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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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Question & Answer

Question: Does immigrating lead to Canadian citizenship? Answer: Immigrating to Canada is the first step to becoming a Canadian citizen. For many, becoming a Canadian citizen is the eventual goal of the immigration process. When an individual first lands in Canada as a permanent resident, he has already been accepted to live and work within […]

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Question & Answer

Question: What does ‘Conjugal Partner’ mean for Sponsorship? Answer: The category of Conjugal Partnership was established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in an effort to make spousal sponsorship possible for couples in exceptional circumstances. Canadians can sponsor a partner to become a permanent resident who is either their married spouse or their common-law spouse. In […]

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International students made even more welcome

As one of many initiatives announced on April 18, 2005, the Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, declared a two-pronged initiative to improve the situation for international students in Canada. The first initiative will permit international students at public post-secondary schools to work off-campus during their studies. Previously, Citizenship and Immigration policy has […]

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Reuniting families a CIC priority

Also announced this month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is introducing measures to speed up the processing of family sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents. The measures are intended to break through the backlog of applications in this class of immigrants. It is now estimated that 18 000 parents and grandparents will immigrate in 2005, up […]

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Citizenship sooner

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced further spending on April 18, 2005, this time directed toward improving the processing of applications for citizenship. The new expenditures will be an additional $69 million over two years to speed up processing. Additionally, the language and knowledge of Canada requirements will now be waived for applicants aged 55 years […]

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Recognition for internationally trained professionals

Fulfilling its earlier promise, the Government of Canada launched The Internationally Trained Workers Initiative on April 25, 2005. The Initiative is a combined program between Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, CIC, the Prime Ministers Office, and the provinces and territories. The Government of Canada had previously committed to improving integration of immigrants and meeting […]

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