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Invention Makes Healthcare More Accessible to Immigrants

Dakshana Bascaramurty of the Globe and Mail reports on an interesting new trend in immigration healthcare: automatic translation. Currently, many doctors have difficulty communicating with patients who cannot describe their symptoms in English or French, or who cannot understand what a doctor is asking them. A new translation guide for doctors lets them ask a […]

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Prime Minister Harper Praises Immigration and Tweaks Application System

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently emphasized the importance of immigration for the Canadian Economy. This reaffirmation comes as his government is overhauling many aspects of the old immigration application system (from Tim Kelly of InsideHalton.com) We continue to open our doors to immigration with an emphasis on fine-tuning the system. Many of you here are new Canadians […]

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Canada’s New Immigration Policy Causes International Controversy

A controversial decision to wipe out the immigration application backlog has many applicants very disappointed. The Toronto Star reports that the Canadian government has decided to reimburse people who have applied to emigrate to Canada and take them off the waiting list. These people can then reapply under the new skilled applicant system. Backlash From the Decision Protestors […]

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Ottawa Student Immigrants Add To The Economy

CBC Ottawa is reporting that foreign students are pumping money into local economies across the country: The number of international students who come to Ottawa to earn their high school diploma has skyrocketed, injecting money into both the local and national economy. There are about 480 foreign students this school year at the Ottawa-Carleton District […]

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Ottawa Gets Warning About Immigration

The Toronto Star reported that Ottawa received a warning from the Australian government saying that tough new laws regarding Refugees will not necessarily change the influx of Refugees arriving on Canada’s shores: Mandatory detention and delayed family reunification won’t deter refugees from arriving en masse at borders, say Australian advocacy groups opposed to Ottawa’s anti-human […]

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Do Immigrants Know Canada Better Than Those Born In Canada?

The Ottawa Citizen ran a story recently which stated that immigrants to Canada know the country better than those born here due to the immigration test they are required to take. More than 2,300 people were polled this fall by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies for a year-end report that explores respondents’ perspectives on […]

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Workers Told They Must Leave Canada

Metro Ottawa reported that illegal workers arrested in Ottawa and Gatineau shopping malls were declared inadmissible to Canada and must leave Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) said. Robert Gervais, IRB spokesperson, said full results of Thursday’s detention review would be available Friday and he could disclose information on only 22 of […]

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Ottawa Makes It Easier To See Parents And Grandparents

According to The Economic Times article, Ottawa has issued its first ‘Super Visa’. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit their families in Canada for as long as 10 years, reported Xinhua. The visas need to be renewed every two years. Until the Super […]

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New lawsuit shines light on immigration lawyer fraud

Two lawsuits filed in Superior Court allege immigration lawyer fraud. We have written extensively about immigration fraud perpetrated by Immigration Consultants. Sadly, now it’s the immigration lawyer’s turn. According to two lawsuits filed in San Francisco Superior Court this week, an immigration lawyer defrauded thousands of people looking for a better life in the United […]

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Immigrant investor applications to be accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

On December 1, 2010, applications for the federal Immigration Investor Program will be accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The program was suspended in June 2010 because of a backlog in applications, as well as to prevent a spike in applications after recent changes were made. New qualifications for Immigrant investor applications […] Visaplace.com Canada […]

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Spousal Sponsorship “Marriage of Convenience” issues continued…

As part of our ongoing reporting on the Canadian government’s crackdown on “Marriage of Convenience” cases for Spousal Sponsorship, here are the latest developments. In early November a woman in British Columbia was arrested on bigamy charges for being legally married to two people at once in different cities in order to sponsor two different […]

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Study says immigrants vital to Canada’s growth

A study released by the Conference Board of Canada this week has found that immigration is vital to Canada. The 60-page report was just released and is expected to inform both the Canadian government and Canadian businesses on the value of immigration. The Conference Board of Canada is a not-for-profit independent research organization that releases […]

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Canadian government targets higher immigrant numbers for 2011

The Government of Canada announced its plans for immigration in 2011 at the beginning of this month when it tabled its annual plan in Parliament, which is typically done before November 1st every year. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenny said in a media release that, “Canada’s post-recession economy demands a high level of […]

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Defense of Marriage Act deports same-sex immigrants in US

The United States 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) identifies marriage as only being between a man and a woman under federal law. This means that in the case of immigration law, which is a federal matter, same sex couples who are legally married in states where gay marriage is legal are still subject to […]

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Spousal Sponsorship Meeting on “Marriages of Convenience” for Preventing Sponsorship Fraud

Over Halloween weekend, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney hosted a meeting in Montreal to discuss preventing “marriages of convenience” for immigration reasons in Canada. The meeting was the third such meeting on immigration held by the Minister, who has been meeting with various communities across Canada throughout the month to discuss […]

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