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New “X” gender designation coming to IRCC documents

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As of August 31, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is providing interim measures for individuals requesting an “X” in the sex field in their Canadian citizenship and/or immigration document, passport, or other travel document. These interim measures will be available until the Department is able to print an “X” in these documents.


Immigration and Refugee Board Review – Terms of Reference

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In the context of Budget 2017, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has been mandated to undertake an independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada to determine the possibilities for efficiencies and higher productivity. The review will be led by a third party expert with oversight by the IRB, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and central agencies.


Bill C-6 Receives Royal Assent

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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 16, 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.


Global Talent Stream 

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The Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a program that provides innovative firms in Canada with a faster way to hire highly skilled foreign talent when Canadians or permanent residents are not available.


Biography - Neil Yeates

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Neil Yeates served as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) from 2009 until 2013. Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Yeates served as Associate Deputy Minister at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, as well as Assistant Deputy Minister at both Health Canada and Industry Canada.


Canada to benefit economically and socially by increasing the age of dependants

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Immigrants select countries based on a number of considerations, including whether families can stay together when they emigrate. The Government of Canada’s commitment to family reunification recognizes that when immigrant and refugee families are able to remain together, their integration into Canada and their ability to work and contribute to their communities improve.


Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses and Partners

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On October 25, 2012, conditional permanent residence was introduced for sponsored spouses and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who were in a relationship of two years or less and had no children in common, at the time of their sponsorship application. Since that time, more than 100 000 individuals have come to Canada as conditional permanent residents.


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.


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