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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British Columbia issues 407 invitations in new PNP draw

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:22:29 +0000

British Columbia invited 407 immigration candidates through a provincial nominee program draw held on September 15, 2020. The new invitations went to candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories. The minimum scores for this draw […]

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Express Entry: Canada issues another 4,200 ITAs

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:18:21 +0000

Canada held its 163rd Express Entry draw, inviting immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence on September 16. The new Express Entry round issued invitations to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 472. This is three points less than the previous all-program draw, the biggest drop since all-program draws resumed in July. A […]

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Latest guidelines for permanent residence applicants

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 08:00:08 +0000

Immigrating to Canada during a pandemic can be a challenge for new permanent residents and many may be wondering how the government is addressing the situation. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued guidelines for permanent residence applicants who were planning to arrive and settle in Canada in the coming months and who may have […]

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May was a busy month for PNPs

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 07:00:42 +0000

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNP) have been active over the past few weeks, with invitation rounds taking place in most Canadian provinces. Combined, the provinces have issued more than 2000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence since the start of May. Many of these invitations were issued through so-called “enhanced” nomination […]

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Minimum CRS score drops to 464 in second Express Entry draw in one day

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:01:05 +0000

A second Express Entry draw took place on Thursday, April 9, where a total of 3,294 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Canadian Experience Class candidates with ranking scores of 464 and above. This rare second draw within the same day saw the lowest minimum CRS score requirement since October 2019. […]

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Canada continues to accept permanent and temporary residence applications and adapt processes

Credit to Author: David Cohen| Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:41:21 +0000

Canada is taking steps to continue to attract global talent from around the world during a time of global efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Canada’s federal and provincial governments operate more than 80 economic class immigration pathways today, plus many more pathways for those who arrive under the family or refugee classes, as […]

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International migration to Canada reached record level in third quarter of 2018

Credit to Author: CIC News| Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 17:50:04 +0000

International migration to Canada reached an unprecedented level between July 1 and October 1, 2018, and helped the Canadian population grow at a record three-month pace.   Preliminary estimates show Canada’s population increased by 183,715 people during the third quarter of 2018. Statistics Canada says this was the largest quarterly increase in absolute numbers since the introduction […]

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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 stiffens sentences for drunk driving, raising new immigration concerns


New amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada mean foreign nationals and permanent residents convicted of impaired driving can now be deemed inadmissible and could face deportation. This has the potential to effect individuals who are looking to immigrate to Canada permanently as well as those seeking entry to Canada merely on a temporary basis. […]

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