Virtual citizenship ceremonies help the Canadian Government reduce the backlog

Virtual citizenship ceremonies help the Canadian Government reduce the backlog

Virtual citizenship ceremonies help the Canadian Government reduce the backlog
The Canadian Government will soon allow new citizens to take the citizenship oath online without attending a mass swearing-in ceremony. This move will reduce the backlog of citizenship applications, shorten the application processing time, and make it easier for low-income working people to become citizens. The Government has seen a surge in citizenship applications, with more than double the number of applications received in 2022 compared to 2017. The Government is hoping to process 300,000 citizenship applications this year and has made the application process online. Of the 549,290 applicants since April 2020, over 99% have completed their oath of citizenship virtually.

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Sudbury received an increase in the RNIP allotment to attract and retain more skilled immigrants
The Government of Canada increased the number of foreign nationals allowed to immigrate to Sudbury in northern Ontario through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) by 58.4% last week to 515 from 325. The RNIP is a five-year program that recruits skilled immigrants to work in smaller communities with aging populations and labour shortages. The program directly addresses gaps and challenges, such as labour shortages, and drives economic prosperity for communities in ways that will have a generational impact. Sudbury MP Viviane Lapointe and Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre have expressed their support and appreciation for the program, noting how it benefits local employers and provides a valuable pathway for newcomers to grow their careers in Northern Ontario.

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Atlantic Immigration Program benefits from the renewed Atlantic Growth Strategy
Canada’s Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) has received a boost with the renewal and revitalization of the Atlantic Growth Strategy (AGS). The AIP is crucial for Atlantic Canada’s need for a skilled and diverse workforce. The AGS aims to accelerate the sustainable growth of the Atlantic Canadian economy. The AIP is significant in reaching Canada’s immigration targets for 2023-2025, with 8,500 new permanent residents expected through AIP in 2023 and 14,500 in 2025. The latest Atlantic Canada agreement aims to enhance the system’s efficiency in responding to labour market needs and regional requirements.

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Quebec invited 1,633 candidates in the new Arrima draw
On July 24, 2023, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MIFI) published the results of the 49th invitation round in Quebec’s online system Arrima. On July 20, 2023, MIFI invited 1,633 candidates to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Candidates invited in this round had a minimum score of 596, at least level 7 oral proficiency in French, and a valid job offer outside the territory of the Montreal Metropolitan Community. This year, MIFI invited 9,924 candidates through the regular Arrima draws. Since the launch of Arrima in July 2019, the Government of Quebec invited 23,241 foreign nationals in 49 draws to apply for immigration to Quebec.

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