Biometrics no longer required for some Canadian immigration applicants

Credit to Author: Mohanad Moetaz| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:57:40 +0000

Canada no longer requires permanent residence applicants to provide their biometric information as long as they have submitted their biometrics in another application within the last ten years.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has previously taken special measures due to the coronavirus pandemic such as allowing delays for biometric submissions if applicants are unable to submit them.  It is unknown as […]

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Chocolatier and medical student among Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:07:29 +0000

Immigrant entrepreneurs, activists, and academics across Canada have been recognized for their contributions to the country in a nation-wide immigrant awards program. The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards acknowledges the achievements of immigrants across the country. The winners are selected by a combination of online voting, and a team of judges. “We’ve had a […]

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Canadians call for faster family reunification

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:00:02 +0000

Protesters once again took to the streets across Canada this past weekend, calling on the government to address delays in spousal and family sponsorship applications. Foreign spouses and common-law partners of Canadians are exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions, however, many couples are finding that they cannot even get a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for their […]

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P.E.I. issues record-breaking number of invitations in latest draw

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:06:12 +0000

The province of Prince Edward Island has invited 345 economic immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held September 17. After issuing the largest number invitations to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates on August 20, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) distributed yet another record-breaking number of 345 […]

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Canadian immigration options for tech talent

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 06:00:16 +0000

Canada is open to tech talent. A recent U.S. media report by CGTN America sheds light on Canada’s emergence as a destination of choice for tech workers from around the world amid immigration restrictions imposed by the U.S. government. Indeed, Canada has made a concerted effort to attract more workers to its shores to feed […]

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Canada-US border closure extended again

Credit to Author: Mohanad Moetaz| Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:55:10 +0000

Canada announced that its southern border will remain closed until at least October 21, 2020, in a continuing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair tweeted that the border will continue to be closed for non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S.  This means that United States citizens can […]

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IRCC gradually resuming in-person services

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:29:14 +0000

Immigration services that are not available virtually will begin to resume on September 21. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is testing out the new protocols and procedures for offering in-person services during the coronavirus pandemic. The services being offered next week include: Citizenship: Vancouver Expo will be reopening for citizenship knowledge re-testing and citizenship […]

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Immigrants can boost productivity for Canadian businesses, study finds

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:00:32 +0000

With an increase in the number of immigrant workers comes productivity growth for Canadian businesses.   This is the conclusion drawn in a recent Statistics Canada study that assessed the impact of immigration on company-level productivity outcomes.    The report titled “Immigration and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database” is based on data […]

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Canada gives second chance to PNP applicants who lost jobs to coronavirus

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:24:53 +0000

Certain Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants who lost their job due to coronavirus will have until 2021 to get a new job and not lose their nomination. Between September 17 and November 17, provincial and territorial jurisdictions can request for paper-based PNP applications to be placed on hold if applicants lost their job offer as […]

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New immigration measures to support Lebanon

Credit to Author: Mohanad Moetaz| Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:58 +0000

Canada has announced additional facilitative measures to support those affected by the situation in Beirut, Lebanon.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Lebanon wishing to return to Canada may receive priority processing if they require travel documents such as a permanent resident travel document (PRTD), or a Canadian passport.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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