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Quebec imposes cap on family sponsorship applications

Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has imposed a cap on family sponsorship applications, effective from 26 June 2024 through to 25 June, 2026. Sponsor your family for Canadian immigration The cap imposes a limit of 13,000 applications: 10,400 for spouses, common-law spouses, and dependent children aged 18 and up. 2,600 […]

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Am I eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit?

Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWPs) are for foreign nationals looking to continue working in Canada while their permanent residence (PR) application is being processed. Without a BOWP, foreign nationals – alongside their families, including spouses, common-law partners and dependents – would need to leave Canada temporarily, stay in Canada under visitor status (which means they […]

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British Columbia is introducing three new International Graduate PNP streams next year

Three streams will be open to eligible recent graduates from Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs in British Columbia (B.C.) in 2025. In January 2025, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) is set to introduce the following three new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams for international graduates. Bachelor’s stream Master’s stream Doctorate stream Note: International […]

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Statistics Canada forecasts population growth of 21 million thanks to immigration

Statistics Canada is projecting that Canada could be home to 63 million people by 2073. Modeling what Statistics Canada refers to as “various projection scenarios”, data for the period of 2023 to 2073 suggests that Canada could be home to anywhere between 47.1 to 87.2 million people in 50 years. Note: Statistics Canada clarifies that […]

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Five free settlement resources for temporary foreign workers in Canada

Although most Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) settlement services are reserved for permanent residents and protected persons, temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are eligible to access some settlement services from provincial and territorial governments across Canada. Note: Settlement services are offered by a range of providers in all Canadian provinces and territories, all of whom […]

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Ontario and British Columbia invite candidates to apply for nomination in latest PNP draws

Two Canadian provinces have issued invitations to candidates in this week’s round of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws. Immigration is a shared responsibility between Canada’s provincial/ territorial and federal governments. Through the PNP, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allocates each province and territory (except Quebec and Nunavut) a specific number of nominations they may […]

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Report: Approval, processing rates drop after IRCC’s student cap

Considerable changes occurred to Canada’s study permit program in January of this year Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) instituted a temporary international student cap effective between 2024 and 2026. It supported this policy through a new Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) system, distributing this cap among Canada’s provinces and territories. IRCC will aim to approve […]

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IRCC ends flagpoling services for PGWP applicants

As of June 21, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that foreign nationals are no longer able to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) at their Canadian port of entry (POE). This change is effective immediately. Immigration Minister Marc Miller says this measure will reduce “flagpoling” and allow border officers more time […]

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British Columbia makes Entrepreneur Regional Pilot Program permanent

British Columbia (B.C.) has made the Entrepreneur Regional Pilot Program a permanent fixture of their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The program is now called the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Stream. Eligible newcomers looking to start businesses within the province and settle permanently in B.C. will now have an additional pathway to choose from when applying […]

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Canada’s population grows by over one million in less than a year

Canada has reached another population milestone and it’s almost entirely due to immigration. According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, as of April 1 this year, the population passed 41 million people (41,012, 563). For context, the population hit a record 40 million in June 2023. Nearly a quarter of that growth (242,673 people) […]

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Express Entry: IRCC invites 1,499 candidates in latest draw

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in Canada’s latest Express Entry draw. The department issued 1,499  ITAs in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)- only draw. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 663 to be considered. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment This draw follows two […]

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Category-based Express Entry draws: A year in review

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted its first-ever category-based draw on June 28, 2023. This new draw type was announced in May of last year as a way for Canada’s immigration department to attract skilled newcomers based on specific national labour gaps and demographic challenges. In other words, IRCC chose to implement this new […]

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Watch the Webinar: Preparing for Success: Immigration and Banking Advice for International Students in Canada

Are you preparing to come to Canada as an international student? Moving to a new country as an international student can be exciting, but it’s normal to feel some uncertainty too. That’s why CanadaVisa and TD are joining forces to bring you a joint live and interactive webinar, in which we will share insights that may […]

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IRCC introduces interim measure allowing some foreign nationals to gain Canadian citizenship faster

Historically the ability of Canadian citizens to pass on their citizenship to their children, when a child was born abroad, was limited to the first generation. This means if a Canadian who was themselves born abroad, had a child overseas, that child would not automatically be able to claim Canadian citizenship through their parents. This […]

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Report recommends that Canada phase out closed work permits

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SCSAST) has released a report recommending that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stop issuing closed work permits. The report examined the structure and use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which was introduced in 1973 to help Canadian employers fill urgent, unstaffed positions […]

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What are my chances of receiving a work permit through the IEC this year?

Newcomers to Canada often seek to obtain work permits. When eligible, newcomers may want to consider the International Experience Canada (IEC) program as a route to obtain a work permit. Unlike most other programs, the IEC pool gives candidates greater clarity on their likelihood of obtaining a work permit. What is the IEC and what […]

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Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan invite candidates for nomination in latest draws

This week, Ontario, British Columbia (B.C.) and Saskatchewan have issued provincial immigration invitations to eligible candidates. Across Canada, 11 of the country’s 13 provinces and territories – the exceptions being Nunavut and Quebec – use Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that allow the local government in each participating region to select skilled immigrants whom they have […]

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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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Watch the 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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