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Who received ITAs in the recent general Express Entry draw?

Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 1,490 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in an all-program/general Express Entry draw. This draw, which took place on February 13, issued ITAs to eligible candidates from all three Express Entry-managed programs* who had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 535. Express Entry is the application […]

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Which Canadian industries may require a criminal record check for employment?

Criminal record checks are a key part of ensuring that a company keeps their employees, customers and the public as safe as possible. In Canada, there are three basic types of background checks that an employer can ask prospective employees to pass as part of the hiring process. Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with the […]

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Study: More newcomers are choosing to stay in Atlantic Canada

Statistics Canada has released data on provincial retention rates for newcomers both one year and five years after they arrive in Canada. Overall, the report found that immigrant retention rates were on the rise in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) while retention rates in the prairie provinces […]

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New Beginnings: Helpful Advice for Landing Your First Job in Canada

Are you a newcomer to Canada keen to begin a new career in this welcoming and exciting country? Now is the time to start your job search with confidence. With helpful guidance and a positive approach, you can make the journey to employment more productive and boost your chances of success. Simply follow these helpful […]

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5 challenges newcomers face in Canada and how to deal with them

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 aims to welcome over 460,000 new immigrants each year, which is the highest level in Canadian history. Upon arrival, newcomers must settle into their new homes and may experience some challenges adjusting to Canada and their new lives in the country. Discover if You Are […]

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How do I replace a lost, stolen or destroyed Canadian immigration document?

Replacing a lost, stolen or destroyed immigration document requires Canadian newcomers to submit an application for a Verification of Status or Replacement of an Immigration Document. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a specific process for replacing immigration documents that have been stolen, destroyed or lost. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration […]

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British Columbia, Alberta and PEI issue provincial nominations this week

British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island issued invitations to apply (ITAs) for candidates in several in-demand occupations, through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and the Alberta PNP—formally the Alberta Advantage Immigrant Program (AAIP) are two of the biggest PNPs in Canada. These programs offer immigration streams […]

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Alberta pauses processing for Alberta Opportunity Stream applications; will launch stream for tourism and hospitality

As of February 15, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) has temporarily paused processing applications for the Alberta Opportunity Stream until further notice. The AAIP says the pause will give the province time to “address its current inventory and focus its limited immigration nominations on priorities, such as filling labour shortages in healthcare, technology, construction, […]

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Canada implements policies to increase affordability of housing and groceries

A new Leger poll conducted for OMNI news, illustrated the effect of an increasing cost of living on newcomers in Canada. According to the study, 83% of the 1522 newcomers surveyed felt that affordability issues were making settling in Canada more difficult. Simultaneously, a recent study by Statistics Canada found that more than a third […]

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Making Toronto home: A newcomer’s guide to life in Canada’s largest city

Toronto is Canada’s biggest city. With its vibrant mix of cultures, robust job opportunities, and a bustling city life, Toronto is an appealing destination for anyone seeking a dynamic and enriching place to live. This guide offers valuable insights and practical tips to help immigrants navigate the nuances of Toronto, ensuring a smoother transition as […]

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Master’s students are now eligible for a 3-year work permit

Starting today, international students studying in master’s programs that are less than two years in length, are eligible for a three-year post-graduation work permit (PGWP). Before today, the length of an issued PGWP was correlated with the length of a program of study. However, in recognition that master’s students are placed to perform well in […]

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How can I extend my stay in Canada as a student?

After an international student obtains a study permit, they may need to extend or change the permit during their studies in Canada. Discover your options to study in Canada A study permit expires 90 days after the end of a study program. If you do not finish your program before the date on your study […]

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IRCC confirms it will continue with current Express Entry categories

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has officially confirmed that it will continue using the six categories currently eligible for category-based selection in Express Entry draws in 2024. In an email alert from IRCC, the department said that it will continue selecting candidates with, “particular qualifications such as education, work experience, or language skills to […]

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How does my spouse or common-law partner impact my CRS score?

Most newcomers applying through Canada’s economic immigration pathways will want to bring their spouse or common-law partners with them. Canada’s immigration system is sensitive to these needs. Having a loved one in your immigration application can impact your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. While certain scoring sub-categories may be negatively impacted by the presence of […]

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IRCC invites candidates in third Express Entry draw of the week

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in the third  Express Entry draw of the week. The department invited 150 candidates in a category-based selection draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 437. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment Today’s draw […]

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How IRCC works with other departments to process applications

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is responsible for enforcing the rules and legislation outlined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Canada’s Immigration Minister shares responsibility for IRPA with the Minister of Public Safety, who is also the head of the Canada Border Services Agency. This means the two departments frequently intersect and […]

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Which family members can I sponsor to come to Canada?

One of the most important functions of Canada’s immigration system is to reunite families and keep them together, as newcomers seek to build a new life in a new country. In fact, next to economic immigration, family sponsorships are the second biggest category of new permanent residents to Canada. Read on to learn how you […]

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Exploring the reasons behind immigrant departures from Canada

Canada is among the most sought-after countries to immigrate to, due to the country’s exceptional quality of life, robust healthcare and education system, and liberal ethic of multiculturalism. However, Canada is not always the last stop on an immigrant’s journey. A new study released by Statistics Canada has found that more than 15% of immigrants […]

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Why you may be ineligible to become a Canadian citizen

Obtaining Canadian citizenship offers numerous advantages, such as the opportunity to establish permanent residence in one of the world’s most prosperous nations, participate in the democratic processes of the country, and hold a passport widely recognized as one of the strongest in the world. Schedule a Free Canadian Citizenship Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law […]

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First Canadian Winter? A newcomer’s guide to staying mentally healthy

Winter in Canada can be tough. Temperatures can drop below zero and the sun sets early, making days cold and short. The shorter days and colder weather can greatly affect moods and overall well-being. Sometimes referred to as the “winter blues”, people can experience a wave of negative emotions that come with the cold, dark […]

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Four provinces issue invitations in latest provincial immigration results

Ontario, British Columbia (B.C.), and Manitoba have issued nominations through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) this week, while Quebec has also issued invitations through its provincial immigration program. Across Canada, 11 of the country’s 13 provincial and territorial governments – excluding Quebec and Nunavut, where PNPs are not operated – use their PNP to […]

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Canada extends foreign home buyer ban until 2027

The Canadian government has extended the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act until January 1st, 2027. The policy, which was initially instituted to increase the number of housing units available to Canadians for purchase, will now be in place for an additional two years. Initially, the home buyer ban was set […]

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The lesser-known benefits of being a Canadian permanent resident

For many newcomers the ability to become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada is one of the most attractive aspects of moving to the country. Permanent residence status gives individuals the ability to reside in Canada, and to study, work, and live as they wish (within the bounds of the law). However, there are also […]

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Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023

Recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada exceeded its target for the number of permanent residents it planned to welcome in 2023. According to the most recently available IRCC backlog data, the department welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023. This is an increase of 33,950 over 2022’s 437,600. The […]

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Can any doctor perform my medical exam for Canadian immigration?

Canadian newcomers who require a medical exam might be surprised to learn that they cannot visit any doctor to have their immigration medical exam (IME) completed. Considering the persisting importance of medical exams for many Canadian newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) clarifies that not all doctors are authorized to perform IMEs for Canadian […]

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