March 6, 2019 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 454

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 454 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This is 3 points less than the last draw on February 20, 2019, which issued ITAs for those with a score of 457 or higher.

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February 23, 2019 - New caregiver pilot programs announced today

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced via a news release, two new immigration pilots for caregiver pathways to permanent residence, which will be launched soon. These two pilot programs will replace the existing caregiver permanent residence pilots (the Caring for Children pilot program, and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot program), which are expiring at their five year expiry date on November 29, 2019.

The news release indicated that under these new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence before they start working in Canada. Accordingly, after applying for a work permit and obtaining two years of work experience as a caregiver, applicants will “have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident”.

The new programs will allow “greater flexibility to…

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February 20, 2019 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 457

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 457 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This is 19 points higher than the last draw on January 30, 2019, which issued ITAs for those with a score of 438 or higher…

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February 14, 2019 - Major Changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) posted a program delivery update and updated instructions for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PWGP) Program. The program delivery update and instructions indicated major changes to eligibility criteria and timelines/deadlines for the post-graduation work permit.

Changes include, as follows:

  • Students are no longer required to hold a valid study permit at the time that they apply for the post-graduation work permit

  • Students now can apply for a study permit within 6 months (i.e. 180 days) of completing their studies, rather than within 90 days

IRCC’s new instructions provide more clarifying details, as follows:

Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • They hold a valid study permit.

  • They held a study permit.

  • They were authorized to study in Canada without the requirement to obtain a study permit under paragraphs 188(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

The program instructions indicate that these guidelines are applicable to all post-graduation work permit applications received on or after February 14, 2019. For those applications prior to this date, the previous guidelines will apply.

For more details, see the program delivery update here.

For assistance with your post-graduation work permit, contact us today.

January 30, 2019 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 438

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,350 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 438 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

January 30, 2019 - Open Work Permit Pilot Program extended for spouses or common-law partners

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that the open work permit pilot program for spouses and common-law partners who are applying for permanent residence through the in-Canada application program, has been extended to July 31, 2020.

Under this pilot program, applicants may apply for an open work permit with, or any time after, the submission of their application for permanent residence in the ‘spouse or common-law partner in Canada’ (“SCLPC”) class, as long as they meet certain criteria.

The eligibility criteria has been outlined on IRCC’s website, as follows:

Officers will issue open work permits to SCLPC class applicants if they meet the following requirements:

  • a permanent residence application has been submitted under the SCLPC class and is currently being processed, or has been received, by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for processing

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse has submitted a sponsorship application on their behalf

  • the SCLPC class applicant resides at the same address as the sponsor

  • the SCLPC class applicant has valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student or worker), or is eligible to restore their temporary resident status, and has submitted the restoration application with their application for permanent residence

To read the announcement from IRCC, click here.

Eligibility criteria, restrictions and limitations are outlined in more detail on IRCC’s page, here.

For inquiries or assistance with your sponsorship application, get in touch with us here.

January 23, 2019 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 443

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 443 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

January 11, 2019 - Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program to re-open at noon on January 28, 2019

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) released a statement today indicating that the Interest to Sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors on noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 28, 2019. The form will be accessible on IRCC’s webpage until IRCC receives a certain number of forms (the number of which has not been released).

IRCC has outlined the steps in the application process on their website:

Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest in sponsoring, by filling out the Interest to Sponsor form. IRCC has indicated that sponsors will be required to upload a status in Canada document. Additional details that potential sponsors are required to submit with their Interest to Sponsor form are outlined by IRCC on their page, here.

Step 2: Invitations are sent to potential sponsors, in the order in which IRCC received Interest to Sponsor forms. In other words, invitations are sent out on a first come, first served basis. Invitations will continue to be sent out until the cap of 20,000 completed applications are accepted by IRCC.

Step 3: Those with an invitation to apply are given 60 calendar days to complete and submit the sponsorship applications to IRCC. IRCC has indicated that “Those who submit an interest to sponsor form and receive a confirmation number, but do not receive an invitation to apply in 2019, will have their form retained by IRCC for consideration in 2020.”

The Canadian government plans to increase admission levels in the number of applications to 21,000 in 2020.

To read the news release, click here.

For more information, or for assistance with family sponsorship, get in touch with us here

January 10, 2019 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 449

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 449 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class…

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January 2, 2019 - Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program to open in late January

After much anticipation, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced on December 31, 2018, that the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program would re-open in late January, rather than early January, as in previous years. The announcement came via IRCC’s official twitter page.

In August 2018, Canada’s Immigration Minister announced that the Government of Canada will be accepting up to 20,000 applications in 2019 for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in response to the continuous demand for parental and grandparental sponsorship. The Minister also announced that Immigration and Refugee Canada (IRCC) would be replacing the lottery system with a first-come, first-served based system once it reopens in 2019.

The Minister of Immigration also stated that the government will be making additional changes by simplifying the intake process, creating a more positive applicant experience.

For those interested in sponsoring a parent or grandparent in 2019, the Interest to Sponsor form will be available online. In order to sponsor a parent or grandparent, the form needs to be completed by eligible sponsors in order to notify IRCC of their interest to sponsor.

Rather than IRCC randomly selecting sponsors to apply, in 2019, the Canadian government will invite interested sponsors to submit an application to sponsor based on the order the forms are received, until 20,000 completed applications are received by IRCC.

The government plans to increase admission levels in the number of applications to 21,000 in 2020.

To read the update via twitter, click here.

For more information, or for assistance with family sponsorship, get in touch with us here

December 19, 2018 - Express Entry draw score dips slightly to 439 points or higher

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 439 or higher have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This is a slight dip from the last draw on December 12, 2018, as well as the prior draw on November 28, 2018, where the selected score was 445 points or higher.

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals…

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December 12, 2018 - Express Entry draw once again issues invitations at CRS score 445

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 445 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This is the same score as the last draw, which took place on November 28, 2018.

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

December 4, 2018 - IEC Opens for 2019

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada re-opened the International Experience Canada program for the 2019 year. This program allows for individuals between the ages of 18 to 35 to work in Canada for a maximum of two years, through different categories/types of permits.

Eligible candidates are invited to apply from the International Experience Canada (“IEC”) pool. Candidates are invited to apply in rounds. Rounds take place until…

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November 28, 2018 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 445

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 445 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

November 15, 2018 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 449

oday, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 449 or higher, have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically…

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October 15, 2018 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 440

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 440 have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must…

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October 3, 2018 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 445

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 445 have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

September 19, 2018 - Express Entry draw issues invitations at CRS score 441

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,500 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 441 have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

September 5, 2018 - Express Entry draw once again issues invitations at CRS score 440

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry system. Candidates with a score of 440 - the same score as the last 2 draws - have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points, or are awarded an additional 600 points with a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

See IRCC's invitation results page here.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.

August 27, 2018 – Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Changes - Canada increasing cap to 20,000 and replacing lottery system for 2019

Last week, Canada’s Immigration Minister announced that the Government of Canada will be accepting up to 20,000 applications in 2019 for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in response to the continuous demand for parental and grandparental sponsorship. The Minister also announced that Immigration and Refugee Canada (IRCC) would be replacing the lottery system with a first-come, first-served based system.

The Minister of Immigration also stated that the government will be making additional changes by simplifying the intake process, creating a more positive applicant experience.

A few weeks earlier, IRCC announced the decision to increase number of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents from 10,000 to 17,000…

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