Canada has conducted its second all-program Express Entry draw since the coronavirus crisis took hold in March, issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,900 candidates to bring the total for 2020 over 61,071. The Aug. 5 draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 476, much higher than the most recent of the
Canada has resumed in-person passport appointments for those travelling with 30 days in the latest easing of restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Non-urgent passports can also be applied for by mail, according to an announcement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Friday. However, IRCC urged that Canadians without travel plans
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.
Visitors, study and work permit holders in Canada affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been given until the end of 2020 to restore their status. A new public policy implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on July 14, 2020, will come as significant relief to many people in Canada with concerns over their
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
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.
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
The number of new permanent residents admitted to Canada dropped by 26 percent between February and March 2020, showing the initial impact of coronavirus restrictions. As the global pandemic took hold in Canada and around the world during March, immigration numbers dropped by more than 6,000, from nearly 26,000 admissions to under 20,000. The figures
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