The Government of Canada has proposed new regulations amending the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (“IRPA”) that would “narrow the definition of dependent child by reducing the age limit to ‘under 19’ and removing the exception for full-time students.” See the new regulation here.
New Foreign Skilled Worker Program Limited to 5,000 Engineers and Medical Professionals
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) listed 24 occupations that qualify under the new federal skilled-worker program ("FSWP"). CIC limited the total number of applications to 5,000 — including caps in each of the 24 eligible occupations.
The 24 eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code) are:
0211 — Engineering managers
The following principles are your rights and freedoms under the Canadian Constitution. Today, April 17th, is the Law Day in Canada. Why not as a Canadian or a Canadian permanent resident read the following and familiarize yourself with your constitutional rights?
CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms
Rights and freedoms in Canada
“I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.
Starting Wednesday, January 2, 2012, Canada accepts 3000 immigration applications for 43 jobs under a brand new Federal Skilled Trades Program. Applications are expected to be processed within 12 months! The new Skilled Trades Program aims to address serious labor shortages that some regions of Canada are facing now.
The new Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will accept applications starting May 4, 2013. The Government claims that the new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. But, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs.
During a week when an empty Parliament gave way to mirth-making and gift-wrapping, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney took the opportunity to wish Santa Claus all the best in his Christmas Eve duties.
“We are honoured that Santa begins his annual journey in Canada,” Minister Kenney stated. “And, as a Canadian citizen living in Canada’s North, he may re-enter the country freely at the end of his international trip.