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Canada increases duration of interim work authorization letters for international graduates

Canada has recently increased the duration of validity of interim work authorization letters issued to international graduates in the country waiting for a decision on their work permit application. Work authorization letters will now be valid for a period of 180 days from the time of submitting an application, as opposed to the previous 120 […]

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Three provinces invite candidates in latest PNP results

This week British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec issued nominations to immigration candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), or, in the case of Quebec, unique provincial immigration programs. Candidates were invited through a combination of economic, humanitarian and human capital streams. Read on for a full breakdown of results. Note: All provincial immigration streams use […]

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Nova Scotia to issue 12,900 study permits to international students in 2024

Nova Scotia has released details of its international student allocation for post-secondary institutions. For 2024, the federal government has given Nova Scotia 12,900 study permits. This is approximately 7,000 fewer than the number of permits the province issued to international students in 2023. As of October 2023, Nova Scotia had approximately 16,000 international students enrolled […]

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Can I travel outside of Canada as a temporary resident?

Temporary residents in Canada may travel outside the country, but they must meet re-entry requirements outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order to return. Temporary residents include visitors to Canada, as well as international students and temporary foreign workers. Each of these groups of foreign nationals will receive a visitor visa/temporary resident […]

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Ontario announces distribution of allocation for international study permits in 2024

Most international study permits—96% – will go to public universities and colleges in Ontario while the remainder will be split between “language schools, private universities and other institutions” across the province. In a news release this afternoon, the Government of Ontario has announced that its study permit allocation will focus on prioritising postsecondary educational programs […]

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Canada to introduce a Renters Bill of Rights

Speaking from Vancouver today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that a Bill of Rights for renters in Canada will be introduced in the upcoming Budget 2024. A release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) says The Canadian Renter’s Bill of Rights will require landlords to disclose a clear history of an apartment pricing. This […]

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HDFC Bank and TD Bank Group sign agreement to streamline education journey for Indian students in Canada

Pursuing education in Canada as an international student can be a big undertaking. On top of preparing to live in a new country to take challenging courses, study permit applicants must also navigate through a set of government requirements. Through the launch of a new referral program, HDFC Bank and TD are streamlining the process […]

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10 mistakes to avoid as a newcomer to Canada

Starting a new life in Canada can be both exciting and daunting. On one hand, newcomers are coming to Canada with the opportunity to start fresh after leaving their home country, a move that gives them a chance to build a prosperous life for themselves and their families in a country that has ranked in […]

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Clearing up three common misconceptions about immigrating to Canada

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for those who looking to start a new life in another country. With that popularity, it has been easy for misinformation to spread regarding eligibility for immigration and what newcomers can expect to experience once they arrive. One such source is fake immigration representatives who take advantage […]

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IRCC issues ITAs to Express Entry candidates in second draw this week

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to candidates in the second Express Entry draw of the week. The department issued 1,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) in a category-based selection draw for French language proficiency. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 388. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment Yesterday’s […]

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New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador now issuing Provincial Attestation Letters

Three more Canadian provinces have implemented systems for issuing Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs) to international students applying for a Canadian study permit. As of January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires that provinces issue PALs according to the allocation of study permits they have been granted under the newly introduced cap on […]

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Deadline to apply for PGWP moves for students of college programs with public-private curriculum licensing agreement

On January 22, 2024, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced several major changes to Canada’s international student program. One of them was graduates of college programs with public-private curriculum licensing agreements would no longer be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) as of September 1, 2024. As of March 22, IRCC has amended […]

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Five provinces issue provincial immigration invitations this week

Five provinces – Ontario, British Columbia (BC), Quebec, Alberta and Prince Edward Island (PEI) – have issued invitations for newcomers to come to Canada through provincial nomination programs this week. All provinces and territories in Canada, except Nunavut and Quebec, select candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Quebec is Canada’s only French-majority province and […]

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Immigration Minister declares intention to have more in-Canada immigration draws

On Thursday March 21st, Immigration Minister Marc Miller declared his intention to pursue more “domestic draws” for temporary residents already in Canada who are candidates for permanent residence (PR). “Draws” reference PR selection rounds through pathways like Express Entry managed programs, wherein candidates from a pool are chosen based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) […]

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IRCC to target a reduction in the temporary resident population over the next three years

Immigration Minister Marc Miller has announced that temporary resident targets will be added to the annual Immigration Levels Plan starting in fall 2024. The Immigration Levels Plan sets targets for the number of new permanent residents who will be welcomed to Canada each year, for the upcoming three years. Until now temporary resident levels have […]

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Canada announces changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to better address labour market needs

Immigration Minister Marc Miller and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault have announced changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This is a developing story. Other announcements were made during this press conference. CICNews will provide update as more information becomes available. Schedule a Free Work Permit Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm During the […]

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Faster employment growth for new immigrants

Statistics Canada’s economic and social report has revealed that, after years of disparity, new immigrants in Canada are now seeing faster employment rate growth than their Canadian-born peers. In addition to this employment growth, new immigrants (aged 25-54) in Canada are now shrinking the employment gap between themselves and their Canadian peers and contributing disproportionately […]

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How to become a permanent resident in Canada?

In this article, we will explore all you must know about Express Entry to become a permanent resident in Canada. Get to know which IELTS test suits you best. Becoming a permanent resident in Canada via Express Entry by taking IELTS Canada, renowned for its welcoming immigration policies and diverse cultural tapestry, continues to attract […]

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Am I eligible for Express Entry?

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main pathway for economic immigration to the country—this year set to welcome 110,770 new immigrants to the country. This number is also slated to increase to 117,500 in 2025 and 2026 (each). In light of this reality, newcomers and those considering immigration to Canada may find it important to […]

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IRCC updates eligibility requirements for Spousal Open Work Permits

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released more details surrounding changes to eligibility for Spousal Open Work Permits (SOWP). On January 22, 2024, the department introduced several changes to Canada’s international student program. Among them, IRCC said that the spouses of international students in undergraduate and college programs will no longer be eligible for […]

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What should be included in your Letter of Acceptance as an international student

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently updated the guidelines for what they recommend Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) include in an international student’s Letter of Acceptance (LOA). Canadian international students can make sure their LOA is genuine and legitimate by ensuring that their LOA includes all the recommended information. Alongside newly mandated provincial […]

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Express Entry inviting Francophone candidates at a faster rate than Quebec’s Arrima

In the eight months leading up to March 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 18,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence (PR) to eligible candidates who met the criteria for category-based Express Entry draws in the department’s French language proficiency category. Over the same period, between July 1, 2023, and March 1, […]

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Alberta and Manitoba begin issuing Provincial Attestation Letters

Alberta and Manitoba have begun issuing Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs) to international students who have been accepted to schools in their provinces. Both provinces have begun issuing PALs through Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in their jurisdictions. DLIs are the only schools in Canada that are approved to accept international students. Details are not currently available […]

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Building A Resume for Job Hunting in Canada: Useful Tips to Build a Strong Resume

Are you a newcomer to Canada, looking to start your job hunt on a strong note? As you navigate the exciting path of job hunting, one of the important tools you will need is a well-crafted resume. In this article, we’ll explore the key elements of building a strong resume tailored to the Canadian job […]

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Where do most South Asians live in Canada?

Often noted for both its cultural diversity and its ethic of multiculturalism, Canada today represents one of the world’s most diverse populations, with Canadian citizens and permanent residents, hailing from all around the world. One of the strongest communities in Canada is the South Asian community, which has seen substantial growth in the last 20 […]

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