Immigration

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 …

300,000 Filipinos face deportation from the US

Earlier this year, special envoy to the U.S Babe Romualdez said that there could be at least 310,000 Filipinos up for deportation. Although not included in the travel ban, undocumented Filipinos are still at risk as the Trump Administration launched an intensive campaign against illegal immigrants. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay confirmed this on Tuesday …

Migrant arrivals to Italy register record high in 2017

ROME— Over 15,000 migrants and refugees arrived to Italy since the beginning of 2017, marking a new record high in the migration inflows from Africa, Italian authorities said on Monday. More specifically, some 15,844 people were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and brought to the country between Jan. 1 and March 6, according to the …

Trump signs new travel ban, excluding Iraq from list

WASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning nationals of six Muslim-majority countries to enter the country, excluding Iraq from the list of a previous ban. The new document maintained a 90-day ban on nationals of Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Iran and Somalia, from entering the United States, effective from March 16. …

Afghan family detained in Los Angeles are asking for release

LOS ANGELES –An Afghan family of five who obtained special visas to relocate to the U.S. were detained by immigration officials when they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday and have been in custody ever since, according to court records and their attorneys. The mother, father and their three children, including a baby, …

Supporters and critics of motion condemning Islamophobia clash across country

MONTREAL—Tensions flared in cities across Canada on Saturday as supporters and opponents of a Parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia clashed during duelling protests. In Montreal, there was a heavy police presence outside city hall keeping the two sides apart as a demonstration by critics of the motion was met by an equally large counter-protest. On one …

US to halt fast processing of H-1B visa petitions for high-skilled workers

WASHINGTON—The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Friday it will suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions from April 3 and it may last up to six months. The department wants to “reduce overall H-1B processing times” by halting premium processing, according to a press release on its website. The H-1B is a …

Minister open to allowing appeal process in revoking citizenship

OTTAWA—Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he’s open to the idea of adding a new appeal process in cases where people are being stripped of their citizenship. He says he would carefully consider any amendments the Senate proposes to Bill C-6, echoing comments made last fall by his predecessor, John McCallum. The legislation would revoke some …

Federal poll showcases difference in attitudes on immigrants versus refugees

OTTAWA—A newly released federal survey on attitudes towards immigration suggests Canadians are somewhat more enthusiastic about accepting economic migrants than they are about refugees. While 52 per cent of those polled in the Immigration Department’s annual tracking study felt the right number of immigrants were coming to Canada, 23 per cent thought it was too …

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