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By Soroush Fini, Nov 28 2016 05:07PM

By the end of 2017, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will no longer need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit Canada. The development was referenced in the EU-Canada Summit Joint Declaration, which was released over the weekend. Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos hailed the move as “an important moment” for Romanian citizens, as well as for business people.

By Soroush Fini, Nov 28 2016 05:06PM

The province of British Columbia invited 310 individuals On 17 November 2016 to apply for a provincial nomination certificate through the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This represents an increase of 43 percent in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued over the last draw on November 10, 2016.

By Soroush Fini, Nov 28 2016 05:05PM

As of December 1, 2016, Mexican nationals will no longer be required to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada for temporary visits, work, or study. Instead, citizens of Mexico will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travelling to Canada by air. In preparation for this change, the government of Canada has announced that as of November 25, 2016, Mexican nationals may apply in advance for an eTA.

By Soroush Fini, May 15 2016 10:34AM

More immigrant entrepreneurs are coming to Canada through the Start-up Visa Program and the benefits are spreading growth and opportunity to middle-class families across the country.

As of May 2, 2016, 51 entrepreneurs had become permanent residents of Canada through the programme, representing 26 start-ups that have launched or will be launching in communities across Canada, including Sydney, Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria.“The start-up visa started slowly but has steadily picked up steam,” Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said today. “Every start-up that is established here has the potential to provide jobs and economic opportunity for Canadians, contributing to our country’s growth and diversity.” The Start-up Visa Program is drawing successful applicants from a diverserange of countries, including Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Iran, South Africa and Uruguay, and across a number of industries, including technology, food product manufacturing, education, medical research, banking, human resources, and advertising.

This five-year pilot program allows entrepreneurs who have the support of a designated Canadian entity to apply for permanent residence as they establish their company in Canada. Demand for this program is growing, with more than 50 additional permanent resident applications still in process from entrepreneurs from around the world who have the support of a designated Canadian venture capital fund, angel investor group or business incubator to launch their start-ups in Canada.


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