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Norway, Sweden, Canada Head Quality of Life Index

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Norway for the second year ranked first and the United States sixth as the best country in which to live, a U.N. report released on Wednesday said. But in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as well as two dozen African nations people were poorer and died sooner than at […]

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PM wants Canada to open its doors

OTTAWA — The federal government reacted to a census showing an aging Canadian population with a suggested remedy: more immigration. Both Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre reached back to reaffirm an old promise from the Liberals’ 1993 Red Book, to increase annual immigration levels to 1 per cent of the population […]

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Q & A: Personal Suitability

Q. As per the previous immigration rules we could gain upto 10 points by the immigration officer… i.e., if I were to score 65 points I could still qualify for immigration as I could get upto 10 points by the immigration points… Answer: Now in the new immigration rules… do we still have the same […]

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Q & A: Maintaining Residency

Q. Do you think after obtaining SIN, driving license, Medical card and opening a Bank account means a PR has establish his residence, even after doing all above he is out of Canada for 6 or over 6 months in a year? Answer: The 183 Day Rule, and the subjective assessment of establishment of permanent […]

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News Briefs – Centralization and Family Class Redesign Pilot

Earlier this year, CIC concluded its evaluation of the Centralization and Family Class Redesign Pilot (the Pilot), established to test the feasibility of centralized processing and of the redesigned FC application kit. The reports suggest that no increase in productivity was gained from processing applications centrally in Canada, and no improvements in processing times were […]

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More Skilled Workers Needed

OTTAWA — Canada’s immigration policies are becoming restrictive at a time when the country needs to build its skilled workforce, Nancy Hughes Anthony, Canadian Chamber of Commerce president, said yesterday. To make the economy more productive and innovative, Canada should be encouraging highly skilled people to come to Canada, Ms. Hughes Anthony told the Canadian […]

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Q & A: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2002

The Government of Canada has announced major changes to the Immigration Regulations, effective June 28, 2002. Everything that you may have read leading up to these final changes are irrelevant. We now know what the law is. There are 233 pages of new Regulations and they will be subject to interpretation by Canadian Visa Officers […]

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Modifications réglementaire pour le Québec

Dans le but d’harmoniser la règlementation québécoise sur l’immigration avec la nouvelle réglementation fédérale (C-11), le gouvernement québécois prévoit faire certaines modifications réglementaires très prochainement. De plus, en raison de la situation d’urgence, l’entrée en vigueur de la nouvelle loi sur l’immigration est prévue pour le 28 juin prochain, la décision a été prise de […]

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Q & A: Processing Duration

Q. I know they quote anywhere between 8-18 months for the entire independent applicant process, but does anyone have an idea, in reality how much time a visa office actually spends processing one file? If the Filing-AOR is any guideline, and knowing a little about what they do in that time frame (which is just […]

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