Canada announced new immigration measures to strengthen family reunification and address labour shortages in Canada

May 26, 2023—Vancouver—Families are meant to be together, especially during life’s big moments like moving to a new country. That is why Canada is working to help families reunite more quickly and easily, and support themselves once in Canada. Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, joined by the Honourable Hedy…

New measures for foreign national physicians seeking to become permanent residents

On April 25, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced measures to facilitate the issuance of permanent resident visas for foreign national physicians providing publicly-funded medical services in Canada. Under the Temporary Public Policy to Facilitate the Issuance of Permanent Resident Visas for Physicians Providing Publicly Funded Medical Services in Canada and related amendments to the Ministerial Instructions respecting…

Government of Canada investing in settlement services for newcomers

May 11, 2023—Ottawa—Settlement services are key to setting up newcomers for success in Canada. They provide newcomers with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their new lives in Canada before and after they arrive, which helps them successfully transition into their communities and find work faster. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship…

Canada to provide support to Sudanese nationals

April 24, 2023—Ottawa—Canada continues to call for an end to violence in Sudan and stands with the Sudanese people as they strive for peace. We are deeply concerned for the safety of people in the area, and understand that some Sudanese nationals in Canada may wish to temporarily extend their stay here rather than return…

Canada extends support for those fleeing Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine

March 22, 2023—Ottawa— Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This means that: Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15, 2023, to apply overseas for a CUAET visa free of charge; Anyone holding a CUAET visa will have…

Canada announces support for Turkish and Syrian temporary residents

March 18, 2023—Mississauga, Ontario— Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced new immigration measures to support Turkish and Syrian temporary residents in Canada who may be unable to return home at this time due to the destruction caused by the earthquakes in the region. Effective March 29, 2023, Turkish and…

Government of Canada increases sponsorship opportunities for Sponsorship Agreement Holders

February 17, 2023—Ottawa—Canada continues to be a global leader in refugee resettlement and integration. Since the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program was launched over 4 decades ago, Canadians and permanent residents have come together to offer protection and a safe, permanent home for tens of thousands of refugees each year. Key to the program’s success are over 130 organizations,…

Canada to reduce work experience requirements for caregivers and provide pathways to permanent residence

February 10, 2023—Scarborough, Ontario – For decades, caregivers from abroad have played an invaluable role in supporting families in Canada. In recognizing their immense sacrifices, Canada has offered pathways to permanent residence in return. On behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, members of Parliament Salma Zahid and Rechie Valdez today announced…

Canada extends and expands open work permit program for Hong Kong residents

February 6, 2023—Scarborough, Ontario—Canada continues to stand by Hong Kong residents and supports the freedom and democracy that are cherished by many. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that Canada is extending and expanding the open work permit program for eligible Hong Kong residents. Canada is extending the deadline to apply…

Government of Canada’s continuing support for 10 projects under the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot

December 9, 2022—Halifax —The Government of Canada is committed to the full and equal participation of all women and girls, which is essential to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. That’s why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is making it easier for racialized newcomer women to find a job by providing the support and services they…