Super Visa hits super milestone

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Program helps families reunite faster May 19, 2015 —Surrey— Over 50,000 of the popular Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since its December 2011 launch, as part of Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification. This multiple-entry visa is valid for up to 10 years and provides parents and grandparents with the flexibility of being able …

Canada expands the China Transit Program – Canada News Centre

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Facilitating travel for Chinese transit passengers through Canada May 19, 2015 —Vancouver— Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced at the Vancouver International Airport the expansion of the China Transit Program (CTP). This program allows eligible Chinese travellers to fly to and transit through Canada visa-free when they are en route to and from the United States. Starting June …

Philippines—Top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014 – Canada News Centre

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Philippines—Top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014 May 8, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada welcomed more than 40,000 permanent residents from the Philippines in 2014—up over 30 percent from 2013, making the Philippines Canada’s top source country for permanent residents last year. During the state visit to Canada by Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, from …

Canada welcomes first permanent residents under Express Entry – Canada News Centre

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Express Entry working to make top international talent permanent residents April 10, 2015 — Toronto — Changes to Canada’s economic immigration system are proving successful in selecting people needed in Canada’s economy and giving them permanent resident status quickly. Just three months after the launch of Express Entry, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed three of the first …

New citizens welcomed as Canada counts down to TORONTO 2015 – Canada News Centre

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April 1, 2015 — Toronto, Ontario — One hundred new citizens from 58 countries were sworn in as new Canadians today at a special sport-themed citizenship ceremony that kicked off the 100-day countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander personally welcomed today’s newest citizens at the ceremony, which took place …

Citizenship Application Requirement Changes

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Here at Immigrant Services Calgary, we have been receiving a lot of questions about the new citizenship requirements under the ‘Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act’, which became law in June of 2014. Two of the major changes in the new law are that applicants for citizenship must now spend at least 4 years out of 6 years physically present in Canada before becoming eligible to apply and that 14 to 64 year olds must meet language and knowledge requirements to obtain citizenship.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be fast-tracked for citizenship

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Canada recognizes contributions of those permanent residents who have served or who are currently serving the country in uniform. Members of the Canadian military still must meet all of the standard conditions to apply for citizenship. However, the length of time they served in the Canadian Armed Forces can now be counted towards the reduced residency requirement providing them with quicker access to Canadian citizenship.

To find out more information about the program, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Start-up Visa Program: Get your business idea funded

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On July 16, 2014 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed the first two successful applicants under the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract more entrepreneurs and create jobs for Canadians. The Start-up Visa Program launched on April 1, 2013 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is the first of its kind in the world! It brings together …

Express Entry to be launched in January 2015

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The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry, eligible overseas applicants in one of the above mentioned federal immigration programs will be placed into a pool from which employers who cannot …