House of Commons report calls on IRCC to repeal ‘excessive demand’ rules


A Parliamentary committee is recommending the repeal of a controversial section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that refuses entry to immigrants deemed likely to cause “excessive demand” on the country’s healthcare system. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration held hearings over the last few weeks on the Act’s medical […]

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How to prove you’re in a common-law relationship for immigration applications

Most Canadian citizens and permanent residents who fall in love with and get married to a non-Canadian understand that they can sponsor their spouses to immigrate to Canada, and will often do so shortly after they get married. Many Canadians also understand that they don’t have to be technically married; they can sponsor common-law partners […]

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Canada invites 2,750 candidates to apply in new Express Entry draw


The Government of Canada has invited 2,750 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place Dec. 6. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System score for this draw was 452. The draw once again made use of the tie-break procedure that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada […]

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IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program completed in 2018


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will have the backlog of permanent residence applications through the old Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) largely cleared by the end of 2018. In an announcement on Dec. 3, IRCC said its goal is to finalize 80 per cent of applications for permanent residence submitted on or before Oct. […]

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November kicks off promising start towards 2018 Express Entry targets


November has been a busy month for Canada’s Express Entry system, with four draws over its first three weeks. The weekly draws followed the Nov. 1 announcement by the Government of Canada of new multi-year immigration targets for 2018-2020. These targets could see a nearly 20 per cent increase in the number of candidates granted […]

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IRCC invites 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply in November 15 draw


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has invited 2,750 candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place on Nov. 15. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the lowest-ranked candidate issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 439. All candidates with a score above 439 were […]

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New Global Skills Strategy means faster processing but more compliance for certain work permits

On June 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) launched the Global Skills Strategy. The government has issued several press releases stating that the Global Skills Strategy will “make it easier for Canadian business to attract the talent they need to succeed in the […]

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Information on Future Express Entry Draw(s)


Recent months have seen a consistent trend of Express Entry draws occurring every two weeks on Wednesday morning. Following the previous draw on May 31, 2017, candidates in the Express Entry pool may have expected a further draw on the morning of June 14. As of the time of writing, no such draw has occurred […]

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Baseline of 300,000 New Immigrants to Canada Established


Levels of immigration to Canada will not dip below 300,000 new arrivals per year, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, has confirmed. The period of July 2015 to July 2016 saw a historic high of 320,932 new arrivals to Canada. The target for 2017 has been set at 300,000, a figure Hussen […]

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IRCC Makes Slight Revision to CRS Ranking Approach


Candidates in the Express Entry pool with tied scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are now ranked according to the precise date and time they submitted their profiles. This new approach is one of various recent changes to the CRS introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on June 6, 2017. A candidate’s […]

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