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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.


The settlement journey for refugees in Canada

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Resettling refugees is a proud part of Canada's humanitarian tradition. It demonstrates to the world that we have a shared responsibility to help those who are displaced, persecuted and most in need of protection.


ARCHIVED – Express Entry improvements: Fall 2016

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Targeted improvements to the Express Entry system are being made on November 19, 2016. Supporting Canada's Global Skills Strategy, the changes will help better attract some of the best minds in the world, including former international students, experienced professionals and talented workers who will strengthen Canada's competitiveness in the global marketplace.


Key Highlights 2017 Immigration Levels Plan

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The Government of Canada is maintaining its commitment to a strong immigration program and will welcome 300,000 immigrants in 2017.


Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program

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Canadian citizens and permanent residents provide opportunities for some refugees to find protection and build a new life here through Canada's Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program. Since the late 1970s, private sponsors have brought more than 275,000 refugees to Canada, over and above those resettled with government funding.


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