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17 Nov 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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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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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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23 Dec 2020

Immigration Update

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Announces Change to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program On December 14th, 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a change to the work experience requirement under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program. Previously, applicants under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program were required to demonstrate […]

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9 Dec 2020

Immigration Update

Expedited Permanent Residence For Refugee Health Care Workers On December 14, 2020, Canadian Immigration will begin accepting applications for permanent residence from refugee claimants who work in Canada’s health-care sector and provide direct care to patients. Applications will be accepted from December 14, 2020 until August 31, 2021. In-Canada family members of the principal applicant […]

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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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5 Nov 2020

Immigration Update

Canada to Welcome 1.2 Million Immigrants in Next Three Years Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced new immigration levels for the next three years, resulting in 1.2 million immigrants being selected and accepted by Canada between 2021 to 2023. This revised government plan is intended to offset the reduced intake of immigrants during […]

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28 Oct 2020

Immigration Update

With the benefit of hindsight, Canada relaxes restrictions on international students When COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic, the Canadian government immediately introduced very strict restrictions on travel to Canada. Almost all travellers were prohibited from entering Canada under these restrictions unless they qualified for a small number of narrow exemptions. At the time, […]

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14 Oct 2020

Immigration Update

Canadian Government announces changes to COVID-19 border restrictions, permitting entry for some new groups of foreign nationals On October 2nd, 2020, the government announced broadened access to Canada under COVID-19 travel restrictions for certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents as well as an increased presence of public health officials at the […]

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23 Jul 2020

Immigration Update

Express Entry Update On July 22nd and July 23rd 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence, under the Provincial Nominee Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Provincial Nominee Program On July 22nd 2020, 557 candidates were invited to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program. […]

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