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Express Entry Draw Update

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.
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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

Monday, April 19, 2021

Express Entry Draw #183

Express Entry Draw #183 occurred on April 16, 2021. 6,000 invitations were issued as part of Draw #183. READ MORE

Thursday, April 15, 2021

IRCC Announces Plan to Increase Caregiver Application Processing

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a plan to increased caregiver application processing in 2021. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

IRCC Announces New PR Pathway for up to 90,000 Essential Temporary Workers and International Graduates

On April 14, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pathway to permanent residency for up to 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates. READ MORE

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Hold Free Immigration Clinic for Members of the Public

Immigration consultants will take part in a free immigration clinic on April 15, 2021 as part of the Virtual Canadian Immigrant Fair. READ MORE

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

IRCC Reminds Applicants to Gather Supporting Documentation

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the resumption of in-progress application processing. READ MORE

Monday, April 12, 2021

IRCC Updates “Implied Status” Language

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes to language used to described status extensions during application processing. READ MORE

Monday, April 12, 2021

IRCC Goes Digital for Economic Class Applications

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched an online permanent residence portal to allow select economic permanent resident programs to accept digital applications. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Express Entry Draw #180

The latest Express Entry draw results have been posted. Draw #180 included eligible candidates from the Provincial Nominee Program and took place on March 31, 2021. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

IRCC Issues Update to Temporary Exemption for Certain Visitors

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued an update to its temporary public policy exempting specific visitors to Canada from certain immigration requirements during the pandemic. READ MORE

Monday, March 29, 2021

Common Ways to Report Fraud and Abuse

As Fraud Prevention Month draws to a close, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reminding the public of the ways fraud can be reported. READ MORE

Friday, March 26, 2021

Francophone Immigration in Canada: A Rich History

In honour of #FrancophonieMonth, we are looking back over the rich history of Francophone immigration to Canada. READ MORE

Friday, March 26, 2021

Minister Announces Funding for Francophone Settlement Agencies

The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will attend the commencement for the new Point d’accueil francophone (PAF) READ MORE

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

IRCC Issues Retention of Biometric Information Notices

IRCC is contacting clients by email and Canada Post registered mail regarding a system error that resulted in the government keeping the biometric information of some clients longer than required. READ MORE

Thursday, March 18, 2021

March Provincial Immigrations Draws

On March 2, 2021, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held an Alberta Express Entry Stream Selection Draw from available candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. READ MORE

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Express Entry Draw #179

Express Entry Draw #179 took place on March 18, 2021. Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class were eligible for this round of invitations. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Avoid Common Scams Targeting Newcomers to Canada

Internet, email, text, and telephone scams are common fraud and theft techniques. However, some scams target newcomers to Canada specifically. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Document Fraud: What Is It and How Is It Prevented?

IRCC is reminding the public that providing false information or documents to IRCC is a serious crime known as “misrepresentation”. READ MORE

Monday, March 15, 2021

Client Experience Survey for 2020 Passports

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching a passport survey this spring for Canadians who applied for passports in 2020. READ MORE

Friday, March 12, 2021

Tips and Best Practices for Spotting Online Immigration Scams

IRCC is marking Fraud Prevention Month with a number of helpful reminders that can help protect you when searching for Canadian immigration information online. READ MORE

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Find Newcomer Services Near You!

There are a variety of services available to newcomers designed to assist with your settlement in Canada. These services are available in both French and English and can be found in your community. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Telephone Scam Targets International Students in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is warning the public about a telephone scam targeting international students in Canada. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Express Entry Draw #177

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the latest Express Entry results. Draw #177 took place on March 8, 2021. READ MORE

Monday, March 08, 2021

62 New Full-Time Positions Added at IRCC Office in Sydney, New Waterford Office Space

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the creation of 62 new full-time positions at its Sydney location and additional office space in New Waterford. READ MORE

Friday, March 05, 2021

Minister Mendicino Issues Statement on Fraud Prevention Month

On March 5, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement to mark Fraud Prevention Month. READ MORE

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Choose Government-Approved Representatives for Your Immigration and Citizenship Applications

March is Fraud Prevention Month and that makes this the perfect time to review best practices for hiring representatives to assist you with your immigration and citizenship applications. READ MORE

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Tips for Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month and consumers need to stay vigilant to prevent fraud. READ MORE

Monday, March 01, 2021

ESDC Provides Update on “Owner/Operator” Changes

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has issued an update for “owner/operator” applications made under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). 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

The MyConsultant.ca app is now available!

Visit your app store to download the MyConsultant.ca app and explore exciting features. READ MORE

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