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31 May 2024

Trump Could Be Banned from Canada due to Guilty Verdict

The May 30th, 2024 guilty verdict for Donald Trump could have more than just criminal implications for the former president. Individuals who are convicted of certain criminal offences outside of Canada are banned from entering Canada. The criminal offence must be one that is equivalent to an indictable offence in Canada, and Trump’s charges of […]

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9 May 2024

Self-Employed Permanent Residence Applications

Minister Miller has announced a temporary suspension of application intake for the Self-Employed Persons Program, effective April 30, 2024, to prioritize the processing of existing applications. This program offers a pathway to permanent residence for individuals with considerable experience in fields such as art, culture, recreation, or sports, who will enhance Canada’s cultural landscape. Due […]

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9 May 2024

Start-Up Visa Caps for Designated Organizations

As of April 30, Canada has imposed a cap on the number of permanent residence applications associated with the Start-Up Visa program. This cap restricts applications to ten startups per designated organization annually. Designated organizations include venture capital firms, angel investors and business incubators. This decision, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), aims […]

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9 May 2024

Changes to Working Hour Rules for International Students

In the ever-evolving landscape of Canada’s international study program, IRCC has made yet another revision to the rules surrounding working hours for international students. Effective fall 2024, full-time international students will now be permitted to work off campus for a total of 24 hours a week. Previously, students were restricted to a maximum of 20 […]

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12 Apr 2024

Foreign Buyers Tax in Canada

This legislative summary offers a concise overview of the foreign buyer’s tax in Canada and its potential implications for those considering purchasing property in the country. The foreign buyers tax rules effective from January 1, 2023, restrict non-Canadian individuals and commercial entities from acquiring Canadian residential properties. This legislative move aims to address concerns about […]

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12 Apr 2024

More Options for Open Work Permits for H-1B Work Permit Holders

Bringing experts in STEM fields and other highly skilled professions to Canada aligns with our government’s endeavors to attract and retain top talent to tackle labor market shortages and skills gaps. On September 27, 2023, a fresh temporary public policy came into effect, aimed at streamlining specific applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada […]

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12 Apr 2024

Canada Issues Third STEM Draw Under Express Entry Category Based Selection

This week, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply to Express Entry. On April 10, 2024, IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal […]

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14 Mar 2024

Canada Targets Transport Sector in This Week’s Express Entry Draw

This week, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply to Express Entry. On March 12, 2024, IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal […]

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14 Mar 2024

BARTLAW LLP Publication – Start-Up Visas

The Start-Up Visa category is an excellent option for tech professionals not eligible under Express Entry. Jacqueline Bart and Clara Morrissey co-authored the article “The Start Up Visa Program and Canada’s Tech Talent Strategy”, ABA International Law News Winter 2024 Vol. 51 No. 2, February 2024.  The article can be accessed here.

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14 Mar 2024

Finland-Canada Expand Youth International Mobility

On March 1, the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Canada–Finland Youth Mobility Agreement, signed on May 19, 2023, is now in effect. This agreement will allow Canadians and Finns aged 18 to 35 to work and travel in each other’s country through the international experience program or the Finnish equivalent.

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14 Mar 2024

Open and Closed Work Permits for Young Foreign Nationals

Individuals 35 years and under may qualify under at least three possible categories of participation through bilateral agreements and arrangements such as: Working Holiday (travel and work): Participants are eligible to apply for an open work permit that will allow them to work for any employer or location in Canada to subsidize their stay as they travel […]

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1 Mar 2024

Iranian Special Measures Extended

The special measures have been extended to February 28, 2025, whereby Iranian nationals in Canada with valid temporary resident status can continue to study, work or visit family by applying for an extension of their status free of charge. They can also apply to move between temporary streams, from within Canada, at no cost. Canadian […]

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1 Mar 2024

Canada Continues to Target French-Speaking Candidates in New Express Entry Draw

This week, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply to Express Entry. On February 28, 2024 IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal […]

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1 Mar 2024

Canada Reverts to Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

Mexicans will need to apply for a Canadian visitor visa as of February 29, 2024, for travel to Canada. However, Mexican citizens who hold a valid US non-immigrant visa or have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years and are travelling by air on a Mexican passport will be able to apply for […]

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16 Feb 2024

Canada Targets Healthcare Professionals in This Week’s Express Entry Draw

This week, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply to Express Entry. On February 13, 2024, IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal […]

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2 Feb 2024

Canada Invites 7,000 French-Speaking Candidates to Apply for Express Entry

On February 01, 2024, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a round of category-based selection invitations to candidates with proficiency in French. This draw invited 7,000 candidates to apply, making it one of the largest Express Entry draws we have seen in the last 12 months. The minimum score required for selection was 365 […]

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2 Feb 2024

New Permanent Residence Pathway for Foreign Nationals who were in State Care

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced a new temporary public policy providing a pathway to permanent residence for foreign nationals who were in state care in Canada. To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria: Have come to Canada before they were 19 years old; Have continuously resided in Canada for at […]

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26 Jan 2024

BARTLAW LLP Publication – January 22, 2024

Carrie Wright, a partner at BARTLAW LLP, and Annsley Kesten, a senior associate lawyer, published a two-part article titled “2023 in review: Key changes to Canadian immigration, part one” and “2023 in review: Key changes to Canadian immigration, part two” on Law360 Canada. Click this link to access part one and this link to access part two […]

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26 Jan 2024

BARTLAW LLP Publication – January 23, 2024

Annsley Kesten, a senior associate lawyer at BARTLAW LLP, published an article titled “International students: Two-year cap, post-graduation and spousal restrictions” on Law360 Canada. Click this link to access the article.

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26 Jan 2024

All Program Express Entry Draw Invites 1,040 Candidates to Apply

On January 23, 2024, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, and in all occupation classifications. This week’s draw […]

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26 Jan 2024

Major Changes to Canadian Citizenship by Descent Forthcoming

In December, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice published a decision finding Canada’s “first generation” limit on citizenship unconstitutional. At present, if you obtain Canadian citizenship by birth or through naturalization, you can pass on Canadian citizenship to your children who are born outside of Canada. Your children, however, cannot pass on citizenship to their […]

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12 Jan 2024

Latest BARTLAW LLP Publication

Jacqueline Bart, our managing partner, and Genevieve Giesbrecht, an associate lawyer at BARTLAW LLP, published an article titled “Federal Court’s new definition of ‘espionage’ widely broadens immigration officer discretion” on Law360 Canada. Click this link to access the article.

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12 Jan 2024

Special Temporary Measures for Extended Family Members in Gaza

On December 21, Canada announced that it would be introducing special temporary measures for Palestinians living in Gaza who have family members in Canada, in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas that commenced after the terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas and the taking of Israeli hostages by the attackers on October […]

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12 Jan 2024

Expansion of Canada’s International Experience Canada Program in 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expanding the International Experience Canada (IEC) program to include Finnish youth. The Canada-Finland Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Finland under the IEC program facilitates the opportunity for 18 to 35-year-olds to work and explore each other’s countries for up to 12 months in three designated categories: Working […]

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12 Jan 2024

Quebec Investor Program Re-opens with New Criteria

After being closed for several years, the Quebec Investor Program has re-opened to intake effective January 01, 2024. The program has implemented new eligibility criteria. As of this time, no quota on the number of applications to be accepted has been announced. The updated criteria for the Quebec Investor Program in 2024 is as follows: […]

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12 Jan 2024

First Express Entry Draw of 2024

On January 10, 2024, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, and in all occupation classifications. This week’s draw […]

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22 Dec 2023

Express Entry: Trades, Transport and Agriculture Occupations Targeted This Week

This week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued four (4) rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. On December 18, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates in all occupations, and under all […]

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22 Dec 2023

More Changes for Canada’s International Students

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a number of further changes to the International Student Program on December 7, 2023. These changes are meant to help protect international students, given their vulnerability, and to prevent their exploitation. First, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) has noted that the minimum cost-of-living financial requirement for […]

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7 Dec 2023

Changes to International Student Program

Beginning December 1, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is commencing a process to strengthen the integrity of Canada’s international student program. As a first step, designated learning institutions (“DLIs”) will be required to confirm the validity of all letters of acceptance directly with IRCC. Upon submission of a study permit application, IRCC will send […]

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7 Dec 2023

Humanitarian Pathway for Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan Foreign Nationals

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to bring their parents, grandparents, spouses, partners, children, or grandchildren from Colombia, Haiti, or Venezuela to Canada as permanent residents. The Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident will act as an anchor relative, and must agree to support their family member for a period of one year. The anchor […]

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7 Dec 2023

IRCC Resumes Express Entry Draws After November Pause

On December 06, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued another round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. This week’s draw invited 4,750 candidates to apply. The minimum score required for selection was 561 points. Invitations were issued to candidates under all Express Entry program categories, and in […]

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30 Oct 2023

ESDC Announces Adjustments to Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Response to Current Economic Conditions and Concerns of Wage Suppression

In April 2022, the Canadian government introduced the TFWP Workforce Solutions Road Map to help employers meet their labour needs in a tight labour market featuring historically low unemployment. The government also committed to reviewing and adjusting policies under this Road Map as labour market and economic conditions evolved over time. This week, several changes […]

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12 Oct 2023

Express Entry Update: All Program Draw Invites 3,750 Candidates

On October 10, 2023, IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates in all occupations, and under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Provincial Nominee Program, and Canadian Experience Class.  This draw invited 3,725 candidates to apply, and the minimum […]

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12 Oct 2023

Immigration Minister Announces New Humanitarian Permanent Residence Pathway for Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan Nationals

On October 10, 2023 the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a new humanitarian pathway to permanent residence for Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan Nationals. To qualify, the applicant must be a Colombian, Haitian or Venezuelan national located in Central America, South America, or the Caribbean. The applicant must have a family connection in Canada. […]

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29 Sep 2023

BARTLAW News

Oliver Mao of our office participated in a Canadian Bar Association presentation entitled “Portal Tips and Tricks and Hot Fixes “on September 27, 2023.  Please refer to this link to access the presentation.

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29 Sep 2023

Express Entry Update: Canada Holds First Draw For Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

To date this week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued three (3) new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. On September 28, 2023 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued their first round of category-based selection invitations to candidates with work experience in Agriculture and Agri-Food occupation. […]

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21 Sep 2023

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Update: New Invitations to be Sent to Applicants in the 2020 Expression of Interest Pool

On September 08, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an update to the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program. IRCC announced that the program will not be accepting new Expressions of Interest (EOIs) at this time. Rather than opening the program to new submissions, they will be selecting potential sponsors from the pool of […]

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18 Aug 2023

Express Entry Update: 4,300 Candidates Invited in General Draw

On August 15, 2023 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued another round of invitations to apply for Express Entry. Invitations were issued to candidates under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Provincial Nominee Program, and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw was not restricted to specific occupations, all […]

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9 Aug 2023

ESDC Introduces the Recognized Employer Pilot

Starting in Fall 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada is introducing a Recognized Employer Pilot (“REP”). This is a three-year pilot program to implement a trusted employer model in the temporary foreign worker program. The REP is designed to reduce the administrative burden for select employers hiring workers for in-demand occupations. The REP will provide […]

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9 Aug 2023

New Opportunities for Icelandic Youth

Canada and Iceland signed a new Youth Mobility Agreement on August 4, 2023, allowing young people from both countries expanded opportunities to travel and work abroad. Beginning in 2024, Icelandic young people ages 18-30 will be eligible to apply under the Canadian International Experience Class for a work permit of up to 12 months. There […]

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3 Aug 2023

New Permanent Residence Pathway for Ukrainians with Canadian Family Members

On July 15, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced a new pathway to permanent residence for Ukrainian nationals. To qualify, a Ukrainian national must be living in Canada with valid temporary resident status. They must have one or more family members in Canada who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Eligible family […]

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3 Aug 2023

Express Entry Update: Canada Targets Trade Occupations with Low Cut Off Score

To date this week, IRCC has issued three (3) new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. On August 03, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a round of invitations to candidates with work experience in the trades. Selected trades include carpenters, plumbers, machine fitters and contractors […]

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14 Jul 2023

Canada’s Supreme Court Rules on the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement

After 20 years in force, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has ruled on the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America: For cooperation in the examination of refugee status claims from nationals of third countries, known as the Safe Third Country Agreement (“STCA”). Importantly, at the […]

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14 Jul 2023

Express Entry Update: Cut Off Score for French-Speaking Candidates Drops to 375

In the last week, IRCC has issued three (3) new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. On July 11, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates in all occupations, and under all Express […]

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28 Jun 2023

New Federal Economic Pathways to Permanent Residence for Skilled Refugees and Displaced Persons

Recently, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced two new federal pathways allowing skilled refugees and displaced persons to apply for permanent residence under Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Program. To qualify for either pathway, the applicant must have proof of eligibility as a refugee or displaced person via the United Nations Refugee Agency or UN […]

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28 Jun 2023

Updates to Regional Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Program

In addition to the two new federal pathways outlined above, applicants can also apply to the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot through regional programs including provincial nominee programs, the Atlantic immigration program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Recently, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced new measures to make this program more facilitative to […]

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28 Jun 2023

Expansion of the Francophone Mobility Programs: New Opportunities for French-Speakers to Work in Canada

On June 15, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced that Canada is expanding the Francophone mobility program. The Francophone mobility program allows French-speaking workers with a job offer in Canada to obtain a Canadian work permit. The process is facilitative for employers and does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Previously, this […]

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28 Jun 2023

BARTLAW LLP-authored Chambers Publication

Jacqueline Bart and Oliver Mao authored the Canadian Chapter of the Chambers Corporate Immigration Global Practice Guide 2023. This practice guide is published by Chambers and Partners, which identifies, ranks and showcases legal talent globally. Chambers specifically requested BARTLAW LLP’s legal authorship of the Canadian Immigration Chapter of the global immigration practice guide.

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28 Jun 2023

Express Entry Update: Cut off Score Stays at 486

On June 27, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 4,300 […]

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28 Jun 2023

Canadian Immigration’s Revised Focus on Innovation, Tech Talent, and Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

The government has announced fundamental changes to immigration policy. These changes are designed to attract highly skilled workers to Canada including innovative business ideas and the people behind them. The latest changes include the following new policy and program announcements: Global Skills Strategy Return to 2 Week Processing The Global Skills Strategy is a 2017 […]

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8 Jun 2023

Median Wage Updates

As of May 31, 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the median hourly wages required to determine the stream of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (low-wage or high-wage). While median wages in Alberta did not change and decreased in Nunavut, all other provinces and territories saw a median wage increase. ESDC will […]

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8 Jun 2023

Minister Sean Fraser Hints at New Programs

Speaking to the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Law Conference on June 2, 2023, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada Sean Fraser discussed some upcoming changes to Canadian Immigration Law. In recognizing that an estimated 500,000 people live in Canada without immigration status, Minister Fraser is working on a policy to allow for […]

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8 Jun 2023

New Verified Traveller Program

Beginning June 21, 2023, Canada will introduce new Verified Traveller screening lines to replace its current Trusted Traveller program. Eligible Verified Travellers will be able to go through security screening more efficiently, keeping large electronics and carry-on sized liquids and gels in their bags. Travellers will no longer need to remove shoes, light jackets, or […]

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8 Jun 2023

New Visa Exemptions

Canada will now allow certain citizens of thirteen (13) countries, who previously required visas to enter Canada, to apply for Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs). This new list of countries includes: Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Brazil Costa Rica Morocco Panama Philippines Kitts and Nevis Lucia Vincent and the Grenadines Seychelles Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay The […]

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8 Jun 2023

Student Direct Stream

Certain study permit applicants are eligible to apply under the Student Direct Stream, an expedited study permit application process for students from designated countries. The advantage of the Student Direct Stream is a processing time of approximately twenty (20) days, versus the current study permit processing times of approximately six (6) weeks. In order to […]

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8 Jun 2023

Express Entry Update: 4,800 New Candidates Invited to Apply in First June Draw

On June 08, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 4,800 […]

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8 Jun 2023

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Announces Category-Based Selection for Express Entry: Focus on Healthcare, Tech, Trade, Transport and Agriculture Sectors, and French Proficiency

On May 31, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced the launch of category-based selection for Express Entry candidates. Going forward in the 2023 year, IRCC will prioritize inviting candidates who have experience in several in-demand occupations, as well as candidates who are bilingual. The categories for selection in the 2023 year will be as […]

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30 May 2023

IRCC Announces Temporary Public Policy to Facilitate the Issuance of Permanent Resident Visas for Physicians Providing Publicly Funded Medical Services in Canada

On April 25, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced a Temporary Public Policy to grant exemptions to certain provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations for physicians applying for permanent residence through Express Entry. The purpose of the exemptions is to facilitate permanent residence applications for physicians providing publicly funded medical services […]

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30 May 2023

Agri-Food Pilot Extended until May 14, 2025, Annual Quotas Removed

On May 8, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced the extension of the Agri-Food Pilot Program. The program will be extended until May 14, 2025. The Minister also announced the removal of the annual occupation caps, and the limits for how many candidates can apply for a specific occupation under the pilot. The […]

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30 May 2023

IRCC Announces New Measures to Facilitate Family Reunification for Spousal Sponsorship Applicants: New Open Work Permit for Family Class Applicants

On May 26, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced new measures intended to support family reunification for applicants under the Family Class. The new measures include the following: New Open Work Permit for Family Class Applicants Previously, only applicants under the Spouse-in-Canada class were eligible to apply for an open work permit. Under […]

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24 May 2023

Express Entry Draw: Cut off Score Increases to 488

On May 24, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 4,800 […]

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24 May 2023

New Canadian Passport Design

Later this summer, Canada will be issuing passports with a new design and new security features. The passports contain a polycarbonadate data page with an imbedded electronic passport chip, a Kinegram over the main photo, a custom see-through window, and laser engraved personal information to protect the passport. The passport pages will also change when […]

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24 May 2023

New Work Opportunities for Finnish and South Korean Youth

Over the past week, the Government of Canada has announced new measures for Finnish and South Korean youth, beginning in 2024. The Canada-South Korean Youth Mobility Arrangement will expand the ability of South Korean youth to participate in the international Experience Canada program. Starting in 2024, the eligibility will be expanded to include youth up […]

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27 Apr 2023

Express Entry Draws Continue Despite Labour Disruption

On April 26, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 3,500 […]

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27 Apr 2023

Immigration Support for Sudanese Nationals

In light of the recent increase violence in Sudan, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced the implementation of new measures to facilitate the immigration process for Sudanese nationals. Sudanese nationals already in Canada will be able to extend or change their temporary status in Canada, free of charge. Removals to Sudan will also be […]

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19 Apr 2023

Public Service Alliance of Canada Strike to Impact Immigration and Passport Services

Beginning today, April 19, 2023, the Public Service Alliance of Canada has voted to strike. Over 150,000 federal government employees are included in this strike included Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada employees. As a result, multiple immigration, citizenship, and passport services will be impacted: In-person citizenship events will be postponed; IRCC contact centre responses will […]

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12 Apr 2023

Athletes, Artists, Competition and Entertainment Visas

There are approximately sixty (60) different work permit exempt, visitor and work permit application options for athletes, artists or persons entering Canada for competitions or entertainment industry purposes.  Some of these options required Labour Market Opinion Assessment (LMIA) based work permits and other options allow for entry as visitors.  Some of them are based on […]

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12 Apr 2023

Express Entry Update

On April 12, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 3,500 […]

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30 Mar 2023

IRCC’s Response to the Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey

From March 29, 2023 until September 25, 2023, IRCC is instituting special measures for certain individuals impacted by the disaster. For Syrian and Turkish temporary residents inside of Canada who hold valid temporary status, this measure will allow applicants to extend their current status. It will also allow applicants to change their temporary status from […]

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30 Mar 2023

Express Entry Update: Cut Off Scores Continue to Drop

On March 29, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw once again […]

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16 Mar 2023

Express Entry Update: IRCC Holds Largest All-Program Draw in 2023 to Date

On March15, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. 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. This week’s draw invited 7,000 candidates […]

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2 Mar 2023

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw

On March 1, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 748, and 667 candidates were invited to apply. This draw invited only candidates who qualify […]

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2 Mar 2023

Temporary Policy to Allow Visitors to Obtain Work Permits from Inside of Canada

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has extended for two (2) years a temporary policy, allowing certain visitors to apply for work permits without leaving Canada. Visitors must have valid status in Canada and a valid job offer (either an LMIA or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment) and meet all other admissibility criteria to be eligible […]

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2 Mar 2023

New measures for Iranian citizens in Canada beginning March 1, 2023

As of March 1, 2023, the Government of Canada has introduced a new public policy to extend the temporary stay of Iranian Citizens in Canada. Iranian citizens, currently in Canada under valid temporary status, can apply to extend their stay from inside of Canada or change their temporary status. These measures include eligibility to apply […]

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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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15 Dec 2022

NEXUS Backlogs – Limited Solutions Available

With increase of post-pandemic travel has come major travel delays and lineups across airports and border crossings. Ironically, the one program designed to facilitate smoother and faster travel experiences in Canada and the United States, NEXUS, has a backlog of over 330,000 applications since the start of covid. NEXUS is a trusted traveler program, jointly […]

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13 Dec 2022

New Open Work Permit for Family Members of Work Permit Holders

Starting in January 2023, IRCC will expand the eligibility of some family members of work permit holders to obtain open work permits in Canada. Currently, only spouses of highly skilled workers are eligible to obtain work permits. With the introduction of this temporary measure, spouses of workers at all skilled levels will be eligible, along […]

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8 Dec 2022

Accelerated Work Permit for Asylum Claimants

Starting November 16, 2022, IRCC will being issuing accelerating work permits for certain asylum claimants inside of Canada. This measure will be in place for eighteen (18) months. Once the claimant has provided biometrics, submitted the required documents, and completed an immigration medical exam, a work permit application will be automatically generated. This will allow […]

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17 Nov 2022

Significant Updates to the National Occupational Classification (“NOC”) System

The National Occupational Classification (“NOC”) is Canada’s national system for describing and categorizing occupations. This system is overhauled every ten (10) years to reflect changes in the economy and nature of work. The NOC 2021 iteration has been released, and effective today (November 16, 2022) IRCC has switched the programs to reflect the new NOC […]

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17 Nov 2022

New Youth Mobility Agreement between Italy and Canada

In December 2020, Canada and Italy signed a Youth Mobility Agreement to allow the bilateral movement of youth for work and travel. That agreement has now come into force. As a result of this agreement, Italian youth between 18 and 35 (inclusive) will have more options to apply for Canadian work permits through the International […]

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10 Nov 2022

Express Entry Update

On November 9, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw invited 4,750 candidates to apply, […]

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10 Nov 2022

New Employer Compliance Requirements in Force

On September 26, 2022, amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, SOR/2002-227 came into force placing additional compliance requirements on employers of temporary foreign workers under both the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”) – pursuant to a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) – and the International Mobility Program (“IMP”). The purpose of these measures […]

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27 Oct 2022

Express Entry Scores Drop Below 500

On October 26, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw invited 4,750 candidates to apply. […]

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27 Oct 2022

Are You Missing Something? Immigration Liabilities in Mergers and Acquisitions

There is nothing more frustrating than completing a long and complex project, only to discover that you have overlooked a key component in making that project a success. In mergers and acquisitions, corporate lawyers, in-house counsel, tax experts, and many others spend countless hours conducting due diligence, pouring over details of contracts, sales numbers, capital, […]

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13 Oct 2022

Express Entry Update

On October 12, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw invited 4,250 candidates to apply. […]

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13 Oct 2022

New Invitations to Apply Issued for Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

On October 11, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced they are issuing another round of invitations to apply to the parent/grandparent sponsorship program. 23,100 invitations to apply will be issued to potential sponsors over the next two (2) weeks. In light of the covid-19 pandemic, IRCC has also lowered the minimum necessary income […]

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7 Oct 2022

Canadian travel restrictions lift, facilitating entry of skilled workers to Canada

On October 1, 2022, the Canadian government lifted all travel restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, which were in effect for over two years. Prior to October 1, 2022, certain skilled workers were unable to enter Canada due to vaccination status and quarantine requirements.  Following the removal of Canada’s pandemic-related travel restrictions, employers can now […]

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7 Oct 2022

Unlimited Working Hours for International Students Subject to Conditions

Beginning on November 15, 2022, Canada will temporarily lift the cap on the number of hours eligible study permit holders can work per week. Currently, study permit holders who maintain full-time studies are eligible to work part-time off campus, to a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week. In response to Canada’s current labour shortage, […]

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4 Oct 2022

Canada To Revise Express Entry Criteria in 2023

The Canada government has decided to modify its Express Entry system in a bid to counter its persisting labour shortage woes post pandemic. The new rules will be effective from 2023. In addition, IRCC is also planning to issue Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence (ITA) to candidates with specific work experience and education. On […]

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27 Sep 2022

COVID-19 Border and Travel Restrictions in Canada to be Lifted on October 1, 2022

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government has been committed to taking all necessary steps to keep Canadians safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. The public safety measures that travelers have had to follow over the last two years – including masking, vaccination and quarantine requirements – have been some of […]

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16 Sep 2022

Express Entry: Draw Sizes Continue to Increase

On September 14, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw invited 3,250 candidates to apply. The […]

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2 Sep 2022

Expansion of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

On August 26, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced pending changes to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP), to expand on the existing pilot program. The following will be implemented effective fall of 2022: Expanding the geographic boundaries of the following participating communities, so more employers are able to participate: […]

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2 Sep 2022

Express Entry: CRS Scores Continue to Decline

On August 31, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. This week’s draw invited 2,750 candidates to apply. […]

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18 Aug 2022

Express Entry Draw Scores Continue to Drop

On August 17, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs. This week’s draw invited 2,250 candidates to apply. The minimum score selected was 525, down from 533 in the previous […]

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3 Aug 2022

Permanent Residence: Express Entry Selection Scores Continue to Decrease

On August 3, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs. This week’s draw invited 2,000 candidates to apply. This marks an increase from the previous draw, in which 1,750 candidates […]

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3 Aug 2022

Canada Allows Post-Graduate Work Permit 18-Month Extensions

Former foreign students, whose post-graduation work permit expired or will expire from September 20, 2021, to December 31, 2022, will have the opportunity to work in Canada for an additional 18 months by either extending their work permit or applying for a new one. Those currently in Canada will also be allowed to work in […]

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21 Jul 2022

Second Express Entry Draw in 2022 High Minimum Selection Score

On July 20, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs. This week’s draw invited 1,750 candidates to apply. This marks an increase from the July 6, 2022 draw, in which […]

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7 Jul 2022

After a 2 ½ Year Pause, Immigration to Canada Resumes for Foreign Applicants (under the Federal Skilled Worker Category)

We are pleased to announce that overseas immigration applicants are now eligible for selection for immigration to Canada.  On July 6, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the […]

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22 Apr 2022

Changes to the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway Program

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced three changes today to the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway program. While intake under this program is now closed, these changes will affect those with applications currently in process. The changes are as follows: Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada while […]

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22 Apr 2022

New Temporary Policy: Extension of Post-Graduate Work Permits

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today a new temporary policy for extension of post-graduate work permits. The policy will take effect in the summer of 2022. Post-graduate work permit holders with permits set to expire between January and December 2022 will be eligible to apply for a new open work permit, […]

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22 Apr 2022

Federal Skilled Worker (and CEC and FST) Draws to Resume in July 2022

Federal Skilled Worker draws have been paused since December 2020.  Today, April 22, 2022, The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that draws under the federal Express Entry system will be resuming in early July 2022. Draws under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class programs have been […]

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1 Apr 2022

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw

On March 30, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 785, and 919 candidates were invited to apply. To qualify for selection under the Provincial […]

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17 Mar 2022

Immigration Update

Canada’s Very Special (And Exceptional) Measures for Ukrainians Fleeing the War Our Canadian government has provided a swift immigration response to Russian’s violent invasion of Ukraine by introducing several new immigration streams for Ukrainians who wish a safe refuge in Canada temporarily or permanently. For Ukrainians who wish to travel to Canada temporarily, the Canadian […]

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3 Mar 2022

Immigration Update

New Travel Measures Allow for More Facilitative Entry to Canada As of February 28, 2022, Canada has amended some travel measures allowing for greater ease of entry for vaccinated travellers. Antigen tests taken the day prior to travel may now be used as pre-entry tests, or travellers may continue to use molecular tests taken within […]

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16 Feb 2022

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw On February 16, 2022, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 710, and 1082 candidates were invited to apply. To […]

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22 Dec 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw On December 22, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 720, and 746 candidates were invited to apply. To […]

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10 Dec 2021

Immigration Update

Omicron’s Effect on Canadian Immigration: New Rules In light of the new dangers presented by the Omicron variant of concern, the Government of Canada has established entry prohibitions from certain designated countries and reinstituted testing requirements for all individuals who have travelled to a country other than Canada or the United States within the past […]

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24 Nov 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw On November 24, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 737, and 613 candidates were invited to apply. To […]

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1 Nov 2021

Immigration Update

BARTLAW LLP welcomes Sean Fraser, Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mr. Fraser is a 37-year-old former lawyer from Nova Scotia that was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015. He was re-elected in 2019 and 2021. He replaces Marco Mendicino, who now becomes Canada’s public safety minister. Mendicino had held […]

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1 Oct 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update: Provincial Nominee Draw On September 29, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 742, and 761 candidates were invited to apply. To […]

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19 Aug 2021

Immigration Update

On August 18, 2021 and August 19, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. The August 18, 2021 draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 751 and 463 candidates […]

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5 Aug 2021

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On August 4, 2021 and August 5, 2021, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. The August 4, 2021 draw invited candidates who qualify for selection under the Provincial Nominee Class. The minimum score selected was 760 […]

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22 Jul 2021

Immigration Update

Canada To Re-Open to International Travellers on September 7, 2021 On September 7, 2021, assuming that Canada’s epidemiologic situation remains under control, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry and who meet immigration […]

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21 Jul 2021

Immigration Update

Borders Restrictions Lifting for Fully Vaccinated Travellers Since March 2020, our border has been closed for optional and discretionary travel to Canada.  In order to enter Canada, international travellers have had to fit into certain exemptions to be able to cross the Canadian border. Starting next month, the restrictions will be eased to allow for […]

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9 Jul 2021

Immigration Update

Canada will ease quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on July 5, 2021 When the Canadian government introduced new vaccine quarantine exemption rules for fully vaccinated eligible travelers, immigration lawyers and their clients were ecstatic. Fully vaccinated eligible workers will be quarantine exempt, as of July 6, 2021, if they meet the following conditions: Have […]

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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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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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25 Nov 2020

Immigration Update

Border Closures in Effect to December 21, 2020 The COVID-19 travel restrictions in place at the Canada-U.S. land border will remain in effect for at least another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Friday. The current agreement on the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travel was first imposed in March to limit the spread […]

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19 Nov 2020

Immigration Update

Canada Invites 5,000 Candidates to Apply for Permanent Residence in Yesterday’s Draw In the largest permanent residence draw from Canada to date, on November 18th, 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Yesterday’s draw invited candidates who qualify under […]

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29 Jul 2016

The Intersection of Immigration and M&A Law

In our previous newsletter, we outlined the regulatory amendments and the risks associated with overlooking immigration in an M&A due diligence process. In this newsletter, we will continue our review of the impact of immigration regulations on M&A transactions

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8 Mar 2016

Higher Immigration Levels Announced For Canada

Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, announced that Canada will welcome a greater number of immigrants in 2016.The Government of Canada plans to bring in between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016.

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4 Jan 2016

BARTLAW LLP Immigration Update

On December 18, 2015, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced the eligibility criteria for their new Entrepreneur stream. To apply, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria

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25 Mar 2014

Ontario Is Requesting More Provincial Immigrants

The Ontario government has introduced legislation proposing an expansion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Under the proposal, Ontario would select 5,000 immigrants per year, which is a dramatic increase from the current 1,300 economic immigrants accepted in the program each year.

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29 Aug 2013

Four New Developments in Canadian Immigration Law

Chris Alexander is Canada’s new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He replaces Jason Kenney, who is the new Minister of Employment and Social Development (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development). Mr. Alexander, who was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Ajax-Pickering in 2011

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21 Jan 2013

Canada’s New Immigration Rules 2013

Canada’s efforts to counteract an ageing population and the need for young skilled workers has led to a re-evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker program and the introduction of new immigration rules by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”). The FSW program has been in suspension since July 1, 2012

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23 Nov 2012

November 2012 Canadian Immigration Updates

The new regulations apply to spouses or partners in a relationship of two years or less and who have no children in common with their sponsor at the time they submit their sponsorship application. The spouse or partner must live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor

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19 Sep 2012

Canadian Immigration Changes: A 10-Point Summary

Federal Entrepreneur program is closed. CIC is currently redesigning a new program with the goal of having it implemented by the end of 2012. Investor program has been suspended and the current program has backlogs with a wait time of up to nine (9) years. CIC is currently looking at pilot programs to complement the existing program.

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