Passport integrity

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Recent suggestions in media reports that passport security has in any way been compromised are completely incorrect. The Canadian passport is, and will remain, one of the most secure travel documents in the world. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been moving towards an increasingly integrated and modernized working environment across many of its business lines, including the passport program. …

Faster help for Syrian and Iraqi refugees without compromising Canadian security

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September 19, 2015 — Scarborough — The Government of Canada today announced additional measures to deal with the humanitarian crisis emanating from Syria and Iraq. It is also making it easier for Canadians to take action. Canada is committing new resources and making targeted policy changes designed to speed up processing of our existing commitment to resettle Syrian and Iraqi …

Find application forms and Guides from CIC

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Many newcomers will use applications from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Application categories include: Immigration Family sponsorship Citizenship Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Visitor Visa Work permit Study permit Permanent Resident card Refugees Verification of Status or request to amend They can visit the ‘Find application forms and guides’ page (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/index.asp) to find application forms and guides. After these applications are …

Express Entry Mid-Year Report

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Recently, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released its Express Entry Mid-Year Report. The Express Entry is Canada’s new application management system for various economic immigration programs. The system launched in January 2015. According to the Report, as of July 6, 2015, 112,701 foreign nationals had created an Express Entry profile. The following table shows the Express Entry Profiles submitted to the …

Becoming a Citizen – August 13, 2015

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Citizenship Judge Joe Woodard will be discussing: New requirements for acquiring citizenship Changes to the citizenship process Privileges, rights and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen Policies of dual citizenship Free event, registration is required. Join us! Date: Thursday August 13th, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Location:    Room 540, 910 – 7 Ave. SW Immigrant Services Calgary You can …

Canada’s China Transit Program grows – Canada News Centre

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Facilitating travel for Chinese transit passengers through Canada July 30, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is adding new departure cities to the China Transit Program. This program allows eligible Chinese travellers to transit visa-free through Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport when they are en route to and from the United States. …

Canada to Launch Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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A new entry requirement, Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), will be introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in the coming months. Starting August 1, 2015, travelers will be able to apply for an eTA online. eTA will be mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals to gain entry into Canada beginning March 15,2016. Certain international travelers, who do not normally need a visa …

Estimated Processing Times: Grant of Citizenship

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Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Canada has updated the processing times of grant of citizenship. The citizenship backlog has been reduced, and the processing time has been improved through recent changes to the Citizenship Act. The following table shows the new estimated time: When CIC received the application Estimated processing time On or after April 1, 2015 12 months or less …

Immigration Related Workshops

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Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting a number of immigration related workshops in the month of August at the Genesis Centre. If you are interested in attending any of the workshops please contact us. Please see information below.   Topic: Changes to the Citizenship Application Time: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Date: August 17, 2015 Location: Room # D122- Genesis Centre 7555 …

Welcoming 48 new Canadians on eve of Pan American Games opening

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Pan Am-themed citizenship ceremony leads the torch’s arrival at Nathan Phillips Square July 9, 2015 — Toronto, Ontario — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander personally welcomed forty-eight new citizens from 14 countries as new Canadians today at a special sport-themed citizenship ceremony. The ceremony took place on the stage where the games medals are to be presented in Nathan …