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Budget 2024: How Canada is continuing its commitment to safe and inclusive communities

Safe and inclusive communities are a major part of living a comfortable life in Canada. This is particularly important for newcomers to Canada, as well as all Canadians. Accordingly, as part of its recently released 2024 Budget, the Canadian government has included a list of ongoing actions it is taking to maintain and increase Canadian’s […]

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Recent policies that may make home ownership more affordable for eligible newcomers to Canada

On April 11, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced several new housing affordability measures designed to help first-time buyers and current homeowners. In light of the federal restrictions on foreign home buyers last year (more on that later), newcomers to Canada may be curious if they are eligible for any of the recently […]

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Study Abroad in Canada: A Useful Checklist for International Students

Coming to study in Canada as an international student is a big step, but don’t worry — this article will help you get started on your journey with confidence. Before you arrive in Canada, there are a few things you can do to help make everything go smoothly. Here is a useful checklist before you […]

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Budget 2024: How will it impact Canadian immigration?

Canada’s Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland has tabled federal Budget 2024 to Parliament. Canada releases a budget annually that sets the tone for spending in the upcoming fiscal year. It plays a major role in how life will be managed for all people in Canada, including newcomers. For example, the Budget outlines the national plan […]

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10 frequently asked questions by visitors to Canada

Recent changes to visitor visa requirements for some Mexican nationals may leave some foreign nationals looking to visit Canada with questions about their own situation. To assist, CIC News has compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may be helpful to review before expending the time, energy and money necessary to come to Canada. […]

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Comparing rental costs across Canada

Increased housing costs have been a recurring theme across Canada over the last few years. This has led the government to take multiple steps to help ease these costs over the next few years. These measures include a recent announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau promising an additional $15 billion CAD in federal loans for upcoming […]

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Where in Canada can I settle: applicants selected by province or territory vs by the federal government

Increasing numbers of applicants are applying for immigration to Canada under provincial nomination programs. However, coming to Canada through provincial immigration programs imposes different obligations than immigrating to Canada through federal programs. This article will discuss the implications of receiving a provincial or territorial nomination and any obligations to settle in the nominating province or […]

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British Columbia and Manitoba invite provincial nominees

British Columbia and Manitoba has issued invitations to provincial nominees through their individual Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) this week. Together the provinces invited more than 400 candidates from streams designed for in-demand and skilled workers looking to settle in their provinces. Nominees were invited from streams that prioritised in-demand workers and international graduates in their […]

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What can newcomers expect from Budget 2024?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as several Liberal ministers, have made announcements regarding what can be expected from the upcoming Budget 2024. The Budget, which is set to be tabled to Parliament on April 16, is released annually and helps set the tone for how Canada will be governed in the coming year. In […]

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Watch the Webinar: Tax Tips for Newcomers

If you are preparing to file your taxes for the first time in Canada, you may have questions about the filing process. Watch the webinar Download the presentation slides Click here to download the presentation slides! What will you learn? In this webinar, you will learn about: Common tax terms Canada’s tax system Tax rates […]

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I am a Canadian permanent resident, how long do I actually need to stay in Canada?

A permanent resident has many of the same benefits of Canadian citizens. However, unlike citizens, they must maintain their status by meeting certain requirements like the residency obligation. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration To maintain your permanent resident status, you must have been physically present in Canada for at least 730 days […]

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Canada invites candidates in Express Entry draw for STEM occupations

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to candidates in the second Express Entry draw of the week. The department issued 4,500  invitations to apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection draw for candidates in STEM occupations. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 491 to be considered. Get a Free […]

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Who can work in Canada without a work permit?

While foreign workers usually require a Canadian work permit to secure employment, exceptions exist. Foreign nationals are increasingly drawn to Canada for its diverse and promising work opportunities. Schedule a Free Work Permit Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm By fulfilling the eligibility criteria of one of the following 22 groups, foreign nationals may […]

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The state of the Express Entry pool: March 2024

March has marked another month of Express Entry draws, as Canada’s immigration system continues to invite candidates to apply for permanent residence (PR) Certain trends continued through last month’s draws that may provide further understanding of how Express Entry may continue throughout the year. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment How does the composition of […]

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More temporary residents are settling outside of Canada’s major cities

A recent study from the Conference Board of Canada (CoBC) has found that newcomers to Canada are increasingly choosing to settle outside of urban centres. The study used data from 2016 and 2021 to show the differences in immigration to urban centers and the surrounding areas. It discovered that Quebec had the highest number of […]

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Studying in Canada: An updated guide to applying for Canada’s Student Direct Stream in 2024

The process of applying for a Canadian study permit has undergone changes recently, affecting many candidates that will apply for expedited processing through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in 2024. These changes were introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to strengthen the integrity of Canada’s international student program. Here is a step-by-step guide […]

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As a foreign national, am I eligible for a health card in Canada?

As a foreign national in Canada, whether you arrive here as a temporary resident (TR) or a permanent resident (PR), it is important to obtain public healthcare coverage in your destination province/territory. Failing to register for healthcare can leave you having to pay thousands of dollars for healthcare when needed. Note: The Government of Canada […]

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Ontario releases 2024 PNP allocation; Three provinces nominate candidates in latest draws

Ontario has received an allocation of 21,500 nominations for its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2024. This number represents an increase of 5,000 nominations over 2023’s 16,500. Ontario’s allocation increase follows last November’s meeting of the Federation of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) in which immigration ministers from each Canadian province and territory met with […]

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IRCC releases allocation of study permits for all provinces

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a statement explaining how it has arrived at the final allocation of study permits each Canadian province has received for 2024.   Following the announcement on January 22 that the department would implement a cap on the number of study permit applications that will be processed each year, […]

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How fast will IRCC process my temporary residence application in 2024?

Foreign nationals seek temporary residence (TR) in Canada for many reasons, including to work, study, or visit the country. Although there are varying eligibility criteria and requirements for each TR pathway to Canada, many foreign nationals are keen to find out how long it will take them to arrive in Canada. This is why Immigration, […]

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Why IRCC may refuse your visitor visa application

Foreign nationals often come to Canada for leisure, to visit family and friends, or to conduct business. To visit Canada, residents of visa-required countries* must obtain a visitor visa. However, there are many reasons that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may refuse an applicant’s visitor visa application. Read more about business visitors to Canada […]

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Express Entry vs PNP: Which one should I apply to?

Immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) represent Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) two biggest pathways for new permanent residents coming to Canada every year. In 2024 these two routes will account for 220,770 new immigrants out of the 485,000 that the country will welcome. For many […]

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Changes to Canada’s permanent residence fees starting April 30, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that, as of 9:00:00 AM Eastern Time on April 30, 2024, the department will be increasing certain permanent residence (PR) fees. IRCC notes that this fee increase is being introduced according to Canada’s Immigrant and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), calculated “in accordance with the cumulative percentage increase […]

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Report: Canada is the 2nd happiest country among the G7

According to the 2024 World Happiness Report (WHR), Canada trails only countries in the European Union (EU) concerning overall happiness among all surveyed age groups. The World Happiness Report is an annual publication crafted in partnership between Gallup, the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom, UK), the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable […]

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Ukrainians no longer eligible to enter Canada under CUAET special measures

Today, March 31, 2024, marks three key deadlines for the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. Two of these deadlines are specific to the program itself, while the third concerns what Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) calls “post-CUAET measures”. Deadlines 1 and 2: CUAET program Today is the last day eligible visa holders […]

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