Minimum score decreases by five points in latest Express Entry draw


The Government of Canada has invited 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held Monday, October 15. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this invitation round returned to 440, which is the lowest score drawn this year. Today’s minimum score is five points less than the minimum Comprehensive […]

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Taking Citizenship Week in Canada to new heights

Celebrating Canadian citizenship It’s Citizenship Week (October 8 to 14, 2018) and there are 72 special citizenship ceremonies happening across the country this week, including a special CN Tower ceremony in Toronto where six new citizens braved the EdgeWalk,  the world’s highest hands-free walk, while taking the oath of citizenship — 116 storeys from the […]

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Express Entry set multiple records in the 3rd quarter of 2018


The Government of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration system had a banner third quarter of 2018, issuing a record high number of invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence over the months of July, August and September.  Introduced in 2015, the  Express Entry system manages the pool of eligible candidates in Canada’s three main economic immigration […]

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IRCC says revised citizenship rules are resulting in more new Canadians


The number of people receiving Canadian citizenship is on the rise thanks to revised rules that have made it easier to obtain, the Government of Canada says.  By the end of this month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says an estimated 152,000 people will have received Canadian citizenship since changes were introduced that reduced […]

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Express Entry: How Canada’s main economic immigration system has evolved over 100 draws


Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration selection system has come a long way since its introduction in January 2015. Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s main economic immigration categories — Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class  — and has now issued more than 213,000 invitations to apply […]

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Largest Express Entry draw of 2018 issues 3,900 invitations to apply


The Government of Canada held its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on September 5, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This is the fourth all-program draw in 2018 with a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score drawn in 2018 to date. The tie-break date and time […]

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IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery and increase application cap to 20,000 in 2019


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will scrap its controversial randomized selection process for its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019 and revert to a first-come, first-served approach to inviting interested sponsors to apply. The move was announced August 20 in a news release that also said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) will accept […]

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IRCC warns of social media scams


The Government of Canada is warning of a scam by individuals posing as immigration consultants on Facebook. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said a number of Facebook pages are claiming to be those of immigration consultants affiliated with the Government of Canada and promise successful immigration to Canada. IRCC said the pages are primarily […]

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Improved estimates for Canadian immigration processing

Better estimates of Canadian immigration application processing times as of July 31, 2018 How Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) estimates immigration processing times has been changed, hopefully for the better. “We understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for […]

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Canada will now accept 17,000 applications under Parents and Grandparents Program in 2018


The Government of Canada is increasing the number of applications that it will accept for processing this year under its parents and grandparents sponsorship program, from 10,000 to 17,000. The update was issued Thursday via Ministerial Instruction from Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen. The news follows an announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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