Visitors have more time to apply for work permits within Canada

Visitors have more time to apply for work permits within Canada

On March 29 IRCC has renewed a temporary measure to allow visitor visa holders with job offers to stay in Canada and start working before their work permit gets approved. This policy has been extended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that restricted international travel. In addition, IRCC modified the eligibility criteria and allowed visitors…

New Brunswick has updated the Skilled Worker Stream Guide

New Brunswick has updated the Skilled Worker Stream Guide

On March 22, 2021, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) released an updated official guide to the Skilled Worker Stream. the Province has established a pathway specific to Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511) within the Skilled Worker Stream. To be eligible to apply, it is required to demonstrate 24 months of work experience in…

OINP Application Processing Times Update

OINP Application Processing Times Update

On March 17, 2021, Ontario has updated the average processing time in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). At the moment, the processing time in Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, Master Graduates Stream, and Ph.D. Graduates Stream is 30-60 days. As for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream and the Employer Job…

Ontario announced the introduction of the Expression of Interest system

Ontario announced the introduction of the Expression of Interest system

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will introduce an Expression of Interest system for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The Expression of Interest system will help to: Strategically manage intake Increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness Better respond to regional labour market needs The Expression of Interest system will apply to the…

Will Intra-Company Transfers replace the Owner/Operator category?

Will Intra-Company Transfers replace the Owner/Operator category?

Starting April 1, 2021, the pathway for Canadian permanent residence for foreign nationals who wish to an LMIA under the Owner/Operator category will become more complicated. The government is lifting the advertising exemption and will require those candidates to pay the prevailing wages. As a result, this pathway may be less popular among foreign entrepreneurs….

Temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program

Temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program

Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on international students and the post-secondary sector, temporary policy changes have been made to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility requirements for the following groups of students: Students enrolled in PGWP-eligible programs in progress in March 2020 Students who began or will begin PGWP-eligible programs between spring 2020 and fall…

Canada’s provinces continued to be actively involved in strengthening Canada’s immigration system

Canada’s provinces continued to be actively involved in strengthening Canada’s immigration system

Ontario remained the most popular destination for Express Entry immigrants in 2020. It attracted 37,525 immigrants or 58.7% of the total admissions. British Columbia took second place. It welcomed 13,590 newcomers or 21.3%. The third main beneficiary of Express Entry is Alberta, which became a choice of 7,005 immigrants or 11%. Historically, since the start…

International graduates earned less than domestic graduates

International graduates earned less than domestic graduates

Despite equal Canadian education credentials, international students earn less than their Canadian peers after graduation, Statistics Canada says. That’s because they fail to secure enough local work experience before they graduate, data from the agency indicates. More than 58,000 international graduates successfully applied for permanent resident status. One year after graduation, the income gap between…

International students completing their programs online will now be eligible for PGWP

International students completing their programs online will now be eligible for PGWP

On February 12, 2021, IRCC announced that international students who complete their entire postsecondary program online will be eligible for the three-year open work permit after graduation. According to the new policy, studies completed outside Canada by December 31, 2021, will count towards a future PGWP and allow international students to get PGWP. The academic…

Family Reunification | Top Priority for Canadian Government

Family Reunification | Top Priority for Canadian Government

Family reunification is a top priority for the Canadian Government. For international students who are married and want their spouses to join them, a spousal open work permit is an option. The sponsorship of parents and grandparents continues to be in high demand and although the Government increased the admission levels for parents and grandparents,…