Delays in work visas negatively impacting Canadian business, survey says

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:00:23 +0000

Canadian companies, academic institutions, and government-funded organizations that access immigration are being negatively impacted by delays at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), a not-for-profit that is particularly interested in workforce mobility matters, conducted a survey during the month of June 2022. A total of 33 organizations that regularly […]

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IRCC sent work permit extension instructions to wrong e-mail addresses

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:01:21 +0000

Expired and soon-to-expire Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders and Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) applicants were told to wait for an email with instructions on how to extend their status. One day later, several reports surfaced on social media that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had sent the emails containing names, application numbers, […]

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Canada opens new PR pathway for overseas family members of air disasters

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:00:45 +0000

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a new permanent residency program for families of the Canadian victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. The new permanent residency pathway applies to those who wish to come to Canada to settle and support members of their family who lost their […]

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Four provinces calling on Canadian government for greater say over immigration

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 12:00:18 +0000

Provincial immigration ministers from Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba signed off on a letter urging Immigration Minister Sean Fraser to work with the provinces to improve Canada’s immigration system. The letter, sent on July 26, noted that there are labour shortages across the country and Canada must do more to attract immigrants with in demand […]

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IRCC reveals how many FSWP and CEC candidates were invited in recent all-program draws

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 16:15:13 +0000

Canada’s federal immigration department has released preliminary data on how many Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates were invited in the two most recent Express Entry draws. On July 6, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first all-program draw in 18 months. A total of 1,500 candidates were […]

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What Canada is doing to reduce delays for air travellers

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 12:00:25 +0000

The Canadian government is making efforts to reduce traveller wait times and other issues at Canadian airports. A combination of increased demand to travel and decreased airport staff has left many air travellers facing delays, cancellations, lost baggage and a host of other problems. On July 22, Transport Canada released some stats on the situation […]

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Full exclusive interview with Canada’s immigration minister

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2022 12:00:44 +0000

CIC News met Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on June 21 to discuss current events relating to Canadian immigration. Fraser was appointed minister last fall, shortly after the 2021 Canadian federal election. As the head of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Fraser is tasked with implementing the Canadian prime minister’s policy priorities, which are outlined in […]

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Canadian airports re-introduce random COVID-19 testing on fully vaccinated travellers

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2022 14:06:37 +0000

After a five-week break, Canada has resumed mandatory random testing for fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air. Canada paused random testing at airports on June 11, and reintroduced them as of July 19. Testing will resume at the four major Canadian airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Those selected for a random test will […]

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Canada plans to hold targeted Express Entry draws in early 2023

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 12:00:15 +0000

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to start holding Express Entry draws for candidates based on labour market goals in the first quarter of 2023, a spokesperson says. “The Department is planning to consult a wide range of stakeholders to inform new categories in Express Entry, as required by the legislation, and is […]

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Sean Fraser talks about how life has changed since he became Canada’s minister of immigration

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2022 14:00:18 +0000

Sean Fraser told CIC News in an interview that the biggest change since becoming Canada’s immigration minister has been managing his time as a politician as well as a family man. “You know it’s a pretty wild experience you go through when you are asked to serve in this capacity. In addition to being a […]

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