International graduates from a Canadian college or university who have a job offer in Nova Scotia can now apply for permanent residency through the country's Skilled Worker visa stream.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers to recruit foreign workers for positions they have not been able to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The new immigration route was introduced on June 6, and follows negotiations between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

President Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea that Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday meant the death of immigration reform in 2014.

"It is interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts and some of the conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now," the president said. Obama did not mention Cantor by name, but at a fundraiser for Democratic donors in Boston, he insisted that he "fundamentally rejects" the idea that immigration reform can't be achieved this year.

U.S. President Barack Obama has asserted his commitment to immigration reform during a meeting with nurses at the White House.

By reforming the legal immigration system the United States can bolster public health by providing immigrant nurses an opportunity to stay in the United States legally and grow their skills, while also attracting the best and brightest immigrants from around the globe to help meet the needs of the growing health care industry, Mr. Obama said in his meeting with nurses at the White House on Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that children waiting with their parents for immigration visas must go to the back of the line once they reach the age of 21.

The court was divided 5-4 in deciding that only in limited circumstances does federal immigration law allow for children to retain their place in line after they become adults.

Canada’s Information Technology (IT) sector is currently growing. Faced with the need for more IT workers, the Canadian government has taken steps to attract leading IT companies and industry professionals from around the world. Currently, IT professionals in a wide range of fields may be eligible to immigrate to Canada, or to come to the country as temporary workers.

The Obama administration may have thought its delay of a deportation review earlier this week would win it some goodwill with House Republicans, perhaps making them more likely to proceed with immigration reform. As of Thursday, though, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee seemed as opposed as ever to working with the president on immigration.

President Barack Obama said Thursday night before a hometown Chicago crowd that it was up to Congress to move on immigration reform. He predicted that if Democrats don't win big in the midterm elections, the overhaul won't get done.

Obama told supporters at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fund-raiser, "You have a President who is fighting for you in the White House."

"What you do not have right now is a Congress that can function."

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday it's up to Obama to pass immigration reform.

On April 26, 2014, the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Canada issued a new set of Ministerial Instructions to immigration officers concerning the processing of applications under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class programs.

Under the terms of these ministerial instructions, up to 38,000 applicants will be accepted for the following programs between now and December 31, 2014:

House Republican leaders on Wednesday blocked any votes on immigration legislation, raising doubts about the prospects for election-year action on overhauling the nation’s laws.

The Rules Committee voted early Wednesday against allowing votes on a measure offering citizenship to immigrants here illegally who serve in the military. The panel also rejected legislation that would have opened the U.S. military academies to young immigrants brought to the country illegally.

Predictably, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 in the first week of April. For those who need new work visas, but were shut out, there may be a “Plan B” under other visa categories.
Background

The H-1B program, which allows employers to seek to hire nonimmigrant aliens as workers in specialty occupations, provides 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption.

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