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Express Entry Draw Update

Express Entry Draw #176 was held on February 13; 27, 332 invitations were issued to candidates from the Canadian Experience Class. READ MORE

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Minister Garneau tables Youth Mobility Agreement; Increases Work and Travel Opportunities for Canadian and Italian Youth

On February 24, 2021, the Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, tabled the International Experience Canada Youth Mobility Agreement signed by Canada and Italy in December. READ MORE

Thursday, February 25, 2021

IEC 2021 Season Pools Open for Specific Countries

The Canadian government has announced a new round of invitations for eligible candidates for International Experience Canada (IEC) pools. READ MORE

Monday, February 22, 2021

IRCC Announces Adjustment to PRRA for Belarus

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced modifications to the pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) for individuals from Belarus. READ MORE

Friday, February 19, 2021

New Air Travel Requirements, Including Hotel Stay, Take Effect Next Week

New requirements for air travelers entering Canada take effect on February 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Express Entry Draw #176

The Express Entry Draw #176 took place on February 13, 2021. READ MORE

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Optimistic Returns for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published an evaluation of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program (AIP). READ MORE

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Express Entry #175

The Express Entry results for the most recent draw have been published. Draw #175 took place on February 10, 2021. READ MORE

Monday, February 08, 2021

Government Offers Update on Temporary Residents, Unable to Depart, in Canada

The Canadian government has provided a program delivery update for temporary residents, currently in Canada, who are unable to depart the country due to COVID-19. READ MORE

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Open Work Permit for Hong Kong Residents Launches February 8

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that Hong Kong residents can apply for new, open work permits as of February 8, 2021. This policy was first announced in November 2020 READ MORE

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Canada Introduces Additional International Travel Restrictions

The Canadian government has announced new international travel restrictions designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 variants READ MORE

Friday, January 29, 2021

Canada Offers One-Time Open Work Permit Due to Pandemic

The Canadian government has announced a one-time open work permit for foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit (PGWP) expired on or after January 30, 2020. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

IRCC Announces Mobility Working Group with Ukraine

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the creation of the Canada-Ukraine Mobility Working Group. The new group will facilitate opportunities for Ukrainians coming to Canada READ MORE

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Yassin Dabeh, Teen LTC Worker who died of COVID-19, was Syrian Refugee

Yassin Dabeh, a 19-year-old cleaner who worked at Middlesex Terrace in Delaware, Ontario is the region’s youngest COVID-19 death. READ MORE

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Canada Adds Additional Screening Procedures for Air Travellers from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil

The Canadian government has announced additional screening procedures for air travelers who have been to the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil 14 days prior to their arrival in Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Prime Minister Issues Minister Supplementary Mandate Letter

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a supplementary mandate letter for Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. READ MORE

Monday, January 18, 2021

Ontario Government Issues Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program recently sent targeted notifications to individuals who may qualify for the province’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades Express Entry streams. READ MORE

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Program Delivery Update for Permanent Residence Programs with Express Entry Checks

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has released new updates for permanent residence programs that require Express Entry completeness checks. These changes are effective as of January 8, 2021 READ MORE

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

IRCC Updates List of DLIs with Approved Readiness Plans

International students attending classes at a designated learning institution (DLI) can only travel to Canada if their DLI has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Invitations Sent

All randomly selected invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program have been sent by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). READ MORE

Monday, January 11, 2021

Canada Announces New Work Permit Policy for Former International Students

Acknowledging the vital role international students play in the Canadian economy, IRCC has announced new measures to help former international students hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

New Measures for Agriculture Workers from Trinidad and Tobago

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a temporary measure to help stranded agricultural workers from Trinidad and Tobago. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

IRCC Announces Changes to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released details of new changes to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). READ MORE

Monday, December 14, 2020

IRCC Announces International Experience Canada Youth Mobility Agreement

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced a new bilateral youth mobility agreement with Italy. READ MORE

Thursday, December 10, 2020

IRCC Marks Syrian Refugees Arrival Anniversary

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Syrian Refugees. On December 10, 2015 the first flights carrying Syrian refugees landed in Canada. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Application Opening Date for Refugee Claimants Working in Health Care Announced

IRCC has announced that permanent residence applications from refugee claimants working in Canada’s health care sector will be accepted starting December 14, 2020 READ MORE

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Travelers to Canada Must Use ArriveCAN App

As of Nov 21, 2020, air travelers to Canada must use ArriveCAN App or ArriveCAN online to submit travel & contact information, quarantine plans (unless exempted), & COVID-19 symptom self-assessments. READ MORE

Friday, December 04, 2020

VACs in India Offer Limited Biometrics Appointments

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that Visa Applications Centres (VACs) are beginning to offer some biometrics services in India for those travelling to Canada. READ MORE

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Canada Commits to Economic Recovery Through Immigration

IRCC has highlighted the importance of immigration to both Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to creating inclusive communities. READ MORE

Monday, November 30, 2020

Service Canada Reopens Online Biometrics Enrollment Scheduler

Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that clients are now able to book their own appointments online using Service Canada’s system. This change takes effect on Nov 30, 2020 READ MORE

Friday, November 27, 2020

IRCC Announces Online Citizenship Tests for 2021

IRCC has announced the launch of a platform to facilitate online citizenship testing, which will fully launch in 2021. READ MORE

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Minister Announces College Act Now in Force

The College Act provides a regulatory framework for the immigration and citizenship consultants. The College is expected to open in 2021. READ MORE

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

New ArriveCAN Mandatory Travel Requirements

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced new requirements for Canadian permanent residents and family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are flying to Canada. READ MORE

Friday, November 13, 2020

Canada Announces New Immigration Measures for Canadians and Residents in Hong Kong

IRCC has announced new measures for Canadians and residents in Hong Kong. The measures are designed to spur economic growth as the country’s economy rebounds from COVID-19. READ MORE

Thursday, November 05, 2020

IRCC Marks National Francophone Immigration Week

As part of efforts to mark National Francophone Immigration Week, IRCC is highlighting the benefits of living in Francophone communities outside of Quebec. READ MORE

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

IRCC Launches Online Survey for Newcomers

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched an online survey for newcomers designed to help IRCC assess and improve its Settlement Program. READ MORE

Monday, November 02, 2020

Canadian Government Announces New Immigration Targets

On October 30, 2020, IRCC announced plans to increase Canada’s immigration targets over the next three years as a response to the shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Thursday, October 29, 2020

IRCC Announces Additional Express Entry Points for French-speaking and Bilingual Candidates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes to the Express Entry system that will award additional points to candidates who are French-speaking or bilingual. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Changes to the AINP and Temporary Foreign Workers Program in Alberta

The Alberta government recently announced changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). READ MORE

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

IRCC Guidance on Temporary Workers Authorized to Continue Work Without Permit

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued new guidance regarding temporary workers working without a permit. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Changes to Exemption Code C41 Benefit Spouses and Common-Law Partners

The federal government recently announced changes to exemption code C41 that help spouses and common-law partners of authorized skilled foreign workers. READ MORE

Monday, October 19, 2020

Non-essential Travel Restrictions Extended

The Canada-US land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21, 2020, the federal government has announced. READ MORE

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Express Entry #165

The latest Express Entry draw results have been published. Draw #165 took place on October 14, 2020. Candidates from all Express Entry programs were eligible for this round of invitations. READ MORE

Friday, October 09, 2020

IRCC Clarifies Family Eligibility as Part of Reunification Measures

Earlier this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced specific measures to accelerate the reunification of families during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Thursday, October 08, 2020

IRCC Announces Service Delivery Improvement Funding Expression of Interest

On October 15, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin an expression of interest process for service delivery improvements (SDI) funding. READ MORE

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

New Details for 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the launch of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) beginning on October 13, 2020. READ MORE

Monday, October 05, 2020

Government Announces New Measures to Protect Public Health, Accelerate Family Reunification

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced added strengthening measures at Ports of Entry (POEs). READ MORE

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Express Entry Draw #164

Candidates from all Express Entry programs were eligible for this round of invitations. READ MORE

Monday, September 28, 2020

Newcomer Services Offered by Phone, Email, and Video During COVID-19

Many in-person offerings from immigration service provider organizations (SPOs) have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Friday, September 25, 2020

IRCC Takes Measures to Accelerate Spousal Application Processing

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced several measures to increase the speed with which spousal applications are processed. READ MORE

Thursday, September 24, 2020

New Temporary Biometrics Policy for Permanent Residence Applicants

As a result of closures and delays created by the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC has issued a new temporary policy on biometrics collection for permanent residence applicants. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Concerns Raised About IRCC’s Processing Times

IRCC has launched a pilot program to resume limited in-person services in select cities for services related to biometrics, citizenship, asylum claims, and permanent residence. READ MORE

Monday, September 21, 2020

IRCC Announces Testing Phase for In-Person Services

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) temporarily suspended in-person services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Biometrics Collection Resumes for Permanent Residence Applicants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced Service Canada Centres are steadily resuming biometrics collection for permanent residence applications. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Immigrants Push for Online, Distanced Options for Citizenship Tests

Many immigrants are worried a growing backlog of citizenship applications will delay the citizenship process well beyond the pre-pandemic average of 12 months. READ MORE

Friday, September 11, 2020

Trip Tips for Crossing the Border

The process of crossing the Canadian border has changed in 2020. To ensure a smooth crossing, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has supplied a summary of useful information. READ MORE

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Updated Guidance on Online Student Post-Grad Work Permit Eligibility

The Canadian government has provided more guidance for international students studying online from outside Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Canadian Government Offers Assistance to People Impacted by Tragedy in Beirut

The Canadian government is helping Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents currently in Lebanon as part of its response to the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. READ MORE

Thursday, September 03, 2020

IRCC Updates Study Permit Guidelines

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified the two-stage assessment process for study permit applications READ MORE

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Update on NEXUS and Other Travel-Related Programs

The Canadian government has provided updates on travel-related programs and services affected by COVID-19. READ MORE

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Federal Government Introduces New Rules for Post-Grad Work Permit Eligibility for Online Programs

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes for international students whose study plans have been affected by COVID-19. READ MORE

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Visitors Temporarily Allowed to Apply for Work Permits Without Leaving Canada

The Canadian government announced a temporary change designed to help Canadian employers who are having difficulties hiring workers. READ MORE

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Immigration Applicants and COVID-19: Summary Guidance

The Canadian government has issued several directives about new travel protocols during the pandemic. These protocols impact immigration applicants in diverse ways. READ MORE

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Misunderstandings Continue for Government COVID-19 Tracking App

The Canadian government launched its COVID Alert app on July 31 in Ontario. The app has been downloaded 1.9 million times since then, but questions persist about privacy and efficacy. READ MORE

Monday, August 17, 2020

Asylum Claimants Working in Health Care Offered Chance at Permanent Residency

The Canadian government announced a plan to offer asylum claimants working in the health care industry the opportunity to apply for permanent residency. READ MORE

Friday, August 14, 2020

New Class-Action Claim Filed Against Suspended Manitoba Immigration Lawyer

A new class-action claim has been filed in Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench this month by Haokuang Tian. READ MORE

Thursday, August 13, 2020

IRCC Issues New Guidance for Permanent Resident Applicants with COPRs

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued new guidance for permanent resident applicants travelling to Canada. READ MORE

Monday, August 10, 2020

Canadian Settlement Service Providers Offering Help Remotely

In a move to limit the spread of COVID-19, many organizations that provide settlement and resettlement services in Canada are now offering these services by video, phone, and email. READ MORE

Friday, August 07, 2020

Express Entry Draw #159

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #159 included eligible candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades Program and took place on August 6, 2020. READ MORE

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Government Debuts New ArriveCAN App for Travelers Arriving in Canada

Travelers arriving in Canada by land and air have a new way to accelerate intake procedures. READ MORE

Friday, July 31, 2020

Canada Continues Open Work Pilot Project for Spouse and Common-Law Partners

The Canadian government has announced the continuation of its open work permit pilot project for spouses and common-law partners until rule changes come into effect to make the program permanent. READ MORE

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Federal Government Announces Stringent Conditions for Alaska Travel

The Canadian government has announced more stringent conditions and regulations for visitors travelling through Canada to Alaska for non-discretionary reasons. READ MORE

Friday, July 24, 2020

Rule Changes Allow Non-Biological Parents to Pass Citizenship to Children

The Government of Canada has announced changes to its citizenship rules. As of July 2020, non-biological parents can pass their citizenship to their children who were born outside of Canada. READ MORE

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Express Entry Draw #157

The Canadian government has released the latest Express Entry draw results. Draw #157 included eligible candidates from the Canadian Experience Class and took place on July 23, 2020. READ MORE

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Express Entry Draw #156

Express Entry is Canada’s system for administering online permanent residency applications on behalf of skilled workers. READ MORE

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Government Introduces Measures to Extend CEWS, Support Persons with Disabilities

The Canadian government recently announced legislation to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until December 19, 2020. READ MORE

Friday, July 17, 2020

IRCC Issues Biometrics Exemption Update

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued an update to its screening procedures to address delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Express Entry Draw #155

Express Entry is Canada’s system for administering online permanent residency applications on behalf of skilled workers. READ MORE

Friday, July 03, 2020

IRCC Guidance for Migrant Worker Conditions During COVID-19

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has established directions for migrant workers addressing potential labour abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Thursday, July 02, 2020

IRCC Restarts Online Applications for Visitor Visas and eTAs

Immigrations, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that as of July 1, 2020 online applications for visitor visas will once again be reviewed. READ MORE

Monday, June 29, 2020

CRA Warns Canadians to “Slam the scam”

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is cautioning Canadians about potential Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) scams, with an awareness campaign to “Slam the scam”. READ MORE

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Express Entry Draw #154

Express Entry is Canada’s online system managing applications for permanent residency on behalf of skilled workers. READ MORE

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Express Entry Draw #147

Express Entry is Canada's online system used to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. READ MORE

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Citizenship Ceremonies Cancelled Until Further Notice Due to COVID19.

Citizenship ceremonies, tests, interviews, and events are cancelled until further notice due to COVID19 READ MORE

Monday, May 04, 2020

Updates on Citizenship Applications

Latest on Canadian Immigration READ MORE

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Express Entry Draw March 23

An Express Entry draw occurred on March 23 and issued 3,232 invitations to foreign nationals from the Canadian Experience Class. READ MORE

Monday, March 23, 2020

Express Entry Draw March 19

An Express Entry draw occurred on March 19 and 668 invitations were issued to skilled foreign nationals. READ MORE

Friday, March 20, 2020

Activists call on Provinces to End Newcomer Waits for Public Health Insurance

Health professionals and activists are urging the provinces to give newcomers immediate access to health insurance. READ MORE

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Canadian Deportations Halted Amid Coronavirus Outbreaks

Rejected immigrants and refugees in Canada will be allowed to temporarily stay longer given the pandemic situation. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Canada-U.S. Border Closing due to Coronavirus

The Canada-U.S. border is closing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Canadian Borders Closed to Most Foreign Travellers

In order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Canadian borders will be closed to most foreign travellers. READ MORE

Monday, March 16, 2020

PNP Draws Mar 9 - 15

Two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws occurred last week in Manitoba and British Columbia. READ MORE

Monday, March 16, 2020

Bank of Canada Lowers Overnight Rate Target due to COVID, Oil Prices

The Bank of Canada (BoC) lowered its target for the overnight rate to 0.75 per cent today. READ MORE

Monday, March 16, 2020

IRCC Special Measures for those affected by Coronavirus

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has implemented special measures for Chinese, Iranian and South Korean nationals affected by the coronavirus. READ MORE

Friday, March 13, 2020

Immigration Levels Plan 2020-2022

IRCC has released the Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

IRCC Awards Recognize Four Canadian Businesses for Work with Newcomers

Four businesses have been recognized for their work with newcomers by the IRCC. READ MORE

Monday, March 09, 2020

PNP Draws Mar 2 - 7

One Provincial Nominee Program draw occurred on March 3. READ MORE

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Express Entry Draw March 4

An Express Entry draw on March 4 issued 3,900 invitations to skilled foreign nationals across Canada. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

An Upcoming New Stream of Alberta PNP

Alberta is launching new programs to help foreign nationals fast-track their visa processing. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Cape Breton Population Growing Again Due to International Students

After over 20 years of decline, Cape Breton’s population is growing again thanks to international students. READ MORE