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The number of residents in Canada who are facing long-term unemployment saw a steep rise towards the end of 2020.Being unemployed for 27 weeks is considered “long-term unemployment.” Canada saw an uptick in these numbers in September and October, 2020, following massive job losses in March and April when businesses closed to curb the spread of coronavirus.After 8 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has had greater rates of long-term unemployment than the 2008 recession.In December, the number of people in Canada who were unemployed long-term was 493,000— just under a third of all unemployed individuals.With the increasing COVID-19 cases over the winter period, tighter health restrictions such as stay-at-home orders, curfews and lockdowns were put in place in various provinces.As a consequence, Canada’s economic recovery slowed..
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If you were issued an invitation through the Express Entry system, and you find some missing or out-of-date information on your profile, you might have to make a difficult decision in order to stay in good standing with the Canadian government.Before you get your Invitation to Apply (ITA) you can make changes to your Express Entry profile without explanation. So, it goes without saying it is in your best interest to update your profile as soon as changes happen in your life that would affect your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, or eligibility for one of the Express Entry-managed programs.Once you receive your ITA, your Express Entry profile automatically gets recorded in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). It is up to you, the applicant, to ensure that the information is still correct before you submit your application for permanent residence...
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Canada has set out to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021, most of them through the Express Entry system.The immigration department is already starting the year off strong. On Saturday, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a historically large Express Entry draw with a historically low CRS requirement. There were 27,332 principle applicants invited, who only needed a CRS of at least 75. These candidates needed to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in order to be invited.In addition to CEC-specific draws, IRCC has also held draws targeting candidates who received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). After the February 13 draw, the number of ITAs issued was more than triple what it was at the same time in 2020.It goes without saying that Express Entry is unpredictable, but we do know that Canada has committed to welcoming 108,500 newcomers.
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British Columbia invited 494 immigration candidates in two separate Provincial Nominee Program draws held on February 16, 2021.A total of 459 invitations went to candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). More specifically, invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.The minimum scores for this draw ranged between 85 and 104 points.Another 35 invitations were issued to candidates who work as retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers. The province said it conducted this draw because “both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System
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Alberta invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on February 10.The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited a total of 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates only needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 301.In order to receive an invitation in this particular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for the three Federal High Skilled immigration pathways, which include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.Eligible immigration candidates are given a score based on the CRS.Points are awarded for factors that the government has determined will help a prospective immigrant succeed in Canada’s labour market.
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Immigrants and racialized communities in Ottawa are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a new report.The summary report titled The impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and racialized communities in Ottawa was based on a virtual community dialogue event hosted by The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and funded in part by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).Sociodemographic data shows that racialized communities are over-represented among those who have tested positive to COVID-19. But why is this the case?This is the question the community dialogue group discussions sought to answer. In addition, OLIP aimed to understand the best way to protect the community from the spread of the virus. The following are some of the findings.Affected communities may face hardships when it comes to social aspects.
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Canada invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw— you read that right.Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on February 13. This unprecedented Express Entry invitation round only required candidates to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 75— the lowest CRS requirement ever.Today’s draw was almost six times larger than the largest Express Entry draws ever (5,000 ITAs were issued in four straight draws between November 18 and December 23 last year). Prior to today, the lowest CRS cut-off requirement ever was 199 points in the May 16, 2017 draw which only invited Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates. Express Entry was launched in January 2015.On Wednesday, Canada also held an Express Entry draw inviting 654 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
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International students who complete their entire postsecondary program online will now be eligible for the three-year open work permit after graduation.Canada is making it easier for international student graduates to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) during the pandemic. Before, online learning could not count towards a PGWP application, but that has all changed.“This new policy means that students hoping to work in Canada after graduation won’t miss out on opportunities, while ensuring that our economy and society continue to benefit from all that international students bring,” Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in a media release. “Our message to international students and graduates is simple: we don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here.This new measure to support international student graduates comes just weeks after Canada announced.
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New draws through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand immigration sub-categories resulted in 541 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) issued the new invitations on February 11, 2021.A total of 344 candidates were invited through the Express Entry sub-category, and the remaining 197 invitations were issued to Occupations In-Demand candidates.The SINP allows Saskatchewan to nominate immigration candidates with skills required in the province’s labour market.Invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. They also needed an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 72 under the SINP’s EOI points grid. This score is based on factors including age, education, work experience, proficiency in English or French and connections to Saskatchewan, among others..
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Canada invited 654 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on February 10, 2021.Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 720.Only candidates who had received a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited in the latest draw, which is why the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off was so high. Candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned PNPs automatically get 600 points added to their overall score.Today’s draw CRS score was 21 points lower than that of the previous PNP-specific round of invitations held on January 20, 2021.Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class..
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British Columbia issued 74 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 9.The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw issued invitations to candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.The February 9 draw saw the minimum score remain in the low 80s, as has been the case for Tech Pilot draws since the beginning of the year.The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students.The pilot project was launched in 2017 and has been extended several times, most recently until June 2021.In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to be registered..
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Tighter coronavirus restrictions across Canada drove employment down in January, according to the new Labour Force Survey.Statistics Canada examined the Canadian labour force during the week of January 10 to 16. Coronavirus numbers had just started coming down from an all-time high. Ontario had closed non-essential retail businesses. Quebec had also closed non-essential retail, and implemented a curfew on January 14, which affected the operating hours of some businesses. Alberta and Manitoba closed in-person dining, recreation facilities, personal care services, and had restrictions on retail businesses.Some restrictions had eased in the Atlantic provinces. Prince Edward Island reopened in-person dining as well as recreational and cultural facilities. Restrictions on in-person dining were eased in Halifax, Nova Scotia just days before the Labour Force Survey took place..
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Foreign nationals in Canada whose temporary residency status is expiring soon may be able to extend their stay in Canada.Temporary residents who cannot leave Canada due to coronavirus restrictions can apply to extend their status. In their application, they need to provide Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) an explanation as to why they need to stay in Canada.Applicants must apply online and meet the requirements, which includes paying biometrics fees, as needed. IRCC says applicants should apply in advance of their current temporary resident status expiring.Those who have an extension application currently in progress will benefit from maintained status, and are allowed to stay in Canada until a decision is made on their application. This means that expedited processing is not required for these applicants.
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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” This 1849 phrase, originating in French, one of Canada’s two official languages, expresses the sentiment that, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Many have observed that the Coronavirus pandemic has thrust the world, and with it, Canada, into an unprecedented difficult situation, making for an unprecedented present future.To be sure, there is considerable truth in the foregoing conclusion. But, at the same time, we can also situate the current situation and solutions in a broader, historical context, and observe that Canada has grappled with varied and great challenges (and opportunities) before, and emerged successfully. The Canadian immigration system is a case in point.Canada has coped before with times of worldwide convulsions that dramatically reduced its ability to accept newcomers.
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British Columbia held a draw through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) on February 2, 2021.A total of 208 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. The minimum required score for candidates varied by category.The cut-off scores for Express Entry BC subcategories were:Skilled Worker: 104, International Graduate: 100.Candidates in this category needed to have already submitted profiles under Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. Once they receive their invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from B.C. successful candidates will earn an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will effectively guarantee.....
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Hong Kong residents will be able to apply for a new Canadian open work permit starting February 8.The new three-year work permits will allow Hongkongers to gain work experience in Canada. They can then use that experience toward an immigration application. Canada’s popular Express Entry system highly values candidates with Canadian work experience.In order to be eligible for the open work permit, Hongkongers must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree within the last five years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. Post-secondary diplomas need to be from programs of at least two years in duration, in order to be eligible.Visitor visa holders, students, and temporary workers who are currently in Canada can apply for the new open work permit online.Those who are applying from abroad are subject to Canada’s coronavirus safety measures...
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After months of inaction, Alberta has now released details of a second draw held in January.On January 28, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 100 invitations to Express Entry candidates, who had scores of at least 360 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These invited candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.The first step to be eligible for a provincial nomination through this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is to enter into the Express Entry system.Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for the three Federal High Skilled immigration pathways, which include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.Eligible immigration candidates are given a score based on the CRS..
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The Canadian government has a new policy in place to help former international students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while living in Canada.Since January 27, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been accepting applications from Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holders who have seen their permits expire or their permits are about to expire.The purpose of this policy is to give PGWP holders more time to get the Canadian work experience they need to then become eligible for a Canadian immigration program. Federal and provincial governments place great emphasis on retaining former international students as immigrants. The reason for this is government research shows that former international students tend to integrate quickly into the Canadian job market upon gaining permanent residence..
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Canada’s immigration system, by its very nature, is forced to reconcile many differing values and aspirations.For example, the system attempts to mediate between providing both consistency and certainty on one (metaphorical) hand, but also flexibility and fairness on the other. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) is the main statute governing immigration to Canada. IRPA reflects this balancing effort. When seeking immigration status in Canada, section 25(1) of the IRPA allows persons who do not meet one or more of the application requirements set forth in the Act to request that the government consider waving the relevant requirements on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration may also, himself, request such consideration. When an H&C request is made by a foreign national inside Canada...
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Canada’s government is imposing new COVID-19 measures for incoming travellers.The announcements were made today by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and comes after several weeks of pressure from several Canadian provinces to implement tougher travel restrictions.Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat are suspending all flights to “sun” destinations such as the Caribbean effective Sunday, January 31. The measures will be in place until April 30. Trudeau commended the leadership of these airlines in working in concert with the federal government to enact this measure.Starting next week, international flights can only land in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Incoming travellers will need to take COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and will need to stay in a hotel designated by the federal government.
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Are you interested in finding out how to sponsor your spouse from India for Canadian immigration? Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows Canadian citizens or permanent resident to sponsor their spouses, common-law partners, dependent children and conjugal partners from abroad.If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you are married to someone from India or have lived together with that person for one year as common-law partners, you can sponsor him or her for permanent residence (PR) in Canada.Obtaining PR in Canada will give your spouse from India the opportunity to live and work in Canada and allow him or her access to health care and social services.There are several important requirements that both of you will need to meet in order to be eligible for family sponsorship in Canada.
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A new policy that allows former international students to obtain a new one-time open work permit if theirs is about to expire takes effect today.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting applications submitted by former international students who wish to obtain a new open work permit if their Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is expired or about to expire.The new open work permits will be valid for 18 months.It will enable former international students to stay in Canada and continue to look for work. Unlike employer-specific work permits, where a foreign worker is bound to a single employer in Canada, open work permits allow foreign nationals to work for any employer they choose.To apply for an open work permit under the new policy, international students must meet the following requirements:
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B.C. invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 26, 2021.The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 81 invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.The EEBC stream is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian permanent residence.The SI stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker, and International Graduate subcategories through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Invited candidates need to have job offers in an eligible tech occupation in order to receive the nomination...
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Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino recently shared fresh insights on the state of the country’s immigration system on the Canadian television show, The Agenda.In a 20-minute interview, Mendicino spoke on a broad range of immigration topics as he explained to viewers how the federal government aims to cope with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.Topics he discussed included:Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023,Canadian citizenship,Municipal Nominee Program.Mendicino stated that the Canadian government had a choice to make following the outbreak of the pandemic. It could pause or reduce immigration. Instead, the country has chosen to welcome immigrants during and after the pandemic to support its prosperity.As such, Canada is aiming to welcome over 400,000 immigrants
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Saskatchewan held a major selection round on January 21, inviting immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited candidates from the International Skilled Worker category through two subcategories: Express Entry, and Occupations In-Demand.The SINP allows Saskatchewan to nominate immigration candidates with skills required in the province’s labour market.A total of 502 invitations were sent out to immigration candidates who had work experience in select occupations. A total of 189 were invited through the Express Entry sub-category, and 313 invitations went to Occupations In-Demand candidates.Saskatchewan invited candidates who had work experience in one of 79 occupations. More information about the occupations that were included in this selection round can be found.
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IRCC held its second Express Entry draw this week on January 21.Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,626 permanent residence invitations to candidates of the Canadian Experience Class. The Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) cut-off requirement was 454.Today’s CRS cut-off score was seven points lower than the previous CEC-specific draw held on January 7, which had a CRS cut-off score of 461.Express Entry has been Canada’s primary way of managing skilled worker applications since 2015.As identified under its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC is seeking to welcome some 110,000 Express Entry immigrants per year. Canada came close to this mark last year, when it had a record-breaking year for Express Entry, issuing a total of 107,350 permanent residence invitations. The Canadian government continues to stress that welcoming high levels of skilled immigrants..
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Canada held its third Express Entry immigration draw of 2021 on January 20.Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 374 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates with a minimum score of 741. This cut-off score means that candidates only needed to obtain 141 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for their human capital characteristics. The other 600 points they obtained were by securing a provincial nomination.Express Entry is the main way Canada welcomes skilled workers who want to obtain Canadian permanent residence. Under the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome an average of 110,000 immigrants under Express Entry per year. IRCC uses Express Entry to manage skilled worker applications for the following three programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class..
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British Columbia invited 195 immigration candidates through a provincial nominee program draw held on January 19, 2021.The new invitations went to candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.The minimum scores for this draw ranged between 80 and 106 points.The EEBC category is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian permanent residence.The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) categories are managed under BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
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Immigration will remain central to Canada’s economy and society.This was stressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the new supplementary mandate letter he provided today to immigration minister Marco Mendicino.The mandate letter is the most important policy document for Canada’s immigration department.It outlines the goals that Canada’s prime minister is asking the immigration minister and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to pursue during the government’s time in power.The mandate letter defines key issues such as Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan, which new immigration programs for IRCC to create, improving IRCC’s application processing times, among other issues. The release of the mandate letter comes shortly after Canada announced a historic new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that will see it target over 400,000 immigrants per year
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British Columbia has issued 80 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the second draw of the year.The January 12 draw was conducted under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Tech Pilot.Immigration candidates with job offers in B.C.’s technology sector are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through weekly draws.Candidates selected in the latest draw were from Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams. Invited candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 80.Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score and are prioritized for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.Last week, British Columbia was one of the first Canadian provinces to kick off the New Year
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Manitoba invited 272 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on January 14, 2021.The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited skilled workers and international graduates to apply to one of the following three immigration streams:Skilled Workers in Manitoba,International Education Stream,Skilled Workers Overseas.Here are the number of invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs), along with their required minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) scores:Skilled Workers in Manitoba— 236 LAAs with a score of at least 461;Skilled Workers Overseas— 7 LAAs with a score of at least 722; and International Education Stream— 29 LAAs, no EOI score requirement.Out of the 272 LAAs issued, 18 went to Express Entry candidates.The MPNP says they will refuse any of these candidates who do not have a valid Express Entry ID,a job seeker validation code
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Nova Scotia approved an increasing number of immigrants in 2020, paving the way for economic recovery over the next few years.A total of 3,517 immigration candidates were approved last year, many of whom are either skilled in essential services, such as healthcare workers, or already living in Canada. Those who currently live abroad are expected to arrive in Canada once coronavirus-related travel restrictions are eased.The focus on essential services this year means that many healthcare workers were retained in the province, such as care assistants, nurses and physicians.The immigration levels were lower in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic. Despite this, Nova Scotia continued to process applications through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The province’s immigration minister Lena Diab recognizes the crucial role
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All invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program have now been sent out by the Government of Canada.The invitations were sent out to potential sponsors of parents and grandparents who had submitted an Interest to Sponsor form during the 2020 application window.About two weeks ago, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its PGP 2020 lottery and began sending out invitations over a ten-day period.IRCC said that all those who received an invitation in this round were selected randomly and that it is aiming to receive 10,000 complete applications through the Parents and Grandparents Program for the 2020 year.Potential sponsors who received an invitation now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application to sponsor their grandparents.IRCC stated in a press release that potential sponsors who have successfully submitted a sponsorship application form
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A new policy was introduced today, January 8, 2021, by the Government of Canada that will allow former international students with an expired or expiring Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) to apply for a new open work permit.The purpose of the policy is to provide PGWP holders with more time to gain the work experience they need to be eligible to apply for Canadian immigration. The Canadian government has introduced this policy to help PGWP holders who have lost their jobs or seen their hours cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian government research shows that former international students are able to integrate quickly into the Canadian labour market upon gaining permanent residence due in large part to their Canadian education and work experience.The new open work permits will be valid for 18 months and will enable former international students to stay in Canada.
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Canada held another Express Entry draw on January 7, the second invitation round held in two days. Invitations were issued to a total of 4,750 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 461 was enough to ensure an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Results of the draw were released today, January 8, 2021.Two days ago, Canada kicked off the new year issuing invitations to Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations.A total of 250 candidates were invited by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the January 6 draw and they needed a minimum score of 813.Candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) automatically get 600 points added to their overall score, which is why the score requirement is relatively high compared to other rounds of invitation.
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U.S.President Donald Trump is extending a moratorium on temporary work visas for tech and other occupations.With just weeks left in his presidency,Trump extended the previous immigration freeze until March 31, 2021.This means hundreds of thousands of foreigners workers will not be able to get visas to enter the U.S.The proclamation affects workers in several sectors, such as tech workers, seasonal workers in tourism, and certain au pairs.Trump signed the proclamation, on the grounds that the admission of new workers posed “a risk of displacing and disadvantaging United States workers during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.”Before the moratorium was extended, it was opposed by business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Associations of Manufacturers, which filed lawsuits, NPR reports.
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Canada kicked off the new year issuing invitations to Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations on January 6.Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 813.Candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) automatically get 600 points added to their overall score, which is why the score requirement is relatively high compared to other rounds of invitation.The 250 invited candidates can now officially apply to become Canadian permanent residents.Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.Candidates in these programs, as well as some PNPs, are given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
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