Canadian Immigration News Tue, 23 May 2017 20:38:26 +0000 en-gb (Canadavisa) May 17 Express Entry Draw sees Joint-Lowest Minimum CRS Requirement at 415 A Canadian flag flutters above a crowd

The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on May 17, 2017, saw Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent resident status issued to 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above. This is the second time the minimum CRS requirement has dropped to 415, the lowest minimum requirement yet since the system was introduced in January, 2015.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Wed, 17 May 2017 18:38:48 +0000
Saskatchewan Express Entry Category Opens for 600 New Applications The flag of Saskatchewan

For the first time in over three months, Saskatchewan has reopened its popular International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 600 new applications will be accepted during this intake. In reopening this sub-category, Saskatchewan offers eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool a way of obtaining an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Tue, 16 May 2017 19:34:06 +0000
BC Invites 364 Workers and Graduates to Apply for Provincial Nomination The flags of British Columbia and Canada

On May 10, 2017, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 364 workers and graduates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. This represents an increase of 77 percent in the number of candidates invited in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), compared to the previous draw on April 19. These individuals have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from BC and are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Thu, 11 May 2017 13:36:38 +0000
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Resumes Online Application Services A map of Nova Scotia, Canada

As of May 10, 2017, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration has resumed receiving online applications to the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). On May 9, all online application services of the NSNP were unavailable. While service has resumed for the Skilled Worker and Experience: Express Entry streams, no further applications are being received for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Wed, 10 May 2017 14:22:56 +0000
Nova Scotia Pauses Access to Online Immigration Application Services A seaside town in Nova Scotia, Canada

On May 9, 2017, Nova Scotia's Office of Immigration updated its website to state that 'Currently all Nova Scotia Immigration applications associated with Nova Scotia’s online service are unavailable.' This announcement comes the day after technical issues with the online intake system triggered a pause on the intake of applications to the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Tue, 09 May 2017 21:12:15 +0000
Ontario to Issue Express Entry Notifications of Interest on Weekly Basis Toronto, Ontario, Canada on a beautiful clear day

The government of Ontario will issue Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who are eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream on a weekly basis. This stream is part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Fri, 05 May 2017 20:57:08 +0000
3,796 Invitations to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence Issued in May 4 Express Entry Draw Canadian flags flutter in the breeze in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citzenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,796 candidates in the Express Entry pool in its latest draw, which took place on May 4, 2017. Candidates in the pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 423 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Although the minimum required CRS score was slightly higher than that of the previous draw, which took place on April 19, a greater number of ITAs were issued this time around.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Thu, 04 May 2017 15:28:43 +0000
Maximum Age of Dependent Children to be Raised to 21 and Under A happy family of two parents, and a older teenage child

As of October 24, 2017, the maximum age of dependent children who may be included in an application for immigration to Canada will rise to include children under the age of 22, who are not themselves married or in a common-law relationship. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed the change in its official Gazette of May 3, 2017. Currently, the definition of a dependent child covers children under the age of 19 — a regulation that the Canadian government has criticized for being 'too restrictive'.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Wed, 03 May 2017 17:10:33 +0000
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry to Reopen 'In the Coming Weeks' With New Occupations List A map of Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia has released a new list of target 'opportunity' occupations for its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Canadian immigration stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Of the 16 occupations on the updated list, eight are new, with the remaining eight having also been on the previous list.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Tue, 02 May 2017 20:47:16 +0000
Eligible Brazilians, Bulgarians, Romanians Now Able to Fly to Canada Without a Visa An Air Canada plane in flight

Certain citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania are now able to fly to Canada without first obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV, also known as a visitor visa). Instead, these individuals must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), a quicker and cheaper process, before boarding their flight.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Tue, 02 May 2017 15:35:33 +0000
Intake Limit Reached for Ontario's International Masters Graduate Stream The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The International Masters Graduate of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reached its intake limit the same day that it opened, on May 1, 2017. The International PhD Graduate stream, which also opened on May 1, remains open.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Tue, 02 May 2017 14:12:50 +0000
Ontario Resumes Accepting Applications for Masters and PhD Graduate Streams The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has again begun accepting applications to the International Masters Graduate and International PhD Graduate streams. This represents the second time in 2017 that these two streams have opened to receive applications. Both streams are popular with international graduates, and offers a route to Canadian permanent residence for eligible individuals.

]]> (Naomi Endicott) News Mon, 01 May 2017 20:22:29 +0000
Canada Removes Conditional Permanent Residence Provision A couple drinking coffee in a cafe

Sponsored spouses and common-law partners will no longer pass through a period of conditional permanent resident status, after the Liberal government of Canada, as expected, removed the provision, which was first introduced in 2012 by the previous Conservative government.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:04:00 +0000
Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada

Foreign workers currently employed in the province of New Brunswick have a fresh opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence, after the provincial government reopened its Express Entry Labour Market stream (EELMS) to these workers only. This enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream is part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), through which the province welcomes new permanent residents who can settle quickly.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:19 +0000
Nova Scotia Reports on 'Remarkable Year' for Immigration to the Province A map of Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 5,500 new immigrants in 2016, more than at any time in the last seven decades. The province's Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab, stated in the provincial legislature that the results show that Nova Scotia is well on the way to achieving its goal of welcoming 7,000 immigrants per year by 2024.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:40:07 +0000
Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants A church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on a fall day

In a surprising update, the government of Ontario has announced that over the next week it will be issuing targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who work in one of many religious occupations. The province states that the move aims 'to improve the responsiveness of the program to labour market demands.'

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:50:44 +0000
Sponsors Have Until July 24 to Apply to Parent and Grandparent Program Three generations of a family relaxing at home with a new-born child

Sponsors lucky enough to be invited to submit an application to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparents(s) for immigration to Canada have a deadline of July 24 to submit a complete application, including supporting documents.

The deadline looms for the 10,000 sponsors selected at random by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) earlier this week under the Parent And Grandparent Program (PGP).

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:51:23 +0000
Alberta Prohibits Use of Temporary Foreign Worker Program for 29 Skilled Occupations A landscape shot of Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada

The government of Alberta, with federal approval, has launched an Employer Liaison Service that aims to match open job positions with qualified local workers. As part of this two-year pilot program, Albertan companies will not be allowed to avail of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) when hiring in any of 29 high-skilled occupations.

]]> (Hugo O'Doherty) News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:42:10 +0000