Passport services in Canada resuming

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The Government of Canada announced that they will resume some passport services in Canada. Starting on July 31, 2020, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If you have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, you can request for an in-person appointment. If you do not have …

Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Procedure

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In case you haven’t heard, virtual citizenship ceremonies are happening in Calgary! Read more about what to prepare beforehand here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/07/20/virtual-citizenship-ceremonies-have-come-to-calgary/ Today, we will walk you through the virtual citizenship ceremony procedure step by step! Spoiler alert! If you don’t wish to ruin the surprise for your own ceremony, stop reading now. A few quick facts: Your virtual oath-taking ceremony …

Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies Have Come to Calgary

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Have you applied to become a Canadian citizen, passed the citizenship knowledge test, and been waiting for the oath-taking ceremony? If the answer is yes, here’s some good news for you: Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies have finally started in Calgary! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been inviting eligible applicants to take the Oath of Citizenship online. In response to …

Canoo / Cultural Access Pass Program for New Canadians

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What is the Cultural Access Pass program? It is a program that provides new Canadian citizens with free admission to over 1,400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, and historic sites across Canada. Am I eligible? If you became a Canadian citizen less than 12 months ago and are over the age of 18, you are eligible for the Cultural …

IRCC’s New Policy on Biometrics Collection

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced a new public policy that will benefit temporary residence applicants in Canada. Due to COVID-19, Service Canada closes its centers on March 27. Recently, Service Canada is gradually reopening its offices, but biometrics collection service will NOT resume until a later date. The newly announced public policy exempts temporary residence applicants …

Extension for Temporary Residents Applying to Restore Their Status

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Different from permanent residents (PRs), visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada only hold temporary immigration status. Temporary residents normally have 90 days after their status expires to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to restore it. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected this process. For instance, some temporary residents in Canada may have difficulty providing complete …

Online Learning for International Students

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As the fall season is fast approaching, the Government of Canada has announced additional measures to support international students who are beginning a new program online this fall with a Canadian learning institution, if their institution is offering the program online, so that they can pursue their education while ensuring everyone’s safety. These changes will give students more certainty about …

Change in the Interpretation of “Parent”

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There has been a recent change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. Before the change, genetic links were greatly emphasized — a child born abroad was automatically recognized as a Canadian citizen at birth only if one of these two conditions was met: If the child shared a genetic link to the Canadian parent. If the child …

CBSA Now Collects Entry & Exit Info of Air Travellers

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) collects basic biographic information on travellers entering and exiting Canada by land and air. The agency now records your complete travel history information to further enhance border management and security. The CBSA shares entry and exit information with its federal partners, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This means IRCC will be able …

CBSA Announces Changes to Travel Restrictions

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has just announced a travel restrictions exemption to help keep families together and support unity during these challenging times. Starting June 8, 2020, 23:59 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), foreign nationals who meet all the conditions below are now allowed to enter Canada: Must be immediate family members of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents; Entering …