Immigration

Canada offers “Express Entry” to qualified economic immigrants

  OTTAWA — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada’s active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called “Express Entry.” Set to launch in January 2015, “Express Entry” is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on …

Filipinos in Canada

More than 4,500 new citizens join the Canadian family

  Scarborough (Toronto), ON—More than 4,500 new citizens from over 140 countries were welcomed to Canada at 49 citizenship ceremonies held at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s office in Scarborough over the past two weeks. This includes five ceremonies taking place at CIC Scarborough today, which will see a total of approximately 500 people from …

The 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow – Philippines: Eileen Mangubat

  The sun took a short hiatus, days before Cebu’s Eileen Mangubat arrived in Vancouver. On the day of the interview, however, the sun was peeking and people had their sunglasses on. It was a good day to be downtown, where we were meeting. Eileen is the 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow – Philippines. The McLuhan …

On The Move: Changes in citizenship law–How are you affected?

  Last month, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unveiled the proposed comprehensive reforms to Canada’s Citizenship Act of 1977. Bill C-24, the “Blueprint for Citizenship Improvement” represents Canada’s commitment to improve the processing time for citizenship applications, cut down the backlog and streamline the decision-making process. It is expected that by 2015-2016, the …

Filipino-Canadian in Focus: Alberto Rodil

Alberto Rodil is no stranger to struggle and sacrifice. Thankfully, however, his sacrifices have paid off, and he now reaps the fruits of very difficult labour. Beyond that, he finds himself in a position to share the fruits of his labour; in the service of others who – like he once was – are well-acquainted …

Canada is not a hotel: Kenney

  Richmond, B.C.—Mr. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, came to Richmond  to discuss the budget unveiled by Minister Jim Flaherty as Economic Action Plan 2014 but was—understandably—bombarded by questions on the spate of changes on the immigration front. Indeed, media representatives of three of the largest and fastest growing …

So, Where Have You Been?

Pangarap: So, Our Journey Begins DO NOT COMMIT THE MISTAKE OF BEING A STRANGER IN YOUR NEW COUNTRY. VISIT AS MANY NICE PLACES AS YOU CAN BEFORE THAT JOB HUNTING KEEPS YOU BUSY. Among newcomers, some may have psyched themselves up so much that they have already convinced themselves that no time can be wasted …

So, What Else is in the Heart of this Fil-Canadian?

Pangarap: So, Our Journey Begins For any one family that has taken their immigration seriously, the day of the oathtaking is THE day.  It is that one day that seems to culminate or summarize all that has been given up for and have gone through in the years of waiting.  It is that one day …

So, What Other Logistics are Important at the Outset?

Pangarap: So, Our Journey Begins YOU HAVE COME TO A PROGRESSIVE AND DEVELOPED COUNTRY WHERE MORE THAN 80% OF HOUSEHOLDS ARE CONNECTED TO INTERNET. THE WORLD HAS NARROWED WITH INTERNET TECHNOLOGY. USE THE INTERNET TO YOUR BEST ADVANTAGE, BUT DO NOT THINK THAT IT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND A JOB. Technology has certainly …

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