Federal government immigration agents can once again be reached by phone after Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reopened call operations. Previously, the call centre had only been reachable by email after call operations were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing impact of COVID-19 means the service will operate at reduce capacity, with
Special Canada immigration measures are being introduced to help Lebanese citizens and Canadians impacted by the two explosions that rocked Beirut and left hundreds of thousands homeless. “Lebanese citizens in Canada on a temporary basis are … able to extend their stay in Canada if they are unable to return home because of the explosion,”
A federal judge has ruled the Safe Third Country Agreement on refugees between Canada and the U.S. violates the Canadian constitution. Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald said Wednesday that elements of the agreement violate the constitutional guarantee of life, liberty and security. Now Ottawa has six months to respond to what is a landmark
The effect of COVID-19 restrictions on Canada immigration was fully felt in April, as new permanent resident admissions plummeted to 4,140. The figure represents a 78 percent drop on the 19,125 March arrivals, which were already down 26 percent on February. Between February and April, permanent resident arrivals dropped from 25,930 to 4,140, a decline
Canada’s federal government officials tasked with implementing Canada-U.S. border restrictions in place due to coronavirus need to be on the same page in their interpretation of the new rules. Guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on who can cross the border is differing in practice from the interpretation of Canada Border Services Agency officials.
Jun 20, 2019 – Canada became the world leader in resettling refugees in 2018 after surpassing the U.S. for the first time, according to Pew Research Centre analysis of U.N. data. Canada resettled 28,000 refugees in 2018, compared to the 23,000 taken in south of the border. The result is a reflection of the dramatic
May 17, 2019 – Canada has effectively ended its Designated Country of Origin refugee immigration policy by removing all 42 countries from the DCO list. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says the policy did not achieve the aim of faster processing of refugee claims from DCO countries. “The DCO policy did not fulfil its
Canada is a signatory to the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Each year Canada grants permanent residence to approximately 30,000 refugees under an elaborate refugee protection process comprising of two main components, the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program administered outside Canada and the In-Canada Refugee Protection Process.
**As of December 15, 2012, the Personal Information Form has been replaced by the Basis of Claim Form. One of the most important issues that arise in a refugee claim is establishing that a refugee claimant is credible. The process of establishing credibility begins when the claimant completes and submits the Personal Information Form (PIF).