Immigration

Aboubakar Idriss speaks during a previous Employment Opportunity Exchange. The event returns on Nov. 23 with the goal of helping newcomers and employers connect and learn together. (Photo Courtesy of John-Evan Snow)

Victoria newcomer employment event returns Nov. 23

Employment Opportunity Exchange aims to facilitate networking and cultural intelligence

 

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

 

Teresa Drumel is frustrated with delays in her husband, Antonio Navarro Ochoa’s, application for Canadian residency. (Submitted photo)

‘It’s horrible being apart:’ Island couple kept separate by slow immigration application

Ladysmith woman tries to get her Mexican husband back to her through process that began in 2018

 

Job vacancies are a growing concern on Vancouver Island and beyond. File photo.

Newcomers piece of Vancouver Island’s job vacancy solution, but barriers remain

IWC director: Credential recognition, language training, and soft skill teaching need improvement

Job vacancies are a growing concern on Vancouver Island and beyond. File photo.
Taryn Whitehead was happy to return to Canada from South Africa, but a COVID-related shutdown of in-person permanent resident applications has meant the loss of medical coverage, and being forced to miss her daughter’s wedding. (Caitlyn Whitehead/special to Langley Advance Times)

Immigration headache deprives B.C. woman of medical coverage

COVID closed immigration offices to permanent resident applicants already living in Canada

Taryn Whitehead was happy to return to Canada from South Africa, but a COVID-related shutdown of in-person permanent resident applications has meant the loss of medical coverage, and being forced to miss her daughter’s wedding. (Caitlyn Whitehead/special to Langley Advance Times)
Anti-racism bystander training will be offered by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society this fall and winter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria immigrant and refugee group combats racism with bystander training

Victoria Foundation grant to fund community training, foster equity and inclusivity

Anti-racism bystander training will be offered by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society this fall and winter. (Black Press Media file photo)
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada to have new refugee stream for journalists, others who defend human rights

The new stream will include anyone facing persecution for advocating or defending human rights

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Refusal rate for immigration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds rising: data

The 2021 figures, which only include up to Feb. 28, show the rate of applications refused climbed to 70%

Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Early Sunday morning, February 26, 2017, migrants from Somalia cross into Canada illegally from the United States by walking down this train track into the town of Emerson, Man., where they will seek asylum at Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Human rights groups say those in Canada’s immigration detention system treated poorly

Some handcuffed, shackled and held with little to no contact with the outside world

Early Sunday morning, February 26, 2017, migrants from Somalia cross into Canada illegally from the United States by walking down this train track into the town of Emerson, Man., where they will seek asylum at Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Senate chamber on Parliament Hill is seen on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canadian citizenship oath could help newcomers learn more about Indigenous people

Canada poised to amend the Citizenship Act to update the oath in line with TRC recommendations

The Senate chamber on Parliament Hill is seen on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Watchdog says immigration applicants need easier access to info on their files

‘They need to give more information without having to wait for people to ask for it’

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ottawa will create a new digital platform to help process immigration applications more efficiently after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for a shift to a digital system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ottawa to create new system to tackle delays in processing immigration applications

The federal government pledged in the 2021 budget to spend $428.9 million over the next five years to deliver the platform

Ottawa will create a new digital platform to help process immigration applications more efficiently after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for a shift to a digital system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino listens to speakers during a news conference in Ottawa, Friday October 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

New program aims to grant 90,000 workers and graduates who are currently in Canada permanent status

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino listens to speakers during a news conference in Ottawa, Friday October 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is moving forward on efforts to help citizens of Hong Kong remain in Canada rather than have to return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Feds ramp up efforts to help residents of Hong Kong immigrate to, stay in Canada

The program is open to Hong Kong residents who’ve graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is moving forward on efforts to help citizens of Hong Kong remain in Canada rather than have to return. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

New work permit program for international graduates in Canada taking applications

The program will offer affected people 18 more months to stay in the country to look for work

FILE – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
This 2015 photo was one of the last taken of Hanadi Albarazanji with her entire family: husband, Emad; daughters Yaman and Juman; and son, Kenan. (Contributed photo)

Family split between White Rock, Syria highlights ‘crack’ in refugee reunification process

‘No light in sight’ as Hanadi Albarazanji waits to reunite with her two adult children

This 2015 photo was one of the last taken of Hanadi Albarazanji with her entire family: husband, Emad; daughters Yaman and Juman; and son, Kenan. (Contributed photo)
The Canadian Border Services Agency has directed the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to hold an admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin, the Sooke man who has been fighting a 2017 deportation order from Canada due to alleged involvement with serious and organized criminality in the U.S. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Decision to deport former owner of Sooke Harbour House on hold

Timothy Durkin’s lawyer revealed the Sooke man applied for citizenship in January

The Canadian Border Services Agency has directed the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to hold an admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin, the Sooke man who has been fighting a 2017 deportation order from Canada due to alleged involvement with serious and organized criminality in the U.S. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Montreal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Montreal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz