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In light of COVID-19, international students in essential services can work more than 20 hours a week

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During the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in certain roles and industries, especially healthcare, have been under considerable pressure. To help meet the challenges of the pandemic, the Canadian government has temporarily removed restrictions that previously allowed international students to only work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week. As a result, international students working […]

Travel restrictions amid COVID-19: Exemptions for specific groups, foreign nationals now in place

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Approved permanent residents, temporary foreign workers and some international students who haven’t yet landed in Canada are now allowed to enter the country. In an earlier update on travel restrictions amid COVID-19, the Government of Canada had announced that specific groups will be allowed to travel to the country despite the restrictions. The exemptions are […]

Canada’s existing immigration programs see important changes

Canada to welcome 1,000,000 immigrants over the next 3 years

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Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan aims at increasing the number of permanent residents admitted to the country, and as many as 1,000,000 immigrants are expected in the next three years. The proposed plan targets an increase of 10,000 each year: from 341,000 in 2020 to 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022. Minister of Immigration, […]

Creating tomorrow’s immigration system for Canada

Proposed new citizenship oath recognizes Indigenous rights

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The oath that all new Canadians recite before receiving their citizenship will now include references to the rights of Indigenous Peoples if proposed amendments to the current Citizenship Act are passed by Parliament. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, has introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath […]

Changes to Canadian citizenship laws – Interview with Kerry Molitor, RCIC

Nova Scotia sees a growth spurt with a record number of permanent residents

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Of late, Nova Scotia has made great strides in attracting immigrants in order to grow its population and strengthen the province’s economy and communities. In 2019, it welcomed 7,580 new permanent residents, almost 27% more than its previous record of 5,970 in 2018.  “Our immigration growth is something to celebrate. We plan, support and invest […]

Proposed changes in the Canadian Citizenship Act

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

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Much like the previous years, new Canadians interested in sponsoring a parent or grandparent to the country were eyeing January as the month when the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program would reopen. However, it has been announced that the reopening of this program has been postponed until Ministerial Instructions are issued. This is to ensure […]

Your guide to New Canadians’ relaunched website

Biometrics collection is now easier within’ Canada

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Foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa, work or study permit will now be able to give their biometrics within’ Canada. Applicants can have their fingerprints and photo taken at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. “Fingerprints and […]

Faster than ever, more sponsored couples are being reunited

Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership, Canada’s new way to support LGBTQ refugees

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Starting in 2020, the Canadian government will be flagging off the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership, which will help more Canadians in privately sponsoring LGBTQ refugees. This will greatly benefit the scores of people who are fleeing violence and persecution on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The partnership builds on the Rainbow […]

Express Entry score continues to drop

Invites to Parents and Grandparents Program continue to soar

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The Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program has seen many recent improvements and is still persistently climbing – in 2019 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept 20 000 sponsorship applications. That’s 4 times the number of invites compared to when the program launched in 2014, when only 5 000 applications were accepted. Things are […]

Express Entry is getting impressive results in its first month: Chris Alexander

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