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How extended family members can travel to Canada, and more news from this week


Mohanad Moetaz - 13 October, 2020

How to apply for travel exemptions as extended family

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week

- Canada reveals how extended family can apply to come to Canada

- Parents and Grandparents Program 2020 is now open

- Canada welcomes over 11,000 new immigrants in August 2020

- Manitoba issues 191 invitations in latest PNP draw

Extended family members can now travel to Canada, here’s how.

Extended family members and people traveling to Canada for compassionate reasons are now exempt from travel restrictions under certain requirements.

Family members can travel to Canada as long as they are planning to stay for at least 15 days. They must also meet eligibility and admissibility requirements.

In order to apply to become exempt as a family member, you must follow the six steps highlighted in the video below. More information is also available here.



Parents and Grandparents Program 2020 now open

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those with First Nations status are now able to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada.

The expression of interest period for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) starts on October 13, and lasts 3 weeks until November 3.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete 10,000 PGP applications for 2020.

Canada welcomed 11,000 immigrants in August 2020

Canada has welcomed 11,315 new permanent residents in August 2020. This was lower than the 13,645 immigrants that were welcomed in July 2020.

Canada’s low immigration levels are due to the travel restrictions that were put in place to curve the spread of COVID-19. Despite this, Canada is committed to welcoming high levels of immigration, as levels are expected to rebound.

The first sign of Canada’s commitment comes in the form of ongoing and regular Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws throughout the pandemic.

Manitoba’s 100th PNP draw issues 191 invitations

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) invited 191 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. Invited candidates consisted of skilled workers and international graduates.

These candidates were invited through three streams:

The invitations, known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) and minimum required Expression of Interest (EOI) scores for each of the streams are as follows:

Manitoba has now issued a total 3,862 invitations this year.

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