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News Briefs – Montreal becomes 2nd most popular destination

Montreal, buoyed by a robust economy and aggressive recruitment strategies, vaulted past Vancouver last year among top Canadian destinations for immigrants. It’s the first time since 1993 that Montreal has occupied second place behind perennial leader Toronto – a further sign of the economic turnaround on Quebec’s island metropolis. The Montreal region received 33,004 immigrants […]

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Immigration to Canada declines in 2002

OTTAWA — Immigration to Canada fell by about 8.5% between 2001 and 2002, says a new study, adding the downward trend was most significant in Toronto, which barely retained its position as the top North American destination for newcomers. But the decline illuminates a wider problem than simply a drop in the number of immigrants […]

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Q & A: Quebec Intended Destination

Q. I intend to apply to immigrate to Canada via the Quebec application process, which has a different selection system. Once landed, am I limited to residing in Quebec only? Answer: In principle, if you choose the province of Quebec as a destination, you do have to have an intent to live and work in […]

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Q & A: Work Permit

Q. Is it possible to obtain to work permit while a permanent resident application is pending ? is HRDC approval required for all jobs? Answer: Yes, it is possible to apply for a temporary employment authorization while a permanent resident application is pending. Such an application would not have a negative bearing on the permanent […]

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News Briefs – Injunction Granted Against Immigration Department

Canada’s immigration department was dealt a serious blow late yesterday afternoon after a Federal Court judge slapped it with an injunction preventing it from rejecting the applications of skilled workers who applied before Jan. 1, 2002, to immigrate to Canada. The move affects an estimated 100,000 people caught in a backlog when Canada decided to […]

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Retroactive Immigration Laws Dismissed by New Zealand Court

A court ruling has offered new hope to thousands of would-be New Zealanders anxious to put down roots in their new homeland. The High Court in Auckland today ruled against the retrospective application of immigration rules changes introduced on 19 November last year. These changes restricted the issuing of temporary “Job Search” visas for General […]

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Q & A: Visiting Canadian Spouse

Q. My husband is a US citizen, living and working in the USA. Due to our circumstances, neither of us are presently able to leave out home country to emigrate. However, my husband was recently refused admission to Canada as a visitor. Can anything be done? Answer: This is an unfortunate issue of timing, and […]

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News Briefs – British Columbia to Seek More Skilled Immigrants

The B.C. and Canadian governments are working on a new “made-in-B.C. strategy” for immigration that would increase the number of skilled out-of-province workers entering the workforce. Federal Immigration Minister Denis Coderre met in Vancouver yesterday with George Abbott, B.C.’s minister responsible for immigration, and said afterward the deal involves greater recognition of foreign credentials. And […]

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Immigration Department’s Appeal Dismissed

The Citizenship and Immigration department is bracing for a flood of multi-million dollar lawsuits after a panel of judges upheld a controversial ruling that said federal bureaucrats misled Parliament about severe backlogs in the immigration system. The decision, handed down on Thursday by the Federal Court of Appeal, alters the fate of more than 100,000 […]

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