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What to do in your first month as an international student in Canada

Canada is a very popular destination for international students due to its high standard of education, comparatively low educational costs, opportunities to work while studying and the immigration opportunities available post-graduation. Data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) showed as of December 31st, 2022, there were 807,750 international students with valid study permits, an […]

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Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) 101: What you need to know if you want to visit Canada

Canada welcomes millions of temporary residents each year. Unless an individual is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or from a visa-exempt country, an individual who wants to enter Canada for a temporary purpose must apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Get a Free Legal Consultation A temporary purpose includes tourists, temporary foreign workers […]

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Canada ranked the most attractive destination for immigrant entrepreneurs in 2023

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Canada was ranked the most attractive country for immigrant start up founders and entrepreneurs compared to all other OECD countries. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration There are 24 OECD countries including the United States, France, United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia. According to […]

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Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Quebec, and PEI nominate candidates for provincial immigration this week

Five of Canada’s provinces have invited candidates to apply through provincial immigration programs this week. Immigration is a shared responsibility between the provincial and federal governments. When a province nominates a candidate through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) it strengthens a candidate’s application for permanent resident status. This is especially true for Express Entry candidates […]

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Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Quebec, and PEI nominate candidates for provincial immigration this week

Five of Canada’s provinces have invited candidates to apply through provincial immigration programs this week. Immigration is a shared responsibility between the provincial and federal governments. When a province nominates a candidate through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) it strengthens a candidate’s application for permanent resident status. This is especially true for Express Entry candidates […]

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The highest paying jobs in Canada based on education level

Finding a job in your field in Canada can be challenging. As a newcomer to Canada, it is important to utilize tools and resources to make finding your dream job as easy as possible. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration The government of Canada website offers a Job Bank that lists employment opportunities […]

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Canadian immigration: What newcomers can expect and need to know about Canada’s health care system

It’s no secret why Canada attracts people from around the world – it’s a great place to visit and an even better place to live and work. Canada is a feast for the eyes and offers a great quality of life, which is why it’s become a firm favourite with expats. It also boasts an […]

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Experiencing delays in your Canadian immigration application? A writ of mandamus may be helpful

The Canadian federal courts have recently ruled on two cases concerning processing delays in immigration and study permit applications. In both cases, the applicant asked the court to issue a writ of mandamus to compel Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process their application. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration A writ […]

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International Students to Canada: Get ready for the CAEL English test with these free webinars and resources

With CAEL now accepted for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applications, we are excited to help our test takers prepare for their tests. We are pleased to offer a variety of free resources, including weekly free webinars, free practice tests, study tips, and more. Check out these free preparation resources and build your own study routine: […]

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IRCC’s Citizenship to Passport Pilot streamlines passport process for new Canadians

CIC News has obtained an IRCC memo providing information on the Citizenship to Passport Pilot. Through the pilot, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite 100 citizenship grant applicants to apply for a passport during citizenship processing. Schedule a Free Canadian Citizenship Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm The pilot program implements a […]

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Getting a phone and internet plan when you move to Canada

As a newcomer, one of the first things you’ll do when arriving in Canada is setting up your phone and internet plan. Courtesy of Virgin Plus, this article will outline what to look for from your telecom provider to ensure you gain access to an affordable plan that suits your needs.   Before you make any […]

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IRCC invites more candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited more candidates in the latest Express Entry draw of 2023. On August 15 the immigration department issued 4,300 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates in an all-program Express Entry draw. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) was 496. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration Overview […]

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Looking to gain Canadian permanent residence? Here are tools to increase your French language ability

Recent months have seen Express Entry begin targeted category-based draws for candidates in the federal pool who meet Canada’s economic and demographic goals. For 2023, one of these candidate categories is those with French-language proficiency. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has already held targeted draws for this group, inviting candidates with French proficiency; and […]

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IRCC outlines targets for category based Express Entry invitations

A new report by the Globe and Mail sheds additional light on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry category-based selection targets for 2023. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment IRCC began holding category-based Express Entry draws in late June. There are six categories in total, which have been chosen to achieve specific economic goals. […]

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Planning to Study in Canada? A Checklist for International Students

Studying in Canada can be an exciting and life-changing experience for international students. Before you start your journey, however, there are a few recommended steps you should take to help ensure a smooth transition. Here’s a checklist of things you could do before coming to Canada as an international student. 1. Get Your Acceptance Letter […]

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What do we know about the Parents and Grandparents Program 2023?

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to come to Canada. Through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), your parent or grandparent will receive Canadian permanent residence and may eventually be able to apply for Canadian citizenship. Get a Free Super Visa Telephone […]

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IRCC publishes criteria to receive designation as a language testing organization

On August 11, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published the criteria it uses to determine whether to approve a language testing organization. IRCC requires language tests for economic class permanent residence applicants as well as Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants to ensure the candidates meet the required level of English or French language proficiency. […]

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British Columbia and Manitoba nominate candidates in latest round of PNP draws

British Columbia and Manitoba have nominated candidates this week in the most recent round of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. Provinces can nominate candidates for permanent residency because immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocates a yearly number of nominations to each province that […]

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A look at Express Entry for the remainder of 2023

The summer of 2023 has seen some major changes to how Canada’s Express Entry application management system chooses which candidates receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs). While Express Entry has been unpredictable recently, over the past few weeks some patterns have begun to emerge that may set the tone for the remainder of the year. The […]

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New language tests now accepted for Canada’s Student Direct Stream

As of today, August 10, 2023, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is incorporating four newly approved English language tests for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants. The new list of approved language tests include: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL); and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic; Test […]

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Marc Miller: Canada’s immigration levels to remain steady or continue climbing

Since becoming Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Marc Miller has made his initial public remarks through interviews with RedFM Canada, CBC Radio Canada and Bloomberg News. These interviews give us some insight into his mindset as it relates to some key areas of the Canadian immigration landscape. Current immigration levels […]

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Pursuing Education, Work, and Life in Canada: How an Academic Credential Assessment Report Can Help International Students

Canada is one of the top education destinations for international students. As of December 2022, Canada was home to over 800,000 students who had come from around the world to study there. The number of international students in the country has tripled in the past 10 years and now represents nearly 20 percent of Canada’s […]

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Canada to soon launch Recognized Employer Pilot for temporary foreign workers

In order to help address labour shortages, the Canadian government has announced it will launch the Recognized Employer Pilot in September. The Recognized Employer Pilot will operate under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and will aim to reduce the administrative burden for repeat employers who have a history of demonstrating compliance with the TFWP’s […]

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Work permit options for TV and film productions in Canada

The Canadian government has recognized the importance of allowing TV and film personnel to enter Canada quickly and efficiently, since their entry is vital in creating jobs in the country and attracting significant investments. Schedule a Free Work Permit Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm TV and film productions can bring essential personnel to […]

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Unlocking the Benefits of Your Canadian Bank Accounts: A Guide for New Canadians

By opening a bank account in Canada, you can securely deposit and withdraw money whenever you need. In Canada, the two primary types of personal bank accounts are chequing accounts and savings accounts. With a chequing account, you can conveniently access funds for day-to-day transactions, while a savings account enables you to save money and […]

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