- The Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that Canada will maintain its immigration level in 2009, welcoming between 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents. The 2009 plan includes up to 156,600 immigrants in the economic category; 71,000 in the family category; and 37,400 in the humanitarian category.
- If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor your spouse (husband or wife) to immigrate to Canada as permanent resident. You are a spouse if you are married to your sponsor and your marriage is legally valid. An application for Family Class sponsorship can be made if your spouse lives inside or outside Canada. If you sponsor your spouse to come to Canada as a permanent resident, it is your responsibility to provide for your own essential needs and those of your spouse.
- Canadians who adopt children abroad will find it easier to have their newest family members become Canadian citizens. The new law allows children adopted abroad by Canadian citizens to obtain Canadian citizenship without first having to become permanent residents. After Dec. 23, 2007, citizenship can be granted to them after the adoption is complete, after submitting an application for citizenship.
- Canada's population, as of July 1, was recorded at 33,311,389, with the Prairie provinces and Prince Edward Island showing the fastest growth. Immigration accounted for an 91,600 increase in Canada's population during the second quarter of 2008, the largest increase in 17 years, according to a Statistics Canada report released Monday.
- you will need a medical examination.To protect the health and safety of Canadians, as well as reduce and prevent excessive demand on Canada's health and social services system, permanent or temporary resident applicants (tourists, students and temporary foreign workers) may be required to undergo a medical exam. If the duration of your visit is more than six months,
Temporary residents in Canada can now apply online for work permits. Temporary residents seeking work permits or an extension of their visit in Canada can now apply online. Apart from applying online, applicants can also pay their application fees, check their application status and change their address online. The new online applications will result in faster processing because online applications can only be submitted if they are complete.
If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
- Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen.
- Apply for citizenship.
- Take the citizenship test, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54.
- Attend a citizenship ceremony, if you are 14 or older.
- On August 24th, Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the implementation of the redesigned permanent resident (PR) card. The PR card will be in circulation beginning today. The new card contains micro-lettering and fine line patterns that are resistant to copying, similar to banknotes. Also, the card holder's photograph and personal details are recorded on a bar code in an encrypted format that may only be read by authorized officials.
- In 2007 Canada accepted the highest number of immigrants (temporary and permanent residents) to date. This is based on the preliminary data released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on March 14th 2007. In 2007, Canada admitted 429,649 permanent residents, temporary foreign workers and foreign students. This number is more than 60,000 higher than it was just four years ago.
- The number of immigrants from United Staes accepted into Canada reached 10,942 in 2006, a 30-year high and almost double the number of Americans admitted in 2000. By contrast, the number of Canadians admitted to the United States in 2006 dropped sharply from the previous year, falling to 23,913 from 29,930. This pattern suggests the drain of Canadian brains south of the border may be a reducing.