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How to go from a Canadian study permit to Canadian permanent residence

International students who are studying in Canada can apply for permanent resident status while studying in Canada or after graduating from their study program. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration There are many options for international students in Canada who wish to become a permanent resident, provided they meet the requirements and eligibility […]

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British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba issue provincial nominations this week

This week, three of Canada’s provinces issued nominations to immigration candidates under their respective Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). These programs are run by all provinces in Canada (apart from Quebec and Nunavut) and are a pathway for economic class immigrants to settle and work in the region that nominates them. Note for clarity that all […]

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Why your study or work permit may only be valid for part of your program or employment contract

Considering the importance of permit validity and expiration for all newcomers to Canada, this article will help foreign nationals understand why the permit they receive may not be valid for the full length of their stay in Canada. Many newcomers to this country want to ensure they maximize their time in Canada. This is especially […]

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International students planning to study in Quebec will now need an attestation letter along with a CAQ

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that international students looking to study in Quebec will need an attestation letter from the province, along with a Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate, CAQ) to apply for a study permit. Discover your options to study in Canada What is a CAQ? The CAQ is […]

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Economists recommend inviting more skilled newcomers to Canada

A recent report released by Desjardins Economic Studies highlights the benefits of welcoming skilled newcomers to Canada. According to the report, “Canada should continue to welcome newcomers who can help fill labour shortages in the construction sector. However, we should also be mindful of hurdles preventing workers from contributing to their full potential. In particular, […]

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What you need to know before moving to Alberta

Alberta is one of the bigger provinces in Canada, bordered by British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east. One of the most unique benefits of Alberta is its prominent outdoor activity lifestyle and natural beauty. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration The province has a large population of newcomers, with […]

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Newcomers who came to Canada in second year of COVID-19 pandemic had better median entry wages than pre-pandemic: Statistics Canada

In a new report updating findings from 2022, a Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report released on January 22 reveals that there are many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect how new immigrants are integrating when they arrive in Canada. From the number of new immigrants* who filed taxes in 2021 to the median […]

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Rents in Canada increased 9% in 2023 to record high

According to the Rentals.ca January 2024 Rental Report, average asking rents for all residential property types in Canada reached a record high of $2,178 at the end of 2023. This number represents an increase of 8.6% from the end of 2022 ($2,005). Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration Over the past two years, […]

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Live Webinar: Starting your Canadian immigration journey in 2024

Join our free live session on starting your Canadian Immigration journey in 2024. Led by CanadaVisa with guest speakers from WES, this session will provide you with comprehensive insights into Canadian Immigration in 2024. We will cover relevant targets and trends, newly introduced category-based selection draws, and how to set up your Express Entry profile. […]

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More than one million people have a valid Canadian study permit

According to The Globe and Mail, Canada’s international student population now exceeds 1 million students. The Globe and Mail cited official information it received from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which says there were 1,028,850 international students in Canada at the end of December. It also reported that there were 526,015 international students in […]

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Canada’s top employers in 2024

MediaCorp has released its list of winners for 2024’s “100 top employers in Canada” competition. The annual event (which has been running since the year 2000) continues to not just garner wide-spread attention in Canada, but also shapes the employment searches of Canadians and newcomers alike. The competition aims to recognise employers that lead their […]

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Canada may not see any new study permit applications until March 31, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced reforms this week aimed at stabilizing growth and decreasing the number of new international student permits issued in 2024. IRCC is relying on provinces to help implement a cap of approximately 360,000 new study permits in 2024. Unless provinces act quickly, there are likely to be no new […]

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IRCC invites 1,040 Express Entry candidates in latest draw

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations in the latest Express Entry draw. The department invited 1,040 candidates in a general draw. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 543. Get a Free Express Entry Assessment It was the second draw of 2024 following the draw on January 10 which […]

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IRCC announces new eligibility criteria for Post-Graduation Work Permits

On January 22nd, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced it is implementing changes to stabilize growth and decrease the number of international study permits for international students in 2024. Discover your options to study in Canada To better align the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) with these changes, IRCC announced updates to the programs’ eligibility […]

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Nanos Poll: Majority of Canadians support influx of Temporary Foreign Workers

According to a recent Nanos Research poll, a significant majority of Canadians recognize the importance of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to the country’s economy. The survey of 1,006 people, conducted online and over the phone between December 27 and 29 last year, revealed that over 80% of Canadians “feel that temporary foreign workers are important […]

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IRCC announces cap on admissions for international students

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that is implanting a temporary cap on the number of international students who are issued study visas. A release from IRCC shows that for 2024, the cap is “expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023.” Further, IRCC is introducing […]

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Newfoundland and Labrador immigration fairs continue this week

This week, Newfoundland and Labrador are set to host the next event in their series of virtual immigration and job fairs. At 6pm (Gulf Standard Time) on January 24th, 2024, the province will host a virtual immigration fair for individuals in the Middle East and South Asia. Sign-up, meeting employers and more Individuals can sign-up […]

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The First Home Savings Account (FHSA): What Newcomers Need to Know

Buying your first home in Canada is an exciting milestone in life. For some, however, it may be challenging to save up for a down payment. You will be pleased to know that help is at hand through a new registered savings plan called First Home Savings Account (FHSA) introduced by the federal government. With […]

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CMHC looks back at the Canadian housing market in 2023 and what to expect in 2024

In late December last year, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) published a retrospective of its housing reports throughout 2023, including what Canadians may be able to expect in 2024. This is a report that could be vital for newcomers to Canada, who are among the Canadian residents most affected by the national housing […]

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The scholarships and bursaries available for new international students in Canada

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for international students in the world due to the country’s excellent educational institutions, international credibility, and work and immigration possibilities. However, there is another reason that Canada is the most desirable education destination for international students: tuition costs. The country’s favorable exchange rate and comparatively low tuition […]

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Festivals and fun to help get through your first winter in Canada

Canadian winters are famous for frigid temperatures, snowstorms, slush, and ice and this can be daunting for prospective newcomers to Canada. While there’s no escaping that the weather is harsh for several months of the year in much of the country (Vancouver and the surrounding area is somewhat more temperate, although rainy), some Canadians and […]

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Study: Newcomers who use social media before arriving in Canada are more likely to find skilled work

According to a study conducted by Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) in 2023, 65% of surveyed “pre-arrival newcomers” used social media for job prospects before coming to Canada. Speaking to the general benefits of utilizing social media during pre-arrival, the TMU study notes that “in the first six months of arrival, [pre-arrival social media users] had, […]

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Canada invests $86 million to recognize foreign healthcare credentials

On January 15th, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, announced $86 million in funding to 15 organizations across Canada. Discover if You Are Eligible for Canadian Immigration The funding will go towards speeding up the accreditation for internationally educated health professionals (IEHP), since long wait times and difficulty finding a family […]

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Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and PEI invite candidates in latest PNP results

Four Canadian provinces have invited candidates to apply for provincial nomination this week. All of Canada’s provinces and territories except Quebec and Nunavut have a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Through the PNP, provincial governments can select the economic immigration candidates who are the most likely to economically establish within the province and integrate into the […]

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What are the highest-paying IT jobs in Canada?

Canada’s information technology (IT) sector is rapidly growing within the global landscape. Renowned for its innovation and skilled workforce, the Canadian tech industry has emerged as a key player in various domains, including artificial intelligence, software development, telecommunications, and clean technology. Cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal have become epicenters for tech innovation, with a […]

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