January 24, 2019—Ottawa, ON— The Government of Canada is committed to supporting immigration strategies that will enable smaller communities to enhance their economic, social and demographic vitality.
Pre-arrival services are free online or in person programs for individuals who received a Confirmation of Permanent Resident letter and live outside of Canada.
In 2019, 20,000 sponsors for parents and grandparents to become permanent residents will be accepted. The re-opening of the parents and grandparents sponsor program will be opening late January 2019.
“Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program. Starting December 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will need to give their fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. This same rule has applied to applicants from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since July …
Government of Canada announced today that they had signed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM recognizes the barriers migration poses but also highlights the positive effects of migration and the benefits of regulated, well managed migration systems. The GCM has 23 objectives that focuses on different aspects of migration. These objectives will increase migration’s visibility in regional and UN forums. Participating states are not expected to implement each action but rather view them as guidelines. This is a significant milestone and represents the first multilateral framework for the global response to migration.
With marijuana (cannabis) now legally available across Canada, new laws and penalties are also implemented to regulate this. New penalties are in effect on December 18, 2018 and will affect individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including cannabis) or commit cannabis related crimes.
Those who are permanent or temporary residents have further penalties that may find them inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality. Permanent residents may lose their status and have to leave Canada. Those who lose their status will not be able to return unless there is written authorization from an immigration officer. Temporary residents, visitors or international students may not be able to come or stay in Canada, including to visit, study or work temporarily. For more information please see the pdf files below.
Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program and is now taking steps to prepare for December 31, 2018, when nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will need to give their biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. – Source: IRCC’s website.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently published an infographic that shows the processing time of complete Express Entry applications is six months or less for 80% of cases. It shows, as of July 31, Canada has welcomed 170,000 newcomers through Express Entry program.
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.
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.