January 2017

Suspension of Groups of Five Community Sponsors

Suspension of Groups of Five Community Sponsors

January, 2017

The temporary public policy set up last December to allow Group of Five and Community Sponsors to submit applications to sponsor Syrian and Iraqi refugees officially ended last week.
IRCC: New changes to enhance access to Parent and Grandparent Program

IRCC: New changes to enhance access to Parent and Grandparent Program

January, 2017

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said that the new changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) would pave the way to a more efficient application processing system.
Express Entry tweaks to benefit skilled workers and students

Express Entry tweaks to benefit skilled workers and students

January, 2017

The changes to the Express Entry scheme implemented by the former immigration minister John McCallum last November have been benefiting two important sectors: the students and the skilled workers.
Canadian Express Entry System offers Two New Promising Trends

Canadian Express Entry System offers Two New Promising Trends

January, 2017

The latest Express Entry draw held last Wednesday confirmed two new trends happening in the Canadian Immigration Selection system: a growing number of candidates being awarded an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and a dropping minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points requirement.
Ontario Announces New Processing Streams For French-Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario Announces New Processing Streams For French-Speaking Skilled Workers

January, 2017

The province of Ontario has launched a new application process for its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
New Brunswick Immigration notifies public on processing delays in its provincial nominee program

New Brunswick Immigration notifies public on processing delays in its provincial nominee program

January, 2017

The province of New Brunswick confirmed through a statement that there are some delays in the processing of applications for its provincial nominee program.
IRCC: Minimum CSR points requirement for Express Entry decreasing steadily

IRCC: Minimum CSR points requirement for Express Entry decreasing steadily

January, 2017

The latest Express Entry draw last January 11, 2016, was record-breaking: it was the highest number of Invitation to Apply (ITA) issued in a single day. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, (IRCC) said that this is also the first time in recent history that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CSR) points has dipped below the 460 points-level.
Ontario Announces Year-Long Celebration For 150th Anniversary

Ontario Announces Year-Long Celebration For 150th Anniversary

January, 2017

On January 24, 2017, Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon announced the government of Ontario is celebrating its 150th anniversary. She said that the year-long festivity would focus on supporting community groups organizing various events such as multicultural exhibitions, sporting festivals, and food bazaars.
Trudeau selects former Somali refugee to head Immigration Department

Trudeau selects former Somali refugee to head Immigration Department

January, 2017

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now has a new minister after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau selects Ahmed Hussen to lead the department in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Tuesday, January 10.
Destination Canada: International arrivals to the country hit all-time high

Destination Canada: International arrivals to the country hit all-time high

January, 2017

Destination Canada, the corporation that served as the country’s tourism commission, revealed that the total number of international arrivals to Canada from November 2015 to November 2016 had hit an all-time high.
IRCC: We're doing our best to raise awareness about the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

IRCC: We're doing our best to raise awareness about the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

January, 2017

“We have been doing everything [we] can to raise awareness of the new travel document requirement.” This is what the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) told the press after hearing about the mishaps of several passengers concerning the visa-waiver scheme.
Manitoba Caps 2016 with 2 draws and 316 Letters of Advice to Apply

Manitoba Caps 2016 with 2 draws and 316 Letters of Advice to Apply

January, 2017

The province of Manitoba remained aggressive in the last days of 2016 by conducting two draws that saw 316 candidates being issued with a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA).
Quebec suspends Private Refugee Sponsorship to prioritize backlogs

Quebec suspends Private Refugee Sponsorship to prioritize backlogs

January, 2017

The province of Quebec announced that it had put the Private Refugee Sponsorship (PSR) program on temporary hold in order to process existing backlogs.
Canada Celebrates Winterlude Festival

Canada Celebrates Winterlude Festival

January, 2017

According to the government, this year’s Winterlude Festival will run from February 3 to 20, 2017.
Canadian government reiterates commitment to open its borders to more refugees

Canadian government reiterates commitment to open its borders to more refugees

January, 2017

The Canadian government assured the public anew that it will welcome more Syrian refugees this year.
December 22 Express Entry draw breaks records

December 22 Express Entry draw breaks records

January, 2017

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued last December 22 was the biggest in Express Entry history since its introduction in 2015.
 British Columbia invites 276 candidates consisting of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs

British Columbia invites 276 candidates consisting of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs

January, 2017

The two, separate draws conducted by the province of British Columbia saw 276 candidates being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by December 21, 2016.
A Quick Recap: Canadian immigration focused on relaxing rules to enhance foreign talent acquisition

A Quick Recap: Canadian immigration focused on relaxing rules to enhance foreign talent acquisition

January, 2017

The Canadian government was blatant about how the wobbly labour market took a toll on its economy. Though it remained among the strongest on the global stage, many economic experts deemed its growth to be slow, if not completely stagnant.
San Marino Citizens now part of International Experience Canada Program

San Marino Citizens now part of International Experience Canada Program

January, 2017

Starting January 2017, Canadian government has signed an agremeent to allow citizens of San Marino to work in the country with an IEC visa. Nationals between ages 18 and 35 can work in Canada with an IEC open permit through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, a working holiday visa allows citizens from select countries between 18 to 35 to work in Canada for up to two years.

First Express Entry draw for 2017 breaks record

First Express Entry draw for 2017 breaks record

January, 2017

The very first Express Entry draw for this year has set a new record at a total of 2,902 Invitation to Apply (ITA) issuances; up by 83 percent from the last draw of 2,878 ITAs on December 22, 2016.
Ottawa puts an end to 4-in-4-out rule for foreign workers

Ottawa puts an end to 4-in-4-out rule for foreign workers

January, 2017

“Effectively immediately,” answered Immigration Minister John McCallum after asked by the press about the implementation date of the 4-in4-out rule abolition.