The immigration department of Canada is usually busy and they always have news on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. Their issues largely touch on the country’s immigration field and some of the latest Canada immigration news is highlighted in this article.
On February 7, immigration minister Jason Kenney announced that the state was seeking increased powers that would enable it to strip off citizenship to any person found to be perpetrating terrorism. This was seen as a move to help fight the vice that is slowly becoming a global issue and it will be in tandem with the international policy of other countries that have vowed to wipe out terrorism.
The announcement came just hours after a man believed to hold dual citizenship of Canada and Lebanon was connected to having been one of the main architects of the bus bombing that claimed many lives in Bulgaria in 2012. At the moment, the Canadian national assembly is debating an anti-terrorism bill that seeks to deal with the problem for good and many leaders have already showed support for the proposed laws.
The minister, who also supports the bill, said they would seek to move appropriate amendments to the bill so that it includes consequences for holders of dual citizenship and who engage in acts of terrorism. If enacted into law, Canada will join the league of other countries like the United States of America and Australia who have already established adequate laws to help curb terrorism.
Separately, Canada has effected several changes to its visa offices in America. The changes have been fronted by the ministry of citizenship and immigration with the sole aim of hastening the visa application process to all its citizens whether on permanent or temporary residency.
In line with the reforms, the country has decided to shut down its offices in Seattle as well as Detroit with all the crucial documents being transferred to offices nearby with immediate effect. On top of that, no temporary residency visas will be issued by the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C whose mandate as well as that of rehabilitation and issuance of permits has been pushed to their offices in New York and Los Angeles. This leaves all work permits to be processed in New York while study permits will be handled in Washington D.C.
The ministry has also moved fast to comply with modern technology by directing that all of the visa applications directed to its offices in USA will be done online by the applicants with no exception. According to state sources privy to this Canada immigration news, all these changes will take effect immediately since transition issues have been well taken care of.
Last month, Canada also announced that it plans to launch a unique entrepreneur start-up visa beginning April. The main aim of the visa is to lure celebrate business moguls and entrepreneurs from across the world to the country and spur its investment sector. Once launched, it will be the first of its caliber in the country and many expect its reception to be huge.