Immigration

  • Newcomers struggle under long waits for citizenship
    Growing backlog of applications The first thing Fatima Zeba does every morning is check the status of her citizenship application. She applied in 2019 and what was supposed to be a 12-month process, has now taken two-and-a-half years and counting.  “I just feel cheated,” she said.  Zeba moved to Canada from India in 2011 ...
  • Canada Launches New Application Tracker For Family Sponsorship Candidates
    Canada has launched a new application tracker for family sponsorship candidates to check the status of their immigration file as it works its way through the system as part of efforts to shorten processing times. “Last week, I outlined our plan to modernize Canada’s immigration system and lower wait times for ...
  • Can your country of origin affect your visa application?
    An unfortunate reality of Canada’s immigration system is that one’s country of citizenship can impact the likelihood of success in a visa application. When it comes to visitor visas, study permits and work permits, certain source countries consistently have higher approval rates than others. Statistics The approval rate for some regions has ...
  • Employment Prospects Good For Canada Immigrants Aged 25 to 54
    Young and middle-aged immigrants who came to Canada within the last five years are now more likely to have landed a job than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures from Statistics Canada reveal. In its latest Labour Force Survey, released on Jan. 7, Statistics Canada noted there was now ...
  • Federal government announces $35M in new funding for refugee settlement services
    The funding will help create 9 new resettlement assistance programs in four provinces The federal government has announced $35 million in new money over the next three years to improve and expand immigration settlement services in small towns and rural communities. “Our investment today will be key to enhance access to support ...