New changes to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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On December 14, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced changes to make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) more flexible for applicants. He also welcomed the first two practical nurses under the Pilot to Sault St. Marie. The RNIP is a community-driven program that advocates immigration to smaller communities. The program …

Service Canada Centres Support for Sign Language

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life

Service Canada has been equipping certain locations of their Service Canada Centres with Video Remote Interpretation (VRI) services for clients who use sign language. You can check out Service Canada’s website to see if your local Service Canada Centre offers VRI: Please note that currently, Service Canada Centres are gradually re-opening some locations for services such as Employment Insurance, …

Minister Kenney and Minister of State Uppal issue statement on Vaisakhi – Canada News Centre

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Minister Kenney and Minister of State Uppal issue statement on Vaisakhi Ottawa, April 14, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on Vaisakhi: “Today, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will celebrate Vaisakhi, one of the most important dates for members of the …

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