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Canada’s new entry rules for Brazilian, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens

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Starting at 9 am EDT on May 1, 2017, some citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania will be able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), instead of a visitor visa, to fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport.


Express Entry improvements: Spring 2017

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Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs, including the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.


Atlantic Immigration Pilot

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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which was announced in July 2016, is a key initiative under the Atlantic Growth Strategy. It is an innovative approach to respond to regional labour market needs and increase newcomer retention in the Atlantic region.


Claiming asylum in Canada – what happens?

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The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act requires that every person seeking to enter Canada must appear for an examination at a port of entry to determine whether that person has a right to enter Canada, or may become authorized to enter and remain in Canada.


Helping vulnerable Yazidi women and children and other survivors of Daesh 

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The Government of Canada has a humanitarian tradition of providing assistance to those in need. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is committed to offering help to vulnerable Yazidi women and children and other survivors of Daesh and to taking the necessary time to do this right. Canada will welcome approximately 1200 vulnerable Yazidi women and children and other survivors of Daesh and their family members by the end of 2017.


Changes to application intake process for 2017 Parent and Grandparent Program

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The Government is committed to a fair and transparent immigration system. Changes made to the Parent and Grandparent Program will improve access to the application process, given that the number of applications accepted for intake is limited.


Reuniting more spouses and partners

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been looking to find solutions to improve service to clients and reduce the uncertainty for Canadian citizens and permanent residents and for their spouses and partners who are being sponsored for permanent residence.


Improvements to spousal sponsorship process: The New Application Kit

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The Government of Canada is releasing a new spousal sponsorship application kit on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website on December 15, 2016. The new application kit will make it easier and faster to apply through the spousal sponsorship program at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time. As part of the new application process, applicants will not have to provide certain information up front, such as medical examination results.


Canada lifts visa requirement on Mexico

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The Government of Canada has made it a top priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with Mexico, one of Canada's most important partners. Lifting the visa requirement on Mexico will help build momentum to expand trade, investment and tourism. It will strengthen cooperation, which will provide lasting benefits for both countries.


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