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New Federal Skilled Trades Immigration Program Receives Widespread Praise

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association: "The Canadian Construction Association is especially pleased to hear today's announcement that the new federal Skilled Trades Program to be launched on January 2nd, 2013. The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings in the current federal Skilled Worker Program. The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of the industry when processing eligible immigrant applications.


Minister Kenney Offers Christmas Greetings to Santa Claus

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

During a week when an empty Parliament gave way to mirth-making and gift-wrapping, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney took the opportunity to wish Santa Claus all the best in his Christmas Eve duties.


Minister Kenney announces Citizenship Judge appointments

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Marie Senécal-Tremblay has been appointed as a Citizenship Judge in Montréal, and Normand Vachon has been appointed as a Citizenship Judge in Windsor, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today.


Over 2 Million Visits to the Come to Canada Wizard

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Come to Canada Wizard, which helps people determine if they are eligible to live, work or study in Canada, has now been visited by well over 2 million users since its launch in August 2011.


Cutting Red Tape for Skilled Immigrants

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The new Bridging Open Work Permit enables certain economic class applicants to maintain their status and continue working in Canada while they wait for a final decision on their permanent residence application, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced.


An Immigration System that Works for Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Ottawa, December 19, 2012 - The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.


Making Canada's Asylum System Faster and Fairer

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced today the initial list of countries whose citizens will have their asylum claims expedited for processing because they do not normally produce refugees.


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