Immigration

Alberta announces higher nomination intake for 2018

Alberta has announced that its maximum Provincial Nominee Program allotment for 2018 is 5,600 nominations. The 2018 maximum represents an increase of 100 nominations over the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)’s 2017 allotment of 5,500. Alberta was expected to receive a slightly higher allotment in 2018 as a result of the federal government’s multi-year immigration plan, which …

Salvadorans fear their country not prepared for returnees

SANTA TECLA, El Salvador — Being deported to an El Salvador he hadn’t seen in more than three decades was a trauma Hugo Castro recalls clearly. The 51-year-old said Monday that his country must begin preparing now to receive the nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who may have to return following the Trump administration’s decision to lift …

Italy nabs mob clan controlling bakeries, funerals, migrants

ROME — Police in Italy and Germany seized 50 million euros ($60 million) in mafia assets and arrested more than 160 people, accusing them of running a huge mob-controlled commercial and political empire involving everything from bread and wine sales to funeral services, migrant housing and garbage recycling. Prosecutors in southern Italy said Tuesday the …

Nova Scotia nominates record number of immigrants in 2017

Atlantic province nominated more than 1,400 immigrants in 2017 Nova Scotia says its Provincial Nominee Program nominated a record number of immigrants in 2017. The Atlantic Canada province nominated more than 1,400 people through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which accepts applications under five immigration streams. Those five streams are: Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry …

Latest H-1B news parallels spike in U.S. searches on Canadian immigration

Latest H-1B news parallels spike in U.S. searches on Canadian immigration Reports that U.S. President Donald Trump is considering tougher rules around H-1B visa extensions has coincided with a sharp increase in online searches using terms like “H1B Canada” since the news emerged in recent days, CIC News has observed. The New York Times and …

No job offer? No problem, new Express Entry report confirms

New statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reveal that Express Entry candidates without a Canadian job offer have been the big beneficiaries of targeted improvements to the way candidates are ranked. According to IRCC, 90 per cent of Express Entry candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the first …

Trump, GOP senators sound hopeful on immigration deal

WASHINGTON— With the deadline clock ticking, President Donald Trump on Thursday huddled with Republican lawmakers and invited a bipartisan group to the White House next week to try to work out a deal on immigration. Lawmakers have been trying to come up with a plan Trump will agree to that extends legal status for hundreds …

Parents and Grandparents Program now open to interested sponsors

Online Interest to Sponsor form will be available until February 1, 2018 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now reopened its Parents and Grandparents Program to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents in 2018. The Interest to Sponsor online form went live around 12 p.m. on January 2. All interested …

A busy final quarter of 2017 for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs

Ontario, B.C. and Manitoba led the way, issuing invitations late into the year Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs continued to prove over the past few weeks why they are becoming an increasingly popular pathway to Canadian permanent residence. These programs, which allow provinces and territories to nominate individuals for Canadian permanent residence based on labour market needs, have …

2017: A pivotal year in Canadian immigration

Express Entry starts to shine, Provincial Nominee Programs innovate and Canada prioritizes family reunification To say 2017 was a busy year for Canadian immigration would be a bit like saying Mozart was pretty good at piano. From the thousands of asylum seekers from Haiti and other countries fleeing uncertainty in the United States to the …

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