While studying in Canada is an excellent path to permanent residence, there are many immigration landmines an international student will want to avoid along the way. Here are some pieces of advice we have for students: Post-graduation work permits (PGWP): Each international student is only allowed ONE post-graduation work permit, so use it wisely! There are
On August 20, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced major changes to the parent and grandparent sponsorship program which will take effect in 2019. Some of the most relevant details include: The 2019 cap has been increased to 20 000 applicants from 17 000 applicants in 2018. There is a new process for 2019.
On July 31st, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be expanding the collection of biometrics to all applicants between the ages of 14-79. Start dates for the requirement vary depending on the applicant’s nationality. Some of the most relevant details include: Who Will be Affected and When Biometric data must be submitted by everyone applying for:
The Canadian Parliament has recently passed legislation legalizing some possession of cannabis (marijuana) and also to increase the punishment for driving under the influence. These laws will come into effect on October 17, 2018 and will have harsh penalties for permanent residents and foreign nationals who have DUI or possession of “illicit” cannabis. We have
The Minister has just announced today important new changes to the medical inadmissibility policy. Individuals and their dependants who apply for permanent residence under most applications in economic categories, some humanitarian and compassionate categories, and some family sponsorship categories such as parents/grandparent sponsorships, are still required to pass medical admissibility. However, today’s announcement will allow a
The Parent and Grandparents sponsorship program re-opened for online expressions of interest from January 2 to February 1, 2018. On March 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emailed out invitations to potential sponsors who were randomly selected to submit their sponsorship application. Potential sponsors will have 60 days from the date of their invitation to
One of the most important benefits of studying in Canada is the ability to qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP program allows international students who have completed a qualifying program at an approved post-secondary institution to obtain an open work permit. Only certain universities and colleges offer programs that are eligible for
With the start of the new year, Ontario has announced some changes to their provincial nominee program. Here are some of the key details: Ontario’s nomination allocation has increased by 600 to 6,600 for the year 2018 An applicant has 45 calendar days from the day they receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) to submit
As immigration options for skilled individuals become more restricted in the United States and Europe, Canada remains one of the most open immigration systems for skilled individuals in the G7. Some of the main routes for permanent residence in the Economic categories are listed below (see here for videos where we provide more details on some
The Minister of Immigration has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program will be re-opening in 2018. Similar to the new process introduced for 2017, potential sponsors will be required to first express their interest in sponsoring by submitting the online “Interest to Sponsor” form. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then randomly
The wait is almost over! Many of the integral changes to the Citizenship Act brought by Bill C6 will be coming into force on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. The main changes include: 1. The requirement for physical residency in Canada will now be changed to 3 out of the 5 years preceding the application date.
Canada has just implemented new immigration provisions under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). There are several provisions under this category that will make it easier for citizens of members states of the EU to obtain work permits in Canada without Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). Here are some of the highlights: