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    Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was the previous name for IRCC. The new name for this federal government department was first used in November 2015, shortly after a new Canadian government took power. The department is led by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


    The ‘Immigration’ component of the department’s name refers to Canada’s efforts to develop and sustain an immigration policy that benefits both Canadians and newcomers. Most Canadians can trace their foreign lineage within a few generations, thanks to Canada’s long history of progressive, open immigration policies. Given Canada’s demographic challenges and desire for robust economic growth and security, immigration is likely to play a significant part in the country’s future.


    The ‘Refugees’ section of the IRCC reflects two major reasons. First, in recent years, instability and conflict in some parts of the world have resulted in an increase in the number of refugees worldwide. These people and families have been evicted from their homes and are frequently in dangerous conditions. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 60 million refugees in the globe as of June 2015.


    One of the distinguishing features of Canada’s immigration policy is that it provides a road to citizenship for people who make the major life decision to immigrate to the country. Becoming a Canadian citizen and becoming a member of the Canadian family is frequently a humbling and emotional experience for immigrants.

    Citizenship is still an important feature of IRCC, just as it was before it was renamed.

    click here to learn more about the qualifications for Canadian citizenship, as well as the privileges and obligations that come with citizenship.

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