Canada Visa/Passport News

Canada to Start Taking Biometric Information of Indian Visa Applicants

Indian nationals and of several Asian countries will have to submit their biometric information upon the submission of their Canada visa application. The new measures, which come into force on December 31, 2018, will be applied to Indian nationals under the sole purpose of identification. The requirement will apply to all those lodging their application for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or asylum in the country. The official website of the government [...]

Chinese birth tourism in Canada is 100% legal, expert says

Ian Young, the SCMP's former International Editor and winner of awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year, claims “birth tourism in Canada is 100% legal”. Young used the 2014 operational guidelines by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada to back his claims. “Giving birth in Canada does not represent a violation of any terms or conditions which may be applied to a temporary resident,” he cites [...]

Canada Express Visa system revised in a bid to lure more applicants

A number of 1,470 Jamaicans have become permanent residents in Canada, under the Express Entry immigration application system, since January 2015 to May 2018. According to the Government’s immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 1,470 Jamaicans have gained permanent residency in Canada within the last three and a half year. However, the IRCC is unable to say how many Jamaicans are currently in the process of application. The Canadian Express Entry program is a system [...]

‘Passport babies’ growing problem in Canada

The Canadian Conservative Party is calling for changes to a law that says all those born in Canadian soil have the right of Canadian citizenship. The highly debated law gives the right of citizenship to babies born in Canada, even if their parents are not Canadian citizens. The Conservatives, which is one of the three main parties in Canada voted last Saturday at the party’s convention in Halifax to end a birthright citizenship. Alice Wong, British Columbia [...]

Canada may benefit from US ending Obama-era Start Up Visa

Previously announced plans by the United States to end the International Entrepreneur Rule may benefit Canada. While the Department for Homeland Security proposed to put an end to the rule created by the Obama administration in 2015, Canada is reportedly making the Start Up visa permanent. The US Obama-era Start Up visa permits international entrepreneurs to temporarily settle in the United States and develop their business in the country. According to a previous proposal by the DHS, [...]

Canadian Passport Ranked 5th Most Powerful In the World

The latest updates to the Henley Index Passports show that Canadian passport holders are among the luckiest travelers in the world. The index, which is a regularly updated list that ranks passports according to the number of countries that their holders are able to visit without a visa, ranks the Canadian passport as the fifth most powerful in the world. Canadian citizens, who share the fifth place together with Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland passport holders, can visit [...]

Canada to implement new visa requirements by July 31

The Canadian government has introduced new visa requirements for the nationals of European, African and Middle Eastern countries, who wish to enter Canada. The new requirements, which are expected to come into force by July 31, include the submission or biometrics when applying for a visitor or student visa, work permit and residence to Canada. The collection of biometrics, which permits the Government of Canada to effectively manage identity, facilitate application processing and to make the entrance [...]

Canada Temporary Resident Visa Refusals on the Rise

A report published recently in the issuance of Canada visas, shows that the country has refused more than a quarter of all the temporary resident visa applications it received in 2017 alone. Moreover, it rejected another 30% of the applications for the same type of visa, that it received during the three first months of 2018. The figures in the report, which is based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data, show that alongside with the [...]

Canada to open Visa Application Centers to facilitate increased demand for biometrics

Canada has decided to expand its biometrics scheme in order to strengthen the immigration program through effective screening. The country will also apply some changes to the immigration policies in order to facilitate application processing for foreigners that wish to enter the country, while attempting not to lose the confidence of public. Starting from July 31, nationals from countries of Europe, Africa and Middle East, will have to provide their biometrics, digital photo and fingerprints, when applying [...]

Canada speeds up student visa process for Indians

Nationals of four countries, who wish to study in Canada, will benefit from a new, quicker and simpler visa processing mechanism introduced lately. The new program allows the processing time for study permits for 15 days less, than it did previously. Now, the nationals of India, China, Vietnam and Philippines who prove they have the language skills and the financial resources to academically succeed in Canada, can get a visa within 45 days by opting for the [...]

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