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December 9, 2016

Spousal sponsorship program update: Faster processing begins. New application package to come on December 15, 2016, at noon EST.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1166159&_ga=1.109662979.781467171.1471465671



December 7, 2016

Ministerial Announcements on Family Reunification: Family Class processing times for all applicants, inside and outside Canada will be cut from 24 to 12 months

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1166069&_ga=1.31344831.1080866530.1462200594


September 7, 2016

Language schools concerned new visa rules will hurt recruitment efforts. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/language-schools-concerned-new-visa-rules-will-hurt-recruitment-efforts/article31702116/



August 22, 2016

Number of federal inspections under foreign worker program on rise.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/federal-inspections-of-temporary-foreign-worker-program-on-rise/article31484544/




August 19, 2016

US border authority seeks travellers' social media details. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36650857?ocid=socialflow_twitter


August 19, 2016

Le Canada serait l'un des meilleurs pays où vivre. Canada ranked as one of the best country.
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2016/06/29/001-canada-indice-progres-social.shtml



August 19, 2016

Children born abroad to Canadians may end up as ‘lost Canadians’.
www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/children-born-abroad-to-canadian-parents-may-end-up-as-lost-canadians/article30938653/



August 19, 2016

John McCallum wants to 'substantially increase' immigration to fill Canada's labour needs.
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/john-mccallum-substantially-increase-immigration-labour-shortages-1.3718831


August 19, 2016

Canada's new passport rule catches dual citizens by surprise.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2016/08/18/passport-dual-citizens-air-travel.html?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FPCnrA8fU7r




August 16, 2016

Ottawa opens arms to Chinese students, tourists and workers. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ottawa-pushes-china-to-boost-visa-application-sites/article31328849/


June 28, 2016

#Mexico #Visitorvisa Exempt as of November 30, 2016

http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/06/28/canada-lift-visa-requirements-mexico



June 17, 2016

Processing measures to reduce the in-Canada spousal application inventory.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2016/ob624.asp



June 17, 2016

Ottawa vows to cut wait times for foreign workers joining tech firms

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ottawa-vows-to-cut-wait-times-for-foreign-workers-joining-tech-firms/article30458187/


June 17, 2016

Ottawa to table bill to monitor Canadians’ foreign travel.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-to-table-bill-to-monitor-canadians-foreign-travel/article30459528/



June 3, 2016

LMIA exemption for employers hiring skilled French-speaking foreign workers in Francophone minority communities.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1078419



May 31, 2016

Canadians regularly going to U.S. for long stays need to be mindful of changes.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/canadians-regularly-going-to-u-s-for-long-stays-need-to-be-mindful-of-changes-says-mp-1.2912096


May 31, 2016

Temporary Foreign Worker program under review.

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/05/16/temporary-foreign-worker-program-under-review/


May 31, 2016

Frustration abounds for immigration call centre users.

https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/05/13/frustration-abounds-for-immigration-call-centre-users.html


May 31, 2016

Permanent residence card delays leave thousands without ID.

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/permanent-residence-card-delays-leave-thousands-without-id



May 10, 2016

The invitation on Express Entry continues. Most recently 799 applicants who scored 534 points or above were invited. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/


May 10, 2016

Ontario PNP put a temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams. http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNPNEW.html



May 5, 2016

Quebec Investor Immigration program is scheduled to re-open from May 30, 2016 to February 28, 2017.

http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/rules-procedures.html



April 15, 2016

Maximum of 10000 applications for sponsorship of parents/ grandparents will be accepted instead of 5000. http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-02-27/html/notice-avis-eng.php#nb1



April 7, 2016

Quebec announced new quota for Investor applications: 1,900 (1,330 China cap) - May 30, 2016 - February 28, 2017. http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/rules-procedures.html



March 31, 2016

Post Graduate Work Permit program is creating a low-wage work force, says an internal report from CIC. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/international-student-work-program-needs-overhaul-report-says/article29463566/



March 29, 2016

Budget 2016 explained expanded budget for immigration. http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/docs/plan/ch6-en.html#_Toc446106826



March 24, 2016

Mobilité Francophone stream will exempt employers from the LMIA when hiring francophone workers outside of Quebec

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1041109&tp=1



March 16, 2016

Ottawa looks to ease international students’ path to permanent residency. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-looks-to-ease-international-students-path-to-permanent-residency/article29242266/



March 15, 2016

Millionaire immigrant investor program lures only 7 instead of 60. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/immigration-investor-pilot-program-1.3331204



March 9, 2016

Quebec’s new immigration policy aimed at meeting labour needs. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebecs-new-immigration-policy-aimed-at-meeting-labour-needs/article29064270/



March 8, 2016

Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 305,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2016.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1038699



March 8, 2016

ETA requirement for visa-exempt foreign national has been postponed to fall 2016.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp



March 7, 2016

Cap on parent, grandparent visa program formally raised to 10,000. http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/02/26/news/cap-parent-grandparent-visa-program-formally-raised-10000?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=


March 7, 2016

Keep yourself up to date with the Express Entry draws. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/



February 24, 2016

Liberals will announce significant changes to the Citizenship Act in the coming days. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberals-to-repeal-citizenship-law-bill-c-24-immigration-minister/article28861630/



February 19, 2016

Former live-in caregiver came to Canada in 1999 now just wants a chance to care for her own. https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/02/18/17-years-on-nanny-still-fighting-to-bring-family-to-canada.html


February 19, 2016

Temporary foreign workers program faces federal review. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/temporary-foreign-workers-program-faces-federal-review/article28792323/



February 12, 2016

Liberals are targeting Bill C-24, changes the Conservatives made to citizenship and immigration.

http://ipolitics.ca/2016/02/08/the-liberals-are-blowing-up-the-immigration-system-again-why/



February 2, 2016

Minister announces exemption to Temporary Foreign Worker Program for employers in Yellowknife.

http://news.exec.gov.nt.ca/minister-announces-exemption-to-temporary-foreign-worker-program-for-employers-in-yellowknife/


February 2, 2016

Liberal MPs put heat on McCallum to address immigration processing ‘mess,’ say lengthy delays ‘unacceptable’.

https://t.co/JzT7zoIyaE



January 20, 2016

2016113Express Entry추첨을 통하여 453점 이상을 받은 1,518명의 지원자가 초청되었습니다.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/



January 18, 2016

Immigration reforms made it difficult for businesses to attract high-skilled workers, chamber of commerce says.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/temporary-foreign-worker-reforms-immigration-chamber-report-1.3403375



January 12, 2016

Canada will take in 10,000 parent, grandparent sponsorship applications this year.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-will-take-in-10-000-parent-grandparent-sponsorship-applications-this-year-1.3396179


January 12, 2016

Ottawa publishes instructions for email communication with immigration applicants to avoid complaints and lawsuits.

https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/01/08/guidelines-issued-to-avoid-immigration-email-snafus.html


January 12, 2016

Quebec Investor program will receive maximum 1750 cases (max. 1200 from China). The program will close on January 31, 2016.



January 7, 2016

On January 6, 2016, Express Entry invited 1,463 candidates who scored 461 points or more



January 5, 2016

Liberals scrambling on family-immigrant targets.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/liberals-scrambling-on-family-immigrant-targets


January 5, 2016

Liberals drop legal appeal of unconstitutional Conservative refugee measure.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/liberals-drop-legal-appeal-of-unconstitutional-conservative-refugee-measure-1.3389336



January 4, 2016

Beginning March 15, visa-exempt foreign nationals will require an Electronic Travel Authorization to fly to Canada. U.S. citizens exempt.


January 4, 2016

Greed’ blamed after Canada punishes St. Kitts and Nevis over its buy-a-passport program.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/greed-blamed-as-buy-a-passport-program-lands-st-kitts-and-nevis-off-canadas-visa-waiver-list