CanadaVisa News Briefs From December, 2014

CIC News
Published: December 4, 2014

The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that took place since mid-October.

Canada Eliminates Visa Requirement For Chilean Tourists

The Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, has announced that Chilean citizens wishing to visit Canada as tourists or in transit to a third country will no longer require visas. Citizens of Chile will only require a passport in order to enter Canada. >>Read More

Parent And Grandparent Program For Canadian Immigration To Reopen January 2, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is scheduled to reopen on January 2, 2015. The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents. >>Read More

Ontario To Introduce New Immigration Legislation

The province of Ontario, the most populate province in Canada, is set to introduce an Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with the federal government to capitalize on the economic benefits of immigration. >>Read More

Saskatchewan Receives Increased Allocation For 2015 Nominee Program

The province of Saskatchewan will have 5,500 immigration nominations accepted in 2015, an increase of 775 (or 16 per cent) on the 2014 total. The government of Saskatchewan, which had been seeking an increase in its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for Canadian immigration, has stated that the increased quota will help to alleviate labour market shortages. Saskatchewan currently has the lowest unemployment rate of all the Canadian provinces. >>Read More

Temporary Suspension Of Removals Lifted For Citizens Of Haiti And Zimbabwe

The temporary suspension of removals for Haitian and Zimbabwean nationals currently in Canada has been lifted. The lifting of the suspension, which had been in place due to dangerous situations in those countries, was announced by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander. >>Read More

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