Immigration

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

NEW YORK — Congressional Democrats aren’t backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn’t paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants, as hard-line liberal groups shrug off risks of a government shutdown. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among his party’s lawmakers to …

White House official: Trump immigration views have evolved

WASHINGTON — The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump’s views on immigration are evolving — giving some people hope for a compromise while perplexing others. John Kelly’s comments come amid a shaky effort to craft an accord protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation — a push the White House …

Haitians face hurdles after protected status renewal delays

BOSTON — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump’s administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will release details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 …

Data on Canadian immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries might surprise Trump

Defenders of Donald Trump say his “shithole countries” remark regarding people from Africa, Haiti and other nations was just Trump being Trump — the president may have used salty language, but it’s really just his way of saying the United States should have a merit-based immigration system like Canada’s. A generous interpretation of Trump’s comments …

France seeks new deal with UK over migrants

PARIS — French officials say France wants to sign a new deal with the U.K. that would involve greater British financing of the costs of handling migrants camped in the northern French port city of Calais. A top French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday that the two countries are negotiating “day and night” …

IRCC starts 2018 with record low cut-off score for a first draw of the year

Cut-off CRS score of 446 is 22 points lower than first Express Entry draw of 2017 Canada has invited 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place January 10, 2018. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 446. Today’s score of 446 is …

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category opens for 400 new applications

First opening of first-come, first-served sub-category in 2018 announced January 10 The province of Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category has opened to 400 new applications. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) made the announcement on the morning of January 10 and said the first come, first-served sub-category will remain open until the application threshold of 400 …

Settlement funds can make or break your application for permanent residence

IRCC introduced a 1.4% increase in required funds January 5 Candidates in all three Express Entry economic immigration classes should take special note of recently announced revisions to the amount of settlement funds required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A 1.42 per cent increase was implemented January 5, 2018, that raised the minimum amounts …

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 …