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Ottawa Improves Efforts to Recognize Foreign Credentials

Immigrants represent an untapped “pot of gold,” the executive director of the Catholic Immigration Centre says. Carl Nicholson said yesterday “there’s a pot of gold waiting for us if we reorganize ourselves to take advantage of this.” And that gold will last well into the future, he added. “What we’re trying to do is to […]

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Delays After Interview

Q. What is the typical duration between a selection interview and the issuance of visas? Answer: after an interview is completed (or an interview waiver has been granted), the process usually enters another phase in which the Canadian Government engages in security background verifications and checks. (Note: sometimes the security background verification phase begins even […]

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Safe Third Country Agreement to Limit Refugee Applications

Refugee claimants in the U.S. will have limited time to seek asylum in Canada before a controversial agreement comes into effect requiring them to seek a safe haven in the first country they reach. The move could decrease the number of refugee claims in Canada by as much as one-third, and has already prompted anxiety […]

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Change Status within Canada?

Q. I intend to come to Canada as a visitor for several months. If I find a job during that time, can I change my status while in Canada? Answer: Specific provisions to ‘change’ status under such circumstances do not exist, but an applicant can apply for a work permit or for permanent resident status […]

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News Briefs – Language Schools being Investigated

The Minister of Immigration, Judy Srgo, have begun investigations into private language schools in order to enhance the foreign student program. Amidst complaints that many such private institutions do not offer an adequate education, the process of accrediting such colleges is being reviewed. The 11 immigration ministers will also discuss how ESL courses can assist […]

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Labour Shortage may Require Increase in Immigration

A looming and “severe” labour shortage will put “significant strain” on Canada’s public and private pension system, according to a study by Watson Wyatt Canada. The consulting company predicts that over the coming decade, Canada’s pool of workers will grow more slowly than the population, then stagnate, before shrinking in the 2020s and eventually lead […]

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Effect of Any Changes

Q. If I submit my case now and the pass mark changes again, how will that affect my application? Answer: Although no changes to the Regulations or pass mark are presently under official discussion, this is always a possibility. In the last case in which this took place, we saw that the immigration department sought […]

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News Briefs – World Migration Organization Proposed

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), an inter-governmental body with more than 100 member states, tries to address migration issues outside of the U.N. system and cooperates with the U.N. in the Geneva Migration Group. A single global agency should be created to deal with the wide range of issues surrounding the increasingly important migration […]

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