Spouses and common-law partners sponsored to immigrate to Canada will no longer experience a period of conditional permanent resident status. Instead, they will have full permanent resident status upon landing. The removal of the conditional permanent residence provision was confirmed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on April 28, 2017. [Read more…]
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published its Express Entry year-end report for 2016, showing that more candidates residing outside Canada were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in 2016 than in 2015. Moreover, IRCC has stated that the countries of residence among invited candidates is likely to continue to diversify throughout 2017 as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold decreases even further. [Read more…]
Canada’s provinces have carved out an increasingly important role in the country’s economic immigration selection system, known as Express Entry. As a result, more candidates are noting that staying up to date on the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) can be a decisive step towards achieving their Canadian immigration goals. [Read more…]
New data shows that Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta remain the most popular destinations for new immigrants to Canada who arrive through the Express Entry selection system.
In addition, around one-in-three invited candidates were citizens of India, reflecting that country’s increasingly strong relationship with Canada. The other 67 percent of candidates were citizens of many other countries around the world, as reflected in the table below. It should be noted that around one-third of invited candidates in 2016 were from a country not listed in these tables. [Read more…]
A popular Canadian immigration stream in Nova Scotia will reopen for the first time since 2015 “in the coming weeks,” the province has announced. The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), and is one of two NSNP streams aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system. [Read more…]
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has chosen at random 10,000 sponsors who wish to submit an application to bring their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada as permanent residents through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP).
These 10,000 sponsors have just 90 days to submit a complete application, including all supporting documentation. [Read more…]
More Invitations to Apply issued so far in 2017 than in entire year of 2016
More and more Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada are receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required has decreased to a new record low of 415 in the April 19 draw. A total of 3,665 candidates received an ITA in this draw. [Read more…]
U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to consider tightening visa regulations for foreign workers, arguing for a “long overdue reform of H-1B visas.” The H-1B program allows American companies to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations, including fields like science, engineering, and information technology.
Many of the approximately 85,000 H-1B workers who come to the U.S. each year work in these fields, as their expertise is often not available locally. [Read more…]
Improved call centre services and smoother application tracking processes are among the stand-out recommendations that have been submitted by a Parliamentary Committee that has completed its work on the Modernization of Client Service Delivery at the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Committee has submitted a list of 24 recommendations to Parliament. [Read more…]