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Welcoming New Citizens on Canada Day

Every year on Canada Day – July 1 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada holds special citizenship ceremonies in communities all across Canada to celebrate the nation’s culture, history and diversity. All Canadians are encouraged to attend and celebrate Canada Day and welcome new citizens by reflecting on the many freedoms, rights, responsibilities, and values that are part of Canada’s unique identity.

Source: Business Financial Post

Hilary Clinton Says Immigrants Deserve Citizenship, Not Second Class Status 

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that that law abiding immigrants should be offered a path to citizenship rather than given second class status. Clinton criticized the Republican party for supporting stricter immigration measures, saying they would put immigrants who work hard and pay taxes at risk of deportation.

Source: Fox news


Canadian Food Industry Calls for New Foreign Worker Program 

A food industry group has called on the Canadian government to introduce a new scheme to make it easier to hire foreign workers who can qualify for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. Starting July 1, Canada is to limit the number of new foreign workers that companies can hire to 20 per cent of their workforce. The changes will especially impact the food-processing sector, which is already struggling to fill vacancies.

Source: Immigration.ca

Survey Reveals Barriers Faced by Skilled Migrants in Canada

A recent survey shows that a majority of prospective skilled immigrants cited “lack of work experience in Canada” as a significant barrier to their success in Canada. Other barriers and challenges to career success faced by migrants in Canada included lack of information about jobs, though more than 90 percent were positive about their future prospects in Canada.

Source: Immigration.ca

Shortage of Agriculture Workers Causing Problems in Alberta

Farmers in Alberta are facing difficulties in hiring workers to fill positions that pay $18 to $20 an hour. Agricultural employers say it is increasingly difficult to hire foreign workers, despite being exempt from federal caps limiting the number of foreign workers. Under new rules, farmers are required to advertise for Canadian workers for a minimum of 14 days, and then apply for a labour market impact assessment, before being allowed to hire foreign workers.

Source: Immigration.ca

Canada to Ban Niqabs During Citizenship Ceremony

Canada has introduced new legislation that will require all Canadian citizenship applicants to show their face while taking the oath of citizenship. The Oath of Citizenship Act would require all applicants to take the oath of citizenship “aloud and with face uncovered” in a way that others can verify. However, the legislation might not become law, as Parliament is breaking for summer recess and won’t sit again until after the election.

Source: Immigration.ca

Why Canada’s New Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Program Will Fail?

The federal government has recently launched its new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program which aims to raise $120 million from 60 eligible ultra-high net worth investors.  The funds are intended to be invested in Canada-based start-ups with high growth potential.   Ironically, the new program, unofficially confirms Canada’s definitive retreat from the global residence-through-investment industry, which it created in 1986 with the Quebec government.

Under the new program, approved applicants with a personal net worth of $10 Million, must invest at least $2 million into a government approved VC fund for a minimum period of 15 years, with no guarantee for return of capital.  Applicants must demonstrate their net worth threshold was obtained from lawful, for profit-making management, business or investment activities providing capital or equity gains. Inheritances or assets from principle residential real estate are excluded.

Additional requirements include mandatory language testing and proof of completed Canadian post-secondary education of at least one year, or proof of a foreign educational equivalent. Education assessment can be exempted for applicants with a personal net worth of $50 million.  A maximum of 500 applications will be accepted during the 14-day solicitation period which ends in mid February.  The government then plans to invite up to 60 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.   Applicants will be charged a modest processing fee of $1,050.  Selected applicants must also submit a comprehensive due diligence report prepared by a designated service provider to ensure the source of wealth is generated from lawful business or investment activities. The fund will be managed by BDC Capital, the investment arm of the Federal Business Development Bank of Canada and by government selected fund managers.

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Immigration Rules Shouldn’t Separate Families

Immigration experts say that as long as proper immigration procedures are followed, couples applying for permanent residency shouldn’t have to choose between migrating to Canada on their own or staying in their home country with their newborn .

Under current policy, once a woman gives birth to a child, the couple must report that to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It is the same for any important change in family status. Recent months have seen a number of stories about immigrant parents being separated from an infant due to Canadian immigration policies.



Immigration professionals confirm the problem is very common.

Samah and Ahmed Aboushady are permanent residents who live in Ontario with their two daughters and have been fighting with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to bring their baby boy into the country from Cairo. Samah gave birth to Adam in the U.K., after the couple officially became permanent residents. However, when CIC rejected a visitor’s visa for Adam, the parents had to either continue living outside of Canada and forfeit their permanent residency or leave Adam behind until the paperwork could be sorted out. This forced them to leave Adam in Cairo with his grandparents for most of the past year.

Similarly, in late 2014 an Indian couple with permanent resident status moved to Canada, leaving their three-year-old son behind. They thought they could sponsor him after their arrival. However, Bhavna Bajaj, the mother, says the couple was told they had broken the law by not revealing they had a child in India. Their application to sponsor their child on compassionate grounds was therefore rejected.

Strict disclosure rules require a birth or any change in family structure, additional work experience or education, or a change in a person’s medical condition must be disclosed to the relevant overseas embassy and CIC if the individual’s case is in process.

Many applicants choose to wait to disclose all their dependants until after they’ve received permanent residency and have arrived in Canada.  The Canadian government, however, views this as misrepresentation, regardless of whether the applicant concealed information intentionally or accidentally. Applicants found guilty of misrepresentation under section 40 of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act can be banned from Canada for five years.

Source: CBC News