2020-04-03 – The coronavirus crisis has taken hold in Canada, with people told to stay in their homes and borders closed to all but essential travel. But that does not mean the immigration system has closed down. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) say it continues to receive and process applications, while many of Canada’s
Ottawa has made further significant changes to help international students wishing to study in Canada start a new program online from this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Changes to the Study Permit application process and to how time spent studying online counts toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) were announced on Tuesday, July 14.
Canada welcomed nearly 11,000 new permanent residents in May, the first sign of recovery since coronavirus restrictions severely limited arrivals. Despite international travel restrictions and the closure of the Canada-U.S. border, permanent resident admissions rose 165 percent compared to April, when just 4,130 newcomers were welcomed. While the increase is a sign of the start
Canada admitted a new record of nearly 110,000 new immigrants through Express Entry in 2019 in the busiest year on record for the skilled immigration selection system. The year also saw more than 330,000 profiles submitted to the Express Entry pool, a rise of 20 percent in 2018 and an indication of the increasing interest
2020-02-25 – Express Entry candidates have been told they may need to update the settlement funds in their profiles to remain eligible for Canada immigration. The settlement funds required for Express Entry immigration have been updated for 2020. Certain candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry are required to provide proof of settlement
The effect of COVID-19 restrictions on Canada immigration was fully felt in April, as new permanent resident admissions plummeted to 4,140. The figure represents a 78 percent drop on the 19,125 March arrivals, which were already down 26 percent on February. Between February and April, permanent resident arrivals dropped from 25,930 to 4,140, a decline
Canada’s federal government officials tasked with implementing Canada-U.S. border restrictions in place due to coronavirus need to be on the same page in their interpretation of the new rules. Guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on who can cross the border is differing in practice from the interpretation of Canada Border Services Agency officials.
2020-01-14 – Ontario issued a total of 7,391 nominations through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in 2019, the province has announced. The number includes the OINP’s initial allocation of 6,650, plus the 700 extra places offered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in December. It also includes 41 nominations issued to intermediate skilled temporary foreign
Canada has announced new Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) rules for international students forced to study via distance learning because of restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. The change announced on May 14, 2020, allows students unable to study in Canada to count time spent distance learning towards their PGWP eligibility. Under the change, a
Canada’s federal government has moved to slash the time it takes for temporary foreign workers to be allowed to start a new job to help employers during the coronavirus crisis. Under a new public policy, published on Tuesday, May 12, foreign workers already in Canada with a new job offer backed by a Labour Market