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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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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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