Ontario Immigration Receives 1,215 Registrations for Masters Graduate Stream
Ontario immigration opened an application window for the Masters Graduate Stream on September 29, with 1,215 registrations received. The popular Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program stream opened and closed in a matter of hours. Candidates who successfully registered will receive an email with their file number in the next three business days, and will then have 14 days to submit their application. Read...
Impact of Coronavirus Crisis on Canada Immigration Laid Bare By Provincial Figures
The first seven months of 2020 saw nine out of 10 Canadian provinces record a drop in immigration above 40 percent, the latest figures show. The only province to record a drop below the 40 percent mark was British Columbia, where immigration fell 33 percent between January and July 2020, compared to the same period of 2019. By comparison, Manitoba saw...
Canada Extends Coronavirus-Related International Travel Restrictions
Canada’s international travel restrictions, in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, have been extended by another month, to October 31, 2020. The decision was made via a federal government Order in Council, published on September 28. The existing travel restrictions, in place since March, had been due to expire on September 30. It means that the restrictions due to COVID-19...
Nova Scotia Immigration Draw: Province Targets Mechanics Through Labour Market Priorities Stream
Nova Scotia immigration has conducted a new draw through the province’s Express Entry-linked Labour Market Priorities stream, aimed at automobile mechanics. The September 24 draw saw Letters of Interest sent to candidates with skills and experience in NOC 7322 or NOC 7321 for motor vehicle body repairers or automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers Candidates were also...
Saskatchewan Immigration Draw Targets 81 Occupations with 535 Invites
Saskatchewan immigration has targeted 81 occupations with 535 invitations in the province’s latest Expression of Interest draw. The September 24 Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program draw featured invites through the Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry streams. Occupations In-Demand candidates received 257 invitations, while Express Entry candidates received 278. Both streams required a minimum score of 82 points. Read More Saskatchewan Immigration Conducts Rare Draw...
Spousal Immigration Application Processing Boosted to 6,000 Per Month: IRCC
Canadian immigration authorities have vowed to cut waiting times for families by processing 6,000 spousal applications per month from October to December. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says the new commitment is designed to “find new ways to keep families together”. A statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said: “COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who are sponsoring spouses for...
Canada Rated No 1 in World For Welcoming Immigrants
Canada is the most welcoming place on Earth – and far more tolerant than the United States – for immigrants, a newly-released Gallup poll reveals.  On Wednesday, the polling giant released the results of its latest Migrant Acceptance Index.  It asked people living in 145 countries last year whether they thought immigrants living in their country, becoming their neighbors and marrying...
Canada’s Throne Speech: Ottawa Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration
Canada’s federal government says immigration will be an important ‘driver of economic growth’ during the COVID-19 crisis recovery, reaffirming its commitment to bringing in new permanent residents. In the Speech from the Throne to open a new session of parliament on September 23, Governor General Julie Payette said immigration helps ‘keep Canada competitive on the world stage’. The speech was the...
British Columbia Immigration Issues 74 Invitations Targeting 29 Tech Occupations
British Columbia immigration has targeted 29 technology occupations with 74 invitations in a new draw through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. The September 22 draw featured invitations through four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.  The minimum scores were 80 for all four streams. The featured streams were: SI – Skilled Worker SI – International Graduate EEBC – Skilled...
Biometrics Exemption for Certain Canada Permanent Residence Applicants
Certain applicants for Canada permanent residence have been exempted from providing biometrics in a new measure designed to mitigate the impact of coronavirus restrictions. The exemption, announced in a public policy effective September 22, covers permanent residence applicants who previously provided biometrics within the last 10 years. Foreign nationals who are both inside or outside Canada are covered by the exemption. Read...

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