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Preparing for the launch of "Express Entry"

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year's launch of Express Entry, Canada's new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada's economic and labour market needs.


Welcoming record numbers from China in 2013

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister and Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, highlighted the record number of Chinese students and permanent residents welcomed to Canada in 2013. They announced that last year, Canada issued more than 270,000 visitor visas to Chinese citizens, welcomed more than 29,000 Chinese students and admitted more than 34,000 Chinese citizens as permanent residents of Canada.


Welcoming a record number of visitors from the Philippines in 2013

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada issued more than 47,000 visitor visas to Filipino visitors in 2013. This figure represents a record high for the Philippines and a 57 percent increase since 2006.


Indo-Canadian immigration continues to grow

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, along with Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, Parm Gill, affirmed that Canada remains a destination of choice for visitors, students and business travellers from India.


Offering "Express Entry" to Qualified Economic Immigrants

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada's active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called "Express Entry." Set to launch in January 2015, "Express Entry" is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada's immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada's economic and labour needs.


Canada welcomes more new Canadians

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Approximately 33,700 people from 199 countries became Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies held across Canada in March 2014. This is almost twice as many compared to March 2013 when 17,089 people were granted citizenship across Canada.


Scarborough welcomes more new Canadians

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

More than 4,500 new citizens from over 140 countries were welcomed to Canada at 49 citizenship ceremonies held at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)'s office in Scarborough over the past two weeks.


Mississauga welcomes more new Citizens

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Approximately 2,400 new citizens from more than 125 countries were welcomed to Canada at citizenship ceremonies held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Mississauga office over the past two weeks.


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