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CanadaVisa News Briefs for Mid-March, 2016

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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.

 Canada Postpones Full Implementation of Electronic Travel Authorization

The government of Canada is delaying until the fall (autumn) the enforcement of a new electronic travel authorization (eTA) system for individuals exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV) before they may enter Canada. The system was scheduled to be mandatory from March 15, 2016. >>Read More

• Quebec Immigration Minister Announces New Immigration Plan: ‘Together, We Are Québec’

In a news conference today, Québec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil provided the framework of a new immigration policy aimed at attracting immigrants to the Canadian province who are more likely to succeed in the provincial labour market. >>Read More

• Canada Aims to Welcome up to 305,000 new Permanent Residents in 2016 Across all Immigration Categories

The government of Canada has set an ambitious target in its 2016 Immigration Levels Plan, aiming to welcome up to 305,000 new permanent residents over the course of this year across a range of economic, family, and refugee/humanitarian immigration categories. >>Read More

• Sixth Express Entry Draw of 2016 for Immigration to Canada Sees 1,013 ITAs Issued

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,013 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 29th draw took place on March 9, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 473 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. >>Read More

• Canada Looks to Ease Pathway to Permanent Residence for International Students

The Liberal government of Canada is seeking to find ways to make it simpler and more straightforward for international students in Canada to transition to permanent resident status once they have completed their studies in Canada. >>Read More

• Nova Scotia has Provincial Nomination Immigration Cap Increased

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has been granted an additional 300 spaces for its Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), bringing the total annual allocation cap for the NSNP to 1,350. The news follows extensive lobbying of the federal government by the government of Nova Scotia. >>Read More

•  New Mobilité Francophone Stream Will Remove LMIA Requirement for Hiring Certain French Speakers Outside Quebec

The government of Canada has announced a new stream within the International Mobility Program that aims to attract skilled international French speakers to regions outside the province of Quebec. >>Read More

• 1,014 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Invited to Apply in Latest Express Entry Draw

The latest draw from theExpress Entry pool, the 30th draw since the system was introduced last year, has seen a total of 1,014 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place on March 23, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 470 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. >>Read More

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