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CanadaVisa News Briefs for Mid-August, 2016

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The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian immigration and citizenship 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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

BC Invites Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada through BC PNP in August 4 Draw

The province of British Columbia (BC) has issued 602 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The ITAs were issued across three categories: Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker, Express Entry BC – International Graduate, and Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled. >>Read More

Government of Canada Urged World Social Forum Organizers to Seek Private Assistance for Visa Issues

As the 2016 World Social Forum gets underway in Montreal today, it is likely that many would-be delegates and invitees will not be in attendance. Many applications for Temporary Residents Visas (TRVs), also known as visitor visas, were rejected by the government of Canada, or were not processed in time for the event. >>Read More

Canada Plans to Increase Number of Visa Offices in China

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, is currently in Beijing to meet with representatives from the Chinese Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Public Security to discuss opening five new Canadian visa offices across China. >>Read More

754 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence in Latest Express Entry Draw

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 754 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place the morning of August 10, 2016, and is the fortieth draw since the Canadian immigration selection system was launched in January, 2015. Each candidate who received an ITA had 490 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. >>Read More

Canada’s Immigration Minister Wants to “Increase Substantially the Number of Immigrants”

John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, has stated his goal of significantly increasing immigration to Canada beyond its current record level as a way to fill the country’s labour needs and rise to the demographic challenges faced by an aging population. >>Read More

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Reaches Intake Cap Within Hours of Opening

The submission period for applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has closed at 1:19 p.m. on August 16, hours after opening at 8:30 a.m. the same day. The maximum number of 5,000 applications to the QSWP were received through Mon projet Québec, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec to receive applications for the QSWP. >>Read More

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