Changes to Quebec’s Investor, Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Worker programs coming August 2


Significant changes to Quebec’s Immigrant Investor, Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Worker programs are due to take effect August 2. Among the modifications are new or higher capital investment requirements for all three programs. Candidates for Quebec’s popular Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) will now have to meet higher net asset and investment requirements, which are rising to […]

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Quebec tops Canadian provinces with 37% jump in job vacancies in first quarter of 2018


There were 462,000 job vacancies across Canada in the first quarter of 2018, with Quebec reporting the largest year-over-year increase for the three-month period, according to new figures from Statistics Canada. Job vacancies in Quebec were up by 25,000 in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 37 per cent over the first three […]

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Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment


The Government of Canada is increasing the number of skilled immigrants and their family members who can obtain permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program this year by 500, bringing the 2018 allotment to 2,500. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced the increase Tuesday after a meeting with the premiers […]

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Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment to 2,500


The Government of Canada is increasing the number of skilled immigrants and their family members who can obtain permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program this year by 500, bringing the 2018 allotment to 2,500. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced the increase Tuesday after a meeting with the premiers […]

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Manitoba holds second Express Entry-linked draw in less than a week


Manitoba invited 132 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination July 9 in its second Expression of Interest draw in three days. Once again, the minimum ranking score was 519 — the lowest score yet for Manitoba’s Express Entry sub-stream. The 132 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) issued through Manitoba’s Express Entry-linked Skilled […]

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Temporary Resident Visa refusals on the rise, says new report


Canada refused more than a quarter of all temporary resident visa applications in 2017 — and 30 per cent in the first three months of 2018, the Globe and Mail newspaper is reporting. The report, published July 8, is based on data obtained by the Globe and Mail from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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Manitoba drops score to lowest point yet for Express Entry candidates


Manitoba reduced the cut-off ranking score for Express Entry candidates to its lowest point yet in a new draw from its Expression of Interest pool on July 6. The cut-off score of 519 was 26 points lower than the previous low of 545 on March 13. Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system has a unique […]

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Express Entry ITAs reach record high for month of June


This month has seen two Express Entry draws invite a total of 7,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence, making it the busiest June since Canada introduced the Express Entry system in 2015. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, in each of the two all-program draws held […]

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Express Entry 2018 mid-year report: Building toward larger draws


Canada’s Express Entry system finished the first half of 2018 with a record-breaking June, capping a six-month run that saw draw sizes grow by more than 36 per cent. June’s total of 7,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates more than doubled June 2017’s total of 3,409 ITAs, making it the biggest […]

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Taking part in a Canadian event this summer? Your role may require a work permit


With the arrival of summer in Canada, the extensive lineup of festivals, conferences and conventions is set to begin. These events are usually quite elaborate and often require the entry into Canada of one or more foreign nationals to be actively involved in the necessary preparations. The responsibilities of such individuals can vary widely, ranging […]

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