‘We are lucky’: First group of Afghan refugees touch down in Vancouver to start new lives

September 11, 2021

In recent days, seven-year-old Ali has often tugged on his father’s shirt. “Let’s go home, Dad,” he will say, according to his father, Mohammad. ‘We are lucky’: First group of Afghan refugees touch down in Vancouver to start new lives The pair are among the newest guests at three Vancouver hotels housing 37 Afghan refugees, among the first to arrive in Canada after fleeing the Taliban resurgence. Others who worked...

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Canada offers free settlement services but many immigrants do not know about them

September 11, 2021

Canada’s government-funded settlement services have so far been proven to help the majority of the newcomers they serve, yet many do not know how to benefit from them. Starting even before arrival, immigrants can access settlement services by both Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) for Quebec-bound newcomers. These services are actually helping, according to IRCC’s first-ever Settlement Outcomes Report. The report extrapolated information from the 2018 and...

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What to do when your PR card expires outside Canada

September 9, 2021

A permanent resident (PR) of Canada might leave Canada for some time. If that person wants to return, they must present their PR card, which confirms their PR status. Most PR cards last for five years, although some last for less. If a PR card expires, that does not mean a person has lost PR status. However, it means they cannot use their card to re-enter Canada. The only exception is...

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How to vote from outside Canada

September 8, 2021

Canadian citizens who are abroad this election season can still vote by mail before September 14. If you are age 18 or older by September 20, you can vote in the Canadian election even if you are not in your riding. You just have to apply on the Elections Canada website or by mail before Tuesday, September 14, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Voters in Canada may be able to contact their local election office before 6 p.m....

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Long-awaited reunions as Canada reopens to international travelers

September 7, 2021

It had been almost five months since Vince Cumayas had seen his daughter Valentina, who is now 18 months old. “I’ve missed that whole important time of her growing,” Cumayas said, holding a dozen roses in his left hand and excitedly casting his eyes to the right at the exit for international arrivals at Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Valentina and her mom Megan had just landed from Japan....

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Canada’s citizenship study guide for newcomers is getting an ‘unvarnished’ makeover. Here’s how it’s evolved

September 2, 2021

By Toronto Star For more than seven decades, the federal government has published a citizenship study guide for wannabe Canadians — a booklet that touches on Canada’s history and geography, its political structure and key tenets of what it means to be a good citizen. The current version, however, hasn’t been updated in more than a decade, drawing criticism for using outdated terminology and leaving out or sanitizing darker moments...

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