The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was officially launched on March 6, with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now in a position to receive applications for permanent residence through this innovative new program. A range of workers and graduates now have another opportunity to immigrate to Canada through the AIPP, with the program’s unique criteria and speedy processing times almost certain to prove attractive. [Read more…]
The United States administration is temporarily suspending the expedited processing of H-1B visas, a popular work visa that helps U.S. companies hire skilled international workers. In response, companies in Canada — particularly in the technology sector — have issued a rallying cry for these workers to join the Canadian labour market instead, either as workers or as new permanent residents.
Fortunately for these companies and workers, the government of Canada offers a range of pathways for workers and their families to come to Canada. [Read more…]
The government of Canada has outlined details of the new Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which, among other initiatives, will establish a two-week standard for processing of work permit applications (and temporary resident visas when applicable) for highly skilled talent. The Global Talent Stream is scheduled to be operational as of June 12, 2017. [Read more…]
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The largest ever Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has taken place, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence has decreased yet again. Candidates in the Express Entry pool with 434 or more CRS points were issued an ITA in the March 1 draw.
A total of 3,884 ITAs were issued in this draw. [Read more…]
The first week of the newly-revamped Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) online application system has shown that Ontario intends to manage its allocation intake by welcoming applications in short intake periods throughout 2017. Consequently, international workers and graduates alike are set to have numerous opportunities to pursue permanent residence in Canada’s most popular immigrant destination province this year. [Read more…]
As 2017 progresses, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are becoming increasingly active. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased its target for the number of newcomers arriving in Canada through the PNPs to 51,000 for 2017, representing an increase of seven percent over the target for 2016. Several provinces have made moves to meet these increased targets by opening and expanding various categories and streams of their respective PNPs. [Read more…]
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The government of Quebec has expanded the list of occupations for which employers do not need to advertise an open position before hiring a foreign worker.
Canadian employers hiring temporary foreign workers typically must advertise an open position in multiple places before an application for an application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may be submitted. However, this requirement is waived for employers in Quebec hiring for certain positions. [Read more…]
Le gouvernement du Québec a élargi sa liste de professions pour lesquelles les employeurs n’ont pas besoin de d’afficher le poste avant d’embaucher un travailleur étranger.
Les employeurs canadiens qui embauchent des travailleurs étrangers temporaires doivent normalement procéder à l’affichage du poste auprès de plusieurs ressources avant qu’une demande de demande d’impact sur le marché du travail (EIMT) puisse être présentée. Toutefois, cette exigence n’est pas requise pour les employeurs du Québec qui embauchent pour certains postes spécifiques. [Read more…]