February 8, 2017 – Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3,664 applicants for permanent residence, the highest number ever, under all programs. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 447, also a record and reflecting a continued and steady decline from previous draws.
February 7, 2017 – The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is drowning in a backlog of more than 21,000 asylum claims, forcing it to change how it processes applications. With the number of people arriving in Canada and claiming refugee status rising – and expected to spike even further – the board is struggling to
February 7, 2017 – Several Canadians have had their Nexus cards revoked since Donald Trump impose a controversial travel ban in the U.S. Although it is unknown whether the revocations are linked to the ban, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has approached the U.S. to find out if the trusted-traveller card is still valid. Trump caused
February 3, 2017 – Nova Scotia has seen a significant increase in immigration in recent years, and Premier Stephen McNeil says the province has a brighter future because of it. The province welcomed more than 4,500 new immigrants in the first three quarters of 2016, already more than both the previous two full years. Although these
February 3, 2017 – Atlantic Canada is doing an excellent job of attracting new immigrants – but it is struggling to hold on to them. The first three quarters of 2016 saw 11,600 newcomers to the four provinces in the region, according to a report by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. That’s already up on the
February 3, 2017 – Technology companies have placed themselves at the forefront of the battle against Donald Trump’s crackdown on U.S. immigration. Canada looks set to be the chief beneficiary – with the possibility of major firms like Amazon and Google moving large parts of their operations here as immigration worries continue south of the border.
February 3, 2017 – The national organisation representing Canada’s universities has joined the academic community in the U.S. in condemning Donald Trump’s order to ban immigration from seven Muslim countries. Universities Canada, which rarely issues political statements, says the ban will have a profound impact on campuses across Canada. Although Canadian dual citizens are exempt from
February 1, 2017 – The Federal government plans to enact regulatory changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The details will be announced when the federal government delivers its budget, expected in late February or early March. Policymakers say the government is trying to strike a balance on reforms recommended in a September 2016 Standing
Article Audio February 1, 2017 – The following is a summary on the affect of the recently implemented U.S. administration’s executive order, banning immigration and travel to the United States for millions of individuals from seven majority Muslim countries. 1) Trump’s Executive Order Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27 2017 that placed a
January 30, 2017 – Canada’s federal government has published details of the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot, being operated in partnership with provincial immigration authorities. The pilot, which will open in March 2017, will include programs for high-skilled and intermediate-skilled workers, plus international graduates. Up to 2,000 new immigrants will be accepted in 2017 to the four