Minister Alexander issues statement on Francophone Immigration Week

Chris AlexanderNovember 3, 2014, Ottawa (CIC) — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, issued the following statement to recognize Francophone Immigration Week:

“As we begin Canada’s second annual Francophone Immigration Week, we recognize the important contributions of Francophone newcomers and consider this an opportunity to highlight our Government’s efforts to increase the number of Francophone immigrants in francophone minority communities across the country. Continue reading

Find a Canada Day citizenship ceremony near you

Forty-seven citizenship ceremonies taking place across Canada

June 25, 2014 – Ottawa (CIC) – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that with the help of a new online interactive map, individuals across Canada will be able to find a citizenship ceremony being held on Canada Day in their area. Continue reading

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades Programs, and Canadian Experience Class

New occupations list for the FSWPOttawa, April 23, 2014 (CIC) — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada’s economic and labour market needs.

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Welcoming record numbers of immigrants from China and the Philippines in 2013

Chris AlexanderRichmond Hill, April 22, 2014 (CIC) – Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister and Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, highlighted the record number of Chinese students and permanent residents welcomed to Canada in 2013. They announced that last year, Canada issued more than 270,000 visitor visas to Chinese citizens, welcomed more than 29,000 Chinese students and admitted more than 34,000 Chinese citizens as permanent residents of Canada. Continue reading

Offering “Express Entry” to qualified economic immigrants

Ottawa, April 8, 2014 (CNW) – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada’s active recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called “Express Entry.” Set to launch in January 2015, “Express Entry” is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s economic and labour needs. Continue reading