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Canadian Immigration News Briefs for October 2011

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The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that took place or were announced over the last few weeks.

Conditional spousal sponsorship visas to be introduced

The Government of Canada will soon be announcing conditional visas for those sponsored under Canada’s Family Class Spousal Sponsorship Program in attempt to curb marriage fraud. There was speculation that this change would be considered, but Canadian officials are now confirming that the conditional visa will be introduced later this year.  >> Read more….

Study shows Canadians still supportive of immigration

A recently released study regarding immigration found that Canadians are still supportive of immigration. The study, which was released by Montreal’s Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) found that Canada continues to be a welcoming place for newcomers, with the many Canadians showing support for high levels of immigration. >>Read more…

Long-haul truck drivers now permanent for British Columbia PNP

British Columbia has revised its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to permanently include long-haul truck drivers as part of its program. Previously, long-haul truck drivers were considered under a pilot project program. >> Read more…

Canada is top global destination for business

Forbes has ranked Canada number one has the top destination in the world for business. Canada moved up from number four last year, thanks to a higher score in the tax category. The ranking considered 11 factors for more than 130 countries. The ranking factors included technology, personal and financial freedom, stock performance, property rights, and taxes. >>Read more…