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CanadaVisa brings you the latest information about immigration to Canada, including Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, family sponsorship, and study and work permits.

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada provides welcoming environment for immigrants

 the CanadaVisa Team     31 December 2009

Starting Monday, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Association for Newcomers to Canada (ANC) will have a new Executive Director, former journalist Craig Mackie, to help continue its mandate of providing settlement services to immigrants.

Canada's population grows thanks to immigration

 the CanadaVisa Team     31 December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Canada saw a population increase of 133,500 in the third quarter of 2009, due in large part to immigration, according to figures released by Statistics Canada (StatsCan) on Friday.

Immigration Minister proposes significant changes to improve the Live-In Caregiver Program

 the CanadaVisa Team     28 December 2009

After extensive consultations with caregiver groups across Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minster Jason Kenney announced proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver program earlier this month.

Court rules sponsors not automatically accountable for family members’ social assistance debt

 the CanadaVisa Team     30 November 2009

Earlier this month, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered governments to stop automatically charging individuals, who have sponsored relatives to come to Canada as permanent residents, for social assistance debt sustained by those relatives.

Canada: Once Again a Destination for European Immigration

 the CanadaVisa Team     29 November 2009

Canada remains one of the few open immigrant-friendly countries. What’s more, in many respects it has suffered much less than most during the worldwide financial crisis that started in 2008—with its banks declared the best in the world.

Canadavisa.com reveals fresh new look with new assessment form that determines eligibility across all of the 60-plus Canadian immigration categories

 the CanadaVisa Team     29 October 2009

Federal Skilled Worker is no longer the only way to go.

Both federal and provincial immigration programs have expanded significantly in recent times, offering candidates more than sixty different alternatives for immigration to Canada. This new reality in Canadian immigration is matched by the revamp of Canada's leading immigration website, Canadavisa.com. By submitting a Canadian immigration eligibility questionnaire on Canadavisa.com, an applicant’s candidacy will be assessed across all the Canada immigration options that currently exist.

Quebec Immigration Update: Changes to selection grid to improve immigration and settlement process

 the CanadaVisa Team     29 July 2009

Since 1991, the province of Quebec has had an agreement in place with the Government of Canada, called the Canada-Quebec Accord, which allows Quebec to select its own immigrants. In the June 2009 edition of our newsletter, we reported that the Quebec Immigration Minister had announced changes to Quebec’s immigration programs. Some of these changes have already been put into effect, while others will be implemented in October.

More information has since been released about how the new amendments will facilitate immigration to Quebec.

Quebec adopts special immigration program for international students and foreign workers

 the CanadaVisa Team     03 July 2009

Along the lines of the federal Canadian Experience Class, introduced last year by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the province of Quebec is launching its own accelerated immigration program for international students and specialized foreign workers who meet labour market priorities in the province.

Canada celebrates World Refugee Day

 the CanadaVisa Team     22 June 2009

On Saturday, Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in celebrating World Refugee Day. They unveiled a new multi-media presentation, "Voices of Refugees," a series of videos of refugees telling their stories.

Canada may soon Reduce Immigration Numbers

 the CanadaVisa Team     17 February 2009

Citing economic uncertainty, the Canadian government recently announced the possibility of a reduction in the number of immigrants to be admitted to Canada in 2009.