Virtual Citizenship Ceremony Procedure

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

In case you haven’t heard, virtual citizenship ceremonies are happening in Calgary! Read more about what to prepare beforehand here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/07/20/virtual-citizenship-ceremonies-have-come-to-calgary/ Today, we will walk you through the virtual citizenship ceremony procedure step by step! Spoiler alert! If you don’t wish to ruin the surprise for your own ceremony, stop reading now. A few quick facts: Your virtual oath-taking ceremony …

Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended Again until August 21

Lisa Cai Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for all non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, May and June, the restriction was extended for three times. As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the two countries have recently agreed to extend the current border measures once again to keep people in both countries safe. The Canada-U.S. …

Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies Have Come to Calgary

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Have you applied to become a Canadian citizen, passed the citizenship knowledge test, and been waiting for the oath-taking ceremony? If the answer is yes, here’s some good news for you: Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies have finally started in Calgary! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been inviting eligible applicants to take the Oath of Citizenship online. In response to …

Canoo / Cultural Access Pass Program for New Canadians

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

What is the Cultural Access Pass program? It is a program that provides new Canadian citizens with free admission to over 1,400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, and historic sites across Canada. Am I eligible? If you became a Canadian citizen less than 12 months ago and are over the age of 18, you are eligible for the Cultural …

More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced on July 16, 2020 a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. This investment, through the Safe Restart Agreement, will help address the key priorities, agreed upon by Canada’s First Ministers, for …

IRCC’s New Policy on Biometrics Collection

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced a new public policy that will benefit temporary residence applicants in Canada. Due to COVID-19, Service Canada closes its centers on March 27. Recently, Service Canada is gradually reopening its offices, but biometrics collection service will NOT resume until a later date. The newly announced public policy exempts temporary residence applicants …

Extension for Temporary Residents Applying to Restore Their Status

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

Different from permanent residents (PRs), visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada only hold temporary immigration status. Temporary residents normally have 90 days after their status expires to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to restore it. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected this process. For instance, some temporary residents in Canada may have difficulty providing complete …

Rising COVID-19 Cases among Young People

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

More and more younger people have been infected with the coronavirus. Among the 780 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the past two weeks in Alberta, 57% fall into the category of people under the age of 40, according to Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s latest update on July 14. Not only in Alberta, all across Canada the majority of new cases are …

Precautions that Canadians Take as Economy Reopens

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

From June 15 to 21, Statistics Canada conducted a new web panel survey to find out the attitudes and concerns of Canadians as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted. What is a web panel survey? According to Statistics Canada, a web panel survey is a survey using samples from web panels, i.e. a survey via the web of persons who are …

Online Learning for International Students

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

As the fall season is fast approaching, the Government of Canada has announced additional measures to support international students who are beginning a new program online this fall with a Canadian learning institution, if their institution is offering the program online, so that they can pursue their education while ensuring everyone’s safety. These changes will give students more certainty about …