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Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

June 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Today, Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent. Changes to the Citizenship Act reflect the Government’s commitments to streamline the citizenship process, enhance program integrity, and repeal certain provisions of the Act that treated dual citizens differently than other Canadians. Some changes to the Citizenship Act take effect immediately upon Royal Assent, while others take effect at later dates to ensure the necessary regulatory changes and departmental preparations are in place for a smooth transition for applicants.


Government of Canada launches the Global Skills Strategy 

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

June 12, 2017—Toronto, ON – When companies in Canada can thrive and grow, they create more jobs. The Government of Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy will give employers a faster and more predictable process for attracting top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.


Government Launches Review of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada has a proud humanitarian tradition of providing protection to those fleeing persecution while ensuring that our asylum system is not subject to misuse. The Government is committed to upholding this tradition.


Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

June 5, 2017—Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect tomorrow help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.


Providing protection to LGBTQ2 refugees

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

May 10, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – The Government is committed to protecting the rights of LGBTQ2 individuals, and has a long history of providing protection to the world’s most vulnerable groups, including persons in the LGBTQ2 community.


Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases the Government’s commitment to family reunification.


Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

April 28, 2017—Ottawa, ON – To uphold its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality, the Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status.


Eligible Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians will soon be able to fly to Canada with an eTA

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada is a destination of choice for visitors, businesspeople and international students. To encourage more travel and tourism, the Government of Canada is changing its entry rules to allow low-risk travellers from select visa-required countries to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.


Expecting Visitors? Plan Ahead

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

With the number of visitors coming to Canada on the rise, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching a campaign to encourage those who need a visa to apply early to avoid disappointment.


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