Three Canadian Provinces Hold PNP Draws to Issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs)

British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island invited candidates in the recent PNP draws. Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs help candidates move closer to permanent residency. All territories and provinces, except for Quebec and Nunavut, hold individual PNP draws to select candidates expressing interest in provincial immigration. Prepare Your Immigration File Through Trusted Visa Advisors Free Read More

Canada Creates New Record by Welcoming Over 550,000 International Students in 2022

Over 550,000 international students from 184 countries favored Canada to pursue studies in 2022 The latest data by Immigration, Refugees and Citizens Canada (IRCC) confirms 807,750 international students in Canada after welcoming a record 551,405 students in 2022. In 2022, Canada processed 444,260 study permits. The number of study permits in 2022 exceeded those in Read More

British Columbia PNP Draws Invite 237 Candidates

British Columbia held its PNP draws on February 14, 2023. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to about 237 candidates. BC PNP Tech Draw The Tech Draw issued invitations to 237 candidates. These were from International Graduate (also includes the EEBC option) and Skilled Worker categories. The minimum Read More

Express Entry’s PNP-Only Draw Invites 699 Candidates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada conducted the second PNP-Only Express Entry Draw of 2023 on February 15, inviting 699 candidates. Comprehensive Ranking scores in the fifth Express Entry draw of the year had a threshold of 791. It was the third program-specific Express Entry draw of 2023. The first draw of February 1 focused on Read More

Canada Relaxes Work Experience Requirement to Boost Caregiver Immigration Programs

Canada plans to support the immigration of more caregivers by reducing the work experience requirement from two years to one year. Canada’s Immigration Minister, Hon. Sean Fraser observed that caregivers play a vital role in society by looking after aging parents, growing children, and persons requiring care. The decision to halve the work experience requirement Read More

Moving to Canada? Here’s How You Can Improve Your CELPIP Score

Moving is not an easy task, especially when you are doing so along with a bag and baggage to another country. It is extremely challenging while being exciting and exhilarating at the same time. Canada is the dream destination of many people all over the world. It is a nation that welcomes immigrants with open Read More

Addition of 150,000 Jobs in January 2023 Boosts Employment Growth in Canada

The recent report by Statistics Canada confirmed Canada added 150,000 jobs in January 2023, marking over 0.8 percent growth in employment.   There was a growth of 4.5 percent in the average hourly wages during January 2023. Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec reported the highest employment gains. The unemployment rate remained constant at 50 percent during the Read More

Super Visa Applicants can now Avail Monthly Installment Facility to Pay for Medical Insurance

IRCC facilitates families to reunite by relaxing Medical Insurance payment norms for Super Visa applicants. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) declared a monthly payment option to meet the medical insurance requirement of the Super Visa program. The monthly payment option for private insurance of Super Visa applicants was in place earlier. However, the IRCC Read More

Ontario Invites 1,281 Candidates Holding Three Draws on Two Successive Dates

Ontario held three OINP draws on February 09 and 10, issuing 1,281 invitations. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draws on February 09, and 10 focused on the OINP Skilled Trades stream, Express Entry Skilled Trades stream, and Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream.   OINP Skilled Trades stream draw – February, 09 Ontario held another Skilled Read More

Manitoba Issues Invites to 308 Candidates in the Recent PNP Draw as CRS Scores Drop Further

The February 9 Draw of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued 308 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to eligible candidates under various streams of provincial immigration. The Expression of Interest Draw by Manitoba issued invites to candidates under Skilled Workers, Manitoba, International Education, and Skilled Workers Overseas streams. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program draw Read More

Breaking: Express Entry Candidates can now Access Online Application Status Tracker

IRCC extended the Online Application Status Tracker facility across four new categories to benefit Express Entry candidates and their representatives On February 8, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended the Online Application Status Tracker tool for programs under the Express Entry application management system. These include: Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Federal Skilled Worker Read More

Recent BC PNP Draw Issues 245 Invites Under the Skills Immigration Stream

There was a drop in CRS scores in the latest BC PNP draw that issued 245 invitations to candidates in the Skills Immigration Stream On Feb 7, 2023, British Columbia conducted the PNP draw for provincial immigration. The latest round of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) across General and Read More

Manitoba Invests Additional $4 million in Settlement Services for Newcomers

Manitoba pledged another $4 million to boost its settlement services, supporting newcomers. Immigrants boost the economic progress of Canadian provinces because of their job skills and work experience. They also contribute to the province’s demography. Settlement services help newcomers with diverse nationalities and backgrounds to integrate smoothly with the communities. Successful integration of newcomers with Read More

Express Entry Recognizes English and French Language Abilities as Crucial Factors for Immigration Aspirants

Canada’s Express Entry selection system underlines the significance of better language efficiency in English and French for getting permanent residency. English and French are the official languages of Canada. Immigration authorities in Canada observed that over 92 percent of successful immigrants had better language proficiency in these languages, although their mother tongue was other than Read More

IRCC will Accept PTE as an Alternative Language Proficiency Test for Visa Applicants

According to a recent announcement, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start accepting the Pearson Test of English (PTE) to demonstrate the English language proficiency of Canada visa applicants.  The decision to allow the Pearson Test of English as an approved language proficient test for applicants of economic immigration will come into force in Read More

Demystifying V-1, B-1, WX-1, and SX-1, Canada Visa Category Codes

You will encounter a myriad of new immigration terminologies if you are aspiring to migrate to Canada. Knowing about a few important visa categories will be helpful as you prepare to start your dream journey to Canada, a beautiful land of fascinating opportunities. Consulting a knowledgeable immigration expert will help you sail through the immigration Read More

Ontario Conducts PNP Draw Inviting 1,902 Candidates from Tech and Healthcare Categories

Ontario held a PNP draw on February 2, 2023, to invite 1902 candidates under the new Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).  The recent Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under the Human Capital Priorities stream issued Notifications of Interest to 1,127 candidates from the Tech category. The draw also selected 775 Read More

The First Ever Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry Draw Invites 3,300 Candidates

Canada held its first Express Entry draw to focus on Federal Skilled Workers since the launch of the Express Entry application management system in 2015. February 2, 2023, Express Entry draw selected 3,300 candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker category for Invitations to Apply for permanent residency. The minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score for Read More

Recent PNP draws of Ontario and British Columbia Invite 895 Candidates for Permanent Residence

The two provinces held respective PNP draws on Jan 31, 2023, inviting 895 candidates to apply for permanent residence. Ontario PNP Ontario conducted the sixth draw of the month on January 31, to issue 611 Invitations to Apply under various occupations of the Foreign Worker Stream of Ontario Provincial Nominee Program. The CRS threshold for Read More

Ontario Issues Invitations under OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program issued invitations to apply under its entrepreneur stream to 10 candidates on Jan 27, 2023.  Ontario conducted An Entrepreneur Stream draw on January 27, under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The CRS scores ranged between 137 and 162. The draw considered Expressions of Interest received till January 20, 2023, Read More

Canada Begins Extending Open Work Permit Facility to High-wage Foreign Workers’ Families

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is extending the open work permit facility to foreign workers in the High-wage stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.  The move will address severe labor shortages besides helping foreign workers improve their emotional well-being by reuniting them with families. Canada made the announcement to introduce the temporary measure Read More

Ontario to Address Physician Labor Shortage by Speeding up Recognition of Doctors’ Foreign Credentials

A 12-week program for the assessment of internationally trained doctors is in the pipeline to address healthcare labor shortages. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a self-regulating body, is planning to start a three-month program by the next spring to accelerate the recognition of international credentials of foreign-trained physicians. Such Practice Ready Assessment Read More

Canada’s Vibrant Job Market Contributes to Vacancy Filling and Higher Payroll Employment

Most industry sectors witnessed a drop in job vacancies, with a notable rise in payroll employment. The November 2022 data shows a considerable number of employees beginning to get employment benefits from their employers, marking a sharp increase in payroll employment by 71,000 jobs.  The boost in employment is perceptible in 10 out of 15 Read More

Manitoba’s Second EOI Draw in January Issues 336 Invites Showing a Drop in CRS

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) conducted one more Expression of Interest (EOI) Draw on January 26, 2023, inviting 336 candidates to apply for permanent residence.  The CRS for Skilled Workers in Manitoba witnessed a drop against the last EOI draw of January 12, 2023. The CRS remained the same for Workers Overseas. Details of Read More

Increasing Number of International Students Prefer Calgary to Study and Settle in Alberta

Calgary emerges as the primary driver of Alberta immigration, as more international students choose Alberta’s largest city to study, work, and settle in Canada.  The recent Global Livability Index made Calgary the third most livable city in the world. However, it is not the only reason why 32,600 international students selected Calgary to pursue world-class Read More

Ontario and British Columbia Conduct PNP Draws Issuing 897 ITAs

CRS dropped in invitation rounds of Ontario and British Columbia on January 24, 2023 Most Canadian provinces hold weekly draws to invite eligible applicants for permanent residence under Provincial Nominee Programs. However, the number of applications in the backlog determines the dates for individual rounds of PNP draws. Here are a few highlights of two Read More

Canada’s Efforts Pay off as the Latest Immigration Backlog Drops Below One Million Applications

There is a noticeable drop in Canada’s immigration backlog from 1.09 applications on November 30, 2022, to 918,300 on December 31, 2022.  Canada’s immigration inventory also reduced to less than 2 million, according to the IRCC’s January 2023 data. The number of applications within service standards stands at 1,055,500. The immigration inventory comprises all applications, Read More

Alberta Changes PR Eligibility Criteria to Welcome more In-demand Workers

Alberta added the criteria of having immediate family relatives in the province as a criterion to become eligible for its provincial nominee program, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP).  The move will help Alberta address the present and future labor shortages as the province faces the challenge of filling over 100,000 job vacancies. The new Read More

Doubling of Immigration Program to Benefit Out-of-status Construction Workers in Toronto

Canada plans a new pilot program to enable undocumented construction workers and their families in Toronto to become permanent residents.   The government declared a doubling of the annual slots for the program to meet labor demand in the construction sector on January 20. The small-scale pilot enables out-of-status skilled workers in the construction sector to Read More

Alberta, BC, PEI, and Quebec Issue Invitations in Recent Provincial Immigration Draws

A total of 1579 candidates will receive ITAs in recent provincial nomination draws in four provinces. The January 14- January 20 Provincial Immigration results for four provinces are out. Alberta and Quebec held the recent draws in December 2022 and published results this week. Provincial Immigration – Alberta A total of 129 candidates received Invitations to Read More

Visitor Visa Update: Canada Plans Aggressive Steps to Clear the Backlog by February 2023

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced strong measures, including easing legibility requirements to eliminate the backlog of visitor visas. Swelling inventory of immigration applications  IRCC reported in December 2022 about the rising inventory of immigration applications and the urgent need to clear the backlog. Over 2 million applications remained in the application inventory of Read More

Younger Immigrants Boost Hopes of Addressing Concerns of Canada’s Aging Workforce

Immigration of younger workers may be the solution for Canada’s aging workforce, as most new immigrants are between 25 and 54 years of age.  The Canada-born working population is on the decline The national workforce of Canada is aging, as per the latest report by Statistics Canada. A record number of Canadians are approaching retirement Read More

BREAKING!: Canada Invites 5,500 Candidates in a Surprise Draw Marking the Second Express Entry Draw of 2023

In a surprise move, Canada held the second Express Entry draw of 2023, inviting 5,500 candidates to bring the total invitations to 11,000 since the beginning of this year.  The Express Entry received the fastest-ever start, as Canada held two back-to-back Express Entry draws in two consecutive weeks. The January 18 Express Entry draw follows Read More

New Brunswick Accepting EOIs from International Graduates under New Pathway

The new pathway of the Private Career College Graduate Pilot Program is open for international graduates from New Brunswick. The New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot Program helps candidates work and settle in the province. Getting a nomination certificate under the new pathway qualifies the candidate to apply for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees, Read More

Sault Ste. Marie Recommended 213 Candidates under the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot in 2022

Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot helped Sault Ste. Marie surpass its quota of 125 immigrants and enabled 137 candidates to secure jobs in the community.  Sault Ste. Marie exceeded the allocation as some communities could not consume their quotas under the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot. Most candidates receiving recommendations for permanent residency were living Read More

Canada’s Immigration Minister Justifies the Need to Welcome More Immigrants

Immigration Minister Hon. Sean Fraser reiterated the need to bring more working-age immigrants and young families to address Canada’s labor shortages. Canada plans to welcome 500,000 new immigrants annually, according to the Immigration Levels plan 2023-25, after hitting a record 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022. The ambitious immigration targets are necessary because of the Read More

Ontario issues 1,252 Notifications of Interest (NOI) to Express Entry’s Skilled Trades Stream Candidates in the Latest OINP Draw

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program held a new draw on January 13, 2023, to invite 1,252 candidates in the Express Entry’s Skilled Trades category.  Ontario selected 1,252 candidates in the Express Entry’s Skilled Trades Stream, having Comprehensive Ranking System scores between 336 and 506 to issue targeted Notifications of Interest. Candidates having active Express Entry Read More

The First Manitoba PNP Draw of 2023 Issues 322 Invites to Candidates for Permanent Residence

Manitoba conducted its first provincial nomination draw of 2023 on Jan 12, issuing 322 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs).   On January 12, 2023, the Expression of Interest (EOI) draw #165 issued invitations to candidates under three Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) streams. The breakup of 322 Letters of Advice to Apply is as below. Read More

New Express Entry Categories on the Anvil to Address Canada’s Economic Needs and Labor Shortages

Recent consultations between Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and stakeholders highlighted the need to improve the focus on Canada’s economic needs and labor market shortages by adapting the Express Entry application management system.  IRCC is contemplating the creation of new Express Entry Categories to enhance the immigration of Express Entry candidates who have relevant Read More

The Very First All-programs Express Entry Draw of 2023 Invites 5,500 Candidates

Canada began Express Entry Draws in 2023 on January 11 by issuing 5,500 invitations to eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence. The opening of Express Entry draws of 2023 marked more invitations for permanent residence, but the CRS cutoff was higher at 507. The CRS threshold rose by 16 points against the last Express Read More

Canada’s Express Entry CRS Thresholds Likely to Hover above 450 for Several Months

The November 2022 Express Entry data shows a total of 63,627 candidates in the pool having CRS scores in the range of 451-600.  Immigration is the primary driver of Canada’s population and economy. Canada has ambitious immigration targets to tackle its labor shortages as the new immigration levels plan 2023-25 targets 465,000 new permanent immigrants Read More

Canada Opens 2023 International Experience Canada Program for Youth from Participating Countries

The application pool for International Experience Canada is open for applicants from 36 eligible countries. Candidates from countries other than the eligible ones may consider applying through a Recognized Organization.  Canada plans to enhance the intake of candidates through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program by allowing approximately 90,000 candidates to travel and work in Read More

Immigrant Students in Canada to Get Reprieve from Financial Difficulties with the new Work Policy

Canada revised its 20-hours-a-week off-campus work policy to allow students having study permits with work authorization to work for over 20 hours.  The new policy will be in force till December 31, 2023, and will benefit students and Canadian employers struggling with the historic labor shortages. Benefits of the new work policy to the students Read More

Canada Welcomes Permanent Residents to Join its Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) welcomes permanent residents for a career in uniform by providing them with benefits at par with Canadian citizens and boosting pathways to their citizenship. Marking the big change to its policy of allowing only Canadian citizens to join the military, Canada is now welcoming permanent residents with special skills to Read More

Digital and STEM Skills Likely to be in High Demand as Canada Ends 2022 by adding 104,000 Jobs in December

A historic labor shortage was apparent in Canada throughout 2022, as the last month of the year added 104,000 new jobs.  The last year witnessed historically low unemployment as the Canadian economy recovered from the restrictions during the pandemic. These are a few hot skills trends to consider by those who are seeking employment or Read More

British Columbia Commences 2023 PNP Draws by Issuing 211 ITAs

The latest BC PNP draw marks the beginning of the 2023 provincial nomination by inviting 211 candidates to apply for permanent residence. British Columbia conducted the first BC PNP draw on January 4, 2022, inviting 211 candidates under the Targeted and General categories. BC NP General Draw BC PNP General Draw invited 163 candidates and Read More

Canada Immigration – Overview of Changes in 2022 and Emerging Trends

The year 2022 was a ‘happening year’ for the Canada Immigration system as several changes will positively influence the emerging trends in 2023. Canada began conducting Express Entry draws in July 2022 after a long gap of 18 months because of the pandemic.  These are crucial changes in Canada’s immigration system for understanding how the Read More

Canada Welcomed a Record-breaking Number of Permanent Residents in 2022

Breaking all previous records, Canada welcomed over 430,000 permanent residents in 2022. According to the announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canada achieved the highest-ever target of welcoming 430,000 permanent residents in 2022. IRCC broke its 2021 record of permitting 401,000 permanent residents and touched the 2022 target of welcoming 431,645 permanent residents, the Read More

Beginning 2023, Canada Expands Open Work Permits to Family Members of Temporary Foreign Workers

The new policy is a boon for family members accompanying Open Work Permit holders as they can work for any job for any employer in Canada. There are close to a million job vacancies in Canada, showing a growth of 73 percent over the beginning of 2020. The move to allow family members of principal Read More

Canada Mandates Negative COVID-19 Test Results for Travelers Coming from Macao, Hong Kong, and China

Beginning January 5, travelers arriving from Macao, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China must present a negative COVID-19 Test before departing to Canada. The new proactive health measure by the Government of Canada is in response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the People’s Republic of China. These temporary measures are Read More

Manitoba Provincial Nomination Ends 2022 with a Bang Issuing 280 LAAs in the Last EOI Draw

The last Expression of Interest draw of the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP) selected 280 candidates under various streams issuing Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs). Manitoba conducted 2022’s last Expression of Interest Draw on December 30. The EOI draw #163 selected 280 candidates for Letters of Advice to Apply under the following streams: Skilled Read More

Reviewing 2022 from the Viewpoint of Canada’s Express Entry Application Management System

As Canada sets the stage to bolster Express Entry invitations, it is time to review the highs and lows of the Express Entry system in the year 2022.  Canada’s Express Entry application management system witnessed striking developments in 2022, with the resumption of draws after a long gap of 18 months. The shift to the Read More

Canada’s 2023 Immigration Targets Reflect its Persistence to Bring More New Immigrants

As the year 2022 ends, Canada prepares to chase ambitious immigration targets in 2023 for its social and economic development. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) strives to curtail the application backlog by adopting digitization and recruiting more staff. The current immigration backlog stands at 400,000 applications. IRCC is confident of reducing the application inventories further Read More

Express Entry System Prepares for Major Changes in 2023

The recent transition to NOC 2021 from NOC 2016 and the approval of Bill C-19 set the stage for enhancing the Express Entry system in 2023.  Canada’s Express Entry system manages applications of candidates willing to come to Canada through economic immigration pathways. Candidates eligible for Express Entry upload their profile in the system, which Read More

Ontario’s Latest OINP Draw under the Master’s Graduate stream Invites 725 candidates

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program issued 725 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to candidates with minimum CRS scores of 46 on December 21.  The province of Ontario conducts the Ontario Immigrant Nomine Program to boost its economic immigration. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program enables aspiring immigrants, including foreign workers and international students, to apply for nomination.  Ontario Read More

Five New Streams Expand Global Talent Stream as Canada Explores ways to Meet its Labor Market Needs

ESDC includes five new streams to Global Talent Stream (GTS) on December 22, 2022, supplementing the list of eligible occupations. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) looks after Canada’s labor market requirements covering multiple aspects of skilled worker immigration, such as issuing Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approvals. ESDC supports Canadian employers to meet their Read More

Recent PNP Rounds by Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island

Invitations for provincial nominations in recent PNP draws between December 17 and 23, by Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island, help candidates move closer to permanent residence. The week witnessed four provinces holding Provincial Nominee Program draws facilitating candidates to apply for permanent residence. Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island conducted Read More

Immigration Continues to Boost Canada’s Population Growth for more than Six Decades

The third quarter of 2022 witnessed the most rapid growth in Canada’s population, adding almost a percent to the total population. Canada’s highest population growth was in 1957 because of the baby boomers and an influx of Hungarian refugees. The population growth was 1.2 percent, showing an increase of 198,000 people, pushing the total population Read More

Nearly A Million Job Vacancies in Canada Boost Average Hourly Wages

Canada reports higher hourly wages in response to the growing difficulty in hiring, as employers must fill close to a million vacant job positions.  The latest report for the July- September period by Statistics Canada reflects continuing labor shortages in Canada, with 959,600 job vacancies. These vacancies force employers to search for workers outside the Read More

Ontario and British Columbia Conduct PNP Draws Inviting 1,112 Candidates

CRS drops in the latest PNP Draws by Ontario and British Columbia for provincial nominations  OINP The latest Tech draw of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on December 19 issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOI) to 936 candidates. The OINP draw focused on candidates under the Human Capital Priorities stream. The CRS scores ranged Read More

IRCC Processes Highest-ever Immigration Applications in 2022

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processed 4.8 million applications in 2022 Canada’s immigration department created a record by processing the highest number of immigration applications this year. It doubled its application processing over last year by reducing half a million applications since August 2022. The application processing speed puts Canada in a firm position Read More

Atlantic Canada Emerges as a Favorite Immigration Destination for Long-Time Settlers

Atlantic Canada reported higher retention rates of immigrants, according to Statistics Canada. The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) boosts retention rates of immigrants who prefer settling in the region longer. Settlement service providers ensure better support for immigrants to integrate and stay in Atlantic Canada after they arrive through Atlantic Immigration Program than other pathways. The Read More

A System Error Impacts IRCC’s Ability to Conduct Express Entry Draws

IRCC is facing difficulties conducting Express Entry draws because of a system error while switching to the new NOC 2021. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada reported a glitch in implementing the new National Occupation Classification (NOC), which caused delays in Express Entry draws. The system error is also impacting Express Entry candidates exploring provincial nominations. Read More

British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island Invite Provincial Immigrants in Recent Draws

Various Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws invited over 1536 candidates to apply for permanent residency in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island. A provincial nomination accelerates the process of permanent residence. Canadian provinces and territories operate individual PNPs by targeting specific occupations that help them meet their labor market and demographic needs. The Read More

Saskatchewan Issues 635 Immigration Invitations in the New EOI Express Entry Draw

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program conducted the first draw since the shift to the new NOC 2021 on December 15, 2022. The recent draw of the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP) issued 635 invitations. It marked the first EOI Express Entry draw of the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee program since the shift to the new NOC 2021, Read More

The Latest British Columbia PNP Draw Issues up to 215 Invitations

British Columbia conducted BC PNP draws to invite at least 215 candidates through multiple streams. On December 13, British Columbia held its Provincial Nominee Program draws by dividing PNPs into general, targeted, and entrepreneur streams. BC PNP General draw The BC PNP general draw issued 180 invitations and comprised tech occupations. The minimum scores ranged Read More

Starting from 2023, Canada’s Express Entry Draws will Target Occupations

Canada is modifying its approach to selecting Express Entry candidates, beginning in 2023. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will leverage new criteria other than conventional CRS scores for inviting candidates through Express Entry. The Canadian immigration minister has the authority to focus on in-demand skills or abilities following the passing of Bill C-19 in both Read More

Parents and Grandparents Program to welcome More than Double Immigrants than Last Year

After welcoming 21,500 parents and grandparents as permanent residents under the PGP immigration category till September 2022, Canada is on its way to admitting 28,667 before the dawn of 2022.   Finally, the Parents and Grandparents Program is back on its track as twice the number of parents and grandparents will reunite with children and grandchildren Read More

IRCC Updates Caregiver Pilot Program with New Changes

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shared updates to Caregiver Pilot Programs on Dec 6, 2022. Canada operates Home Support Worker Pilot and Home Childcare Provider Pilot to help caregivers with relevant experience come to Canada with families. These pilot programs enable qualified caregivers to apply for permanent residence. The latest updates to these pilot Read More

Quebec to Welcome 52,500 new Permanent Residents as per 2023 Quebec Immigration Plan

The latest Quebec Immigration plan for 2023 maintains the status quo of the 2022 immigration plan. Quebec will focus on economic immigration as the contribution of the economic category is 65 percent of the total admissions, projected in 2023. The economic immigration category of Quebec includes Quebec Skills Worker Program and Quebec Experience Program.   The Read More

Nova Scotia Reports Record Immigration Figures for 2022

The year 2022 is turning out to be an exceptional year for Nova Scotia immigration as it breaks all records for welcoming permanent residents in any year. Immigration data from January to September 2022 from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada confirms 10,670 new permanent residents in the Atlantic province of Canada between January and September Read More

Canada’s Immigration Backlog Drops to 2.2 Million

Canada strives to clear the immigration backlog and reduces it to just 2.2 million, according to the latest figures. The total inventories across all immigration categories stand at 2,243,097 as of December 2, 2022. The following figures represent inventories in individual categories: Permanent Residence applications- 512,342 Temporary Residence applications- 1,416,125 Citizenship applications- 314,630 The inventories Read More

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program Issues 69 Invitations in the Latest Draw

The unscheduled draw of PEI PNP invited 69 skilled workers to apply for permanent residence on Dec 1, 2022 The Invitations to apply focused on Express Entry and Labor Impact streams in the recent out-of-schedule draw of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). The following are highlights of Express Entry and Labor Read More

British Columbia and Manitoba Invite 494 Candidates in the Latest PNP Draws

The latest draws for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program and Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Issued Invitations to 189 and 305 candidates, respectively, to apply for permanent residence.  British Columbia PNP Draw British Columbia issued 189 Canada immigration invitations to candidates following the recent BC PNP draw on December 6, 2022. The breakup of the invitations Read More

Canada Extends Work Permit Eligibility to Family Members of Temporary Workers

The move to allow family work permits will benefit temporary workers and employers. Canada is battling a record labor shortage because of its faster economic recovery and aging population. Several sectors, such as tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare, are finding it hard to fill positions because of labor shortages. In the past, the facility of Read More

Canada Boosts Immigration of Healthcare Professionals by Improving Credential Recognition

Canada pledges a $90m investment to address historic labor shortages in the healthcare sector by removing the barriers to foreign credential recognition.  Hon minister for immigration, Mr. Sean Fraser, announced an aid of $90 million for projects under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) that will deal with skilled newcomers’ overqualification issues. Immigrants with foreign Read More

November Employment Grows by 10,000 Jobs Across Canada

The recent Labor Force Survey by Statistics Canada presents a review of General employment trends in Canada besides gender-specific employment results. The latest employment figures are the outcome of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan (2023-2025). The major highlight of the recent immigration includes the highest number of women immigrants marking a record employment rate of 69 Read More

Canada Expands Eligibility of Open Work Permit to the Spouses of Open Work Permit Holders

The major announcement by Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, will benefit spouses of Open Work Permit Holders as they become eligible for Open Work Permit (OWP).  Foreign nationals can come to work in Canada on Open Work Permits that are not employee-specific. Standard work permits mandate foreign nationals to work for a particular employer.  Open Read More

IRCC Declares a 20% Capacity Increase for International Experience Canada Program

Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada proposed a 20 percent capacity increase, among other prominent changes to the International Experience Canada. During a recent press conference, the government of Canada announced the opening date of International Experience Canada as January 3, 2023. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will expand the IEC program capacity BY 20 Read More

Calgary is Fast Emerging as a Top Destination for Tech Companies

Calgary gained its present status because of growth in the oil and gas industry. The once popular “Cowtown” is on its way to usher in a new era of innovation by welcoming new investments. The latest announcement of Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund worth $100 million makes Calgary a perfect destination for new tech companies. Besides Read More

List of Jobs that Do Not Require a Canadian Work Permit

Canada – the Great White North – is like a siren’s song for people looking for a change in their lives via a new job, new surroundings, and new lifestyle. Millions of people from all over the world flock to Canada every year for jobs and most of them stay here to start a new Read More

Canada to Focus on Welcoming more new Permanent Residents through Start-up Visa (SUV) Program

Canada is confident of bringing 620 foreign entrepreneurs in 2022 after welcoming 465 new immigrants through the SUV pathway in the first nine months.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada reveals a remarkable rise in the number of immigrants setting up businesses as Canada increases immigrants through the Start-up Visa program. The growth in SUV immigration Read More

Canada to Expand Visa Processing Facilities at Delhi and Chandigarh

Canada’s new strategic initiatives include an investment of $74.6 million to enhance the visa processing capacity in Delhi and Chandigarh. The new Indo-Pacific Strategy eyes India as a crucial partner and hopes to invest more in people-centric activities such as immigration. The Strategy will also expand visa processing in Manila and Islamabad. Canada will continue Read More

Immigrants to Represent Over 30% of Canada’s Population by 2041

The current immigration trends and projections of the 2022-24 Immigration Levels Plan show that the immigrant population will grow to represent between 29.1 and 34 percent of the total population.  According to the 2021 census, over 8.3 million people represented the permanent resident population, making close to one in four people in Canada to be Read More

Canada Targets 1.5 Million New Immigrants Over Next Three Years

Despite welcoming a record number of immigrants last year, Canada plans to bring 1.5 million new immigrants in the next three years. Canada is facing an unprecedented labor shortage, which impacts its economy and labor market. With unemployment rates touching a record low, Canada plans to speed up immigration. Canada ushered 405,000 new immigrants in Read More

Ontario and Saskatchewan Emerge as Major Contributors as Canada’s Job Vacancies Near the One Million Mark

Job vacancies in Canada continued to register growth across all sectors, with most vacancy additions being in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The overall growth in vacancies across all sectors in Canada was 3.8 percent as of September 2022. Out of the total 994,800 job vacancies, Ontario and Saskatchewan added 440,000 vacant positions. The employee shortages against Read More

Canada Enables Truck Drivers to Leverage Express System for Faster Immigration

IRCC includes Transport Truck Drivers in the newly eligible professions for Express to fight the acute shortage of truck drivers. Canada switched to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system on Nov 16th, 2022, making 16 additional occupations, including Transport Truck Drivers, eligible to immigrate through the Express Entry application management system.  NOC categorizes occupations Read More

The Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 4,750 Candidates Continuing Drop in CRS Scores

The Express Entry draw #236 on Nov 23, 2022, invited 4,750 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The eleventh draw, since the resumption of the Express Entry process on July 6, 2022, by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, invited 4,750 candidates with a CRS threshold of 491. The #236 Express Entry draw did not target Read More

Super Visa Emerges as an Ideal Alternative to Parents and Grand Parents Program (PGP)

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who were not fortunate enough to receive ITA through the PGP selection process have the option of a Super Visa to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued the much-awaited Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Parent and Grandparents Program to 23,100 sponsors. Read More

Quebec Explores Ways to Speed up Permanent Residence of French-speaking Immigrants

In its efforts to expedite Francophone PR, Quebec is contemplating avenues to alter immigration programs in the upcoming plan. The province of Quebec holds a unique position among all Canadian provinces and territories, as it operates exclusive programs to establish its autonomy in the immigration sector. Quebec plans to speed up the permanent residence of Read More

Canada Shrinks Immigration Backlog to 1.2 million Applications

Canada is witnessing a drop in immigration backlogs as the result of plans by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  IRCC announced that Canada’s immigration backlog dropped to 1.2 million from 1.49 million. As of Oct 31, 2022, the immigration inventory was 2.2 million applications against 2.6 million as of Sep 30, 2022. The Read More

The Recent PNP Draws by Manitoba and Prince Edward Island Issue over 600 Invitations to Apply

Manitoba and Prince Edward Island held their respective Provincial Nominee Program draws recently. Manitoba provincial immigration The province of Manitoba held a draw for its Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program to invite a total of 518 candidates. The Invitations to Apply (ITAs) included: 177 ITAs under Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream (minimum score 616) 143 ITAs Read More

British Columbia Modifies Point Allocations for BC PNP Applicants

British Columbia announced NOC changes and modifications to point allocations on Nov 16, 2022, stressing Human Capital factors.  The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program follows a points system, similar to the Express Entry, to determine the eligibility of PNP applicants. The applicants for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Programs should note these changes: Removal of Read More

Canada Top the List of the World’s Ten most Liveable Cities

The latest report by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) features three Canadian cities among the top 10 most liveable cities in the World.   The Economist Group’s Research and Analysis Wing publishes a report on the most liveable cities each year. It ranks the World’s 173 countries by assessing various parameters like healthcare, stability, infrastructure, and Read More

Canada’s Transition to NOC 2021 will Influence Express Entry Candidates

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) switched to NOC 2021 from NOC 1016, effective Nov 16, 2022, from NOC 2016. Following the announcement on Jul 27, 2022, regarding the transition to the new version of the National Occupation Classification, the NOC 2021 comes into force effective Nov 16, 2022. The decision will impact eligibility for over Read More

Foreign Students can Temporarily Work Over 20 Hours per week, Effective Nov 15, 2022

Starting Nov 15, international students can work off-campus for over 20 hours a week.  There is a cap of 20 hours for weekly off-campus work for international students in Canada. The short-term change of removing the cap on weekly off-campus work hours comes into effect on Nov 15 and stays in force until December 31, Read More

A radical change in Job Classification as Canada shifts to NOC 2021 this week

Effective November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will switch to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Version 2021.  The NOC Version 2021 will come into force this week, replacing the existing structure (NOC 0, A, B, C, and D) with the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) categories. The occupation codes will have Read More

Invitations to Apply under Provincial Programs issued by Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia

The latest PNP draws by Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia provinces sent invitations to skilled workers to apply for permanent residency.  Canadian provinces use individual nominee programs to select candidates to fulfill their labor market and demographic needs. Provincial nomination entitles selected candidates to apply for permanent residency to the federal immigration authority, Immigration, Refugees, and Read More

Canada to Adopt a Targeted Approach to Invite Candidates through Express Entry

The Express Entry System will implement critical changes in 2023, incorporating a more focused approach.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is considering improvements to the structure of the Express Entry system that serves as the prime driver of skilled immigration by managing applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Read More

Permanent Residents can Now Join Canada’s Armed Forces (CAF)

There are major changes underway to allow permanent residents to join the military in Canada Canada’s Armed Forces shared a noteworthy post on Instagram a day before Canada’s Remembrance Day on Nov 11, 2022. The post highlighted that permanent residents in Canada could join the military shortly. Canada observes Nov 11 as a Remembrance Day Read More