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2023-04-15 18:39:42 CIC News
Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba invite candidates this week in latest PNP draws

Three provinces held draws this week under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). All of Canada’s provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs to select the economic immigration candidates that they feel have the best chance of becoming economically established, settling in the province, and contributing to the provincial economy. Quebec has […]

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2023-04-15 14:39:31 CIC News
Ways to overcome criminal inadmissibility to Canada

Although Canada welcomes millions of visitors, workers, students and immigrants each year, each individual must meet admissibility requirements before being allowed to enter into the country. Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm If you are a foreign national who has been arrested or convicted of a crime, you may be […]

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2023-04-14 18:54:54 Immigration News Canada
A Valid Job Offer For Express Entry – Know Full Requirements
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2023-04-14 18:41:47 CIC News
How IRCC determines if a PNP candidate can economically establish in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its processing instructions to provide guidance about how they assess a principal applicant’s ability to become economically established under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP is main pathway for economic class immigrants in Canada. Each year, IRCC releases an Immigration Levels Plan, in which permanent residence […]

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2023-04-14 06:56:33 Immigration News Canada New PGWP Extension Error Leaves Applicants In Uncertainty https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/genevieve-beauchemin-sits-down-with-immigration-minister-sean-fraser-about-canada-s-promise-to-get-v-1468988907190726658.webp…
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2023-04-14 06:56:32 Immigration News Canada
New PGWP Extension Error Leaves Applicants In Uncertainty

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/genevieve-beauchemin-sits-down-with-immigration-minister-sean-fraser-about-canada-s-promise-to-get-v-1468988907190726658.webp Last Updated On 13 April 2023, 9:56 PM EDT (Toronto Time) PGWP Extension Error: Multiple Post Graduation Work Permit – PGWP extension applicants reported receiving incorrect expiry dates on their new work permits issued by IRCC.

This error could be a perfect example of IRCC internal poor communication as well as applicants “jumping the gun” to apply sooner.

However, there has not been any official confirmation and immigration applications could vary case-to-case.

If PGWP extension applicants are receiving this incorrect expiry date, then they are clearly not at fault because of anticipating long processing times at IRCC.

However, IRCC once again might be at fault of not providing clear instructions or not doing their homework thoroughly prior to rolling out the new PGWP extension policy.

We have reached out to a former IRCC employee for their input and are writing this article because a lot of our readers reached out seeking information on this error. We will update this article if any official information or more updates are made public. Know AboutWhat is PGWP Extension Error? It is reported that around April 12, 2023 numerous PGWP Extension applicants reported obtaining new PGWP extension with incorrect expiry dates.

They received a PGWP extension with an expiration date that was 18 months from the IRCC approval date rather than 18 months from the PGWP’s original expiration date.

This error is currently being reported by eligible PGWP extension applicants receiving an extension, who are eligible for opt-in(streamlined) process.

Such a technical glitch or error also happened when IRCC tried to speed up processing post pandemic for visitor record/extension.

Visitor visa applicants from within Canada were receiving work permits, while work permit applicants were receiving visitor visa. Expect IRCC Processing Delays Due To Potential Strike Effect of PGWP Extension ErrorCertain PGWP holders applied for the extension excess in time to ensure that they do not miss out the opportunity of extension.

They wanted to secure their open work permit status on the safe side as per the policy commentary.

And, this is perfectly fine and ideal step when applying for any of the IRCC policy to make sure that you factor in IRCC processing delays.

However, this early opt-in for PGWP extension turned against them and resulted in losing PGWP time (in multiple of months) just by applying prior to expiry of their existing PGWP.

Individuals having a PGWP expiry in October 2023 applied in April 2023 as soon as the policy opened.

They were seeking an extension of 18 months starting from October 2023. Unfortunately, PGWP holders reported that they got the 18-month extension starting from April 2023 dates.

As a result, they lost the PGWP time between the IRCC approval and their previous PGWP expiry date. Why did PGWP Extension Error happen?Major reason (being from a corporate background) is communication error. And this has been quite common in case of IRCC.

It is clear that PGWP extension policy instructions were not accurately transformed into instructions for the IRCC employee.

One of the former IRCC employee (not disclosed) said that he can speculate that as we quote,“IRCC released the policy and might have expected that PGWP expiring later in the year (2023) will not apply now.”

“Staff might have been instructed to just select the approval date from among all the multiple drop down sections required to be selected, to approve the PGWP extensions.”

“Or IRCC system might not just have added the option of approving the PGWP extension from the date of expiry. As a result, IRCC staff migh[...]
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2023-04-13 22:29:37 Canadim
Can a Temporary Resident Buy a House in Canada in 2023?

The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act came into effect on January 1st of this year and has left many wondering about their ability to purchase a home in Canada.

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2023-04-13 18:57:33 Immigration News Canada Know About Study Permit Extension And Status Restoration https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/pexels-photo-7972534.jpeg Last Updated On 13 April 2023, 10:22 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Study Permit Extension And Status…
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2023-04-13 18:57:32 Immigration News Canada
Know About Study Permit Extension And Status Restoration

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/pexels-photo-7972534.jpeg Last Updated On 13 April 2023, 10:22 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Study Permit Extension And Status Restoration: When you receive your study permit, it indicates when you must complete your studies and leave Canada.

However, if you want to remain in Canada, you must either extend your study permit or restore your temporary status.

You would generally have 90 days or 3 months from your study permit expiration date to either extend, restore, or change your status.

To help you with your journey, below are some frequently asked questions about study permit extensions and restoration. Table of ContentsHow to find your study permit expiration date? The expiration date on your study permit indicates when you must finish studying and leave Canada.

You can find your study permit expiry date in the top right corner of your study permit. Typically, the expiry date is the same length as your study program plus 90 days.

These additional 90 days are for you to either prepare to depart Canada or extend your stay. When does the 90-day period begin for study permit holders?The 90-day period begins:

* On the date, you receive notification from your school (such as an email, letter, transcript, or other forms of notification) indicating you have completed your program or
* When you obtain your diploma, degree, or certificate

If you can’t confirm when your school first contacted you, IRCC may use the earliest issue date on the document and may confirm the date with your school. When to extend your study permit? If your study permit is approaching its expiration date and you want to continue studying in Canada, ensure that you apply for a study permit extension at least 30 days before your current study permit expires.

Here are a few things to consider when applying for a study permit extension.

* Ensure that your passport and visa do not expire at the same time
* It is because your study permit cannot be extended beyond the expiration date of your passport.
* If you apply before your permit expires, you can continue to study under the same conditions as your current permit until a decision is made on your application. This is only valid if you are in Canada. 2023 IRCC Interim Work Authorization For PGWP Holders What would be your study permit expiration date if you complete your studies sooner or later than expected? If you complete your studies sooner than expected, your study permit will expire on the following dates, whichever comes first:

* The date expiry date mentioned on your permit, or
* 90 days after the completion of your study

Similarly, if you complete your studies later than expected, you must apply for your study permit extension at least 30 days before your current permit expires. What should you do if your permit has expired?If you want to continue studying in Canada, but your study permit has expired, you must apply for a new one.

However, since your permit has expired and you no longer hold a temporary residence status, you must also apply to restore your temporary status in Canada.

Therefore if you have an expired study permit and would like to continue studying, you must do the following:

* Apply for a new study permit and
* Restore your temporary residence status in Canada.

Remember, if your permit has expired, you can stay in Canada but cannot study until your status has been restored and you have received a new study permit. What are your options if you wish to remain in Canada but not as a student? If you wish to remain in Canada but not as a student, below are your alternatives.

* If you have completed your studies and are eligible, apply for a post-graduate work permit.
* Apply to change your status and remain in Canada as a visitor, or[...]
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2023-04-13 18:44:22 CIC News
Where can I move in Canada and still be connected to a big city?

At the start of 2023, Statistics Canada revealed its updated Index of Remoteness (IOR), a study that looked to establish a “remoteness” score to every habitable place in Canada. Learn more about Canadian immigration and discover your options The study assessed different kinds of “Census Subdivisions (CSD)” i.e.: Cities, Municipalities, Villages, Townships, etc.—across Canada—to determine […]

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2023-04-12 23:01:53 Immigration News Canada
Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 3,500 Profiles For PR

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Today, first Express Entry draw of April 2023 invites 3,500 profiles for permanent residency (PR) in a “no program specified” round of invitations.

The CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score cutoff jumps by 5 points to 486, predominantly due to reduction in number of ITAs. Details of the new IRCC Express Entry draw today* Date and time of round: April 12, 2023 14:12:15 UTC
* No Program Specified
* Number of invitations issued: 3,500
* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500 or above
* CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 486
* Tie-breaking rule: July 19, 2022 11:05:24 UTC

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/image-4-1024x690.png Just a reminder that we now have a dedicated online Express Entry page that is updated LIVE as soon as the draw is announced. Visit our Express Entry page by clicking here.

In the month of March 2023, 28,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) were issued, and the CRS cut off score reduced from 490 to 481.

However, cutoff score now again increases after halt of two weeks due to creation of new Express Entry profiles and halving of the ITAs. Know How Targeted Express Entry Draws Will Affect You Also readUpcoming Express Entry Draw PredictionFor last Express Entry draw, our CRS cut off score forecast was just 1 point off, but this week’s cutoff score came out to be quite high than expected.

Our forecast is usually based on the study of the CRS score distribution in the pool on the draw day and number of invitations, as well as our expectation of new profiles created until the draw day.

It seems like number of new profiles created since March 29, 2023 beat our expectations as well as half the number of invitations.

CRS score cutoff in the next draw on April 26, 2023 could be around 482 for no program specified draw.

If no program-specific draw is announced again next week, then we can see slightly lower cutoff score around 478.

The CRS score distribution of Express Entry candidates as of March 29, 2023 is shown below. CRS score distribution in the Express Entry poolhttps://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/CRS-Score-Distribution-April-12-1-869x1024.png Full List of Express Entry Draws 2023Click here for all the previous Express Entry draws. Official IRCC processing times for Express Entry – April 12, 2023* Canadian Experience Class – 5 months
* Federal Skilled Worker Program – 27 months
* Federal Skilled Trades Program – (not updated
by IRCC since March 1) There could be no application in processing for FSTP
* Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 10 months

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2023-04-12 22:48:40 CIC News
IRCC holds first Express Entry draw of April

IRCC has held another Express Entry draw. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates in an all-program draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 486. In an all-program draw, candidates are considered from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) the Federal Skilled Worker […]

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2023-04-12 19:02:18 Immigration News Canada
Check Out Latest IRCC Processing Times As Of April 12

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This page contains a list of the most recent official IRCC processing times as of April 12, 2023, as well as a comparison with last week’s processing times.

Please carefully read the information below to properly understand what these processing times mean.

These processing durations, which are formally updated every week by the IRCC, have been recorded and published for the benefit of our readers for more than a year now. In early 2022, the IRCC changed its processing tool to incorporate accurate data on usual processing timelines rather than merely service standard times.

Formerly, it exhibited IRCC service standards, which represent IRCC’s goal of processing an application in a timely way. The service standards are not updated on a regular basis.

For 80% of applications, the majority of services for citizenship and permanent residency now offer processing timeframes that are updated weekly based on information from the last 6 months.

These updates give you more accurate information that reflects processing volumes and any changes to IRCC’s ability to handle applications. Processing times for applications for temporary residency are also adjusted every week based on information from the preceding 8 or 16 weeks.

These processing timelines are meant to provide potential immigration and visa applicants to Canada an indication of how long it may take for a decision on their application to be made.

This does not indicate that your application will be processed in the same amount of time.

Because it is an average of the timings for 80% of applicants, the actual processing time for your application may vary (could be longer or shorter than time mentioned here).

Please keep in mind that the processing time begins when the application is received by the IRCC and concludes when the immigration officer determines whether or not to approve the application. Expect IRCC Processing Delays Due To Potential Strike Check Processing TimeCheck Processing Time for Citizenship & PR cards*Citizenship certificate (evidence of citizenship): Applications from countries other than Canada and the United States may take longer to process.

The IRCC is currently sending AOR letters or emails to paper-based and online citizenship applications received in the week of February 28, 2023. Processing time For Family Sponsorship Canadian Passport Processing times Permanent Residency Processing Time For Economic ClassKnow IRCC Contact Number and Office Addresses IRCC Processing Times For Temporary Residence *At this time, work permit applications for priority occupations are being processed faster. Your processing time could be longer if you are not seeking work visa for a job in a crucial profession. PGWP Extension 2023: Here Are Full Instructions On How To Apply
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2023-04-12 18:49:01 CIC News
What are language test requirements for Canadian immigration?

Canada’s federal and provincial skilled worker immigration programs require that you complete a language test. The language test requirement applies to the federal Express Entry system, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canada’s other various skilled worker streams. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration Completing a language test is necessary to demonstrate that […]

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2023-04-12 06:50:01 Immigration News Canada New BC PNP Draw Invites 132 Applicants for PR https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Vancouver-British-Columbia-Canada.jpg.webp Last Updated On 11 April 2023, 10:33 PM EDT (Toronto Time) Today, British Columbia…
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2023-04-12 06:49:59 Immigration News Canada
New BC PNP Draw Invites 132 Applicants for PR

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Today, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – BC PNP Draw issues 132 invitations to apply for permanent residency (PR).

Invitations are issued out under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams, as well as its Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) counterparts.

This draw targeted profiles created in 35 tech occupations/NOCs as well as 39 healthcare related occupations/NOCs. Table of ContentsBC PNP Draw Summary – April 11When compared to the previous similar targeted BC PNP Draw, the cutoff score for Tech occupations remains same.

Similarly, the cutoff score for healthcare-related occupations/NOCs has been mostly staying around 60. New Minimum Wage In British Columbia Effective June 1 Full List of Eligible 35 Tech Occupations for BC PNP Draw* 10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
* 20012 Computer and information systems managers
* 21100 Physicists and astronomers
* 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
* 21211 Data scientists
* 21220 Cybersecurity specialists
* 21221 Business systems specialists
* 21222 Information systems specialists
* 21223 Database analysts and data administrators
* 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
* 21231 Software engineers and designers
* 21232 Software developers and programmers
* 21233 Web designers
* 21234 Web developers and programmers
* 21300 Civil engineers
* 21301 Mechanical engineers
* 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
* 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
* 21320 Chemical engineers
* 21399 Other professional engineers
* 22110 Biological technologists and technicians
* 22220 Computer network and web technicians
* 22221 User support technicians
* 22222 Information systems testing technicians
* 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
* 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
* 50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
* 51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
* 51112 Technical writers
* 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
* 52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
* 52112 Broadcast technicians
* 52113 Audio and video recording technicians
* 52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
* 53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators New Minimum Wage In Canada and 5 Provinces Full List of Eligible Healthcare Occupations1. 30010 Managers in health care
2. 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
3. 31101 Specialists in surgery
4. 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
5. 31110 Dentists
6. 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
7. 31120 Pharmacists
8. 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
9. 31200 Psychologists
10. 31201 Chiropractors
11. 31202 Physiotherapists
12. 31203 Occupational therapists
13. 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
14. 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
15. 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
16. 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
17. 31302 Nurse practitioners
18. 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
19. 32101 Licensed practical nurses
20. 32102 Paramedical occupations
21. 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
22. 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
23. 32110 Denturists
24. 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
25. 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
26. 32120 Medic[...]
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2023-04-11 22:44:45 Immigration News Canada Latest Ontario-OINP Draw of 2023 Declares Cutoff Score of 30 https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Niagara-Falls-Ontario.jpg Last Updated On 11 April 2023, 1:00 PM EDT (Toronto Time) Today, Ontario Immigrant Nominee…
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2023-04-11 22:44:44 Immigration News Canada
Latest Ontario-OINP Draw of 2023 Declares Cutoff Score of 30

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Today, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program – OINP draw sent 295 invitations to apply (ITA) under the In-Demand Skills stream.

This first 2023 OINP In-Demand Skills stream round of invitation considered the profiles created between November 22, 2022 – April 11, 2023, having a score of 30 and above.

In 2022, Ontario PNP invited only 523 profiles under this stream. However, OINP quota has overall increased significantly this year, so we may see more of such draws.

Furthermore, in-demand skills stream is also a good option for individuals working in TEER 4 or 5 (NOC C or D) jobs.

Ontario has a list of in-demand skills occupations that are considered for this stream meeting the below listed eligibility requirements. Table of ContentsOINP In-Demand Skills Stream General EligibilityLanguage Requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or above in either English or French. Click here for CLB language equivalency chart.

Education Requirement: A secondary school (high school) diploma or certification from, or its equivalent Education Credential Assessment (ECA) from outside Canada.

Job Offer Requirement: A full-time (at least 1,560 hours and 30 hours of paid work each week) employment/job offer with no expiration date (indeterminate duration). Job offer pay must meet or be higher than the median wage level.

Work Experience: At least 9 months of total paid full-time employment (or the equivalent in part-time employment) in Ontario, in the same in-demand profession (with the same NOC code) as the job offer. Ontario-OINP Official Data On Top 20 Nominated Occupations Full List of Eligible Occupations – OINP DrawJob offer anywhere in Ontario

* NOC 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
* NOC 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
* NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
* NOC 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
* NOC 85100 – Livestock labourers
* NOC 85101 – Harvesting labourers
* NOC 85103 – Nursery and greenhouse labourers
* NOC 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Job offer outside the Greater Toronto Area  (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions)

* NOC 94100 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
* NOC 94105 – Metalworking and forging machine operators
* NOC 94106 – Machining tool operators
* NOC 94107 – Machine operators of other metal products
* NOC 94110 – Chemical plant machine operators
* NOC 94111 – Plastics processing machine operators
* NOC 94124 – Woodworking machine operators
* NOC 94132 – Industrial sewing machine operators
* NOC 94140 – Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
* NOC 94201 – Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
* NOC 94204 – Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
* NOC 94213 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
* NOC 94219 – Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
* NOC 95102 – Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities New Minimum Wage In Ontario On October 1 How to calculate OINP ScoresJob offer: NOC broad occupational category* Occupational Category 0,2,3 – 10 points
* Occupational Category 7 – 7 points
* Occupational Category 1,9 – 5 points
* Occupational Category 4,8 – 4 points
* Occupational Category 5,6 – 3 points Job offer: wage* $40 per hour or higher – 10 points
* $35 to $39.99 per hour – 8 points
* $30 to $34.99 per hour – 7 points
* $25 to $29.99 per hour – 6 points
* $20 to $24.99 per hour – 5 points
* Less than $20 per hour – 0 points Work permit status* With valid work [...]
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2023-04-11 18:38:19 Immigration News Canada Canada Family Sponsorship Immigration Increases In 2023 https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Canada-Family-Sponsorship.jpg Last Updated On 11 April 2023, 9:46 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Newcomers landing in Canada…
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2023-04-11 18:38:19 Immigration News Canada Expect IRCC Processing Delays Due To Potential Strike https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Canada-Federal-Government-Employees-Strike.jpeg Last Updated On 11 April 2023, 11:36 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Canada immigration…
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2023-04-11 18:38:18 Immigration News Canada
Canada Family Sponsorship Immigration Increases In 2023

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Newcomers landing in Canada under the Family Sponsorship Immigration programs increased significantly by around 60% in the beginning of 2023.

As per immigration levels plan 2023, Canada has a target of welcoming 465,000 permanent residents in 2023.

Out of these, 106,500 will be under the family sponsorship. Family sponsorship includes Spouses, Partners and Children as well as Parents and Grandparents (PGP) program. Canada has already landed more than 13,000 newcomers under these two programs in 2023.

Overall, Canada already welcomed 50,885 new permanent residents in January, about 43.6 percent higher than the 35,450 immigrants in January last year. Table of ContentsParents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2023 UpdateNew permanent residents landing in Canada via Parents and Grandparents program increased by 57.3% for the same time period.

The PGP welcomed 2,065 new permanent residents in the first month of 2023, up from 1,300 in the same month in 2022. Canada is aiming to land 28,500 permanent residents under the lottery system of Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2023.

In addition, this number is up 67.2 percent from the 1,235 new permanent residents who arrived in Canada under this program in January 2020 (prior to pandemic).

According to the most recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 27,255 new permanent residents to Canada entered through the PGP last year, which is 132.2 percent greater than the 11,740 in 2021.

Moreover, IRCC processing times for applications already in processing are also picking up the pace.

As per latest IRCC processing update, the immigration department has now reduced processing time by 14 months for PGP.

However, IRCC still struggling to reinstate the service standards for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The PGP requires applicants to pay $1,050 to sponsor a parent or grandparent, and the procedure can take up to 39 months.

Those being sponsored must provide biometrics after applying. The processing time includes the time it takes to collect those biometrics.

There is currently no information on the method that IRCC will use for the PGP in 2023. However, expectations are high that the PGP 2023 will open for new applicants now.

The most recent PGP lottery was held in October 2022, and there are presently roughly 155,000 possible sponsors left in the pool of candidates who expressed interest in the fall of 2020. New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1 Spousal Sponsorship UpdateSpousal sponsorship immigrants landing in Canada almost doubled in January 2023 as compared to January 2022.

As per immigration levels plan, Canada is aiming to land more than 78,000 permanent residents under the spousal sponsorship program.

In January, Canada welcomed 10,065 new permanent residents through spousal sponsorship immigration.

This is an increase of 90.1 percent, or 4,770 persons, from the 5,295 immigrants who rejoined their loved ones under same program in 2022. Spousal sponsorships almost returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2021, increasing by more than 78.4% to 64,440 that year before dipping somewhat in 2022.

The high number of spousal sponsorships in January this year was up 126.7 percent from the 4,435 new permanent residents who arrived in Canada under this programme in the same month last year.

However, applicants under the spousal sponsorship have been continuously pointing out the long processing times keeping each other apart.

Processing time for spousal sponsorship have also improved significantly and IRCC is making all the efforts to disappear backlog. Spousal sponsorship now has a processing time of 14 months for in[...]
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2023-04-11 18:38:17 Immigration News Canada
Expect IRCC Processing Delays Due To Potential Strike

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Canada immigration applicants can face delays in IRCC processing because of possible labour strike this month.

The government of Canada updated on their official website that groups of public servants “may be” go on a legal strike in mid-April 2023. Collective bargaining agreements are now being negotiated between the Canadian government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). There are also talks going on between the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These all sums up to around 159,000 workers who offer a variety of services to the general population in different departments.

There could be service disruptions and certain services could get affected as listed below: Table of ContentsIRCC Service DisruptionThe majority of IRCC services would be affected by a labour disruption and applicants can accept delays in:

* applications processing.
* in-person appointments including citizenship ceremony.
* contacting IRCC via email, phone or social media
* services for consular citizenship and passport
* in-Canada passport services

It is important to note that only the IRCC employees part of the union groups will go on strike.

Certain IRCC services will continue as usual during the legal strike. IRCC Services Maintained During StrikeApplicants will still be able to apply online for different immigration or visa programs.

They will also be able to mail their applications to IRCC as well as use their online accounts during the service disruption.

Furthermore, access to some emergency services will continue as well.

Apart from these, other services provided by non-governmental organizations will also stay available such as

* settlement services from IRCC partner organizations,
* healthcare under the Interim Federal Health Program,
* visa application centres outside of Canada. New Minimum Wage In Canada and 5 Provinces Service Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Service DisruptionServices partially or fully disrupted* Service Canada Centres
* Passport services
* Grants and contributions programs
* Temporary Foreign Worker Program
* Canada Education Savings Grant
* Canada Learning Bond
* Canada Disability Savings Grant and Canada Disability Savings Bond
* Job Bank Services maintained* Employment Insurance (including Work-Sharing Program)
* Canada Pension Plan
* Old Age Security
* Social Insurance Number
* Call centres
* Self-serve online services
* Labour Program
* Canada Student Financial Assistance Program
* Canada–Ukraine Transitional Assistance Initiative
* Canada Coal Transition Initiative
* Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime
* Canada apprenticeship grants
* Wage Earner Protection Program
* Fish Harvester Benefit CRA Service DisruptionCanadians are being urged by the federal government to submit their taxes as soon as possible.

Canadians can utilize online services like Express NOA and Auto-fill my return in approved tax preparation software by signing up for CRA My Account access.

Certain CRA services may be delayed or become unavailable in the event of strike.

More specifically, you can anticipate longer wait times in the contact centres and possible delays in the processing of some income tax and benefit returns, especially those submitted on paper.

Online services via will be maintained during the strike which includes:
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On April 7, the majority of PSAC-UTE members exercised their right to vote and gave their union a mandate to strike. This indicates that as of April 14, [...]
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2023-04-10 18:23:10 Immigration News Canada Overseas Citizenship Of India-OCI Application Process In Canada https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/OCI-Application.jpg Last Updated On 10 April 2023, 10:35 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Overseas Citizenship of India…
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2023-04-10 18:23:08 Immigration News Canada
Overseas Citizenship Of India-OCI Application Process In Canada

https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/OCI-Application.jpg Last Updated On 10 April 2023, 10:35 AM EDT (Toronto Time) Overseas Citizenship of India – OCI application: OCI cards are issued to people of Indian descent who formerly held an Indian passport and are now Canadian citizens. OCI is a lifetime visa for India that comes with various other perks.

If you previously held an Indian passport and want to get Overseas Citizenship in India, this article is for you.

Below is how you can apply to get an OCI card from Canada. Table of ContentsOverview of the process to apply for an OCI card in CanadaEvery OCI application must be filed online together with the required paperwork (self-attested), a photo, and a signature (or, in the instance of a juvenile who is unable to sign, a left-hand thumbprint for boys and a right-hand thumbprint for girls) (for girls).

After submitting an online OCI application and uploading supporting documents, a signature, and a photo, applicants must pay the required fees, along with the supporting documents, to BLS International (India’s High Commission/Consulate General’s outsourced agency) for the necessary verification to take place.

It is important to note that no OCI applications or service requests are accepted in offline mode.

Moreover, surrender/renunciation applications would not be accepted alongside OCI applications.

Only after the applicant has completed surrendering their Indian passport will the application for OCI be accepted. Know Overseas Citizenship Of India(OCI) For Indian Canadians Who can apply to get an OCI card?Foreign nationals from the following countries are eligible for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders; it includes those who

* Were a citizen of India at the time of, or after, the commencement of the Indian Constitution, that is, January 26, 1950
* Was eligible to become an Indian citizen on January 26, 1950
* Born in a territory that became a part of India after August 15, 1947
* Is such a citizen’s child, grandchild, or great-grandchild, or
* a minor child of the individuals above
* is a minor and whose both parents are Indian citizens or one of the parents is an Indian citizen
* Spouse of a citizen of India or spouse of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder registered under Section 7A of India’s Citizenship Act, 1955, and whose marriage has been registered and existed for at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the OCI application Who cannot apply for OCI Card?No person is eligible for registration as an OCI Cardholder if their parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents are or were a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, or such other nation as the Government of India may specify by the announcement in the Official Gazette.

Based on the Indian Mission Officer’s instructions, the BLS International Submission Officer may seek additional paperwork not listed on the checklist at the time of submission or throughout the application’s processing.

Suppose the candidate needs to be contacted by HCI / CGI or BLS International. You should include a current contact number and email address in your application form to avoid delays.

The rules and regulations governing the Overseas Citizenship of Indians (OCI) procedure are subject to change at the discretion of the Indian Mission without previous notice to the applicant.

The officers at Indian Mission have the exclusive decision to grant or deny Overseas Citizenship of Indians (OCI) service. Therefore, BLS International has no control over the outcome of an application. Application Fees to apply for OCI CardPlease remember that the fees/processing charges are neither refundable nor transferable.

For in-person applications, only the following payment methods are accepted:

* Debi[...]
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Ontario plans to double its skilled immigration intake

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2023-04-09 18:24:15 Immigration News Canada Here Are IRCC Jobs Hiring Now For Various Locations https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/IRCC-Jobs-Hiring-now-1.jpg Last Updated On 9 April 2023, 9:40 AM EDT (Toronto Time) IRCC Jobs inventory is currently accepting…
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2023-04-09 18:24:14 Immigration News Canada
Here Are IRCC Jobs Hiring Now For Various Locations

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IRCC Jobs inventory is currently accepting resumes for ongoing needs to fill many positions.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is the department of the Government of Canada in charge of immigration, refugees, and Canadian citizenship.

Individuals living inside Canada and Canadian citizens abroad are eligible to apply.

IRCC is one of the leading employers in the National Capital Region, and Forbes named it among Canada’s Best Employers for 2023. IRCC Jobs Accepting ResumeForeign Service Development Program (FSDP)A migration foreign service officer works abroad for around two-thirds of their career, delivering the IRCC’s migration programme and taking part in tasks including processing applications, risk analysis, engagement, and migration diplomacy.

The bulk of assignments are abroad where daily living might differ greatly from that in Canada and is frequently more difficult (such as in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Senegal, Mexico and China).

Foreign Service Officer posts in migration are totally rotating, which means that employees must switch jobs every two to four years, at the employer’s option.

These elements must be taken into account because jobs as migration foreign service officers may be both lucrative and difficult.

Location: International, Ottawa (Ontario)Bilingual – imperative

Closing date: 30 June 2023

Salary: $72,292 to $91,472 Click here for more information on this job posting and how to apply. Supervisor / Program Officer/Advisor / Analyst (3 Streams) – InventorySupervisor: Supervisors generally create a work schedule and processes, and coordinate tasks with other departments or work units.

Furthermore, they identify and fix workplace issues, and create and submit reports on your progress and other items.

They also educate employees about corporate regulations, safety measures, and job responsibilities
Materials and supplies requested

Program Officer/Advisor: The Program Officer assists with delivery and integrity activities for the Settlement and/or Resettlement. They establish and keep a cooperative working relationship with service provider groups.

Analyst: An analyst collects, analyses, and uses complicated data to produce actionable recommendations that will enhance workflow and maximize outcomes.

An analyst’s day-to-day responsibilities include determining the needs of the firm and the customer, reviewing extensive data, and doing in-depth analysis to spot trends or potential improvement areas.

Location: Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta), Surrey (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Fredericton (New Brunswick), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Etobicoke (Ontario), Mississauga (Ontario), Scarborough (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Hamilton (Ontario), Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Kitchener (Ontario), London (Ontario), Windsor (Ontario), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Montréal Island (Québec), Gatineau (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Whitehorse (Yukon)Various language requirements and/or profiles

Salary: $71,599 to $77,368

Closing date: 28 September 2023 Click here for more information on this job posting and how to apply. Full List Of High Demand Jobs In The Greater Toronto Area Senior Immigration OfficerThe senior immigration officer implements immigration policy and objectives under the general supervision of a manager based in Canada, evaluates applications for temporary and permanent residents.

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Report: Immigrants who studied in Canada earned more

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