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Provincial Nominees: Manitoba’s Most Wanted

Manitoba is one of Canada’s central provinces, with a high standard of living and pride in its cultural diversity. Less known to new immigrants than British Columbia and Ontario, Manitoba has taken a pro-active approach to attracting Skilled Worker immigrants with its Provincial Nominee Program. In the past Manitoba has targeted skilled persons in particular […]

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Strong Language for a Strong Start in Canada

Improving languages skills is not only a way that Skilled Workers can earn more points in their permanent residency application; it is an important way to increase your employability and to integrating into your new community in Canada. New Permanent Residents will find that the Government of Canada and provincial governments support a variety of […]

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Question & Answer

Question: I am in Canada visiting family. Now that I’m here, I would like to stay and work. My Aunt can get me a job at her office. Do I need a work visa first? Answer: Before you can begin working at any job in Canada, you need to determine if you require a work […]

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New immigration deal for Canada and Saskatchewan

The Government of Canada and the province of Saskatchewan announced on June 1, 2005 that the original Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement of 1998 has been replaced. The agreement sets out the role of Saskatchewan regarding foreign students, workers, and other immigrants to the province. It is hoped that immigration, generally the responsibility of Citizenship and Immigration […]

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Update – Canada’s Tsunami Disaster Response

In response to the December, 2004 Tsunami near Indonesia, Citizenship and Immigration Canada enacted temporary measures to speed-up reunification of sponsored immigrants with their families in Canada.   CIC staff waived fees and granted priority processing to affected applicants. As of June 7, 2005, CIC’s humanitarian efforts had resulted in 366 permanent resident visas being […]

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Regaining Canadian Citizenship

Before May 5, 2005 individuals who lost or renounced their Canadian citizenship as minors were unable to resume this citizenship without fulfilling several requirements, such as obtaining permanent residency, living in Canada for at least a year, and taking citizenship tests. Now, those who lost citizenship while under the age of eighteen and between 1947 […]

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Question & Answer

Question: What happens if I get married after I have submitted my application for a permanent resident visa? Answer: You must immediately notify the Canadian Visa Office in charge of your file. What happens next depends upon the stage you are at in the application process. If your application has not yet been finalized (visa […]

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Update: Foreign Student work initiatives

Off-Campus Work Since announcing expansion of the off-campus work program, which allows foreign students to work off-campus while completing their studies at public post-secondary institutions, many individuals have been wondering how the Government will implement the program. In last month’s announcement, CIC and HRSDC promised to build upon the existing program, which applies to students […]

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New Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

On May 17, 2005, Belinda Stronach was made Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, a department responsible for working with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on a number of issues related to immigration. Since her election to the House of Commons in 2004, the Honourable Belinda Stronach has been a member of the […]

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