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Immigrants important to economy, survey finds

While skilled immigrants face great difficulties finding jobs in the Greater Toronto Area, they play an important role in keeping the economy growing, according to a survey of attitudes toward immigration. The Environics survey, commissioned by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and to be released today, sought to discover what people living in the […]

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Effect of unemployment

Q. I became unemployed soon after submitting my skilled worker application. How is this going to effect my PR application. Anybody with same situation? Answer: Your application is based on the qualifications that you possessed at the time of the submission of your application. Although unemployment would not necessarily have a negative impact on an […]

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News Briefs – Decrease in refugee applications

The number of foreigners seeking refugee status in Canada dropped so sharply in early 2004 that the year-end total could prove to be the lowest in two decades, internal statistics show. During the first five months of the year, 9,956 people sought asylum inside Canada — a 35% drop from the 15,379 newcomers who filed […]

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Program helps skilled workers gain valuable experience

Don Drummond, chief economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank, thought “it was the right thing to do” but he was unsure about the advantages when he agreed to give a four-month internship to a recent immigrant to Toronto who had a degree from a Chinese university. But he had no idea how impressed he would be by […]

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Applying for permanent resident status while residing in Canada

Q. My wife and I would like to emigrate to Canada as skilled workers. Can we live in Canada while the paperwork for residency is being processed? Answer: It is possible to reside in Canada while you are in the process of applying for permanent resident status. However, you would be required to obtain the […]

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News Briefs – Hiring of foreign doctors recommended

Hiring international medical graduates is a key to solving a doctor shortage in Ontario that has reached “unprecedented proportions,” a report by the College of Physicians and Surgeons says. Over the past five years, the college representing Ontario doctors has registered 800 international medical graduates, but there needs to be more, says the 19-page discussion […]

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Quebec to increase immigration

Quebec Immigration Minister Michelle Courchesne announced Thursday an ambitious, three-year plan to slowly increase the number of immigrants to the province by 2007, to better prepare them for the job market and to encourage employers – especially in the regions, outside Montreal – to hire them. The $35-million strategy follows weeks of National Assembly hearings […]

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Adding a new family member

Q. I applied under the skilled worker group in 2000 when I had only one son. I have just been written to go for medicals but my family has increased by one. Do I include him for the medical or have to apply for him separately? Answer: In the case that an change to your […]

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News Briefs – Ontario Seeks More Cash to Help Newcomers

The Ontario government has launched a new bid to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government to upgrade language and other services for immigrants in the province. It would take an additional $1.5-billion to bring federal payments to Ontario for immigrants’ services up to the level of funding that Ottawa provides to […]

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