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Canadian Immigration News Briefs for June 2014

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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 month.

Quebec Skilled Worker Cap Beginning to Fill

The Government of Quebec has released new data on the number of applications received under the current Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program intake cycle. As of May 16, 2014, the program has received 2,173 applications. A maximum of 6,500 applications will be accepted in total. >>Read more

Immigration Minister Highlights Success of Canadian Citizenship Program

On Friday, May 30th, Canadian Citizen and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada had welcomed its 100,000th new citizen of 2014. Already in 2014, Canada has sworn in more than twice the number of new citizens than the number of new citizens admitted by this time in 2013. >>Read more

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Funds Literacy Program for New Canadian Families

Alberta jobs minister Thomas Lukaszuk and Gil McGowan, a labour leader with the Alberta Federation of Labour, found common ground at a forum on temporary foreign workers in Edmonton. >>Read more

Elimination of Recruitment and Advertising Exemption for International Students Graduating from Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions

Effective May 4, 2014, employers wishing to hire a foreign worker on a full-time, permanent basis must apply for and receive a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) instead of an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO). >>Read more

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Number of Applications to Federal Skilled Worker Program

On June 6th, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the total number of applications received for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Since the program reopened on May 1st, 157 applications have been received toward the overall cap of 25,000. >>Read More

Changes to Assessment Criteria for Intra-Company Transferees

Citizen and Immigration Canada released a bulletin today outlining the changes made to the assessment criteria for work permit applications for intra-company transferees (ICTs). >>Read More

Nova Scotia Nominee Program Facilitates Immigration for International Graduates

International students who have graduated from a Canadian college or university now have the opportunity to easily settle in Nova Scotia after their studies are completed. >>Read More

Diversity on the Rise in Canada’s Capital

An increasing number of businesses and public sector organizations in Ottawa have reflected the diversity of their respective communities by hiring new Canadian immigrants. >>Read More