Becoming a Citizen

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Citizenship Judge Joe Woodard will be discussing the changes to the Citizenship process and requirements. Join us! Date:            Friday June 19th, 2015 Time:           3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location:    Room 540, 910 – 7 Ave. SW Immigrant Services Calgary  

Canada welcomed record numbers from China in 2014

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Permanent residents, international students and visitor visas account for record year May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, marked the finale of Asian Heritage Month by announcing at Markham’s Sino-Canada Educational and Cultural Festival that Canada welcomed nearly 361,000 visitors from China in 2014 – up 34 percent from the previous year. In addition to …

Protecting Canadians

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Measures came into force officially today that enable Canada to revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments. Canadian citizenship can now also be revoked from dual citizens for taking up …

Maximizing the benefits of immigration for the Canadian economy

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Meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of immigration focused on economic immigration May 22, 2015 — Toronto — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments reiterated their shared commitment to maximizing the economic benefits of immigration at today’s meeting of FPT Ministers responsible for immigration. The selection of economic immigrants and the improvement of settlement and labour market outcomes for …

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

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

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

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

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

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

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

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

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

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration

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.