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Archive | 2013

News Release — Reuniting families and reducing backlogs in Canada’s immigration system

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-12-18.asp Parent and Grandparent Program gearing up for re-launch December 18, 2013 – Ottawa – Citizenship and Immigration Canada – By cutting immigration backlogs and wait times, the Government is bringing families together more quickly, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. Over the first six months of 2013, Citizenship and […]

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Backgrounder — Improvements to the Canadian Experience Class

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2013/2013-11-08.asp Between November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept a maximum of 12,000 new applications under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Because of an overrepresentation in the CEC applications received to date, the following six occupations will no longer be eligible for the CEC starting November […]

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News Release — Improving the Canadian Experience Class

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-11-08.asp Ottawa, November 8, 2013 — Today, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to improve the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) so that the program continues to attract top quality candidates. “The Canadian Experience Class has allowed more than 25,000 people to stay in Canada permanently to contribute their skills and talents,” […]

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News Release — Slashing backlogs, reuniting families

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-10-29.asp Ottawa, October 29, 2013 — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today pledged aggressive action to reunite more families in 2014. Alexander also announced that the backlog of Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program applications will be almost 50 percent lower by the end of 2013 than it was just two years […]

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Backgrounder — Action plan for faster family reunification – update

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2013/2013-10-29a.asp October 29, 2013 Action Plan for Faster Family Re-unification: Phase I In 2012 and 2013, over 50,000 parents and grandparents will be admitted as permanent residents – the highest levels in 20 years The new Super Visa is valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to remain in […]

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Notice – Supplementary Information to the 2014 immigration levels plan

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2013-11-01.asp November 1, 2013 — In 2014, Canada will welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents who will contribute to the Canadian economy. The 2014 Immigration Levels Plan reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to jobs and economic growth. By increasing our immigration targets for 2014, we are working to address labour […]

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Backgrounder — Canadian Experience Class: Reaching for New Heights in 2014

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2013/2013-10-28.asp Canada plans to welcome up to 15,000 permanent residents under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in 2014 – the most since the program was launched in 2008. The CEC allows people who meet a minimum language requirement and have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada to transition to […]

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Notice – Reminder: Use of Authorized Immigration Representatives

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2013-08-01.asp August 1, 2013 – If you use an immigration representative, make sure they are authorized to assist you. Anyone who provides you with advice as part of an application or immigration proceeding must be an authorized representative. There are two types of immigration representatives: paid and unpaid. Paid representatives lawyers and paralegals […]

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

News Source: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/changes.shtml As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada is taking action to reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs. These changes will strengthen and improve the TFWP to support Canada’s economic recovery and growth, and ensure that […]

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Notice – Strike Action

News Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2013-06-11.asp http://www.pafso.com/news_releases.php?newsID=153 June 11, 2013 — The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas. Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into […]

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