ISC Hosted IRCC’s Ministerial Announcement Today – More Families to Reunite in Canada

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, updates

This morning, Immigrant Services Calgary was honoured to host Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, who made an announcement regarding improvements to the family reunification process on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In 2019, the Government of Canada will accept up to 20000 applications for sponsorship of parents and grandparents. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.

Canada’s immigration system continues to innovate and deliver better service – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients’ service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work.

On August 13, 2018, the Minister of IRCC highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year. 

Canada expands its biometrics screening program – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, updates

The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and to the integrity of our immigration system.

On July 31, 2018, all nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence.

Canada plans to lift visa requirement for United Arab Emirates

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, updates

On May 28, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced plans to remove the visa requirement for UAE citizens on June 5, 2018. UAE citizens will not need a visa for short visits to Canada (up to 6 months).
Although UAE citizens will not need to apply for a visa, like other visa-exempt travelers, they will still need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

Government of Canada brings medical inadmissibility policy in line with inclusivity for persons with disabilities – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes to the policy on medical inadmissibly policy. “The new policy on medical inadmissibility strikes a balance between protecting publicly funded health and social services and updating the policy to bring it in line with current views on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. “