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MODERNIZING THE SELECTION SYSTEM FOR SKILLED WORKERS AND BUSINESS IMMIGRANTS

OTTAWA, January 6, 1999 — The new directions for immigration and refugee protection legislation acknowledge that immigration has given Canada great strength by attracting diversely talented individuals. At the same time, the current selection system for independent immigrant applicants needs to be updated and modernized to better enable these individuals to contribute to Canada’s social […]

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Maintaining the Safety of Canadian Society

OTTAWA, January 6, 1999 — The new directions for immigration and refugee protection legislation reaffirm Canada’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of Canadians. “The vast majority of immigrants to Canada are law-abiding individuals who contribute a great deal to the social and economic fabric of this country,” Minister Robillard emphasized. “The government remains […]

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No Discretion on Low Income Cutoff

Following an inquiry at a CBAO meeting with the Immigration Department, the issue of possible discretion on the assessment of applicants marginally below the LICO was addressed. The response, from the manager of the Departmental Delivery Network to the question of the decision in a hypothetical case of an applicant fall short by $5, was […]

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Q & A: Inadmissibility as a Dependent

Q. My sister had renal transplant in UK. I sponsored my mum & sister. There’s just the 3 of us. After months of chasing, CHC London says that my sister is no longer a dependant of my mum as she is capable of doing certain things. She works at friends & families just to keep […]

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Q & A: Occupational Demand

Q.Is it possible to be refused on the grounds that your intended occupation’s is only one point? Answer: An immigration official is not at liberty to interpret the occupational demand for an occupation on the General Occupations List. Negative discretion may be invoked if it is believed that the candidate is not likely to succeed […]

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Q & A: CCPE Assessment

Q. My wife graduated with a Bachelor in 1988 from China Textile University which is a top textile university in China and is reputed in the textile industry in the world. Although her education was positively assessed by the CCPE, the visa office refused her application, saying that she is not qualified as an Engineer. […]

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Q & A: Police vs. Background Clearance

Q. What is the difference between a background check and a police clearance certificate? There appears to be some uncertainty or overlap in the use of these terms on both this discussion group and in the official immigration literature. I recently submitted my independent PR application from England via London, and I enclosed my original […]

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Pilot Project for Software Professionals Extended

OTTAWA, December 29, 1998 — Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Pierre S. Pettigrew, Minister of Human Resources Development, and John Manley, Minister of Industry, today announced that the federal government will continue to expedite the processing of software development workers for admission to Canada. Until Canada’s comprehensive redesign of the Temporary Foreign Worker […]

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Immigrant Investor Program Redesign

OTTAWA, December 11, 1998 — The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and M.P. for Westmount-Ville-Marie, Lucienne Robillard, today announced the pre-publication of new regulations for the redesigned Immigrant Investor Program, expected to take effect on April 1, 1999. In accordance with these new regulations, the federal government will act as an agent on behalf of […]

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