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Migrants across Canada call on Ottawa for action on regularization, permanent status
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Migrants across Canada call on Ottawa for action on regularization, permanent status

Thousands of migrants and their supporters were planning rallies across Canadian cities Sunday to call on Ottawa to extend permanent status to undocumented people. There will also be calls to swiftly implement an inclusive regularization program for undocumented migrants — a longstanding demand that advocates say appears closer than ever to becoming a reality. Syed...

Canadian Immigration Minister Provides Update on Reducing Wait Times & Backlog
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Canadian Immigration Minister Provides Update on Reducing Wait Times & Backlog

August 29, 2022 – With an emphasis on solving labour shortages, enhancing client experiences, and reuniting families, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser outlined below points on how Canada is trying to enhance its immigration system and minimize application backlogs. Hiring up to 1,250 extra personnel by the end of the fall to boost processing capacity and...

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Switching To 100% Online For 19 PR Programs
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Switching To 100% Online For 19 PR Programs

September 1, 2022 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is transitioning 19 permanent immigration programs to 100% online applications. As per IRCC, this transition will modernize Canada’s immigration system and enhance client service. Some applicants were able to apply online for permanent immigration programs using the Permanent Residence Portal since March 31, 2021. It gives applicants...

Quebec asks feds to close Roxham Road, says province can’t handle influx of refugees
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Quebec asks feds to close Roxham Road, says province can’t handle influx of refugees

Quebec is asking the federal government to close a popular, unofficial border crossing south of Montreal because the province can’t handle the number of asylum seekers entering the country, but refugee advocates are rejecting Quebec’s claims. More than 100 refugee claimants are entering Quebec every day from the United States through a rural path called...

Vaccinated travellers won’t need COVID-19 test to enter Canada as of April 1
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Vaccinated travellers won’t need COVID-19 test to enter Canada as of April 1

Vaccinated travellers will no longer need to show a COVID-19 test to enter Canada beginning April 1, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos officially announced Thursday. The change is being made at the tail end of the Omicron wave in Canada, as new reported cases of COVID-19 have declined since mid-January. Duclos said the change is possible...

Canada begins accepting applications for Ukrainians seeking temporary refuge from war
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Canada begins accepting applications for Ukrainians seeking temporary refuge from war

The federal government has begun accepting applications from Ukrainians and their families fleeing Russian aggression who want to come to Canada while they decide their next steps.  The program to allow an unlimited number of Ukrainians to come to Canada was first announced two weeks ago. At the time, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser suggested Ukrainian...