Department of Citizenship and Immigration

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:


2014-05-12 10:35 – News release
CAN+ program to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico
Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that the government is taking real action to make it faster and easier for Mexican visitors to come to Canada.

2014-03-08 14:20 – Statement
Strong Women Lead to a Stronger Canada
Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander issued the following statement marking International Women's Day…


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Includes applications for federal skilled workers, family sponsorship, start-up visas, refugees, and tips on fraud and using a representative.


Includes how to apply, resume or give up Canadian citizenship, prepare for the citizenship test and get proof of citizenship.


Includes visitor visas and extensions for tourists, parents and grandparents and business travellers, transit visas and necessary travel identification documents.

New immigrants

Includes Permanent Resident Cards, immigrant services in your area, and citizenship applications.


Includes family sponsorship, proof of citizenship, passports, adoption, refugee sponsorship and citizenship celebrations.

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