CanadaVisa News Briefs for Early February, 2017

CIC News
Published: February 8, 2017

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, InstagramGoogle+ and LinkedIn. Follow us across these channels to get the latest news as it occurs.

• Record Low CRS Requirement in February 8 Express Entry Draw

The February 8, 2017 Express Entry draw was the largest of all timeFebruary 8, 2017

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has broken new ground, with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point threshold dipping below the 450 mark for the first time ever. In total, 3,664 candidates in the pool with 447 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence on February 8, 2017. >>Read More

• Immigration to Nova Scotia Highest in Decades, With More Growth Expected

A map of Nova Scotia, CanadaFebruary 6, 2017

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is boasting record immigration numbers to the province, with many skilled workers, entrepreneurs, refugees, and family member of Canadian citizens and permanent residents having made a new home in the province. Overall, preliminary figures for last year to the end of October reveal that 4,835 newcomers arrived in Nova Scotia, the highest intake in decades. >>Read More

• BC Invites 457 Workers and Graduates to Immigrate in February 3 Draw

White Rock in British Columbia, CanadaFebruary 3, 2017

The first immigration draw of the year under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has taken place, with 457 candidates having been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the BC PNP on February 3. These candidates had previously created a profile in BC's unique Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a mechanism that allows the province to rank and select potential newcomers across a range of sub-categories. >>Read More

• Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Expected in Federal Budget

A group of workers in work uniformFebruary 2, 2017

The government of Canada's upcoming federal budget will include long-awaited reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), according to Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. Reforming the program has been a priority since the Liberal government took office 15 months ago. >>Read More

• Canada Introduces Temporary Public Policy for Foreign Nationals Impacted by U.S. President Trump's Executive Order

A sign at the Canadian border in Niagara FallsFebruary 1, 2017

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government department which oversees immigration and refugee affairs in Canada, has introduced a temporary public policy concerning certain foreign nationals who are affected by an Executive Order signed by U.S. President Trump on January 27, 2017. Under the temporary public policy, the government of Canada may allow foreign nationals affected the by the U.S. Executive Order to apply for temporary status in Canada, or to extend their stay. >>Read More

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