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Cyprus - Citizenship by AIF Program

Posted August 26th, 2020

The Cyprus Citizenship by Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) Program is a fast and low-cost route to EU citizenship, exclusively offered by Confederation.  The cost of €875,000 includes all Government donations, residential property purchase, and all legal and professional fees.  Note that the Government donation amount has recently increased from €150,000  to €200,000, and our price has increased accordingly.

Start-Up Visa Program

Posted August 26th, 2020

Confederation is pleased to introduce the Start-Up Visa Program (CSUV) - Business Incubator stream.  This CSUV program is a fast, simple and straight-forward route directly to Permanent Residence, which allows the applicant to live anywhere in Canada.  Confederation will manage the complete process with the incubator and immigration. 

PEIPNP: Virtual Interviews (re COVID)

Posted May 25th, 2020

Due to local closures/restrictions related to the COVID virus, a temporary travel ban on visitors entering Canada, and a mandatory 2 week isolation period for anyone entering Canada, PEIPNP has cancelled all interviews and landing appointments for March – May, 2020.  However, the PEI Government has just announced that it will conduct virtual/remote interviews temporarily, until the COVID crisis is over.

Applicants whose interviews were cancelled due to COVID, or applicants newly invited for interview, will be contacted once the virtual meeting system is implemented.  In order to attend the interview remotely, applicants must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Applicants must fulfill the exploratory visit requirements remotely:  conduct research on PEI (housing market, schools for children, etc.), consult with lawyers and accountants (Confederation will coordinate this), and research their proposed business.
  • Only the principal applicant and spouse may attend the virtual interview (no translator, other family member, friend, etc. may be in attendance, or the interview will cease immediately).
  • Recording the interview is prohibited.
  • Original PEI forms must be couriered to Confederation, for onward submission to the PEI Government prior to interview.
  • Confederation will submit the business plan to the Government prior to the virtual interview.

Once all details of this new interview system are released, we will contact agents regarding any effected clients.

St. Lucia: Lower Investment Amounts

Posted May 21st, 2020 

St. Lucia has introduced a Covid-19 Relief Bond, valid until Dec.31/20, with a 50% decreased bond investment.  It has also reduced the National Development Fund investment level.  Please contact Confederation for full details.

New Antigua investment option: University of the West Indies Fund

Posted May 19th, 2020 

The Antigua Government has announced a new investment option for families of 6 or more people.  The applicant family invests in the University Fund, in order to qualify for citizenship, and also receives 1 year of free tuition for 1 family member.  Please contact Confederation for full details.

Canada: Processing changes for visas due to COVID-19

Posted April 14th, 2020 

With the current travel restrictions in place, most foreign nationals are prevented from entering Canada, with some exemptions.

With these restrictions, Canada is suspending processing of non-essential visitor visa applications. This allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to focus resources on critical services. This suspension also applies to some electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications.

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Antigua: Reduced price to add dependents (limited time offer)

Posted March 30th, 2020 

Until October 31, 2020, previously approved applicants may add dependents (children age 0-17) for reduced fees.  Please contact Confederation for further details.

IRCC: Biometrics deadline extended from 30 to 90 days, for all applicants

Posted March 30th, 2020 

IRCC has issued the following update:

  • Due to service disruptions at Service Canada locations, Visa Application Centres (VACs) and Application Support Centers (ASCs), you may not be able to give your biometrics.
  • Given the ongoing service disruptions, we are now automatically giving you 90 days from the date on the letter (instead of 30) to give your biometrics.
  • This means you don’t need to worry about meeting the 30-day timeline indicated in your biometrics instruction letter. Your application will not be refused if you are unable to give your biometrics before the 30 days are over.
  • You don’t have to contact us to get this extension.
  • You will have to make a new appointment when service centers start collecting biometrics again.
  • You will not need a new biometrics instruction letter for a future appointment.

 

Please consult the IRCC website regularly to stay informed:

  • On this webpage, you will find the latest updates and to find out when VAC, Service Canada locations and ASC services resume.
  • On this webpage, for other information that could help those who have been affected by disruptions related to the novel coronavirus.

Canada: IRCC – Program delivery instructions

Posted March 23rd, 2020 

These program delivery instructions inform IRCC and Canada Border Services Agency staff on the procedures that are affected by the disruption of services associated with impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for new and existing

  • temporary residence, permanent residence and citizenship applications in Canada and abroad
  • asylum claims in Canada

 

These instructions will be updated as the situation evolves.

To read the full article, please click here.

Canada: Implications of travel restrictions on IRCC clients

Posted March 23rd, 2020 

On March 16, 2020, the Prime Minister announced travel restriction measures that will restrict air travel to Canadians, permanent residents and families of Canadians to protect Canada from the outbreak of COVID-19. While these restrictions seek to stop non-essential travel, there are exceptions to ensure essential travel is permitted.

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Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions

Posted March 23rd, 2020 

The Government of Canada is providing an update on travel restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions.

The exemptions include

  • seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers
  • international students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020
  • permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 16, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada

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Canada announces plan to continue growing the economy…

Posted March 13th, 2020 

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2020‒2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the House of Commons.

The new plan will benefit all Canadians because immigration drives economic growth, spurs innovation and helps employers access the talent they need to thrive. Welcoming more newcomers will help to address the demographic challenges of an ageing population and to compete and win in a competitive global marketplace.

The proposed plan is based on the solid economic foundation of the previous levels plan and continues to responsibly grow the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada each year, from 341,000 in 2020 to 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

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