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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Canada’s 2020-22 Immigration Levels Plan to welcome over one million immigrants

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:54:44 +0000

The Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino tabled the 2019 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration last week. The report sets out information on the numbers of temporary residents and permanent residents in 2018 and in addition, provides information on the Government of Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022. Key highlights from the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels […]

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Despite coronavirus, Canada needs immigrants

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:37:05 +0000

Last week Canada announced its 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan as the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis was escalating. Indeed, the announcement was overshadowed by the major economic and social turmoil that the coronavirus is having in Canada and abroad. Here at home, Canada, just like most countries, appears headed towards a recession. COVID-19 has led to a […]

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Canada to welcome up to 390,000 immigrants in 2022

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:33:26 +0000

Canada will welcome more than one million new permanent residents in the next three years. This was unveiled today in the federal government’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada continues its approach to gradually increase immigration levels. This is likely to give stakeholders time to adequately plan to support a larger population. Whereas Canada welcomed 320,000 […]

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Tips for recognizing and rejecting Fraud

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:51:39 +0000

Did you know that March is Fraud Awareness Month in Canada? This is an opportunity to highlight the importance for Canadians to recognize, reject and report fraud. Statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canada’s central repository for information about fraud, finds that, in 2019 alone, Canadians lost over $98 million to fraud. The Centre estimates […]

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What can happen to permanent residents convicted of criminal offences?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:57:14 +0000

Immigrants to Canada are typically aware that if they are convicted of certain criminal offences that they could lose their permanent resident status. When immigrants are charged with criminal offences, immigration lawyers and criminal defense counsel will often work together as needed to ensure that those charged do not lead to deportations.  It is therefore […]

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How the Federal Court will review visa refusals going forward

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:03:51 +0000

Significance of the recent decision that a person born in Canada to undercover Russian spies is a Canadian citizen On December 19, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Alexander Vavilov created a revised framework for the standard of review in judicial review applications. This case […]

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Temporary pause to the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents for 2020

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:21:31 +0000

The federal government has announced a temporary pause to the popular Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program for 2020. The program will not be accepting new applications at this point. The Program usually opens for application once a year, which is often in January. According to the Ministerial Instructions on Parents and Grandparents announced on the […]

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Advice for international students: the importance of study permit compliance

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:03:15 +0000

In 2020, over 400,000 international students at the post-secondary level in Canada will return to school.  Many will want to stay and work in Canada after graduating.  All will be subject to mandatory conditions of their stay as a student in Canada.  It is important for all international students, and especially those who wish to […]

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