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August 16, 2017

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Citizenship and Immigration

Citizenship
Information for permanent residents who have lived in Canada for three years or more and want to become a Canadian citizen.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Up-to-date information about Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the services it provides.

Family Class Immigration
Information for Canadian citizens, and permanent residents living in Canada, who want to sponsor close relatives or family members to become permanent residents. Also contains information on changes, as of February 2003, to the family class sponsorship and permanent resident application process.

Information and Services for Non-Canadians and Newcomers
Multi-lingual Government of Canada site for people interested in visiting or immigrating to Canada. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Chinese. Also provides information for newcomers on settling in Canada.

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)
Includes information on Convention refugee determination, the appeals process, and links to RefLex, a publication that summarizes recent immigration and refugee law decisions.

Legal Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, and Visitors
Quick Government reference site with legislation, documents, and fast facts.

LGTB Resources

Newcomers

Permanent Residency - Travelling Outside Canada
Information about the new Permanent Resident Card for permanent residents planning to travel outside Canada, and how to keep your Permanent Residency Status if you are planning an extended visit.

Refugees  The Canadian Refugee System
Information for refugees and other persons seeking protection, including Asylum in Canada and Refugee Resettlement

Sponsorship Breakdown
Legal Services Society publication (pdf format) on what you can do if you cannot support yourself financially. The booklet is also available in:Chinese, English,Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Work Permits for Refugee Claimants
Information on how to apply for a work permit in BC.