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Canada’s immigration system continues to innovate and deliver better service

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

August 13, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients’ service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work. Today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year.


A new way forward for some immigration application processing times

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

At Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), we know that applying to immigrate to Canada is a life changing event, and we understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for some permanent resident clients.


Minister Blair meets with Mayor John Tory to discuss housing assistance for asylum seekers

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canada's border is managed in a way that keeps Canadians safe and upholds Canada's global responsibility to protect those fleeing persecution in the world. The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister for Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, met today with Toronto Mayor John Tory to discuss further details about the assistance the Government of Canada is providing to temporarily house asylum seekers.


Canada expands its biometrics screening program

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

July 30, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and to the integrity of our immigration system. On July 31, 2018, all nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence.


Minister Hussen meets with European partners to discuss Canada’s immigration advantage

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Minister Hussen meets with European partners to discuss Canada’s immigration advantage July 24, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, completed a successful week long visit to the United Kingdom (U.K.), Belgium and Germany, where he met with key European partners and stakeholders to discuss global migration trends and speak to how Canada is growing our economy through diversity and immigration.


Government of Canada providing assistance to Toronto for asylum seeker housing

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

July 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Building on previous commitments to support Toronto and other municipalities facing temporary housing pressures, the federal government announced today that it will actively support Toronto through housing support for asylum seekers currently housed in two college dormitories.


Irregular migration reaches lowest number in past year

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

July 13, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – There were 1,263 irregular border crossers who entered Canada to claim asylum in June 2018, which is the lowest number recorded since June 2017. This number signals a continued decrease from the 1,869 asylum seekers apprehended in May and more than a 50 percent decrease from the 2,560 irregular border crossers who were intercepted in April.


Ministers responsible for immigration meet to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Ministers responsible for immigration meet to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada July 13, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB – As immigration is a key economic driver that supports job growth, innovation and diversity across Canada, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met today to discuss key priorities for building on the success of the immigration system.


New Citizenship Judges Welcome New Canadians to the Greater Montreal Area

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

June 29, 2018 – Montreal, Que. – New Citizenship Judge Rania Sfeir will preside over her first citizenship ceremony on Canada Day, officiating at a special ceremony at Centre de la nature, in Laval, Quebec, where she will welcome 25 new Canadians. As well, returning Citizenship Judge Marie Senécal-Tremblay will also preside over a citizenship ceremony at the Mount Royal Town Hall in Montreal, welcoming 40 new Canadians.


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