News & Updates

Canada to introduce Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers

The Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen announced that the Federal Government of Canada will soon introduce a new strategy for newcomers- The Targeted Employment Strategy. He said “Attracting the best and brightest from around the world benefits all Canadians and is one of the Government of Canada’s top priorities. I am proud that our government is supporting newcomers and helping them overcome the barriers that limit their employment opportunities in Canada.”

This initiative will come as a part of the Budget 2017 and with an aim to help skilled workers with bright employment opportunities in Canada. It has been observed that the newcomers of Canada often face challenges in getting their credentials assessed and recognized, which eventually result in employment hindrance. By this Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers, the skilled workers will be able to overcome the obstructions. This strategy will enhance the new immigrants’ employment prospect by putting forward their ability and skills to work in the maple country. It is stated that this strategy will be beneficial to the newcomers in many ways- pre-arrival provisions will be enhanced (this will help newcomers get their credentials recognized much before they arrive in Canada). Special loan facilities will be provided so as to help them in managing the expenses associated with credentials recognition and undergo training programs that help them improve their work skills. And also, pilot ventures will be introduced to help them gain Canadian work experience.

Historic Express Entry Draw- CRS dropped to 423 points

Since the start of 2017, Canada Express Entry has experienced a great shift in its CRS and ITAs number. With an aim to ease immigration in Canada, the country government and Citizenship and Immigration Canada have conducted frequent draws, inviting the highest number of professionals in the history.

During the latest draw of Canada Express Entry today, over 3923 applicants whose CRS score was 423 or more were issued with an Invitation to Apply for a Canada Permanent Residency. To amazement, neither the CRS was as low as today's Draw nor such huge number of Invitations were issued.

This Draw and the ease factors recently introduced to the Express Entry System made are well evident that by time, Canada is keen to welcome more professionals into the country with opportunities and factors that make their stay in Canada a wonderful experience.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is issuing NOI for Human Capital Priorities

As of the recent news about the most prominent Canadian immigration programs- the Ontario Immigrant Nominee program (OINP, it will issue Notifications of Interest from April 10 to April 14, 2017, under its prime stream, the Human Capital Priorities. Hence, this is a right opportunity for professionals willing to settle in Ontario as a permanent resident. Since the HCP stream is the key pathway for one to get a Permanent residency for Ontario, registering in the Canada Express Entry during this duration may help aspirants get a quick NOI form from the Ontario immigration.

How Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) works?

The Ontario immigrant Nominee Program is one of the most demanded Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada Express Entry. This program specifically works to fulfill the labor market requirements of the Ontario province. Aspirants willing to become a permanent resident of Canada by the means of the OINP program must register their application through the Federal Skilled worker program and submit their Expression of Interest under OINP. This Ontario PNP program has access to the Express Entry Pool, wherein it can search for right candidates and issue NOI to suitable candidates. This NOI is valid for a period of 6 months. This means that applicants must create their OINP profile within the time frame via OINP e-filing portal. Post-filing, you will have to submit a complete application within 14 days of time.

Who is eligible for NOI from Ontario?

The basic requirement to obtain an NOI is to have a min. CRS of 400 points along with the required eligibility criteria of HCP- OINP program. For this year, candidates who have skills and experience in the Construction industry will be given the highest preference. Other than this, the following occupants will be given a preference:

  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Welders
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Construction Millwrights
  • Plumbers
  • Painters & Decorators (excluding interior decorators)
  • Roofers & Shinglers
  • Bricklayers
  • Tilesetters
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Plasterers, finishes, drywall installers etc.

If you are unable to reach the cut-off score for Express Entry but have your CRS 400 points or more, it’s time to apply for your NOI through the Ontario PNP. Contact our immigration experts for more details.

Lowest CRS Score recorded for Canada Express Entry- April 2017

The recent draw conducted on April 5, 2017, is yet another draw with lowest CRS scores ever recorded. According to the records, this Draw had a cut-off score never before in the history of Canada Express Entry.

In the Draw of 5th April, i.e the 58th Draw of Express Entry the cut-off score was set to 431 points. Applicants who were able to reach this cut-off score or more were issued with an Invitation to Apply for a Canada PR. As of the statistics. about 3,753 applicants were issued with an Invitation to Apply.

Canada Express Entry conducts draws at regular intervals and picks up applications from the Pool pertaining to the highest CRS score. To know more about Canada Express Entry, draws and the pool system of Canada Immigration, register for a free counseling.

The first quarter of 2017 has been a historic start for Canada Express Entry- an Insight

Since the introduction of Canada Express Entry in 2015, though it attracted a huge number of applications, it did not continuously bring flexibilities. But, the start of 2017 has all well in store for applicants that made the first quarter of 2017 a historic time for Canada Express Entry.

During the start of 2017, IRCC announced a target of 3,16,000 immigrants to be invited to Canada this year through Federal programs and provincial nominee programs. Statistics show, that with this announced initiative, the government invited over 24,652 applicants for Permanent Residency through various programs of Canada Express Entry. This shows that during these initial three months, 160% more ITA’s have been issued comparatively to the ones issued during the same tenure in 2016 (9,654) and 2015 (6,851). Not just this, since the past year more candidates are being attracted towards Canada through PNP programs. About 13% of applicants, who received their ITA in 2015, got it through provincial nomination. Similarly, during the Express Entry Draws of the first three quarters of 2016, 23% increase was observed where applicants were nominated and were selected for ITA. Authorities associated predict that in the next coming months of 2017, newcomers will increase by approx. 7%- solely through provincial nomination.

Considering the increase of people’s interest in Canada immigration and urge to settle in different provinces of Canada, the processing time has been shortened so as to make it easy & smooth for applicants to become Canadian permanent residents.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is attracting skilled workers & employers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program which was launched in the month of March 2017 has attracted skilled workers and also Canadian employers to a great extent. According to the statistics over 200 employers have expressed their interest in the AIPP program since its announcement, among which 50 of them are officially designated.

About Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and its requirement

Employers of certain provinces need skilled workers at a high priority level. Provinces like New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island are struggling with demographic challenges as well as a shortage of skilled workers. Considering the increasing and urgent need of the Canadian employers, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been introduced. The AIPP program is brought in as a game changer to help these provinces prosper by the talent of skilled workers to from out nations of Canada.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is divided into three key streams. Anyone who wants to gain a Canadian permanent residency through the AIPP must submit their application under these three key streams- Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program, Atlantic High Skilled Program, Atlantic International Graduate Program.

The eligibility criteria associated with this program is something that makes this program beneficial and smoother than the current Permanent Residency System. Applicants who are interested to settle in any province, have just secondary education, low English Proficiency score (Approx. CLB 4) and have experience in occupations of the NOC ‘C’ category can also apply for Canada PR through the AIPP program.

This program aims to accept 2,000 for Canadian Permanent Residency under these three streams. Relating to the benefits and aims associated with this program, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen stated, “I’m pleased to say we are off to a good start. Employers have been keen to get involved and provinces have started to receive applications from employers who wish to participate in the pilot. I look forward to continuing to work with our partners – including provincial governments, employers and settlement service provider organizations – as we move forward with this dynamic component of Canada’s Atlantic Growth Strategy.”

Another well-known personality of the Canadian Economy, Arseneault in the similar context said “We are working hard getting things done to create jobs, secure health care and grow the economy. In the midst of an aging and shrinking population, welcoming skilled foreign workers and repatriating former New Brunswickers will help our province meet its labour needs and grow the economy.”

Quebec announces an intake of 5000 applications in its next opening

One of the most popular programs of Quebec Immigration- the Quebec Skilled Worker Program is all set to open with a cap of 5000 applications for this period. This announcement has been made in the in the Gazette Officielle du Quebec- a list of all legislative and regulatory decisions of Quebec Government, on March 30. However, the intake period dates are not yet announced.

Quebec Skilled Worker Visa Program- at a glance

A differently managed province of Canada- Quebec follows its own rules and regulations when it comes to immigration. That is why professionals who want to live and work in Quebec along with an official Canadian permanent residency status are required to separately apply for a Selection Certificate. Only on receiving this certificate from the Quebec authorities he/she can apply for a Canada PR visa under the Express Entry Pool.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Visa is a quota based immigrant scheme. This means that applicants who are successful in submitting their application for the QSC during within the fixed quota will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis and granted a chance to apply for Canadian PR. Each year Quebec immigration opens with a pre-determined quota or cap to accept applications. Once the quota reaches the limit, the program closes and the unsuccessful applicants will have to try during the next submission period.

To know more about how Quebec accepts applications for QSC or Canada immigration, speak to our experts today!

Revised selection point grid & high demand occupation list Quebec released

The latest news coming with regards to the most preferred province of Canada- Quebec, is that it has released its revised selection point grid and high in demand occupation list. As of the revised list, the authorities would be more keen on looking for Education Level, Language skills and Area of training of the Skilled Workers applying for Quebec immigration. It is believed that the government, through these changes aims to provide unique value to candidates with exceptional French language skills and endorse several areas of candidates who possess professional training. The changes are as follows, and would come into effect from March 8, 2017:

  • The qualifying score and the cut-off score for employability will increase
  • No additional points will be given to applicants with vocational secondary/technical post-secondary education or with areas of training in any occupation that are high in demand by the province
  • Few areas of training will be entitled to a decrease in points
  • French language skills will be given high importance
  • Applicants with skills and experience in high in demand occupation will be given high preference

High In Demand Occupations of Quebec 2017

Quebec immigration demands most residents with skills, experience and background of financial services, nursing, computer science and engineering for the coming year. For information on Quebec Immigration or visa programs of Quebec, register for a free counseling here.

Immigration & Citizenship Canada recently planned a few changes to the Express Entry system

Immigration & Citizenship Canada recently planned a few changes to the Express Entry system. Now, it has been officially announced that Express Entry is going to experience several improvements which shall come into effect from November 19, 2016.

Have a look at what has changed in the Express Entry System: 

1. Points allotment for job offer: As of the current rule, a valid job offer could help an applicant score upto 600 points. The change has dropped the score range between 50-200 points. If the offer is among the Major Group 00 of the NOC, the applicant gets a score of 200 points. Occupations other than these will get 50 points on having a valid job offer. 

2. Additional score for Canadian Education: To ease permanent resident pathway for international students or graduates with Canadian qualification, Express Entry will allot points for Canadian study experience, in the following manner:

0 points For secondary school educational credential
15 points For one-year or two-year post-secondary program
30 points

a post-secondary program of three years or more


university-level program at the master’s level


entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A (with a valid license from provincial regulatory body) 


a university-level program at the doctoral level

However, the applicant is only eligible for the se points if he- has studied at Canadian educational institution, was enrolled in full-time study for at least 8 months & was physically present in Canada for minimum eight months.

3. Additional time to submit PR application after ITA: While CIC currently allows a time period of 60 days to submit a PR application on receiving the ITA, this time period has extended. After November 19, applicants receiving their ITA will have 90 days of time to submit their PR applications.

4. PNP programs to open frequently: IRCC’s recently-released Immigration Plan for 2017 reflects that Canada aims to welcome around 51,000 new immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs in the coming year. For this, there would be frequent opening of PNP options for immigrants.

Express Entry breaks the record- second draw in just eight days, with the largest number of ITAs ever issued

Canada Express Entry conducted the 45th Draw on October 19, 2016 with a significant decrease in its CRS score. In the history of Express Entry Draw, this latest draw hits a new record. It is the second draw within the eight days. And what’s big is that this 45th Draw of Express Entry has invited the largest number of applicants ever in the records of Express Entry since January 2015. About 1,804 Invitations to Apply for Canada PR were issued to applicants who were able to score 475 points or more.

Further more, a representative of IRCC, at an event in Edmonton revealed that IRCC expects to issue a larger number of ITAs before the end of 2016, so as to reach the annual intake target. With this news, candidates who have been invited and the prospective immigrants are looking forward to an overdrive of the system with larger draws, lower CRS requirement, and more active PNP program categories into the pool.

Saskatchewan opens the International Skilled Worker Stream- acceptance of 700 applications estimated

The Immigration body of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has declared the International Skilled Worker open for applicants from August 20, 2016. This stream aims to invite international workers with skills that are a shortage in the province. According to the sources, this is the second intake period this year since June and during this intake period, the province is looking forward to accept about 700 applications. Any foreign worker with skills and experience that relate to the demands of the country can apply, whether he has or not any job in hand from any employer of the province.

Canadian immigration to be simplified for students, soon

International students enrolled in Canadian Universities for higher education will soon experience a new and easier facet of Canadian immigration. According to the sources, the Canadian Immigration Minister, John McCallum has promised to bring in changes in the immigration rules for international students.

He said, “We’re working right now to reduce the inventory of people waiting. We will be announcing a new system in the fall which will substantially reduce the processing time for family unification.”

“International students are among the most promising group of immigrants–they are young, can speak English or French and know about Canada. So, we’re going to give them more points under express entry and make it easier for them to become permanent residents.”

At the Immigration town hall organized by Brampton West MP, Kamal Khera, the Canadian Immigration Minister spoke about the possible scope of reforming the immigration rules, among which increase in the number of skilled immigrants to Canada and expediting process for family class immigrants are regarded a priority. In this regard, he stated:

“We’re working right now to reduce the inventory of people waiting. We will be announcing a new system in the fall which will substantially reduce the processing time for family unification.”

“The single-most important commitment we made in the election campaign was to substantially reduce the processing time for the families.”

Quebec’s initiative to help immigrants learn French language

As French language is an essential for Quebec immigration, the Government of Quebec has eased the learning of French by organizing Free French language learning classes for foreign nationals willing to settle in Quebec. Immigration Minister of Quebec, Kathleen Weil said “French is an essential vector of integration, for socio-professional integration of immigrants.” Sources reveal that the Quebec government has planned to invest over $750,000 in this program and plans to launch the learning program in 11 different languages for the ease of immigrants migrating to Quebec from different countries. The government shall be using platforms like social media, community websites, radio, television, and newspapers for the promotion of this program. The first stage of this promotional campaign is expected to roll out by the end of August.

Microsoft to add 350 new IT development jobs in Vancouver

On June 17, 2016, in the presence of Premier Christy Clark, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mayor of Vancouver and other prominent government officials, Microsoft inaugurated its Canada Excellence Centre in the downtown of Vancouver. Microsoft aims at bringing in the best international talent to its Vancouver office and believes the comparably lenient policies of Canada will be an advantage to this initiative.

Sources reveal that Microsoft has decided to add over 350 IT development jobs to its Vancouver operations. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that this is a big news for Microsoft, Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada on the whole Premier Christy Clark said that this initiative is purposefully a very different direction and will open up the province to the best and the brightest around the world. The province is aiming to tear down the walls rather than building walls, he said.

The corporation believes that this center built at the heart of foreign talent will bring in $90 million as direct investment, and create an economic boost of $180 million for the city of Vancouver each year. Once the targeted number is filled, it is expected that Microsoft will then increase the number of positions to 750 or more.

Quebec introduced a virtual waiting room for the intake period scheduled for June 13, 2016

Aiming to accept a maximum of 5,000 applications, Quebec announced the intake period for accepting applications for a selection certificate under the Regular Skilled Worker Program. The intake period has been scheduled for June 13, 2016 and shall run until June 20, 2016. During this first acceptance session, applicants who have created their online user account will be able to submit their applications for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) and pay the required fees once the application has been accepted.

This intake period comes with a unique introduction of a virtual waiting room. This virtual waiting room will allow candidates to keep themselves in a queue during high traffic. An applicant who signs into his Mon Project account during the intake period will be automatically directed to this waiting room and instantly his position in the waiting queue will be displayed on the screen, along with the number of people waiting ahead him.

Temporary foreign workers should get a way to obtain Canadian permanent residency- John McCallum believes

The Head of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), John McCallum believes that Canada should find a way to give permanent residency for the temporary foreign workers. “There are industries which need temporary foreign workers. There are chronic labor shortages,” McCallum said.

In the month of May, the Skills and Social Development, the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) and Standing Committee on Human Resources initiated a parliamentary review to revamp the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This review aimed to take care of issues of the Temporary foreign Worker Program and several sections- Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, Caregiver Program and the program for low-skilled workers. In in this context, John McCallum said, “There are industries which need temporary foreign workers. There are chronic labor shortages.” “Even after those industries look very hard under every rock for Canadians, they still can’t find them, and so they can justify some temporary foreign workers,” he added.

He also said “But the condition which we think is really important is that those temporary foreign workers be on the path to permanent residence. And I think, if they want to…they should have the opportunity.”

The review was criticized for the exploitation workers have to face in the hands of their employers and recruitment agencies. Marco Luciano, the coordinator of Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC) in Alberta, said in criticism “It was disappointing. It felt like it was rushed.” “[We] will continue to demand permanent residency to migrant workers here and upon arrival. We are demanding for mobility through open work permits and the removal of the oppressive 4-in, 4-out rule,” he added.

Taking into consideration all the critics, the committee is tending to present the policy recommendations to the House of Commons prior to June 15, 2016.

Quebec reopens the Investor Program-1,900 applications to be accepted

Quebec Investor Program, a pathway for investors interested to settle in Quebec has reopened on May 30, 2016, and is expected to run until February 28, 2017. This program aims to bring skilled and qualified professionals to Quebec who can fill in the managerial positions of the Quebec industries. By the means of the same the country aims to boost the economy and bring investment growth to the province.

Sources reveal that Quebec has confirmed a total 1900 application intake during this submission period. About 1330 applications will be accepted from nationals of China, Hong Kong and Macau and the remaining number should cover the rest countries. However, professionals with advanced intermediate level in the French Language are exempted from this cap limit.

These applications for the Quebec Investor Program are being invited for acceptance through mail and couriers. For a professional to qualify for this program, he should be experienced and possess exceptional skills of decision making, hold funds equivalent to $1.6 Million CAD, and be confirmed in making a secured investment of $800,000 CAD for the next five years.

Permanent residents of Canada, UK and the United States of America can now travel to Mexico without a consular visa

Good news for residents of Canada, UK and the US who are willing to travel to Mexico. Having come into effect from May 18, 2016, Mexico has made changes to the entry criteria for foreigners planning to visit the country. As of the change, Mexico now allows permanent residents of Canada, UK and the US to visit Mexico without a visa, and such visitors are also allowed to stay in the country for a period of 180 consecutive days and perform any activity irrespective of his nationality or citizenship. With this, Mexico has also allowed valid visa holders from Canada, UK, US and any country of the Schengen to enter Mexico without a separate visa. Similarly, permanent residents of Colombia, Peru, and Chile are also eligible to make an entry into Mexico with the same exemption.

Prior to this change in entry criteria, every Non-Mexican national who wished to visit Mexico could not do so without a valid Mexico visa. But now with the proposed changes, the visitors from countries mentioned above can enter the country without a consular visa. On their arrival into the country, the visitor needs to simply file for a Mexico Visitor’s Permit (FMM) and provide to the authorities an original of the permanent resident visa he holds.

Expand the Canada Temporary Work Visas- an appeal by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canada’s Chamber of Commerce- Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce based in Ontario has appealed to the Canadian government to expand the country’s temporary worker program- sources say. As of the news, the Chamber of Commerce has requested the government to create a special visa that would aid high-growth companies to attract management talent at a much-improved rate. Rory Ring, the Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce said, “We need to import the special skills needed to manage companies that are growing 10 times faster than normal.”

With that being said, the Rory Ring is calling for an expansion of the Canadian temporary worker visa program to facilitate swift recruitment of foreign managers for companies experiencing exponential growth. The Executive Director also emphasized on the fact that the city’s local companies that aim to commercialize products for the global market are experiencing a skills gap to a large extent. For this, Rory Ring has appealed for a special ‘scale-up’ visa that could help the government reduce the skills gap. In the same context, he said- "We have a demand for a particular type of talent. The labor market supply for that talent is either not fully developed yet or is under development, or we're just not able to source it from a local marketplace." The scale-up visa would to a large extent, help companies to scale up in size, which eventually would increase sales as well as employment- the Chamber of Commerce believes.

Government of Canada improvises the Citizenship Law

The Liberal Government of Canada has planned to bring in controversial changes to the procedures of obtaining citizenship in Canada. As of the news, the government’s major focus area for amendment is the C-6 bill. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Liberal chairperson of the House Immigration Committee) said that the bill is expected to come into effect from the Canada day, i.e.July 1, 2016.

The expected changes are:

1) Significant reduction in the time period permanent residents will have to live in Canada prior to applying for a citizenship- from four out six years to three out of five years

2) Repeal the intent to reside provision and remove language proficiency requirements for certain applications

3) Strengthening the system and seizing the documents of the one who have obtained citizenship unethically and unlawfully.

4) File Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three taxation years out of five years in accordance with the new physical presence requirement.

Fort McMurray on fire- dedicated phone line set up for foreign workers and immigrants

Fort McMurray, a region of the Northern Alberta experienced a devastating fire in the recent days. Sources reveal that about 80,000 residents left the Fort McMurray when the massive wildfire struck on Tuesday, May 3. While no fatal causalities have been reported, high winds spread the fire to an extent that a huge number of houses and businesses met destruction.

Fort McMurray is one of the most booming economic regions of Alberta. According to the records, this region has a large number of temporary foreign workers who were called to work under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, of which many have been displaced since the incident. The government of Alberta has set up a dedicated toll-free line for such foreign workers or immigrants so as to offer prompt assistance for them to connect to their families or government representatives.

Quebec Entrepreneur Immigration Program reaches intake cap; Quebec Investor Program and Quebec Self-Employed Program remains open

The Quebec Entrepreneur Immigration Program, which reopened on April 1, 2016 has reached its intake cap. As of the decision, the cap limit was set to overall 50 applications and sources say that though the intake period met its cap limit, candidates with advanced intermediate knowledge of French language (level B2 or higher in the Test d'Evaluation du Français, or TEF )are still welcome to apply for the program.

Simultaneously, the Quebec Investor Program and Quebec Self-Employed Program remains open for application. Similar to the Quebec Entrepreneur Program, the Investor program holds an exemption for candidates with advanced intermediate knowledge of French language, to apply even after the program meets its cap limit. The Quebec Self-Employed Program allows no such exemption. a number of conditions for at least one year during the three years after obtaining their permanent resident status. The applicant must:

Successful applicants for the Quebec Immigration Program are subjected to certain conditions. After migrating to Canada, the applicant must certain conditions for at least one year during the three years of his permanent residency:

1) Entrepreneurs must create or acquire an agricultural, industrial or commercial business in the province of Quebec

2) Control at least 25 per cent of the capital equity of that business, accounting for a minimum of CAD$100,000

3) Employ a Quebec resident in his business  (other than the Entrepreneur or accompanying family members) in a position of at least 30 hours a week (exemption for the agricultural Entrepreneur)

4) Be an active participant in the management of the business

Canada's Start-up visa program growing in demand

The Start-up visa program of Canada has attracted a good number of entrepreneurs to become permanent residents of Canada. As this program began with a focus on recruiting innovative foreign national entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and drive economic growth, the initiative seems to move at a good pace. As of the reports of May 2, 2016, 51 entrepreneurs, coming from popular countries like Australia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Iran, South Africa and Uruguay, etc. achieved successful permanent residence in Canada. These successful applicants represent 26 start-ups that have launched or to-be-launched soon in communities across Canada, including Sydney, Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria. As major applicants reflect work experience in industries like technology, food product manufacturing, education, medical research, banking, human resources, and advertising; Canada is expecting a growth in its immigrant numbers through skilled business professionals.

The reports also  throw a light on the increasing demand of the program by stating that about 50 additional permanent residents still lay in process, who are aided by designated Canadian capital fund, angel investor group or business incubator to launch their start-ups in Canada.

On having achieved this success rate in a short period of time, Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship proudly quotes:

"The start-up visa started slowly but has steadily picked up steam. Every start-up that is established here has the potential to provide jobs and economic opportunity for Canadians, contributing to our country’s growth and diversity."

Processing time for Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship Canadian immigration program significantly reduced in many cases- IRCC update

Coming straight from the columns of CICnews, we have a great piece of news for couples planning sponsorship under the Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship immigration program. The processing time has been significantly reduced in many cases, the IRCC reports say. Comparably, the processing time, for visas under the stated program in many cases, reduced to less than 12 months. In March of this year, the new Liberal government of Canada announced in its Immigration Levels Plan that it intends to increase the number of new permanent residents who arrive in Canada through the Family Class category, including spouses and common-law partners. This factor may have the effect of further reducing application processing times.

By the end of 2015, the processing time for the visas under this program was listed by visa office. The New Year brought certain modifications, which included changes in the listing of processing timing as well. Instead of being listed by visa office, a single figure (in months) was given. Now, the processing times are listed by the countries where the application is being filed. As of the similar report, the countries who have listed processing time to be less than one year for Outland Spousal/Common-Law sponsorship include France, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Belgium, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, Iran, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, and Switzerland. While for other countries, the process time remains slightly longer than one year. However, processing for this sponsorship for Indian citizens remains close to 20 months.

New application fees for Newfoundland Province Skilled Worker Programs announced

Newfoundland Province of Canada has announced latest application fees for skilled worker category. As of the news, Newfoundland and Labrador Province has increased the application fees for Express Entry Skilled Worker and Skilled Worker categories to $250 CAD, which are expected to come into effective from May 1, 2016.

Express Entry Skilled Worker Program: A skilled worker who has been accepted into the Federal Skilled Worker of the  Canada Express Entry and holds a valid job offer in Newfoundland or Labrador is eligible to migrate. However, candidates nominated by the NLPNP will be benefitted with additional scores under the CRS system, which eventually increases their chances of receiving an ITA for Canada PR.

Skilled Worker category: This migration category is for professionals who have a guaranteed job offer in any of the provinces or are currently working as skilled workers under a work permit in Newfoundland or Labrador. With this, the candidate should also have serious intention to settle in Newfoundland or Labrador, enough experience for the occupation chosen, proficiency in English language and enough funds to manage his stay.

Pre-arrival Food Safety Management Training Program (PAFSMT)- an initiative to prepare immigrants desiring of a career in Canada’s food and beverage processing industries

The recent reports of the Express Entry System for the year 2015-2016 indicates that a major number of applicants who received an ITA belonged to the food sector. With the increasing need of candidates to fill in the vacant positions of the Canadian food sector, the Canadian Food Processing HR Council has launched the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Program. This program is basically an online curriculum designed to prepare pre-arrival immigrants for viable careers in the Canadian food and beverages processing industries.

Jennefer Griffith, Executive Director of FPHRC says “Immigrants are a substantial portion of the Canadian food and beverage processing workforce. The Council is in a unique position to provide food safety related training through this new program which will expedite the transition of new immigrants to exciting employment opportunities within the industry.”

However, a candidate who has received a Confirmation of Permanent Residence and is been pre-approved to migrate to Canada only will be eligible to enroll in this training program.

Read more here.

Foreign students can now get a visa to work in Canada, swiftly

Foreign students studying in Canada and aiming to settle permanently in Canada can now do so by swifter means as the Canadian government is trying changes the ways foreign students applications will be assessed under the Express Entry program. Canadian Immigration Minister, John McCallum has declared that the government is looking for alternatives that would provide additional points to students under the Express Entry System, which currently focuses on applications of skilled workers. He also mentioned that the most excellent source of immigrants to Canada are foreign students as they know both English and French languages. The following initiatives being taken to improve student immigration in Canada:

1) Foreign students who are willing to study in Canada are being repeatedly informed about the need of an ETA for visiting the country.

2) Holders of study permit from visa exempt nations who got their permit on/before July 2015 need to have a document since the month of March. However, the will not be able to board the flight till the end of September, which is their period of leniency.

3) Candidates who hold a study or a job permit dated August 2015 must hold an eTA along with their permit.

4) Students should be pursuing their education while they are in Canada but overseas full-time students admitted at universities and institutions in the program can also do part time job off campus and full time during breaks without job permit.

Canada Express Entry 32nd Draw released; 1018 applicants received Invitation to Apply for a permanent residence in Canada

On April 20, 2016,CIC conducted another Express Entry draw, which marks itself 32nd consecutive draw of the series. Comparably, this draw has attracted a larger number of applications- sources say. While the previous draw, the 31st Draw conducted on April 6, 2016, invited 954 applications to apply for a Canadian PR, this draw has successfully increased, issuing 1018 Invitations to Apply for PR to eligible candidates.

When compared to the previous draw, the Comprehensive Ranking cut-off score of this draw has dripped down by just 2 points. The cut-off score set for this draw was 468 points while the previous draw accepted applications only who scored 470 points or more. With this, it has been observed that the CRS score of the Canada Express 2016 has remained under 500 points, making way for a large number of applications to receive a permanent stay permit in Canada without a job offer or any provincial nomination. However, an approved offer of employment has been recommended and applications holding such are invited on a priority.

Number of candidates outside Canada who received invitation to apply, significantly increased - Express Entry exclusive report states

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) released an exclusive report of Express Entry, highlighting the number of candidates who were invited to apply for immigration. As of the reports, the number of candidates outside Canada who received ITA significantly increased by the end of the year, 2015. After having completed 23 draws of the Express Entry, CIC had released a similar report highlighting the number of candidates over the world who were invited for Canada immigration for half-year 2015. Comparing the reports of then and now, sources reveal the following facts:

  • » During the first 11 draws, 85.5% of candidates who received ITA were residents of Canada.
  • » By the end of the 12th draw, the number significantly dropped by 61%, and 39% of invited candidates were residing outside Canada.
  • » As more draws occurred, a significant number of ITA’s issued increased and the covered candidates residing outside Canada, belonging to different countries of the world.

The exclusive report also brought into the picture that a large number of selected candidates were listed among the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This is because a huge number of foreign workers with LMIA were supported by job offers and wished to settle in Canada permanently. Moreover, the third Express Entry draw focused majorly on selecting CEC candidates only.

Besides highlighting the significant increase in number, the report also states - ‘future invitation rounds from the Express Entry pool will become the main source of applications to meet annual immigration levels targets for certain economic immigration programs under the Express Entry system as the older inventories are reduced.’ (The ‘older inventories’ refers to applications submitted before 2015 that remained in processing after Express Entry was launched in January 2015.) Counting on the same, Canada expects to experience a similar increase of applications from candidates residing outside Canada by the end of this year too.

Together, We Are Quebec: a new Quebec immigration system, similar to the Express Entry

Collaborating to the proposal made by the Quebec government to introduce a new immigration framework, Quebec is all set to attract a good number of immigrants through its new system, which bears a resemblance to the Express Entry system. As of the proposal, the new immigration framework 'Ensemble, nous sommes le Québec' (Together, We Are Quebec), which came into effect from 6th April, 2016 takes into account changing labour trends and aims to streamline the immigration process of Quebec. The new policy is accompanied by a five-year action strategy, i.e. from 2016 to 2021. The government of Québec states that this "dynamic, avant-garde immigration system" is inspired by systems that have already been implemented in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Further, the government added that it will "increase candidate interest and help garner public support for immigration by better aligning Québec's needs with immigrants' profiles."

The new system focuses at inviting candidates seeking to migrate as a skilled worker by a declaration of interest. This means that just like the Express Entry system, Quebec immigrants too need to submit an online profile, which would be eventually added to a bank of candidates for a predetermined period. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Quebec labor market will be invited to submit a formal immigration application and proceed further with the process. As the predetermined period concludes, their applications will be removed from the bank.

Last month, when the proposal was announced, the government estimated that the overall levels of immigration can reach 60,000 for the current year. But, for the time being, the government has made a declaration to keep the immigration levels closer to 50,000. However, this does not mean that the government let go its original plan to raise immigration levels by around 20 percent. Instead, it is taking a more gradual approach than originally planned- sources say.

The Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSWP) to reopen on 13th June, 2016- a large number of applications to be accepted

The much awaited Quebec Skilled Worker program is all set to begin over this June. Kathleen Weil, the Quebec immigration minister has made it official that the program will reopen on 13th June, 2016, with expectations of applications to be approved in a larger number than before. As of the announcement, Quebec will be accepting over 5000 applications during this intake period. Once the expected number is reached, a possibility of in taking another set of 5000 applications is estimated.

The intake period will commence on 13th June and run till 20th June 2016. Applicants who have created their Mon Project account will be able to submit their applications for Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) during the intake period. Once the application is accepted, they are requested to pay the required fee amount. While the limit is set to 5000 approvals, applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Once the first reception period manages to reach the cap limit, applicants who currently do not have an account with Mon Project can create their account and submit their applications for the next intake period (no confirmation of the dates yet).

Applications for a Quebec skilled worker visa will be accepted only during the time period stated above. However, the applicants who are eligible under Quebec Experience program (or with a valid job offer) or applicants with a valid study or work permit have no restrictions and can lodge an application anytime.

Better late than never- Canada PM Justin Trudeau to express regret for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident on May 18, 2016

The Komagata Maru incident was a huge grief to the Indian immigrants. The incident marks the shattered dreams of Indians who made their best to migrate to Canada, but unfortunately were treated unjustly by the Canadian government of the time and were denied entry into the country, despite all the legalities

The incident revolves around the discriminatory laws of that time. Komagata Maru, a ship with 376 Indians which reached the Canadian shores on March 23, 1914 was not allowed to enter the Canadian port. Indians were demanded a huge amount as a security to enter Canada, yet on having paid the demanded amount, Canada refused to allow them to disembark. After clashes with British soldiers and open firing, Indian had to face death of 19 passengers. Giving up their hopes on Canadian government, the ship sailed back to Calcutta. Since then, victim families have been demanding the Canadian government to return their security amount with interest and believe that the government should come forward in support.

The latest news coming in is that Canada is now regretting the injustice the government had shown towards the immigrants 102 years back. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expresses regret and will offer an apology in the House of Commons or lower house of Parliament on May 18, 2016- sources say.

“As a nation, we should never forget the prejudice suffered by the Sikh community at the hands of the Canadian government of the day. We should not allow and we will not. That is why, next month, on May 18th, I will stand in the House of Commons and offer a full apology for the Komagata Maru incident,” announced Justin Trudeau.

“The passengers of the Komagata Maru, like millions of immigrants to Canada since, were seeking refuge, and better lives for their families. With so much to contribute to their new home, they chose Canada and we failed utterly,” he added.

The inner structure of the Canada Express Entry Pool revealed

Since the Canada Express Entry came into picture as the swiftest means to manage Canada PR applications, candidates only knew about the make-up of the pool. A recent publication of the Express Entry report has revealed the inner structure of the Express Entry Pool, giving insights of the Comprehensive Ranking System results for 2015-2016.

“There are a couple of important takeaways from this report with respect to the Comprehensive Ranking System. First, it should be noted that the Federal Skilled Worker Class has been the most popular route through Express Entry. Second, the data extract from the pool, combined with what we already knew from the results of the draws, shows that a significant number of proactive individuals with core CRS scores in the 300s, and even lower, are ultimately receiving invitations to apply,” quotes Attorney David Cohen.

A deeper insight into the report brings the following factors into limelight:

1) Records from January 1, 2015 to January 3 2016 show that a total of 191,279 Express Entry profiles have been submitted. Among them, 88,048 applications remained ineligible for approval as they did not meet the criteria of any programs that fall under Express Entry. A total of 1,303 profiles remained pending due to Job Bank registration or verification of a Provincial nomination.

2) A total of 63,937 candidates were in the pool on the last day of the record. Among them, about 3,895 applications were issued with an Invitation to apply, yet have not submitted their applications.

3) The majority of the applications (approx. 21,651 applications) who had left the pool, have submitted their applications for processing. The remaining numbers have either been withdrawn or may have reached their 1-year expiry date.

Alberta is the most popular province which has attracted the highest number of immigrants in a year- latest IRRC report

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) released an annual report, highlighting the most immigrant-favorite provinces of Canada, which also reveals the data of applications received by various provinces of Canada from 1st January 2015 to 3rd January 2016.

During the year 2015, IRCC received a total of 21,562 permanent residence applications from candidates who were invited to apply during the invitation rounds, with an additional 15,862 family members joining principal applicants on applications (making a total of 37,424 applicants and their family members). By the beginning of the year 2016, a total of 14,058 applications had been approved. The overall results show that over 13,241 visas have been issued to principal applicants and their dependents, and about 9,739 applicants have already landed in Canada.

As of the reports, Alberta is marked as the most popular province of Canada, which has happened to attract a huge number of immigrants. Statistics show that over 7,996 applications were received by the province, and 58% of the applicants who chose Alberta province were invited to apply for Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Besides Alberta, Ontario (7,348 overall applications) and British Columbia (4,384 overall applications) also makeup to be the most popular provinces, by having received a good number of applications. The country expects that Ontario and British Columbia will progressively attract significant numbers of migrants as both the provinces have flourishing economies with diverse living culture, which indeed makes them homelike.

Quebec all set to invite immigrant investors to apply for PR; the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program to reopen soon

Just as the skilled worker programs aids skilled professionals to apply for a PR, the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program is for the immigrant investors who want to settle in Quebec as a permanent resident.

Coming straight from the columns of CIC, we have a good news for such investors. The Quebec Immigrant Investor program is expected to reopen the next month, and the province is inviting investors and their dependents to obtain a PR by investing CAD $800,000 through risk-free and authorized financial intermediary. aspiring investors. The Quebec Immigrant Investor program is expected to reopen the next month, and the province is inviting investors and their dependents to obtain a PR by investing CAD $800,000 through risk-free and authorized financial intermediary.

The application intake period will commence on May 30, 2016 and shall run

until February 28, 2017. An estimation of receiving 1,900 applications is stated, among which 1,330 will be accepted from the nations of the People’s Republic of China (inclusive of special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao). The rest numbers shall cover the applications from other countries of the world. As of the proposed rule, candidates who hold “advanced intermediate” level in French are exempted from the intake cap and will be entitled to a priority processing.

During its first year, Canada Express Entry invited a good number of talented youth for the food sector- reports say

Canada’s new immigration selection system- Canada Express Entry has achieved a good success rate in its first year. As of the one year report card of the Express Entry system, about 191,279 applications were registered and 31,000 people were invited to become permanent residents of Canada. Another goods news associated to the same is that the food talent came in as an asset to the Canadian economy. Statistics show that about 16 per cent of the total invitations covered occupations from the food service industries. About 2,356 applicants invited to immigrate to Canada in 2015 were food service supervisors, and over 2,295 invitations were issued to cooks.

Adding on, Canada Express Entry has attracted good reviews for its punctuality factor. As of the same reports, about 80 per cent of the applications were processed within the government’s target time frame of six months.

“Over 31,000 invitations to apply to permanent residence have been issued to a diverse range of highly skilled immigrants and almost 10,000 individuals (principal applicants and their family) have already landed in Canada as permanent residents,” said the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada review.

While the food service supervisors and cook achieved a good percentage of invitations, other occupations which were invited to apply during 2015 are as follows:

8% — 2,256 food service supervisors

8% — 2,295 cooks

4% — 1,255 information systems analysts

3% — 940 software engineers

3% — 935 computer programmers and interactive media developers

3% — 745 university professors and lecturers

2% — 669 retail sales supervisors

2% — 550 graphic designers and illustrators

2% — 494 financial auditors and accountants

2% — 446 financial investment analysts

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

LMIA exemption for foreign nationals in television and film, performing arts and commercial production

The LMIA exemption proposed by the IRCC recently comes as a good news for foreign nationals in television and film, performing arts and commercial production. As of the standard rule, and LMIA was introduced to gauge the impact of the foreign national’s proposed employment on Canada’s labour market. A positive LMIA associated to Canada Express Entry system, obtained from the Employment and Social Development Canada signifies that there is a need of a skilled professional to fill in the position of the respective job when no Canadian employee qualifies for the role.

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, exemptions have been proposed to occupations under television and film (LMIA exemption code C14), performing arts (LMIA exemption code C23) and commercial production. The introduction of these exemptions have brought in an ease factor for foreign nationals aiming for the respective occupations in Canada.

Canada invites international technology firms to build a world class technology sector

Canada is indeed one among the many popular destinations that encourage technology development to a great extent. The technology entrepreneurs of Canada know the value of building foreign ties as numbers of such firms are choosing to base their firms in Canada. Surveys conducted show that many investors are making a note of the best technology hubs, one among which is US, to hire talented professionals and set up their satellite operations.

For that very reason, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took an initiative to invite international technology firms for building a world-class technology center in Canada. This initiative aims at developing the skills of highly trained employees who work for big multinational companies assigned abroad and return home for applying their obtained foreign experience. Introduction of world-class technology companies in Canada will in turn provide an uplift to the technology sector of the country.

Over the years, technology firms in Canada have hired many high skilled individuals and had put millions of dollars in the economy of the country. Overseas technology investment could feed domestic ecosystem, he said. Nevertheless, in cities like Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto, firms like Shopify, Hootsuite, D2L, Vidyard and Influitive are booming along foreign technology giants.

Canada brings in development in its immigration policies

Minister of Canada, John McCallum stated announced a proposal of welcoming over 3,00,000 permanent residents to Canada this year, and also estimated a 7.4% hike to the last year plans. Working on the promise, the ministry has brought in the following ease factors to make immigration easy in Canada.

1. An initiative by IRCC named Mobilite Francophone would come into effect from 1st June 2016. This initiative will make it easy for the employers to recruit French speaking individuals from foreign.

2. The eTA is the latest entry requirement for the visa exempted foreign nationals visiting Canada. Also, there would be a grace period till the 2016 fall season.

3. The wait time for family sponsorship would be shortened. An estimation $25 million for assisting the fast and predictable processing times for applications for family sponsorship's has been proposed.

A health disability of one family member applying for a PR can turn down applications of the entire family- Canadian Immigration lawyers say

Felipe Monotoya a citizen of U.S, applying for a Canadian PR was denied of residency stating that his 13-year-old son's Down Syndrome condition makes him inadmissible to Canada residency status. Immigration lawyers said that a health disability of one family member turns down applications of the entire family, for a reason that of the disabled member would place a potential burden on the health-care system of Canada. This has brought a rigid yet fair reform of Canada Express Entry into the limelight, sources say.

India comes into view as the 2nd largest source country for Canadian PR

While Canada is known for a good population of immigrants, the estimates show that about 38,000 immigrants which constitute about 15% of the entire immigration population hold a Canadian PR from India. This fact makes India emerge as the 2nd large source country for Canadian PR, the first being Philippines. As of the latest reports, Canada has received an increased number of PR applications from India. Canada aims to bring in about 20, 000 immigrants into the country this year. For the same reason, the Canadian government is planning to minimize the time frame for qualifying for a Citizenship from residency from 4-6 years to 3-5 years.

Currently, about 1.25 million Indians reside in Canada and 19 Indo-Canadians were elected to the Canadian Parliament in the previous year's general election.

Easy time coming for international students in Canada

Canada is one among the most favorable destinations chosen for education. As per the estimates, about 33% of foreign students from China, 12% from India and 6% from South Korea have moved to Canada since 2014, with a dream of graduating with flourishing career prospects. For such students, this piece of news comes as a good news.

The Canadian Immigration Minister, John Mc Callum, says that he wants to assist foreign students to become permanent residents because Canada requires immigrants. For the very reason, the Canadian government has been taking initiatives to welcome foreign students with easier immigration programs, and now sources reveal that foreign students will experience an easier time when planning to Migrate to Canada for study.

Another hope is there might be changes in the Canada Express Entry system too. Prior to the commencement of the Express Entry System, the foreign students had a direct route to apply for a PR. On having completed their graduation, students can apply for a post-graduate job permit, followed by a PR through the Experience class. Also, counting on their job experience, they can also apply for PR through the Federal Skilled Worker program.

“We will be able to welcome more people to Canada,” says Minister McCallum

The Liberal Government of Canada is now planning to welcome more permanent residents to the country. Minister McCallum said the plan is grounded in Canada’s tradition of being a welcoming and generous country. “We will be able to welcome more people to Canada,” he said at a news conference in Brampton, Ontario. From the columns of CIC, we come to know that Canada has an estimated plan of welcoming about 305,000 permanent residents this year. Moreover, besides bringing in a seven percent increase on the 2015 plan, this is the highest projected immigration to canada level over the decades.

McCallum said the government’s goal is to “bring in immigrants who wish to build a better Canada.” “It [the plan] outlines a significant shift in immigration policy towards reuniting more families, building our economy and upholding Canada’s humanitarian traditions to resettle refugees and offer protection to those in need.

The 2016 plan marks an increase of about 20,000 in the total number of new permanent residents to be admitted, relative to 2015. Indeed, the 2015 plan also saw an increase of 20,000 over the previous year. Consequently, the 2016 target is about 40,000 higher than that for 2014.

Source: CIC news

Ottawa will soon allow foreign spouses to obtain Permanent Resident status on arrival in Canada

Minister John McCallum makes it official that, going further foreign spouses will receive a swift and immediate Permanent Resident on their arrival in Canada. As per the current rule, spouses receive a conditional permanent residency on their arrival in Canada but have similar rights as of the Permanent resident. However, the current rule laid by the Conservative Government states that the permanent resident status will wait of 2-year so as to avoid fake marriage issues. Also, the current rules and policies of immigration state that in a case the relationship breaks for any reason during the spouses Permanent residence, it can be abolished.

Changes With Respect To Police Certificates And Express Entry Completeness Checks

The Ministry of Quebec has launched a skilled worker program that shall meet its commencement in the month of June. As of the sources, from June 13th 2016 about 5,000 applications will be approved with an overall allotment close to 10,000 under the same Quebec skilled worker program.

Application dates:

- Online application started from 29th February and has undergone technical support

- First reception period (13th June -20th June): During this period, aspirants who have registered in the online portal can submit their applications to obtain Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ). Once the application is submitted, they are entitled to pay the associated fee amount. Expectations are that about 5000 applications will be accepted in this intake period.

- Second reception period: While the news of the second reception period is in the air, a confirmed application submission date has not been revealed yet. Sources say that this period will be confirmed officially by MIDI very soon. The procedure remains same.

Note: Applicants who have a valid permit for study or work are not entitled for submissions during the above period.

Changes With Respect To Police Certificates And Express Entry Completeness Checks

Canada Express Entry application document requirements and police certificates

Under the current Canada Express Entry system, foreign nationals must submit their electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR) within 60 days of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA). As part of the e-APR, applicants are required to upload and submit several pieces of personal information, including police certificates.

Clarifications provided on February 11, 2016

On February 11, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a program delivery update (PDU) informing Express Entry Permanent residency applicants of a procedural change with respect to police certificates. This update is both a change in the standard operating procedure for the requirement of police certificate, as well as a clarification with respect to Exceptional circumstances documentation.

The new procedural change now requires that police certificates are mandatory and that they be provided upfront, for each country where the applicant has lived for at least six (6) months in total. The previous instructions had only requested police certificates for countries where an applicant had lived for six (6) months in a row. This change is likely to impact those individuals with extensive travel histories, especially business people whom have had a history of business travel with a specific country. However, this is likely to impact other travellers as illustrated by the examples below:

Example Police Certificate Requirement pre-Feb 11, 2016 Police Certificate Requirement post-Feb 11, 2016
A senior executive makes monthly trips, lasting on average 5-6 days, to the same foreign country for 3 years. His employer always provided the same temporary lodging accommodation. He decides to immigrate to Canada afterwards, and receives an Invitation to Apply under Express Entry. No police certificate required from the foreign country visited for business purposes. The applicant did not live in the country visited for 6 continuous months. Police certificate is required. Taking into account the yearly business trips, these would amount to 198 days which is more than 6 months in total.
A German citizen purchases a summer house in Denmark. Every year she spends 2 months at the summer house with her family. She then decides to immigrate to Canada, and receives an Invitation to Apply under Canada Express Entry. No police certificate required from Denmark. Even though the German citizen resides for 2 months every single year, she did not live in Denmark for 6 continuous months. Police certificate is required. Taking into account the yearly vacations, these would amount to 6 months in total after spending 3 summers in Denmark.
A Dutch citizen studies in the United States of America for a semester abroad totalling 5 months in 2008. In 2010 and 2013 he returns to the USA for tourism purposes, both trips taking 20 days each. In 2016, he is Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency under Express Entry. No police certificate required from the United States of America. Even though the Dutch citizen resided for 5 months at most in the USA, this did not meet the 6 month continuous threshold. Police certificate is required. Taking into account the period spent as a student, and the following 2 trips for tourism, an FBI police clearance certificate will be required. Time spent in total exceeds six months, despite not being continous.

These examples are not exhaustive, however they are presented in order to illustrate that time spent outside one's country of citizenship, can indeed add up, resulting in additional documentation required in the form of foreign police certificates. This change is potentially worrisome depending on the country visited. For example, United States FBI police certificates are taking on average 12-14 weeks to process for non-US citizens. At the same time, IRCC only provides applicants with a 60-day window to submit their complete e-APR following the ITA. Should applicants not be able to do, they must apply for an exemption under Exceptional circumstances.

This ties in with the second clarification of the February 11 notification. Specifically, applicants whom cannot provide police certificates within the 60-day deadline are now required to submit both proof of actually having requested a police certificate and an explanation letter detailing the best efforts to produce a police certificate before the 60-day deadline.


The February 11, 2016 a PDU was issued clarifying the language of the Exception circumstances exemption for police certificates, as well as a procedural change in the requirement of such certificates based on total time spent in a foreign country. This change will be detrimental for those applicants with extensive travel histories, as well as for those with travel histories in countries where police certificates may be lengthy or difficult to obtain. Consequently, this change is likely to result in additional processing time, whether it is at the document gathering stage in preparing the e-APR, or during processing of the application by IRCC.


Amendments to Canadian Citizenship Act will benefit immigrants with a quick and easy process of application

Citizenship Act of Canada is going to experience the following amendments:

1. Repeal of revocation provision: The current act states of an authority to revoke citizenship for certain acts against the national interest of Canada. These grounds include convictions of terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offences, depending on the sentence received, or for membership in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada. The amendment of the act is to repeal national interest grounds or revocation.

2. Repeal of intention to reside provision: The current act states that an applicant must have the intention to reside in Canada on being granted a citizenship. The amendment is to repeal the intent to reside provision.

3. Physical presence in Canada: The current act emphasizes on the physical presence of the application in Canada 4-6 years prior to application, whereas the amendment states a decrease in the number of years, i.e. 3-5 years.

4. Counting temporary status: As of the current act, the time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident will not be taken into consideration but the amendment will benefit applicant as each day wherein he was physically present in Canada as a temporary resident will be counted.

5. Less burdensome annual physical presence requirement: The current act states that the applicant must hold a physical presence of 183 days in 4-6 years. The proposed amendment is to repeal the minimum number of days within the same mentioned years.

6. Fewer people need to prove language proficiency: The current act emphasizes on an applicant’s age to be 14-64 for application and also meet language requirements along with a knowledge test. The proposed amendment brings down then age number to18-54 years with the language requirement and knowledge test factor remaining same.

7. Canadian income taxes: The current act states that one can file Canadian income taxes if required to do so under the income Tax Act for four taxation years out of six years, being physically present in the country. The amendment made is three taxation years out of five years, meeting the physical presence requirement.

8. Canadian citizenship oath: Current act states of provision of prohibiting applicants from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no longer meet the requirements for the grant of citizenship, but does not apply to applications received before June 11, 2015. The amendment states of provision of prohibiting applicants from taking the oath of citizenship if they never met or no longer meet the requirements for the grant of citizenship also applies to applications still in process that were received prior to June 11, 2015.

9. New provision to counter fraud: Current act does not include any authority for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent documents related to the processing of applications whereas the amendment shall bestow such officers with an authority to seize documents provided during the administration of the Citizenship Act if there are reasonable grounds to believe they are fraudulent, or being used fraudulently.

Source:CIC news

Registrations for Quebec Mon Project account to commence soon

The Quebec skilled Worker Regular Programme (PRTQ) will experience another time of receipt this year. While the exact opening date hasn’t been made official yet, sources reveal that the application submissions are scheduled for summer 2016. Under the PRTQ, successful applicants and their families can obtain a Permanent Resident status on having obtained a Certificate of Selection of Quebec (CSQ) from the Quebec government.

This indeed is a good time for potential candidates planning for Quebec immigration, to get ready with their applications for Quebec. Candidates who do not have a Mon Project account, can register for after February 2016, sources say. The announcement that another period of admission will take place in a few months will give applicants who do not submit a successful application in the current admission period another opportunity to apply later in 2016.

Flexible employment opportunities for immigrants in Canada

Coming straight from the columns of Canada immigration news releases- Community leaders came up with a work group in April 2014, for new immigrants so as to improve their skills and hunt for jobs by the same means. Flexible solutions have been introduced since then to improve language skills of new immigrants and ease the hunt for jobs in the country for new immigrants.

Focusing on planning and working sessions, LIP program now introduced three groups, which focus on creating and implementing action plans to the newcomers. These three groups make a great way to:

  • Attract and assist newcomers so as to meet the workforce as well as the business opportunities.
  • Assure that the programs and networks are there to support newcomers
  • Build awareness among newcomers of what has to be contributed to the region and what region will contribute to them.

In a nutshell, the main purpose of this introduction is to provide employment opportunities to new immigrants, taking into consideration their skills and qualifications.

Good news for graduates- now is the time to submit application for post-graduate work permit!

Canadian graduates, who have completed their studies in Canada and wish to apply for a Post-Graduation work permit can now submit their applications online, without any concern of their being a Canadian or not. Before the program came into effect on February 2016, only applicants living in Canada were eligible to apply through Canadian Citizenship account.

On having obtain a post-graduation work permit, international graduates can officially work Canadian employer in any industry, for up to a period three years. Moreover, they do not require any Canadian job offer during the time of application.

Canada Express Entry 28th Draw released; 1484 Invitations issued:

The Canada Express Entry latest Draw, which took place on February 24, 2016 came in as a good news for prospective applicants as this draw marked a second time in this year where the CRS points requirement decreased to 453 points. During this Canada Express Entry Draw, about 1,484 candidates were issued with Invitations to Apply for a Canadian Permanent Residence; the cut off score being 453 points. The draw has brought in a marginal decrease in the CRS as compared to the 27th draw, and this brings in a ray of hope that the CRS scores may drop even further in the near future draws.

Source:CIC news

Date: February 2016

Quebec Skilled Worker program to reopen this summer

The current intake period of Quebec Skilled Worker applications, which started from January 2016 shall run till 31st March. In this intake period, about 2,800 applications will be accepted. But, for the ones who did not reach up to be among the 2,800 the Quebec government has come up with a good news. While the exact dates have not been declared yet, Quebec immigration authorities have made it evident that there will be another intake period in 2016, which is expected to be in the summer months.

Moreover, potential candidates who do not currently have an account in the government of Quebec’s secure online space Mon project Québec — through which all applications for the QSWP must be submitted —are, at the time of writing, scheduled to be able to register an account as of February 18, 2016.

Source:CIC news

Date: February 2016

Canada Express Entry Draw released- invitations issued to over 1505 applicants

January 2016 came as a boom to aspirants planning for a Canada migration. Coming straight from the columns of CIC news, January was the first month in which three draws took place. Moreover, a total of 4,449 invitations to apply (ITA) for Canada PR were issued, which is the highest total number of ITAs issued in a month since the launch of the Express Entry System. This number is a knockout to the previous record of highest ITAs issued i.e. 3,257 ITAs in March 2015.

However, this tremendous improvement in invitations seems to enhance the future of the Express Entry, and associated bodies predict the numbers to increase in the coming future, with a hope that the required CRS scores will come down to a much minimum level.

Source:CIC news

Date: February 2016

Quebec Skill application submission to commence

With the closing of creating online account in Mon project Quebec (online immigration system) for Immigration to Canada, applicants can now submit their application for Quebec Province from February, 2016. Also, until February 15, candidates can fill their applications for Quebec Selection Certificate.

Candidates have up to 90 days of time for submitting the applications through this online process. Once if it is a submitted candidate will have 30 days to pay the fee. If the Candidate does not submit within given time period application will be deleted.

During February 16 to March 31, Government will receive a maximum of about 2,800 applications for CSQ below the QSWP undergo Mon project Quebec.

Till February 16, 2016, it will be available to submit an application and pay the fees that too who have an account of Mon Project Quebec and the deadline for creating this account is already closed which was up to 25 January.

Source: CIC news

Date: February 2016

Canadian BC MPs say that the language proficiency has to be removed out and instead should lower the age

Various BC MPs were called to the Federal Government to keep restrictions on the Proficiency language i.e. English and French. So that the new immigrants must have to qualify the test to become Canadian Citizens.

The Government has passed a bill C-24 of Canadian Citizenship Act in 2014 based on the Language test which is going to be more difficult. The range of age required to take a test is 55-65 years of old.

Other MPs says that the language proficiency has to be removed out and instead should lower the age conditions.

Language proficiency quiz encourages many immigrants so that they can learn their official Language, Sukh Dhaliwal, Liberal MP said.

But Old age immigrants have trouble passing in this quiz in spite of having work experience as well as who are staying for many years in Canada.

In spite of all these restrictions and conditions, Federal Government has made proficiency in Language Test to acquire Canadian Citizenship.

Source: CIC news

Date: February 2016

Modifications in Canada immigration system

Coming straight from the columns of Canadian Immigration news, the Parents and Grandparents Visa program will double the applications sponsorships from 5,000 to 10,000 Visas per year. This means that the Immigration system will allow more parents and grandparents to Canada in 2016, which will also reduce the waiting time. Also, the following modifications are expected.

  • Applicants who have siblings in Canada will get more points in Express Entry application.
  • The Waiting period for “Conditional Permanent Residence” for spouses will be avoided.
  • $1000 Labor market agreement fee for families with mental and physical illness will be thrown out.
  • Adjustments will be made to the Canadian Experience Class program to achieve Canadian Citizenship and also time credit will be fixed as well.

Source: CIC news

Date: February 2016

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