CIC News

The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has launched an innovative new points system for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) will be used for prioritizing newcomers through most BC PNP categories and fast-tracking their arrival to the province.

In addition, the government of B.C. has asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the BC PNP. The province is asking for its allocation to be increased from 5,500 to 9,000.

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A total of 4,449 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence were issued over the course of January, the highest total number for any single month since the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada was launched just over a year ago. The previous record was set in March, 2015, when 3,257 ITAs were issued.

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Certain non-Canadian workers in the television (TV) and film industries, as well as those working in dance and theatre, may soon find it easier to work in Canada on a temporary basis. The government of Canada announced on February 3, 2016 that certain job positions in these industries will be added to the list of positions for which foreign nationals may obtain Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt work permits.

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Candidates for immigration to Canada encouraged to perform due diligence on representatives

After this week’s news that two people are facing seven charges each for allegedly acting as unauthorized immigration consultants and committing fraud in Regina, Saskatchewan, individuals are being encouraged to ensure that their immigration representative has the proper authorization to act on their behalf.

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You may have noticed that recently underwent a makeover — and we like the results. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the new look and feel, not to mention all the great new content being published each week.

One of our (many) goals for this year is to share more of our website with the many thousands of people around the world who follow CanadaVisa Social, whether on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or YouTube. Frankly, we’re proud of our new site and believe that the content can help you reach your Canadian immigration goals, so why wouldn’t we share more of it across social media?

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Every month, Attorney David Cohen will answer a few general Canadian immigration questions submitted by our readers. These questions cover immigration programs, eligibility, processing, language requirements, investing in Canada, landing, admissibility, studying in Canada, working in Canada, and much more.

Here are this month’s questions and answers.

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The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that have taken place over the past couple of weeks.

Our Canadian immigration news briefs bring you the latest news as it happens. When published, these articles are posted across our social media channels, including FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

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