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Canada: visa delays hamper recruitment

Visa processing delays are hampering international recruitment efforts across the tertiary, language and schools sectors in Canada, with one institution even claiming that visa barriers forced her to close her business temporarily. Immigration and Citizenship Canada blames a surge in demand for Canadian education, but others say spending cuts are at fault.

Canada tightens visa rules to protect students

In a bid to protect the growing number of international students coming to Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has unveiled proposals to limit student visas to those attending institutions designated by provinces and territories from 2014. The HE, language and college sectors have welcomed the move, but career colleges warn the policies could be damaging.

Canada to strengthen visa system; rolls out biometrics

Canada's Department of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) has announced plans to clamp down on bogus schools via amended rules for study permit holders. It is discussing policy detail with the sector and provinces. In a parallel policy change, biometrics will be required from some countries.

Canada easing permanent residency via CEC

Highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in Canada may find it easier to obtain permanent residency under a new, flexible visa scheme outlined this week by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. This will impact international students choosing to stay in Canada via the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) visa category.

Canada speeds up student visas, Nigeria

Canadian immigration services have promised to improve students visa processing times in another major student market, Nigeria, after complaints about lengthy delays. In December, CIC opened six new visa applications centres in Africa before launching a major drive to improve processing efficiency worldwide.

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