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Canada may decrease immigration numbers

If you have been contemplating immigration to Canada, you would be wise to submit your application as soon as possible.  Citing economic uncertainty and rising unemployment numbers in the country, Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that Canada is considering reducing its immigration targets for 2009. At the present time, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism […]

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New developments in the popular Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

The Strategic Recruitment Stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has recently been shaken up to reflect the province’s changing labour needs.  Its popular US H1B Visa Holder category (for which applicants do not need a job offer) has been modified to reflect key occupations that are common among H1B holders.  Additionally, two new […]

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Amidst the economic downturn, there are still hot spots for jobs in Canada

Though Canada has been less affected by the global economic downturn than the United States and other OECD nations, the national unemployment rate has increased slightly over the past several months.  This has prompted Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to review immigration numbers to ensure that there will be enough jobs for newcomers once they […]

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Ontario widens its PNP: More people can qualify for fast-track Canadian immigration

What started as Ontario’s Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in May 2007 has now come into its own as the full-fledged Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program.  The Ontario PNP will now be welcoming a greater number of newcomers from a larger array of skilled occupations.  The expansion of the program is great news for soon-to-be […]

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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) changes process for H1B holders

Last year, the province of Alberta introduced the Strategic Recruitment Stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).  This program recognizes the valuable contributions that workers from overseas have made in North America by fast-tracking the Canadian Permanent Residency of certain US H1B visa* holders.  The application procedure has recently been modified. The Strategic Recruitment […]

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Canadian citizenship rules change for those born outside of Canada

As of April 17, 2009, Canada’s Citizenship Act will be amended.  The new law now limits Canadian citizenship to the first generation born abroad to Canadian citizens. All individuals born in Canada are granted citizenship, as are people born abroad who undertake the Canadian citizenship process and are approved. Previously, individuals who were born abroad […]

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CIMC Minister visits India and Pakistan to discuss Canadian immigration

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister (CIMC) Jason Kenney spent some time this month in India and Pakistan to work on further strengthening Canada’s relations with the two countries.  He met with important political figures and religious leaders from various communities to discuss immigration to Canada, employment in Canada for Indian and Pakistani residents, and Canadian […]

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LoonLounge.com – the new Canadian immigration and settlement online community – garnering praise across Canada

Earlier this month, we introduced you to LoonLounge.com, a social network where Canadian residents and future immigrants can connect and learn from each other, become engaged in Canadian communities, and ultimately help improve the Canadian immigration and settlement processes.  The response from our newsletter subscribers and the Canadian media has been overwhelmingly positive, with a […]

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New requirements for Canadian employers hiring foreign skilled workers

In order to hire a foreign worker, Canadian employers may need to satisfy Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) that they cannot find any Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents to fill the available position.  HRSDC’s role is to ensure that Canadian residents have first access to Canadian jobs.  To better reflect Canada’s evolving labour […]

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David’s Blog: Help is here

I have previously written about what I perceive to be the missing link in Canadian immigration. My grandfather’s story illustrates it best. When he arrived in Canada many years ago, my grandfather had nothing but the name of a man in Montreal who once lived in his town. My grandfather was eternally grateful when, after […]

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Simplifying Canadian Immigration and Settlement Together – LoonLounge.com

Throughout his years in immigration law, David Cohen has learned that there is an important link missing in the Canadian immigration process.  He has seen new immigrants thrive just as he has seen others struggle.  Those who succeed do so because of their connections to Canada – connections with people in Canada, Canadian community organizations, […]

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Canada immigration changes finally announced – Outlook for 2009

On March 14, 2008, the Conservative government announced their intention to introduce significant amendments to Canada’s immigration system.  Many heated debates, numerous stakeholder consultations, a federal election, and a new Immigration Minister later, the amendments were finally announced on November 28.  Immigration remains a key priority for Canada, but now has a slightly stronger focus […]

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Faster Canadian immigration processing times with new submission procedures

With the goal of processing new Federal Skilled Worker applications within 6-12 months, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) has implemented new submission procedures to make the process more efficient. > > Read full article on Canadavisa.com

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Improved labour mobility within Canada and across North America

Many Canadian employers have been feeling the pinch of chronic labour shortages over the past few years and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) have been responding with various measures to alleviate them.  The most recent good news is the expansion of the NAFTA temporary foreign worker […]

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Canada – The most welcoming country in the world

Immigrant and temporary migrants have become increasingly important to population growth and to Canada’s economy.  Canadians are grateful for the contributions of workers from abroad, and have established a vast network of settlement services to help them feel at home.  A recent HSBC survey has given Canada the top spot in terms of how friendly […]

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David’s Blog: What was, What is, What’s next

Without a doubt, the Canadian immigration story of the past year has to do with the changes made to the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration.  Not only is qualifying now different than it was a year ago, but the application process itself has also changed significantly. >> Read full article on Canadavisa.com

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Canada Business Immigration – The door is wide open

If you are a business person looking to make an investment in Canada, the Business Immigration Program may be an important fast-track Canadian immigration option for you.  Business Immigration seeks to attract foreign nationals with business and managerial experience who will contribute to the development of the Canadian economy.  Through this priority processing program, you […]

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Meet Canada’s new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Following Prime Minister Harper’s re-election last month, he appointed a new cabinet and a new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.  Jason Kenney, former Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity and a well-known figure in Canadian ethnic communities, has been appointed to this position. Jason Kenney was first elected to the House of […]

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Recognition of foreign credentials – A priority for Canada and provincial governments

In the Government of Canada’s recent Speech from the Throne, Governor General Michaëlle Jean stated that the federal government will “work with the provinces to make the recognition of foreign credentials a priority”.  In addition to the establishment of the Foreign Credential Referral Office last year, provincial governments have been working to develop tailor-made plans […]

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PNP Update – Fast-track Canadian Permanent Residency options expanding

Saskatchewan has just made it easier for international students to become Canadian Permanent Residents.  British Columbia (BC) is now helping its substantial food processing sector to retain foreign skilled workers by nominating them for fast-track Canadian immigration.  These students and workers have now been added to a growing list of foreign nationals who can qualify […]

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David’s Blog: What if?

In a few days from now, the waiting will be over. Not only will we know the fate of the Federal Skilled Worker applications submitted to the Canadian Visa Offices after February 27, 2008, (now in a suspended state) but we will also find out what lies in store for Skilled Worker applications that will […]

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Canadian Federal Election Results: Conservatives win minority government

This month’s Canadian federal election resulted in Canada’s third consecutive minority government, re-electing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.  Now that the Conservatives have secured their place as the ruling government, it is expected that the Immigration Minister will announce her plan about how the recent Canadian immigration amendments will be implemented. Though […]

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Children of immigrants succeeding academically and professionally in Canada

Two recently released reports have shown that the children of Canadian immigrants are faring well in Canadian post-secondary institutions and therefore seeing increased success in the work force.  Many Canadian families have a similar story of parents immigrating to Canada and working hard to make sure that their kids could stay in school.  These efforts […]

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Alberta joins four other Canadian provinces in actively recruiting Filipino skilled workers

The province of Alberta and the Philippines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate the flow of Filipino skilled workers into Alberta.  Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia have entered similar agreements with the Philippines over the past year, all working towards alleviating chronic labour shortages in their growing economies. Along the same lines […]

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