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Canada’s new biometrics rule will soon apply to temporary and permanent resident applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas

December 28, 2018, Ottawa, ON—Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program. Starting December 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will need to give their fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. This same rule has applied to applicants from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since July 31, 2018.

Statement for International Migrants Day 2018

Ottawa, December 18, 2018 – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:“Since 2000, the United Nations has designated December 18 as the International Migrants Day. It marks an opportunity to recognize all migrants’ contributions to their home and host countries, as well as the importance of respecting human rights. As a country of immigrants, Canada is especially pleased to mark this important day.

Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Windsor

December 18, 2018—Windsor—The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities.

Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.

Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Victoria

December 17, 2018—Victoria—The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities.

Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.

Minister Hussen concludes successful trip to Morocco

December 14, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today concluded his week-long visit to Morocco, where he led the Canadian delegation to the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM is the first globally negotiated framework covering all aspects of migration.