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Changes to Medical Inadmissibility Policy

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Every year, approximately 1,000 applicants for permanent and temporary residence in Canada receive a medical inadmissibility finding. It is determined that their health condition may adversely affect health or social services, and this may lead to them being found to be medically inadmissible. About 200 to 300 cases relate to special education services for children.


Clearing the backlog 

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We met our commitment to clear 80% of the December 2016 backlog.


Reuniting families faster

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As of December 31, 2017, we met our commitment to process 80% of spousal applications that were received in December 2016.


Changes to the Citizenship Act as a Result of Bill C-6

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Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. This chart explains the changes that have been made to the Citizenship Act and indicates when these changes are expected to come into force.


New entry rules for citizens of Romania and Bulgaria

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As of 9 a.m. ET (4 p.m. EET) on December 1, 2017, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for visiting, business and tourism activities.


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