Alberta Launching Two New Immigration Streams

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Alberta is launching two new immigration streams for international graduates: Starting October 26, the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is open for application for recent international graduates from Alberta’s universities and colleges. In January 2021, the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream will open for talented international graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges. These two new immigration streams will …

Free Community Support Services for Work Permits Holders

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If you are currently living in Alberta holding a valid work permit or post-graduate open work permit, there is a free program available to support you and your dependents — Community Support Services Program run by Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. Whether you only plan to live and work in Alberta temporarily or aim to become a Permanent Resident in the …

Unite with Extended Family Members who are Citizens or PRs

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In early October, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced processes to support enhanced family reunification. If you want to come to Canada and visit a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, check here to see if you are considered as an Extended Family Member

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Back to Random Selection

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Want to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada? Good news for those who’ve been waiting for the 2020 intake of Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. “Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada.” – The Honourable …

Government Update on Travel Restrictions and Support for Family Reunification

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have recently announced that, the Government of Canada is further strengthening the public health presence at the border and enhancing quarantine monitoring; increasing the use of digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be …

IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

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On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada. IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They …

Some Permanent Residence Applicants Now Temporarily Exempt from Biometrics Requirement

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new temporary public policy: You are exempt under this new policy, if you have both of the following: a new or pending application for permanent residence made from within or outside Canada already submitted their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/biometrics-exemption-permanent-residents.html

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …