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Year: 2021

21 Jun 2021

Immigration Update

Canada will ease quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on July 5, 2021 As of July 5th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and other eligible travellers who are entitled to enter Canada will be able to do so without quarantining, provided they have received all required doses of their COVID-19 vaccine […]

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10 Jun 2021

Immigration Update

Full Vaccination Will Reduce Quarantine Requirements Well over seventy percent of Canadians have received one vaccine and twenty percent are fully vaccinated.  That is good news for quarantine restrictions.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents and other exempt travelers who are fully vaccinated will soon have a reduced quarantine requirement when arriving from abroad. Health Minister […]

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8 Jun 2021

Immigration Update

On June 8, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced the opening of two (2) new programs offering a pathway to permanent residence for Hong Kong residents. Both programs are only applicable to Hong Kong residents currently living in Canada. The eligibility requirements for each program are as follows: A: In-Canada Graduate Stream • Applicants […]

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1 Jun 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Draw This Week: Canadian Experience Class Scores Drop to 380 On May 31, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. The May 31, 2021 draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class. The […]

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26 May 2021

Immigration Update

Government extends flight ban from India, Pakistan until June 21 The Canadian government has extended its ban on flights from India and Pakistan until June 21, 2021 in a move to prevent and control the spread of the novel coronavirus and its variants. Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Class Draw Today On May 26, 2021, […]

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21 May 2021

Immigration Update

Canada-U.S. border restrictions extended another month to June 21, 2021 The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, just days before the current agreement was set to expire. Non-essential travel restrictions have been in place between the two countries since March 21, 2020. The provision exempts the flow of […]

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13 May 2021

Immigration Update

Will China take Canada’s Immigrants? The recent Globe and Mail article by John Ibbitson (April 28, 2021), and Doug Saunders’ tweet one day earlier, stating that the reduced birth rate in China ‘will help make immigration a seller’s market’ which will compete against Canada’s immigration targets is a good point.  However, it misses a fundamental […]

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29 Apr 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On April 29th 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Today’s draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 400, and 6,000 candidates were invited to apply. […]

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28 Apr 2021

Immigration Update

Ontario Re-Opens the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer Job Offer: International Student Streams, with New Expression of Interest System On April 28th 2021, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced the re-opening of the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker and Employer Job Offer: International Student streams. These programs are pathways to permanent residence […]

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19 Apr 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On April 16th 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. This draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 417, and 6,000 candidates were invited to apply. […]

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15 Apr 2021

Immigration Update

Generous and Exceptional New Permanent Residence Programs for Essential Workers and International Graduates, Including Essential Workers in National Occupation Classification (NOC) C or D Occupations  On April 14th 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced extremely generous and unprecedented new permanent residence programs for essential workers and international graduates in Canada. IRCC will begin accepting […]

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1 Apr 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On March 31st 2021 and April 1st 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. The March 31st 2021 draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 778 […]

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18 Mar 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update: First Canadian Experience Class Draw since February 13th 2021 On March 18th 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Today’s draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected […]

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17 Mar 2021

Immigration Update

St. Patrick’s Day’s Provincial Nominee Class Draw On March 17th 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Today’s draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 682, and 183 candidates […]

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3 Mar 2021

Immigration Update

Newly Opened Youth Mobility Work Permit Options Welcomed by Canadian Employers On March 1, 2021, the Government of Canada opened the 2021 International Experience Canada (IEC) applicant pool for certain countries. Selected applicants through this youth mobility program will be eligible to work in Canada with either an employer-specific or open work permit, depending on […]

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16 Feb 2021

Immigration Update

New Testing and Quarantine Rules for Entry to Canada The Canadian government has announced a new COVID-19 test requirement for entry at land border crossings. Travelers entering at a land border must present evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival at […]

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25 Jan 2021

Immigration Update

Border Closures Extended for Another Month The pandemic travel restrictions in place at the Canada-U.S. land border were extended for another month. Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed that the current border restrictions will now remain in effect until February 21st, 2021. He said this “important decision” was taken to keep citizens on both sides of the […]

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8 Jan 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On January 8th, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued the second round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system for the 2021 year. This draw invited only candidates who qualify under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 461, and 4,750 candidates were […]

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7 Jan 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On January 6th, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued the first round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system for the 2021 year. This week’s draw invited only candidates who have received a nomination from a Canadian province or territory. The minimum score selected was […]

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4 Jan 2021

BARTLAW LLP, Canadian Immigration, Barristers and Solicitors: Announcement of Promotion to Senior Associate — Annsley Kesten

Promotion Announcement: Annsley Kesten, Senior Associate BARTLAW LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Annsley Kesten to Senior Associate, effective immediately. Since joining BARTLAW LLP in December of 2015, Annsley has practiced exclusively in the area of Canadian immigration and citizenship law. Annsley’s practice area is primarily focused on corporate immigration matters, with emphasis […]

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4 Jan 2021

Immigration Update

COVID Testing Required for People Travelling to Canada Starting January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Proof of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to […]

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