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Canada to use Biometrics in Visa Program in 2013: Big Brother is watching

According to a recent press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government will begin including biometrics in its temporary resident program sometime in 2013.  What are biometrics? Biometrics are digital fingerprints and photographs that are taken to go with a Canadian temporary resident permit, also called a visitor visa. If you are from a […]

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Visiting Canada for Rosh Hashanah in 2012?

The Jewish New Year is upon us and many people worldwide have relatives in Canada whom they wish to visit for Rosh Hashanah this year. Visiting Canada and Tourist Visas     Depending on where you are from, you may need a tourist visa to Canada in order to join your family for the holidays. It is […]

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Canada Imposes New Visa Requirements on Several Formerly Exempt Countries

According to a press release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government of Canada has now (12 a.m. September 12, 2012) imposed visitor visa requirements for citizens of the following countries: St. Lucia St. Vincent Namibia Botswana Swaziland Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “We continue to welcome genuine visitors to Canada. These changes […]

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Robin Thicke was Refused Canadian Citizenship

Despite his celebrity status, Robin Thicke, the 35-year-old son of Canadian superstar Alan Thicke has his application for Canadian citizenship for his two-year-old son, Julian denied.   Quick look on Thicke’s Citizenship Robin, who was born in the United States, was never able to obtain Canadian citizenship because Alan never applied to make him a […]

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Immigration Minister tries (and fails) to silence Toronto Immigration Lawyer

This is a first I think. As reported in the Globe and Mail, the government took the unusal step of complaining to the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulatory body governing  Ontario lawyers. The complaint was against  a Toronto Immigration Lawyer for allegedly engaging  in professional misconduct for claiming that the government gave special treatment to Conrad Black in processing […]

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Alberta’s New Pilot Program for Foreign Workers, to Remedy Labor Shortage

Facing a severe labour shortage, Alberta has recently set up a temporary foreign worker pilot project to help employers hire highly skilled foreign workers in positions that cannot be filled by Canadians or permanent resident. Labor market objective Launched in June 2011 under the Temporary Foreign Worker Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on […]

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More Foreign Visitors are Expected as 2012 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Opens

TORONTO, ONTARIO–- This year’s Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is officially opened. The 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a festival celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions.   2012 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival The event that is regarded as the largest street festival in the North America is patronized by over a million spectators from around the […]

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Immigration Applicants urged Federal Court to Enforce Rulings on Application Delays

Roughly two weeks prior to the enactment of Bill C-38 into law in the month of June, the Federal Court of Canada decided in favor of the future immigrants by ordering the government to process all the applications it has taken into its system. Federal Court Ruling The court held that there were no valid […]

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Canadian Immigration Officer Confesses To Accepting Bribes

A senior immigration officer in Toronto has admitted to accepting bribes from newcomers to Canada in exchange for status, according to this article. The immigration officer, George Gonsalves Barriero, worked in Toronto and since 2005 has been in charge of processing applications for permanent residency in Canada. Immigrants were offered status in exchange for thousands […]

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How to Meet the Citizenship Test and Interview Requirement

Becoming a Canadian citizen entails more than just being presented a citizenship certificate after taking an oath.  While it is the final step in immigrating to Canada which allows people to vote and carry a Canadian passport, change in the citizenship test has resulted in an increased failing rate among certain immigrant communities. Citizenship test […]

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How to Avoid Scams When Seeking Immigration to the United States

William (not his real name), an Asian stockbroker, has long wanted to immigrate to the United States to seek the fulfillment of his dreams. Unfortunately, after spending a huge sum of money, all his hopes and dreams vanished in thin air when he discovered that he was duped into believing some scam artists who prey […]

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Canada Day 2012 Activities in and around Toronto and Ontario

In celebration of Canada’s 145th birthday, countless citizens across Canada, permanent residents and immigrants who have just been conferred citizenship have reasons to wave red and white flags while saying “Happy Canada Day!” The day is jammed with activities and fun. There are separate events for kids, random music bash, food festivals, and many local […]

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Faster Removal Criminals Act to Fast-tract Deportation from Canada

New legislation has been introduced by Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism regarding the expedition of removing foreign criminals from Canada in order to enhance Canada’s safety and security. Focus of Faster Removal Criminals Act The legislation, known as the Faster Removal Criminals Act is focused on three areas of the law: Make it […]

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