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Three provinces nominate candidates in this week’s PNP results

Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba have invited candidates to apply for provincial nomination this week. Each Canadian province and territory (with the exceptions of Quebec and Nunavut) has a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) through which they can nominate economic immigration candidates who are likely to successfully integrate into the provincial workforce and economy. Provinces often […]

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Study: Fewer recent immigrants are seeking Canadian citizenship

A recent study by Statistics Canada has revealed that fewer recent immigrants in Canada are pursuing Canadian citizenship compared to 20+ years ago. The study, which looks longitudinally at data from 1996 to 2021, revealed that there was a nearly 30% drop-in citizenship rates among recent immigrants, with most of this reduction occurring in the […]

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Eight ways to show proof of financial sufficiency as an international student in Canada

As an international student pursuing post-secondary education in Canada, there are multiple ways Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows you to prove you have enough money to come to Canada. As part of the Canadian study permit process, applicants must prove they have enough money to support themselves, as well as any family members […]

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Is it worth entering the Express Entry pool if your CRS is low?

Express Entry-managed programs are among the most popular options for skilled newcomers who want to immigrate to Canada. This is because Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a published service standard of six months for Express Entry applications making it, as the name implies, one of the fastest ways to become a permanent resident […]

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Here’s why the number of temporary workers in Quebec has nearly quadrupled in eight years

According to a recent report by a Quebec-based non-profit think tank, the province’s growth in temporary immigrants was primarily driven by two programs: the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP). According to this report, published by the Institut du Quebec (IDQ) last month, Quebec’s temporary resident population grew 46% in […]

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IRCC invites 975 Express Entry candidates in first transport occupation draw of 2024

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to candidates in the second  Express Entry draw this week. The department issued 975  invitations to apply (ITAs) in a category-based draw for transport occupations. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 430. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment IRCC also issued ITAs […]

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Watch the Webinar: CELPIP – Get the Facts and Chart Your Path to a High Score

If you are committed to attaining a great score on your language assessment as part of your Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizenship application, then this webinar is for you. Watch the webinar Download the presentation slides Click here to download the presentation slides! Developed by Canadian language experts, the CELPIP Test is the only Canadian […]

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IRCC’s action plan to address the permanent residence application backlog

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released the details and deadlines of its action plan to address recommendations made in a report by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) last October. The details, released in a recently obtained Access to Information Request, offer an insight into how IRCC will address a backlog of […]

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Will a gap year impact my chances for acceptance at a Canadian school?

Having a break in between studies is often a normal part of student life as individuals pursue work, travel, and other opportunities in between stints within a classroom. Can these breaks impact an application to a Canadian school? The short answer is no, but applicants must take certain precautions to explain this break and ensure […]

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IRCC says 292,000 permits will be approved for college and undergraduate students

Recent comments by Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller to the Globe and Mail have revealed that the actual number of study permits available for college and undergraduate international students this year is roughly 292,000. On January 22nd Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) imposed an overall intake cap on the number of students of approximately […]

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Applying to Canadian Universities and Colleges? CAEL Has You Covered!

If you are preparing to apply to a Canadian university or college, you will need to prove your proficiency in the English language. As the only Canadian test designed specifically for academic purposes, CAEL is accepted by over 180 Canadian universities and colleges. CAEL is also accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for […]

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Why fewer French speakers in Canada may help your immigration chances

According to Statistics Canada, in 2021, nearly all of Canada’s immigrants could conduct a conversation in one of the country’s two official languages (English and French)—93.6% according to the latest census. However, there is more to the story. Though most immigrants can conduct a conversation in either English or French, English is favored among newcomers […]

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Will I need to submit a provincial attestation letter as part of my Canadian study permit application?

A recent notice published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified exactly who is required to submit a provincial attestation letter (PAL) when they apply for a Canadian study permit. In late January this year, the federal government announced that most new post-secondary international students at the college or undergraduate level would now […]

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Am I eligible for a refund on my immigration application?

For various reasons, Canadian immigration applicants may decide to pursue a refund on their application. These reasons could include Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) refusal of an application, the applicant deciding to withdraw from consideration for immigration to Canada, or the applicant overpaying the required amount to IRCC. IRCC indicates that eligibility for a […]

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Three provinces issue provincial nominations this week

This week three provinces—British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan—issued invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) under their respective immigration streams. Candidates were invited under a combination of demographic and labour market streams, with differing criteria for each. In addition, different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) utilise varying scoring systems, which result in great variance between […]

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What is a Port of Entry letter?

Port of Entry (POE) letters are documents that some foreign nationals may receive if they have been permitted to enter Canada as a temporary resident (TR). POE letters may be provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to foreign nationals who are approved for any of the following three TR permits/visas: A study permit […]

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How language skills predict earnings in Canada

Canada’s Express Entry system requires that all candidates have a minimum language ability corresponding to a level 7, 5, or 4 (depending on the specific program) under the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) (for English) or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) (for French). Though Canada has demographic and integration reasons to require that newcomers […]

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How does IRCC process Permanent Residence applications?

In 2023, Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents, a number that exceeded Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada‘s (IRCC’s) immigration levels plan for the year. This large number of newcomers means that Canada’s immigration department must deal with hundreds of thousands of applications for permanent residence (PR) every year—in addition to work and study permit applications. […]

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IRCC introduces two new immigration pilots for rural and French-minority communities

In a press conference earlier today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced two separate new immigration pilots – one for rural communities and another for francophone minority communities across Canada – while adding that the existing Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) will transition into a permanent program. In a press conference today, Immigration […]

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Can I still apply for permanent residence if my CRS score changes after I receive an Invitation to Apply?

Express Entry candidates have two choices if their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score changes after they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR): decline their ITA or continue to submit their Application for PR (APR). Through the Express Entry application management system, which handles immigration applications from three different economic immigration programs*, […]

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Immigration Minister imposes higher levels of family reunification on Quebec

Federal immigration minister Marc Miller has chosen to take action regarding Quebec’s family reunification levels. In a letter obtained by Radio Canada, Minister Miller—speaking to his Quebec counterpart Minister Christine Fréchette—detailed the measures that he would undertake to see that Quebec’s family reunification levels were up to the standards he felt were appropriate. Sponsor your […]

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How long will it take to become a permanent resident of Canada in 2024?

Foreign nationals seeking permanent residence (PR) in Canada often look for the fastest pathway to achieving their goal and starting a new life in this country. On a basic level, Canada has four primary immigration classes: economic immigration, family-class sponsorship, humanitarian/compassionate immigration and immigration for refugees/protected persons. However, within those four general classifications, Immigration, Refugees […]

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British Columbia now issuing Provincial Attestation Letters for international students

British Columbia’s provincial attestation letter (PAL) system is effective as of today, March 4, 2024. International students must submit a PAL with their study permit application to prove that they have been accepted by a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) within the limits of its allocation. The B.C. government says the provincial government issues PALs to […]

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Prepare For Your Canadian Career: Useful tips to prepare before you arrive

Moving to a new country is an exciting time. You may be looking forward to the many new opportunities ahead. A big part of that is the prospect of landing your first job in Canada. It’s certainly a top priority for many newcomers. If you’re making the move to Canada soon, here are six useful […]

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An overview of permanent residence fees for economic immigration pathways in 2024

Recent data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents (PRs) in 2023, over 6,000 more PRs than the target outlined in IRCC’s 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada’s number of PRs welcomed in 2023 also exceeds the total reached in 2022 (437,600) by more than 33,000. Of the […]

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