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Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association recommends IRPA legislation reform

Last month, members of the Legislative Reform Committee from the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (CILA) released a report outlining how CILA would like to see the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) reformed. IRPA is legislation, first introduced in 2001, that the Government of Canada uses to define rules and regulations concerning Canadian immigration and […]

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Speed Up Your Canadian Study Permit through the Student Direct Stream: Tips for International Students

Are you considering studying in Canada and searching for a quicker way to obtain your Canadian study permit? If so, this article offers some helpful guidance. International students aiming to study in Canada can expedite their study permit application process through a specialized program offered by the Canadian government. Under Student Direct Stream (SDS) students […]

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Which jobs received the most LMIAs in 2023?

Gaining Canadian work experience is a crucial part of the immigration journey for many newcomers, helping increase their eligibility for immigration while also improving their skills to reflect the labour market. The ability to work in Canada is usually granted through a work permit, which allows holders to live and work in the country with […]

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Canada’s immigration system proposes changes to the PGWP

Federal and provincial immigration officials are in discussions to make significant changes to Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. The PGWP is an open work permit, available to international students who have completed an eligible program of study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). According to notes from the IRCC Deputy Minister Transition Binder 2024, […]

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The top three universities in Canada according to the 2025 QS World University Rankings

For the second consecutive year, the top 40 of Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) World University Rankings include three Canadian universities. QS is an organization that acts as an authority concerning the analysis of higher education institutions on a global scale. QS also says that its World University rankings are “the only ranking system to measure both employability […]

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Live Webinar: A Clear Path to Academic Achievement in Canada Redefined

Let’s explore the case of the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Test as one of the strongest predictors of academic success in Canada and learn about your path to achieving a great score! If you are committed to attaining a great score on your language assessment and increasing your chances of admission to a Canadian […]

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How some Express Entry candidates may benefit from category-based selection draws

Recent patterns suggest that Express Entry candidates who are eligible for category-based selection draws are likely to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) even if they have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score below 500. CRS scores are the numeric values based on a candidate’s human capital factors that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) […]

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More Canadian immigrants are being hired for jobs that fit their qualifications

A new Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report suggests that overqualification among Canadian immigrants is decreasing. Overqualification describes what occurs when immigrants to Canada are hired for jobs where their education and/or work experience is too advanced for their role. According to a StatsCan report published on May 22, among recent immigrants with at least a bachelor’s […]

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Three provinces select candidates in latest provincial immigration results

British Columbia, Quebec, and Manitoba have issued invitations to apply for provincial immigration programs this week. British Columbia and Manitoba both issued invitations/ Expressions of Interest in their latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. All provinces and territories have PNPs to help provincial governments select economic immigration candidates most likely to integrate easily into the […]

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Canadian and United States border authorities crack down on flagpoling

Canadian and U.S. authorities have limited the number of ports of entry (POEs) that can be used as flagpoling sites. As of May 30th, 2024, 12 Canada-U.S. border crossings will offer flagpoling services to newcomers at reduced service hours. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration What is flagpoling? Flagpoling is a practice by […]

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Donald Trump may now be inadmissible to enter Canada

Following a guilty verdict on 34 charges in his hush money case, 45th president of the United States (and current presidential candidate) Donald Trump may now be criminally inadmissible to enter Canada. Trump’s case provides a prominent example that can be used to better understand how inadmissibility is determined for, and can be overcome by, […]

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Frequently asked questions about summer jobs for international students in Canada

International students remaining in Canada for the summer may have some questions about finding employment while they wait for the fall semester. International students are only allowed to work in Canada, without a separate work permit, if they have work authorization on their study permit. This work authorization will indicate if the study permit holder […]

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Avoid these common tax-filing mistakes as a self-employed newcomer

Filing your income taxes when self-employed can sometimes be a more complicated and involved process than tax filing as an employee in Canada. For self-employed Canadians, the tax filing process is typically more complex than it may be for traditional employees.  This is because filing taxes as a self-employed worker involves ensuring the complete and […]

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How do Express Entry draws in 2024 compare to 2023?

2024 thus far has seen many changes for the Express Entry system. From routine updates with proof of funds requirements, and Immigration Minister Marc Miller’s stated intention to have more “domestic draws” for Express Entry candidates—to significantly higher Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, and a month-long pause in draws. So how does the issuance of […]

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Canada Dental Care Plan will soon open to more Canadian residents

Families in Canada with children under 18 may be eligible for the new Canada Dental Care Plan (CDCP) as of June 27. The CDCP aims to help ease the financial burden of paying for dental care out of pocket for those below a certain income threshold with no private dental plan, as is often supplied […]

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Caregivers to be given permanent resident status on arrival under new pilot programs

Canada has announced new, enhanced caregiver pilot programs as the expiry date for Canada’s existing Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot approaches. The existing pilot programs are set to expire on June 17. In their place, the new pilot programs will grant home care workers with permanent resident status when […]

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Prepare for CAEL and Meet Your Academic Goals with the Path to Success!

Knowing the best place to start can be challenging for those preparing for the CAEL Test, particularly when organizing a preparation routine. However, many candidates don’t consider that thousands of aspiring academics like them have gone before them, and their journeys have helped create a comprehensive and worry-free suite of preparation steps and corresponding materials. […]

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Is the Super Visa a good alternative to the PGP?

May 21st marked the reopening of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). However, this year will also mark the fourth consecutive year of the PGP that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will select eligible applicants from the 2020 pool. This means that sponsors in subsequent years have not yet been given the chance to […]

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British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec issue provincial immigration nominations in latest draws

This week, British Columbia (B.C.), Quebec and Alberta have invited provincial immigration candidates to apply for nomination or selection. All but two Canadian provinces and territories, the exceptions being Nunavut and Quebec, use Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial/ territorial governments. PNPs allow the governments of each […]

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IRCC to introduce advanced analytics and automation to speed up processing for spousal and partner sponsorship

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it will introduce advanced analytics and automated technology to process all spousal and partner applications under family class immigration. The department has developed two new tools which will be used for different parts of the sponsorship application, in a bid to increase processing efficiency. Sponsor your […]

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Fact check: IRCC has not removed police certificate requirements for temporary residents

A number of news outlets have recently reported on changes to police certificates for temporary residents, with some outlets claiming that Canada has eliminated the police certificate requirement for temporary residents. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made no changes to its policy regarding police […]

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IRCC’s tips on getting your police certificate

Applicants in various immigration programs—including those responding to an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR)—will need to submit personal documents in support of their application, including police certificates. Police certificates are statements that an applicant does not have a criminal record, or if they do, it is a copy of their criminal record. […]

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Moving to Canada Soon? A Pre-Arrival Checklist to Help You Prepare

So, you’ve made the decision to move to Canada. Congratulations – it’s a big step you are taking but an exciting one. By being prepared and well-organized in advance you can arrive in Canada feeling more confident. Long before you pack your bags, there are a number of things to consider and many tasks to […]

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Canada invites 3,000 Canadian Experience Class candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in Canada’s most recent Express Entry draw. The department issued 3,000  ITAs in a program-specific  draw for candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 522 to be considered. Get a Free Express Entry […]

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Staying in Canada after graduation: What are your options as an international student?

Many international students finishing their post-secondary academic programs want to stay in Canada after graduation to live, work and eventually become permanent residents. There are a few options for ways to stay in Canada once school is finished. The most popular option is to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). A PGWP is an […]

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