Canada to Roll Out Two New Immigration Pathways in January 2024

New applicants can apply for Canadian permanent residency under two new immigration pathways, effective January 2024. Canada will open two new immigration pilots comprising a Caregiver Pilot and an Agri-food pilot to new applicants. There will be a limited number of spots to enable eligible applicants meeting specific qualifying criteria of the pilot programs to […]

Manitoba Holds New MPNP Draw Inviting 268 Candidates to Apply for Permanent Residence

The latest Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) Draw issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 268 candidates on November 30, 2023. The unique feature of the new MPNP draw was candidates declaring support within Manitoba in the form of a close relative living in Manitoba as a Canadian permanent resident or citizen over one year.  The MPNP […]

British Columbia Invites 185 Candidates in the new Skills Immigration draw

The latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invitation round issued 185 Invitations to Apply for permanent residence through the skills immigration draw. The month’s fourth skills immigration draw by British Columbia invited 185 candidates on November 28, 2023. British Columbia maintains the regular frequency of up to five draws a month to invite […]

Quebec Introduces Policy Changes and Launches New Immigration Pilots

Quebec unveiled multiple policy changes through immigration regulations. These changes came into effect on November 25, 2023. The policy changes will influence several Quebec immigration pathways. The most significant highlight of these changes involves mandatory Level 7 of spoken French language proficiency for all Quebec economic immigration streams. Candidates applying for the Quebec Experience Program […]

Canada Extends Policy of Allowing Visitors to Apply for Work Permits by Two Years

Visitor or Tourist Visa holders can apply for Work Permits until February 28, 2025. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extends the temporary policy that makes visitor visa holders eligible to apply for Work Permits. Visitor visa holders should meet work permit eligibility criteria to benefit from the new policy extension. The eligibility requirements include […]

British Columbia Passes a Law to Streamline Employment of Foreign Workers

A new law by British Columbia aims to enhance employment recognition of skilled professionals British Columbia passed the International Credentials Act on November 8, 2023, after the royal assent. The new law will eliminate the mandatory criterion of Canadian work experience for foreign workers seeking credentials recognition in regulated occupations. The new law will be […]

Canada Plans to Address Delays in Application Processing by Realigning Application Intake

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) aims to restore service standards by realigning intake to reduce processing delays and application backlog. The immigration backlog is reaching record levels. Close to one million applications are beyond the usual service standards, impacting applicants of citizenship, temporary visa, and permanent residence. Canada’s immigration department plans to process 80 percent […]