Bill C-6, an act amending the Canadian Citizenship Act, has officially passed into law, placing current and future immigrants to Canada on a faster pathway to one of the world’s most desired citizenships.
C-6 received parliamentary Royal Assent in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, on the evening of June 19, 2017.
A total of 605 skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in the province's two latest draws, which followed each other in quick succession. On May 30, a total of 401 candidates who had previously made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Manitoba as a skilled worker were invited to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the MPNP. This draw was followed by another on June 16, in which a further 204 candidates were invited to apply. Prior to these two draws, the MPNP had not invited skilled workers through the two sub-categories included in this draw since March 30.
These candidates are now in a position to apply for provincial nomination. Successful candidates may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
The Employer Job Offer stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its intake limit, and is no longer receiving applications. Ontario's Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has stated that 'The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation, and will determine if any more applications can be accepted for this stream in the months ahead.'
A new pilot program has launched, introducing two-week processing times for work permit applications for certain highly-skilled foreign workers. The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is part of the Canadian government’s Global Skills Strategy, an initiative designed to facilitate access to uniquely specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada's economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
A total of 346 workers and international graduates are now in a position to apply for provincial nomination after the latest draw of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), which took place on June 7, 2017. Invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued to candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Successful applicants for provincial nomination receive a provincial nomination certificate, and may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.
Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system, designed to welcome skilled workers from around the world quickly and simply, will reward candidates who can prove that they or their spouse or common-law partner have a sibling living in Canada. Candidates with French ability will also benefit from changes brought into effect on June 6, 2017.
A total of 3,877 candidates in the Express Entry pool have received an Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the latest draw, conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on May 31, 2017. Candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 413 or above are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status, representing the lowest-ever CRS requirement for candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This draw follows just five days after two previous Express Entry draws, which took place simultaneously on May 26 and were restricted to the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and provincial nominees respectively.
The popular Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) has reopened for up to 1,900 new applications, as of May 29, 2017. The QIIP is Canada's only currently available passive investor immigration program, and throughout the years it has proven popular — the intake is expected to fill before the scheduled end date of the application cycle, February 23, 2018.
A maximum of 1,330 applications may be accepted for processing from nationals of the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
The latest draw from Canada's Express Entry pool has seen 543 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. In a move that has not yet been seen in the history of the Express Entry system, two groups of candidates were singled out to receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs). In addition, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established two different minimum scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A total of 400 candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) with a minimum CRS score of 199, and 143 candidates with a provincial nomination and a minimum CRS score of 775, were issued ITAs, and are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has invited 365 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate in its latest immigration draw, which took place on May 24, 2017. A range of workers and international graduates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.
Saskatchewan has conducted the largest ever draw for the Entrepreneur stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with 142 international entrepreneurs having been invited to apply to the program following the May 24, 2017 draw. Another new record was set in this draw, as the points threshold required for a candidate to be invited to apply reached its lowest ever cut-off point of 80.