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CIC issues invitations to apply for permanent residence to candidates without a job offer or provincial nomination

For the first time since launching its much-anticipated Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination.

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Thousands of temporary foreign workers who have made Canada their home are facing an uncertain future in Canada, with the full effects of the so-called ‘4-in, 4-out’ rule scheduled to kick in on April 1, 2015.

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The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that have taken place since the beginning of this month.

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The government of Quebec has announced that it will receive a maximum of 6,300 applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate through its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), which is due to reopen later this year.

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Le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé qu’il recevra un maximum de 6300 demandes de certificat de sélection du Québec en vertu de son Programme des travailleurs qualifiés du Québec (PTQ), qui doit rouvrir prochainement.

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Changes to certain aspects of Canada’s immigration selection system, and how they may affect past, present and future international students in Canada, have come under the spotlight recently. Reports in some major media publications have led to the perception that these changes have made it more difficult for international students who have graduated from Canadian universities to become permanent residents. Conversations on university campuses and workplaces across Canada, as well as online, have since focused on this issue.

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They may be too young to realise all that has gone on around them in their so-far short lives, but for Adam Aboushady and Ella Perras, it was the end of a long journey.

The two infants, aged just 12 months and 20 months, respectively, landed in Canada for the first time earlier this month. Adam, who had been stranded in Egypt due to government bureaucracy, was finally reunited with his parents in Toronto on March 16. Two weeks earlier, Claude Perras from Longueuil, Quebec, landed in Montreal with his adopted daughter Ella, a Canadian citizen.

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