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Express Entry Draw Update

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, 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

Monday, March 02, 2020

PNP Draws Feb 24 - Mar 1

Four PNP occurred last week in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. READ MORE

Friday, February 28, 2020

Toronto and Vancouver Breaking Immigration Records in North America

Greater Toronto and Vancouver are outpacing New York City, Miami and Los Angeles by the number of immigrants per capita. READ MORE

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pilot Project for OINP Program will Start in March

A new pilot project to settle immigrants in Belleville and Quinte West, Ontario begins in March. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Claresholm, AB has launched its RNIP

An Albertan town has received overwhelming interest after joining the Rural and Northern Immigration pilot project. READ MORE

Monday, February 24, 2020

PNP Draws Feb 17-23

Two Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) occurred this week in B.C. and PEI. READ MORE

Monday, February 24, 2020

Podium Finish: Canada Ranks Third Most Popular International Education Destination

With over 642,000 international students, Canada is the third most popular country for international education. READ MORE

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Express Entry Draw Feb. 19

An Express Entry draw on February 19 issued 4,500 invitations. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

PNP Draws Feb 9 - 16

Four Provincial Nominee Program draws occurred this week and issued 1457 invitations to candidates across four provinces. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Black History Month in Canada

February is Black History Month around the world. In Canada, the theme for Black History Month is “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.” READ MORE

Thursday, February 13, 2020

More Nigerian Immigrants are Choosing Canada

The number of Nigerian immigrants coming to Canada has tripled in the last five years. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Richmond Council Tackles Birth Tourism

Hospitals in Richmond, B.C. face a growing demand for “birth tourism.” READ MORE

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

PNP Draws Feb 3 - 9

One Provincial Nominee Program draw occurred this week in B.C. READ MORE

Monday, February 10, 2020

Policy Changes could Benefit Skilled Immigrants

All workforce growth in Ontario over the next 25 years is expected to come from immigrants. READ MORE

Monday, February 10, 2020

U.S. travel ban pushes skilled immigrants to Canada

New legislation in the U.S. last week has restricted immigration from Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. READ MORE

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Entrepreneur Success Stories in Halifax

Nova Scotia is breaking immigration records and business is benefiting from the influx of newcomers. READ MORE

Thursday, February 06, 2020

New Brunswick urged to spend on settlement agencies to grow population

New Brunswick must spend on frontline settlement agencies if it wants population growth says the New Brunswick Multicultural Council. READ MORE

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Express Entry Draw February 5

Another Express Entry draw was held today, issuing 3,500 invitations to foreign nationals. READ MORE

Monday, February 03, 2020

PNP Draws Jan 27 - Feb 3

The sole Provincial Nominee Program draw this week occurred in B.C. with 284 invitations issued. READ MORE

Friday, January 31, 2020

IELTS Tests Suspended because of Coronavirus

All IELTS tests in China, Hong Kong, and Macau have been suspended to prevent the spread of coronavirus. READ MORE

Friday, January 31, 2020

BC Provincial Nominee Program Language Requirement Update

The BC Provincial Nominee Program has introduced language requirements to its Entrepeneur Immigration program. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

New Policy to Support Ukranian Flight Victims’ Families

Canada’s federal government has implemented new temporary visa policies to support the families of the 57 Canadians who died on Flight PS752. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

U.S. measures could mean more birth tourism in Canada

Efforts in the U.S. to reduce birth tourism could bring more foreign nationals to give birth in Canada. READ MORE

Monday, January 27, 2020

PNP Draws Jan 20-27

Another Tech Pilot draw occurred in B.C. this week and issued 58 invitations under the Provincial Nominee Program. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Express Entry Draw - Jan 22

Another Express Entry draw on January 22 issued 3,400 invitations to foreign nationals. CRS # 471 READ MORE

Monday, January 20, 2020

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) Draws Jan 14 - 20

Four PNP draws occurred this week and 1,396 invitations were issued in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. READ MORE

Friday, January 17, 2020

New Immigration Program in Niagara

A new immigration program helping local communities bring in skilled immigrants is coming to Niagara. READ MORE

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Montreal Awareness Campaign Addresses Barriers to Workplace for Immigrants

Montreal mayor Valérie Plante has launched an awareness campaign about the struggles faced by newcomers in Canada’s job market. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Church Group Reunites Syrian Family in Canada

A Syrian family is reunited in Toronto with the help of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Atlantic Canada’s Top 20 Employers Announced

Mediacorp has announced the winners of its annual “Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers” competition. READ MORE

Monday, January 13, 2020

PNP. Draws Jan 7 - 13

Four PNP draws occurred last week in B.C., Ontario and Saskatchewan, issuing 957 invitations. READ MORE

Friday, January 10, 2020

Canadian Visa Decisions Will Be Increasingly Made by Artificial Intelligence

The federal government is expanding AI-based visa application decision making. READ MORE

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Saskatchewan seeks greater control over immigration

The prairies province is in contact with federal officials to get an immigration arrangement like Quebec. READ MORE

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Express Entry Draw Jan 8

The first Express Entry draw of 2020 took place on Jan 8, issuing another 3,400 invitations to eligible foreign nationals to fast-track their permanent residency. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Canada could Top U.S. in Economic Growth through Immigration

Immigration could help Canada post the strongest economic growth among G7 countries. READ MORE

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

PNP Draws Dec 23 - Jan 6

Two B.C. Tech Pilot draws occurred in the final days of 2019. READ MORE

Monday, January 06, 2020

More Iranians seek asylum in Canada as tensions rise

The number of Iranians seeking asylum in Canada has tripled since 2016. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Next round of family reunification program postponed

In the meantime, the federal government is working on a new intake process. READ MORE

Monday, December 30, 2019

Vernon, B.C. to join the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

Vernon will be one of two B.C. communities taking part in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Population growth not enough to sustain New Brunswick’s economy

Despite record growth, New Brunswick’s population swell won’t be enough to expand the population’s economy. READ MORE

Monday, December 23, 2019

PNP Draws Dec. 15 - 22

Four Provincial Nominee Program draws issued 1,512 invitations in B.C., Manitoba, PEI and Saskatchewan last week. READ MORE

Friday, December 20, 2019

Express Entry Draw December 19

Another Express Entry draw issued 3,200 invitations yesterday to skilled foreign nationals to fast-track their permanent residency status. READ MORE

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Tips for Crossing the US Border this Holiday Season

Preclearance screening might complicate holiday trips across the US border this holiday season. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

International Migrants Day 2019

Social cohesion is the theme for this year’s International Migrants Day. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Starting Wage for Canadian Newcomers is Rising

Canadian newcomers’ average starting wage is growing, according to Statistics Canada. READ MORE

Monday, December 16, 2019

PNP Draws Dec. 10 - 16

Two Provincial Nominee Program draws occurred last week, with 720 invitations issued to skilled foreign nationals. READ MORE

Friday, December 13, 2019

Alberta Citizenship Ceremony Welcomes 45 New Canadians

Forty-five new Canadians received their citizenship at the Royal Alberta Museum on Thursday. READ MORE

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Express Entry Draw Dec 11

Another 3,200 Express Entry invitations were issued yesterday. READ MORE

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Canada will Benefit from New USMCA Deal

The new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, signed on Tuesday, will benefit Canada thanks to amendments made by U.S. Democrats which strengthened labour regulations and other standards. READ MORE

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hamilton Music Collective makes Music Lessons More Accessible to Kids

Hamilton-based Astrid Hepner has created a program called “An Instrument for Every Child” offering free music lessons and instrument rentals to kids who can’t afford them. READ MORE

Monday, December 09, 2019

PNP Draws Dec 3 - 9

Four Provincial Nominee Program draws occurred last week in BC, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba. READ MORE

Friday, December 06, 2019

Tips to Protect your SIN

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has released tips on protecting your Social Insurance Number (SIN) from fraud. READ MORE

Thursday, December 05, 2019

“Fake Lawyers” are Scamming Vulnerable Canadians

Vulnerable Canadians are being scammed by practitioners with fraudulent degrees—including law degrees. READ MORE