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Friday, May 13, 2022

Three Federal Charter Flights to Leave for Ukraine

This initiative builds on the Ukraine2Canada travel fund, which will help bring a minimum of 10,000 Ukrainians into the country. READ MORE

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Express Entry Draw #221

Express Entry is an online immigration application system for Skilled Workers. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Measures to Address Labour Shortage

Minister Sean Fraser announced several measures to be taken to address Canada’s labour shortage on April 22, 2022. READ MORE

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Express Entry Draw #219

The latest Express Entry Draw took place on March 30, 2022. The total number of applicants in the pool was 198,000. READ MORE

Friday, April 08, 2022

Global Task Force on Refugee Mobility Launched by World Leaders

On April 6, 2022 the Global Task Force on Refugee Mobility was launched and Canada was named the inaugural chair. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Raised Permanent Residence Fees on April 30, 2022

Effective April 30, 2022, the IRCC is increasing fees on permanent residence applications, which includes economic, permit holder, family, and humanitarian classes. READ MORE

Friday, April 01, 2022

Immigrant Women with High Credentials not Getting Work in Canada

Highly educated and experienced immigrant women are finding themselves un-hireable in the Canadian labour market landscape. READ MORE

Thursday, March 31, 2022

ACCES Employment Service Provider Helps Afghan Refugees

Canada has now welcomed 9,560 Afghan immigrants into the country, many of which need help finding meaningful employment in their new country of residence. READ MORE

Thursday, March 17, 2022

IRCC on Fraud Prevention Month 2022

In Canada, March is Fraud prevention Month. Fraud takes on many forms in many industries, immigration being among them. READ MORE

Friday, March 11, 2022

IRB to Prioritize Pending Ukrainian Files

Much like the IRCC, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is prioritizing Ukrainian files that have been pending as of March 1, 2022. READ MORE

Friday, March 04, 2022

Government of Canada Working to Welcome Displaced Ukrainians

The Canadian Government is working to support and aid Ukrainian displaced peoples as the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Client Experience and Passport Client Experience Surveys

2 client experience-based surveys will be conducted through IRCC & Government of Canada in order for both groups to gain feedback on client-relations & learn how to serve clients better. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

IRCC Discrimination Survey to Permanent Residents

Did you become a permanent resident of Canada in the years 2015, 2017, or 2019 and are 18 years of age or older? READ MORE

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

New: DLI Letter of acceptance in Study Permit Applications

As of February 18, 2022, study permit applications that were received on or after June 1, 2014 must have a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). READ MORE

Friday, February 18, 2022

Highlights from the 2021 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration

The 2021 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration has been made available to the public. READ MORE

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Express Entry #216

The latest express entry draw took place on February 16, 2022, inviting a total of 1082 applicants. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan Released

The Canadian economy heavily relies on immigrants and their skills. READ MORE

Monday, February 14, 2022

460 Afghan Refugees Land; The Musqueam People Help to Welcome Them

Since pledging to resettle 20,000 Afghan nationals in August of 2021, Canada has upped this number, pledging to accept 40,000 as soon as possible, & has already accepted 7,550 as of February 11, 2022 READ MORE

Monday, February 14, 2022

February is Black History Month in Canada

Black History Month is celebrated every February in Canada. This month's theme is "February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day." READ MORE

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Express Entry Draw #215

The latest express entry draw took place on February 2, 2022. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Amendment made effecting OINP’s Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream

Effective February 1, 2022, a regulatory amendment has changed the requirements for NOC 7511 (transport truck drivers) approvals put forth by employers. READ MORE

Monday, January 31, 2022

Upgrades to Canada’s Immigration System for Faster Application Processing and a Better Client Experience

Canada’s economy relies on immigration. However, the pandemic has slowed processing times and frustrated clients who have been waiting for longer than they anticipated. READ MORE

Friday, January 28, 2022

Entry/Exit Program Instructions Updated

There have been program and policy changes to the Entry/Exit Program. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Canadian Refugee Protection Portal Updates

Canadian Refugee Protection Portal (CRPP) updates: mandatory use of portal for refugee claims effective immediately READ MORE

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

IRCC Officers Using Advanced Data Analytics to sort and process TRVs

On January 24, 2022, the IRCC announced expanding their use of advanced data analytics into aiding IRCC officers with processing and sorting temporary resident visas (TRVs). READ MORE

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Express Entry Draw #214

The latest express entry draw took place on January 19, 2022. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

200 Afghan Refugees Land in Vancouver

On January 19th, 2022, Minister Sean Fraser announced the arrival of over 200 Afghan Refugees in Vancouver, BC, bringing Canada’s number of accepted Afghan refugees to 7,000. READ MORE

Monday, January 17, 2022

Additional Travel Restrictions on exempt groups of IRCC Clients

Travel restrictions continue to be part of Canada’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. READ MORE

Thursday, January 13, 2022

“Open work permit” title changes as of January 12th, 2022

An open work permit gives a person the ability to work for any employer over the course of a specific period of time. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Express Entry Draw #213

The latest express entry draw took place on January 5th, 2022. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Express Entry Draw #210

On November 24, 613 new candidates were invited by the government to apply for permanent residence using the Express Entry system. READ MORE

Monday, December 20, 2021

Minister Marks International Migrants Day

Minister marks International Migrants Day; highlights positive contributions of migrants and global social media campaign, It Takes a Community. READ MORE

Monday, December 20, 2021

Immigration Minister Receives Mandate Letter Immigration Priorities

Canada’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., recently sent mandate letters to all cabinet ministers. READ MORE

Thursday, December 16, 2021

International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is a day when nations worldwide mark the efforts, and the many contributions, migrants make to our society. READ MORE

Friday, December 10, 2021

Canadian Government Issues Updated Border Measures and Requirements

The Government of Canada has issued updated border measures and additional requirements in response to the Omicron variant. READ MORE

Friday, December 03, 2021

The WES Gateway Program

The WES Gateway Program helps displaced individuals who are now in Canada prove their academic credentials. READ MORE

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Opens

The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) opened on November 23, 2021. READ MORE

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

IRCC Updates Guidance for Student Workers, study permits; Removes 2 IEC recognized organizations

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its guidance for students working on campus. The guidelines define student eligibility and on-campus work definitions. READ MORE

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Express Entry Draw #209

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #209 included eligible candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program and took place on November 10. READ MORE

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

IRCC Issues Program Delivery Update for Immigration Medical Examinations

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a program delivery update regarding immigration medical examinations. READ MORE

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

New Minister Marks National Francophone Immigration Week 2021

The Honourable Sean Fraser, P.C., M.P., Minister of IRCC, marked beginning of National Francophone Immigration Week with a statement recognizing the significance of Francophone immigration to Canada READ MORE

Friday, November 05, 2021

More Than 50 Communities to Participate in Phase 2 of BC PNP Pilot

More than 50 communities in BC will participate in the second phase of a regional pilot program designed to attract entrepreneurs who can assist with meeting regional economic development needs. READ MORE

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Express Entry Draw #207

The latest Express Entry draw results have been released. Draw #207 included eligible candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program and took place on October 13, 2021. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

United States to Open Land Border to Fully Vaccinated Canadian Travelers in November

American officials have announced a plan to re-open the land border to fully vaccinated Canadians next month. READ MORE

Thursday, October 07, 2021

IELTS Launching Secure Online Testing in 2022

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is launching IELTS Online, a secure at-home language test, in 2022. READ MORE

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

IRCC Completes PGP Invitation to Apply Process

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has finished sending invitations to apply to prospective sponsors for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). READ MORE

Friday, September 24, 2021

IRCC Issues Parents and Grandparents Program Invitations

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun issuing invitations to apply to potential parents and grandparents’ sponsors who indicated their interest last fall. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Canada Accepts Flights from India Beginning September 26

Canada is set to allow direct flights from India for the first time since the spring. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Canadian Election: Liberal Government Re-elected, Second Straight Minority Government

Canadians from across the country headed to the polls on September 20 to vote in Canada’s 44th federal election. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Express Entry Draw #205

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #205 included eligible candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program and took place on September 15. READ MORE

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Canadian and American Governments Reach Agreement on Afghan Refugees

Canada has reached an agreement with the United States to resettle up to 5,000 Afghan refugees who were evacuated last month by the United States. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Helpful Contact Information for Canadians and Permanent Residents in Afghanistan

The Canadian government is recommending Canadians avoid all travel to Afghanistan. READ MORE

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Express Entry Draw #202

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #202 included eligible candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and took place on August 19, 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

IRCC Updates Instructions for Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a program delivery update for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). READ MORE

Thursday, August 12, 2021

IRCC Launches Website Tool for Online Citizenship Applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched a new website tool on August 11 as part of its digitization process to allow applicants to apply for Canadian citizenship online. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Minister Mendicino Announces Opening of New College in November

The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, has announced that the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants will open on Nov 23 READ MORE

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

IRCC Announces Permanent Residence Online Application Portal

IRCC has announced a new PR Online Application Portal that will allow authorized representatives, such as immigration and citizenship consultants, to submit online PR applications for their clients. READ MORE

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Express Entry Draw #199

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #199 included eligible candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program and took place on August 4, 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Canada Welcomes Refugee Olympians Using Unique Immigration Program

The Refugee Olympic Team has been a celebrated addition to international sports competition. READ MORE

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Immigration Ministers Assess Strategic Plan, Immigration’s Role in Economic Recovery

FMRI met to discuss the country’s economic recovery and the special measures taken during the pandemic to ensure Canada’s immigration system was able to address the challenges of the moment. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

IRCC Updates PGWPP Guidance for Students Graduating Outside of Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its guidance for Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) students who graduate outside of Canada due to COVID-19. READ MORE

Monday, July 26, 2021

Ministers Announce New Measures to Resettle Afghans Who Assisted Canadian Mission

Government officials, including Minister Mendicino, announce a new resettlement program for Afghans who assisted the Canadian mission. READ MORE

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Knowledge of Spoken French Language Requirement Takes Effect for PEQ Spousal Applications

After a transition period of one year, a new language requirement for Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ) applicants takes effect as of July 22, 2021. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

IRCC Announces Record-Setting Details for 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced details for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) intake. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Canada Issues Timeline to Ease Border Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

The Canadian government has issued a timeline for its plan to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. READ MORE

Friday, July 16, 2021

Minister Announces New Stream for Human Rights Defenders

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of IRCC, has announced one of the world’s first dedicated refugee streams to offer a permanent pathway to persecuted human rights defenders. READ MORE

Thursday, July 15, 2021

IRCC Releases first Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released its first report on settlement service outcomes. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Confirm You Permanent Residence Status Online

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is allowing qualifying individuals to confirm their permanent resident (PR) status using a new and secure online portal. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

IRCC Updates Instructions for Non-Express Entry Economic Classes and Study Permits

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the French instructions for “Study permit: Making an application”. The update corrected two translation errors. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

IRCC Updates Proof of Funds Requirements for Skilled Immigrants (Express Entry)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its proof of funds requirements for skilled immigrants invited to apply through the Express Entry system. READ MORE

Monday, July 05, 2021

Tips and Suggestions for Avoiding Fraud when Hiring Immigration Consultants

Choosing to begin your immigration or citizenship journey can be an overwhelming activity. Hiring a representative to assist you with this process can provide peace of mind when applying. READ MORE

Monday, July 05, 2021

Canada Announces Certain Exemptions for Eligible Fully Vaccinated Travellers, Updates ArriveCAN App

Some fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from certain travel regulations when entering Canada, provided they meet all other entry eligibility requirements. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

IRCC Issues Updates for Immigration Medical Exams and TRVs

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a temporary public policy that frees some low-risk, in-Canada foreign nationals from completing additional immigration medical exams. READ MORE

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

IRCC Changes Express Entry Invitation to Apply Period to 60 Days

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the length of time Express Entry candidates have to send their application after receiving an invitation to apply. READ MORE

Monday, June 28, 2021

IRCC Issues Program Delivery Update for LMIA Exemption Code C10, Caribbean Agricultural Liaison Officers

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has restructured its general guidelines for greater clarity regarding the economic, social, or cultural benefit to Canada for LMIA exemption code C10 READ MORE

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Prime Minister Issues la Fête nationale du Québec, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day Messages

PM Justin Trudeau issued statements to mark la Fête nationale du Québec & Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day that celebrated the numerous ways Quebecers have contributed to Canada’s inclusive and diverse nation. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

IRCC Issues Program Delivery Update for International Experience Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued updated instructions for International Experience Canada (IEC). The update was made to reflect a new Youth Mobility Agreement (YMA). READ MORE

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

IRCC Announces Valid COPR Holders Can Travel to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that foreign nations with valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can start travelling to Canada as of June 21, 2021. READ MORE

Monday, June 21, 2021

Minister Mendicino Shares New Measures to Support Refugees

In anticipation of World Refugee Day, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced three new measures designed to help and support refugees on Jun 18. READ MORE

Monday, June 14, 2021

Indigenous Peoples can Reclaim Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents, Ministers Announce

Minister Mendicino remarked that this “change means that Indigenous peoples can proudly reclaim their name, dismantling the legacy of colonialism and reflecting their true identity to the world.” READ MORE

Friday, June 11, 2021

Senate Adopts Changes to Oath of Citizenship

On June 8, Canada’s Senate adopted Bill C-8, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's call to action number 94). READ MORE

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Two Permanent Residence Pathways Open for Residents of Hong Kong

Last fall, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced several measures to assist more Hong Kong residents immigrate to Canada, including new permanent residence (PR) streams. READ MORE

Friday, June 04, 2021

Minister: Startup Visa Key to Economic Growth

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, believes the startup visa is key to Canada’s economic recovery. READ MORE

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Express Entry Draw #190

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #190 included eligible candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and took place on May 31, 2021. READ MORE

Monday, May 31, 2021

IRCC Posts Program Delivery Update for Quebec Selection Certificate

IRCC has posted updated guidance regarding the eligibility criteria for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently in Quebec as part of the International Mobility Program. READ MORE

Friday, May 28, 2021

TR to PR Pathway: Application Assessment Guidance

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has publicly shared the guidance used by IRCC staff to assess applications. READ MORE

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Express Entry Draw #189

Express Entry Draw #189 took place on May 26, 2021. Candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations. READ MORE

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

City of Toronto Celebrates 7th Annual Newcomer Day

Toronto is celebrating its 7th annual Newcomer Day to welcome and commemorate all newcomers with a variety of programming and events from May 24-28, 2021. READ MORE

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Minister Issues Statement on Citizenship Week

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship marked the beginning of Citizenship Week with a statement celebrating the shared values of Canadians: READ MORE

Monday, May 17, 2021

IRCC Introduces New PR Pathway for Families of Canadian Victims of Recent Air Disasters

(IRCC) has introduced a new public policy for families of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 air disasters. READ MORE

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Minister Notes Budget 2021 Invests in Canada’s Immigration System

Speaking to the Canadian Club of Ottawa, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, described key immigration spending originally shared in April’s budget READ MORE

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Complete the 2021 Census This Month!

This May, all Canadian households will complete the 2021 Census. Canada conducts a census every five years. READ MORE

Monday, May 10, 2021

New: MIFI Name Change Details

Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC) has issued a program delivery update regarding terminology used in the instructional guide “Study permits: Students destined to Quebec”. READ MORE

Thursday, May 06, 2021

May is Asian Heritage Month

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is marking Asian Heritage Month in May with a theme of “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve”. READ MORE

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

IRCC Issues Applicant Guidelines for May 6 Intake

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reminding the public that the intake for the new PR streams for essential temporary workers and recent international graduates opens on May 6. READ MORE

Monday, May 03, 2021

Express Entry Draw #185

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #185 included eligible candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and took place on April 29, 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New PR Pathway Language Requirements for Essential Temporary Workers and Recent International Graduates

IRCC has clarified the language requirements for the recently announced permanent residency (PR) pathway for essential temporary workers and recent international graduates of Canadian institutions. READ MORE

Friday, April 23, 2021

Canada Suspends Flights from India and Pakistan for 30 Days

The federal government has implemented new temporary measures for air travelers from India and Pakistan. These measures took effect on April 22, 2021 at 23:30 ET. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Canada Extends Non-Essential Foreign Travel Restrictions Until May 21, 2021

The federal government has extended existing non-essential travel restrictions on trips to Canada from countries other than the United States until May 21, 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Budget 2021 Outlines Immigration’s Role in Post-Pandemic Recovery

On April 19, Canada’s Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, tabled the country’s first budget in more than two years. Included was a path to economic recovery identifying two key priority phases. READ MORE

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