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Year: 2023

2 Feb 2023

Express Entry Update: Federal Skilled Worker Draw

On February 2, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Federal Skilled Worker Class. This draw indicted 3,300 candidates to apply. The minimum score selected was 489. This […]

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2 Feb 2023

Work Permits for Dependent Children and Spouses of Foreign Workers

As of January 30, 2023, the Government of Canada has increased the eligibility of accompanying family members to obtain work permits. Dependent children (under the age of 22) can now obtain an open work permit if their parent is authorized to work in Canada and is currently employed. In addition, spouses of low skilled workers […]

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2 Feb 2023

Update on Ukraine – February 2, 2023

Since March 2022, over 800,000 individuals have applied for temporary residence in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (“CUAET”). To date, over 500,000 of these applications have been approved. Currently, the CUAET program remains open and available for Ukrainian nationals and their family members to apply for temporary status in Canada. The CUAET […]

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11 Jan 2023

Express Entry Update: First Draw of the New Year

On January 11, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Provincial Nominee Program, and Canadian Experience Class. […]

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11 Jan 2023

The New Year Ushers in Accelerated Growth for Canadian Immigration

The pandemic has made sharp and lasting changes to immigration law and policy.  As the threat of the pandemic receded, the government re-opened our borders.  What is next on the Immigration front in Canada? What will the new year bring?  The following is a list of the main Canadian immigration rules and trends we can […]

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10 Jan 2023

Open Work Permits for Youth and Adults 18-35

This week the government has announced eligibility for work permits for youth and adults 18-35, under the international experience work permit category, if they are nationals of partner countries.  Processing of the work permit takes approximately six weeks.  Eligibility criteria is minimal and it is an excellent opportunity for youth to receive an open work […]

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10 Jan 2023

PGWP program transitioning back to restrictions on distance learning

In response to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 public health measures on international students and the unavoidable shift to distance learning that had to occur, IRCC put in place temporary public policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program which were intended to minimize the impact of pandemic public health restrictions on affected students. […]

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10 Jan 2023

Negative COVID-19 tests required for travellers from China, Hong Kong, and Macao

Following an abrupt increase in COVID-19 cases in the People’s Republic of China and surrounding regions and given the limited available data on this new variant of the virus, the Government of Canada has put in place temporary public health restrictions on air travel from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Macao. As […]

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10 Jan 2023

Five new occupations eligible for expedited LMIAs and work permits

Since its introduction in 2017, the Global Talent Stream has been one of the most effective and efficient pathways for Canadian employers to both attract and hire skilled talent from around the world. Under this stream, the government maintains a Global Talent Occupations List setting out the occupations that they have determined to be in-demand […]

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10 Jan 2023

Canada welcomes over 430,000 new permanent residents in 2022

In the past year, Canada welcomed the largest number of new permanent residents in the country’s history, with over 431,645 new permanent residents having been accepted. This exceeds the previous record set in 2021, when Canada welcomed just over 401,000 new permanent residents. To build on this success, the federal government has continued to set […]

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