How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Rethinking immigration can boost the economy

Credit to Author: Guest Author| Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:27:15 +0000

Every crisis can lead to new opportunities. And we’ve already seen challenges that emerged during the pandemic lead to innovative government programs.  The same should happen with Canada’s immigration policy. While the pandemic has temporarily closed the territorial borders to all foreigners for non-essential travel, there’s an opportunity to keep our “virtual” borders open to the best and brightest workers who want to come to Canada.

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Express Entry CEC draw invites candidates with scores as low as 431

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:25:25 +0000

Today’s Express Entry draw has resulted in invitations for 3,508 immigration candidates and their families to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 431. This was the lowest CRS for CEC […]

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The other side of COVID-19: What comes next for Canada’s immigration system?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 23:07:10 +0000

Canada is currently in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Its borders are closed to discretionary travel.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has suspended the processing of most temporary residence applications. The Canada Border Services Agency has put a pause on removing people from Canada.  Civil servants are largely working from home. The Royal […]

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Will Canada be as open to immigrants after COVID-19?

Credit to Author: Guest Author| Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:35:23 +0000

By Ratna Omidvar  As Canadians continue to battle COVID-19 by staying in their homes or working on the front lines in the hospitals and clinics, my thoughts turn to a hopeful end of the crisis and a return to normalcy. But the new normal may well be different from the old. For most of its […]

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Manitoba issues 132 invitations in latest Expression of Interest draw

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:57:25 +0000

Invitations to apply for a provincial nomination have been issued to 132 candidates in Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool, including seven Express Entry candidates. The April 23 draw issued invitations to candidates in Manitoba’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba,  Skilled Workers Overseas and International Education streams. The province has issued 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on travel bans and processing of immigration applications

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 21:20:26 +0000

During the past few weeks, the Government of Canada implemented many measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the immigration context, these measures included travel bans, the suspension of biometrics and the transition of most Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officers to remote work.  The changes were frequent, dramatic and difficult to keep […]

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Canada still processing visa, eTA, study, and immigration applications

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:57:51 +0000

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it will continue to process visa and electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications for those who are exempt from travel restrictions, with a particular focus on temporary foreign worker applications related to essential medical services and food supply chain services. In an announcement made on April 10, 2020, IRCC […]

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British Columbia issues 476 invitations in three latest draws

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:58:09 +0000

British Columbia has issued 476 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in draws that took place March 30, April 6 and 7. The most recent draw held April 7, was conducted under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Tech Pilot, which assists the province’s technology sector in its efforts to recruit […]

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Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:22:22 +0000

Does your profession or occupation feature in this list? Generally, in order to hire a worker from abroad, a Canadian company will have to first demonstrate that there is a labour shortage for the position.  To do this, the company will need to recruit for four weeks in prescribed locations with specific information in the […]

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Canada invites 668 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 19:03:21 +0000

The Government of Canada has released the details of this week’s Express Entry draw, inviting 668 candidates to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were received on March 18, however official details of the draw were released today, March 20. This draw brings the total number of invitations to apply (ITAs) to 19,368 issued so far […]

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