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Film on 1st Filipino settler in Canada to be released soon

Vancouver, B.C. History buffs on social media share fund drive for Ben Flores’ tombstone By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez The excitement level is high as the documentary on Benson Flores, the first Filipino on record to have settled in Canada, is set to be released in March or April this year. The team of Philippine Canadian […]

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Canada to cut student permits by 35% this year

Immigration Minister announces more changes in student visa program By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Saying that the rapid increases in the number of international students arriving in Canada put pressure on housing, health care and other services, the Government of Canada announced a reduction of student visas by 35 percent for 2024. In a press conference

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International students in Canada now at 1 million

Statistics Canada shows Filipino students comprise third biggest group By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Canada is now a temporary home to one million foreign students with over half of them in Ontario, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported. According to a Globe and Mail report, Canada has 1,028,850 study permit holders as of the

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Canada records highest population growth since 1957

StatCan reports over 1 million new immigrants from July 2022 to July 2023 By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez After its celebration for hitting the 40-million mark on June 16, Canada’s population was estimated at 40,097,761 on July 1, 2023, an increase of 1,158,705 from a year before. According to Statistics Canada, this was a growth of 2.9% from July 1, 2022 and was

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3 Filipino-Canadians in top immigrants list of 2023

A Crown Counsel, an actor, and nurse-educator are among those with inspiring stories By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Three outstanding Filipino-Canadians made it to this year’s Top 25 Immigrants in Canada. Multi-awarded retired B.C. Trial Crown Counsel Winston Sayson, comedian and actor Ann Pornel and Registered Nurse, academic and researcher Edward Cruz were among the immigrants

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From refusal to Permanent Residency approval: a dreamer’s journey

Prince Albert, SK Hurdling immigration challenges for 3 years By Chauncey Rodriguez I entered Canada last year with a visitor’s visa and an expired Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) application. While reuniting with my brother and sister and their families – I also had the chance to babysit my nephews. I became a tourist here for

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Canada has a new immigration minister

Affordable housing woes amid rapid arrival of newcomers top list of priorities By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Marc Miller, Canada’s newly minted immigration minister, is greeted by an affordable housing supply crisis as the country pursues its plan to welcome 500,000 permanent immigrants by 2025. He has also been given a list of nine priority areas

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Surge of travel applications from Philippines crashes Canada’s travel portal

Immigration Minister said demand exceeded their expectations By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez As Canada celebrates Filipino Heritage Month, Filipinos made history when they caused the country’s portal for visa-free travel to crash. It took three days or from June 8 to June 10 for Canada’s eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to be out of operation because of

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Canada adds 13 countries in visa-free travel list

Eligible travellers need to be holders of US visa or had Canadian visa By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez Filipinos with the right travel documents can now enter Canada for just $7 and with an authorization that can be secured in just a few minutes. Canada has introduced visa-free air travel to travelers from 13 countries, including

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Canada launches new PR pathway for skilled workers

Ottawa Invitations will be sent out this summer to address labour shortage By Charmaine Y. Rodriguez To invite more skilled workers to Canada, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced the first-ever launch of a category-based selection for Canada’s flagship economic immigration management system, Express Entry. Category-based selection will allow Canada to issue invitations

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