College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants to Open Fall 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced that the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants will officially open on November 23, 2021. The creation of the College is a key part of the government’s efforts to fight fraud in our immigration system. The College will become the official regulator of immigration and …

First Group of Afghan Refugees Arriving in Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The first group of Afghan refugees arrived in Canada on August 4, 2021. They will be resettled through a special immigration program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) and the Honourable Minister Maryam Monsef welcomed them at the aiport. These …

IRCC Launches Dedicated Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced the launch of a dedicated refugee stream to provide a safe haven for human rights defenders at risk who are fleeing persecution in their home country. The Government …

New Open Work Permit for Recent PR Applicants (Essential Workers and International Student Graduates Currently in Canada)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Earlier on May 6, 2021, , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a new pathway to permanent residence for eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced that, beginning July 26, 2021, individuals who have applied for this recently opened …

IRCC Announced Three New Initiatives to Welcome More Refugees

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced on June 18 the following actions to strengthen refugee protection and integration efforts: A new public policy will help remove unique barriers qualified refugees often face, so that they can apply through existing economic programs. Through the …

Indigenous Peoples Can Now Reclaim Their Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A person’s name is an integral part of their heritage and culture. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples), residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on the following immigration identity documents free of charge until May 30, 2026: replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship …

New PR Pathways for Hong Kong residents in Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada can now apply for permanent residence through two new pathways that will be available until August 2026. More information about this announcement: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/minister-mendicino-announces-opening-of-2-new-pathways-to-permanent-residence-for-hong-kong-residents.html To apply, eligible Hong Kong residents must: have valid temporary resident status be in Canada when they apply for permanent residence and …

Pathway to PR for Families of Canadian Victims of Two Airlines Flight Tragedies

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

A new public policy offers a pathway to permanent residence for eligible families of Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 tragedies. The policy applies to individuals who are currently in Canada and whose relatives were Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals found eligible on their permanent residence application. Eligible families of …