Monthly Archives: February 2012

Canadian Government to Clamp Down on “Birth Tourism”

A Hong Kong newspaper’s investigation into the practice of immigration consultants there coaching pregnant Chinese women on how to enter Canada without having their pregnancy detected, in order for their children to be born in Canada and receive Canadian citizenship, has prompted action by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to try to put a stop to the practice. On Sunday, Citizenship and […]

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Canadian Government to Provide Microloans to Immigrants in Saskatchewan

In an effort to help newly arrived immigrants update their education credentials to Canadian standards, the Canadian government, in partnership with the provincial government of Saskatchewan, will be offering microloans to new immigrants who live in Saskatchewan for education and training programs, through the ‘Immigrant Access Fund’. Saskatchewan will be the first province to launch a government lending initiative supported […]

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Can. Immigration Minister Proposes New Bill to Toughen Canadian Refugee Admittance

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has proposed a new bill “Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act”, that would toughen rules for asylum seekers coming to Canada. The new bill would reduce the time taken to assess a standard refugee application from 1000 to 45 days. This would reduce the incidence of immigration authorities being unsuccessful in deporting asylum seekers applying under false […]

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Hundreds of Canadian Immigration Consultants will meet in Mississauga

Six hundred immigration consultants are registered to gather at the First General Meeting (FGM) for members of the Canada Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) in Mississauga on Friday. This will be the largest gathering of Canadian immigration consultants in history. The ICCRG is Canada’s immigration consulting regulatory body, and replaced the previous self-regulatory body of the immigration industry, […]

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Jonathan Kay of National Post says Immigrants turning Canada into Nation of ‘Tiger Moms’

An editorial by Jonathan Kay in the National Post, published on Friday, argues that immigrants are turning Canada into a nation of ‘Tiger Moms’, a term that refers to demanding Chinese mothers who push her children to excel academically, due to the competition that immigrant students from Asian countries are giving to native born Canadian students: But the issue is more […]

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Canadian-Gov Backed Website to Help Immigrants Find Jobs in Toronto Launched

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) has launched a new online network, www.networksforimmigrants.ca, to help Canadian immigrants find jobs. The website will make pre-existing networks of professional Canadian immigrants easily accessible to employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through a search feature and a directory. The website is part of an initiative, called PINs (Professional Immigrant Networks), that started […]

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TD Economists urge Canada to expand Provincial Immigrant Nominee Program

A report by the Toronto Dominion bank argues that Canada could reduce the wage gap between immigrant and native-born Canadians by expanding the provincial nominee program. The provincial nominee program requires immigrants to live a certain number of years in the sponsoring province, and allows provinces to create their own criteria for an applicant being accepted as a permanent resident. […]

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New Immigration Rules will be more Flexible, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Changes to be made to Canada’s immigration process will make it more flexible, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.Kenney said new rules will give more weight to those in-demand skilled trade experience when assessing the eligibility of a candidate, to fill the shortage for this type of skill-set in Canada’s job marketAs the National Post reported: “People who are […]

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