Immigration

Getting Settled: Preparing for your first year in Canada

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. It’s a time of change from the familiar, and being prepared and knowledgeable about the first few things to attend to would go a long way. “Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of newcomers from all around the world,” says Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Cultural …

Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fast track asylum to Canada

MONTREAL—The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong …

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

UNCTION CITY –President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labour it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country. Fruit and vegetable growers, dairy and cattle farmers and owners …

No mass exodus, leave of employees over unpaid OT work — BI

MANILA–The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday denied reports stating a mass resignation or leave of immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) due to the non-payment of their overtime pay. With this, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reported that most of the immigration officers (IOs) assigned at the NAIA have been reporting for …

Major rescue operation in central Mediterranean saves over 1,500 migrants

VALLETTA–The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in the last 24 hours has rescued over 1,500 migrants in the central Mediterranean, according to an MOAS statement on Sunday. MOAS said since the early hours of Saturday, it had rescued and assisted nine boats that contained a total of an estimated 1,500-1,800 people. The migrants are …

Canada tries to strip citizenship from man accused of butchering villagers

OTTAWA –Canada is moving to strip citizenship from a man accused of slaughtering villagers in Guatemala using a grenade, gun and sledgehammer. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes concealed his brutal role in a 1982 massacre by the Guatemalan military in obtaining Canadian citizenship a decade later, the federal government says in newly filed court documents. Sosa …

Family of pregnant Canadian stuck in Gaza implores Ottawa to help with exit docs

MONTREAL—A Canadian woman who is eight months pregnant and stuck in Gaza as she tries to get an exit visa says she’s just trying to stay positive. “Since I’ve known I was pregnant, I’ve wanted to go back to Canada and give birth there,” Bissan Eid, 24, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s safer …

Syrian refugees see glimmer of hope in Trump’s policy shift

KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq –For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when the world turned its attention to Syria, before turning away again. Some cheered the U.S. cruise missiles that hit an air base in central Syria –the first …

Canada to fast-track work permits for skilled foreign workers

OTTAWA—Canada is making it easier for companies to hire highly skilled foreign talent by fast-tracking work-permit applications through a new initiative, the federal government has announced. Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the “Global Talent Stream” will identify qualified high-demand occupations, help Canadian companies complete the application process to hire top foreign talent and prepare …

Illegal crossings at US southern border down in 1st month of Trump presidency

MOSCOW—The number of illegal crossings at the southern US border went down 40 percent in the first month of US President Donald Trump being in office, the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) revealed. “From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons …

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