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COVID-19 program delivery for Work permit holders (Canada)

posted Jun 20, 2020, 2:40 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jun 20, 2020, 2:41 PM ]

June 19, 2020

These program delivery instructions inform IRCC and Canada Border Services Agency staff on the procedures that are affected by the disruption of services associated with impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for 
  • new and existing temporary residence, 
  • permanent residence and 
  • citizenship applications in Canada and abroad
  • asylum claims in Canada
These instructions will be updated as the situation evolves.


Changes in Foreign Worker Program planned by Canadian Government

posted Jun 19, 2020, 11:31 AM by Milorad Borota

June 19, 2020.

Canada’s Employment Minister said the federal government plans to overhaul the country’s temporary foreign worker program, including more surprise inspections of working and living conditions at farms that employ migrant workers.

Agri-Food Pilot Program announced

posted Jun 18, 2020, 9:46 PM by Milorad Borota

The Agri-Food Pilot helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector.

The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023.

Read more...

Service Canada is is prioritizing certain occupations for LMIA application

posted Jun 15, 2020, 7:38 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 7:39 PM ]

Effective June 10, 2020 and until further notice, the program is prioritizing certain occupations which are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The listed occupations have been prioritized across all provinces and territories (except the province of Quebec). For a list of occupations specific to the province of Quebec, please refer to Hiring in the Province of Quebec.

Important: The Refusal to Process applicable to the province of Alberta supersedes any prioritization.

The program is prioritizing and waiving minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupations:

6331-Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale
8252- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8431- General Farm Workers
8432- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
8611- Harvesting labourers
9462- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
9463- Fish and seafood plant workers
9617- Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
9618- Labourers in fish and seafood processing

The program is prioritizing the following occupations and not waiving the minimum recruitment requirements:

3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 - Specialist physicians
3112 - General practitioners and family physicians
3124 - Allied primary health practitioners
3131 - Pharmacists
3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3219 - Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3233 - Licensed practical nurses
3237 - Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services
6731 - Light duty cleaners
7511 - Transport truck drivers

Important: For positions under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 7511 that are situated in a province that has a Mandatory Entry Level Training requirement or equivalent, the foreign national must be in possession of this training certification at the time of work permit issuance.

How COVID-19 is affecting business at IRCC and Service Canada

posted Mar 23, 2020, 9:38 PM by Milorad Borota

Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting every aspect of life in Canada, including immigration rules.

These are some of the changes announced by CIC:

Are you continuing to process and accept applications?
As announced, there are travel restrictions in place. We are continuing to accept and process applications at this time, although foreign nationals, unless exempt, will have their travel restricted until these measures have been lifted.

What is the impact on your processing times?
While we continue to serve our clients, service disruptions and restrictions due to COVID-19 may have an impact on processing times, and the current posted processing times may not be accurate.

What is the impact on temporary foreign workers?

IMPORTANT! Workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. We’ve announced exemptions but they’re not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.

Only Canadian citizens, and permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.

As announced on March 20, 2020, all temporary foreign workers will be able to travel to Canada by air or land. They will be exempt from the air travel restrictions announced on March 16, 2020, as well as border restrictions. Those affected by these exemptions should not try to travel to Canada immediately. We will announce when the exemptions are in place, which we anticipate will be early during the week of March 22, 2020.

Like all travellers, including Canadian citizens and permanent residents, temporary foreign workers who enter Canada by air or land will undergo the necessary health checks and must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

In addition, a temporary modification is being made to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process for agriculture and food-processing employers, as the required 2-week recruitment period will be waived for the next 6 months. We are also increasing the maximum allowable employment duration for workers in the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program from 1 to 2 years. This will improve flexibility and reduce the administrative burden for employers, including those in food processing.

Will I be able to remain in Canada if I am already in the country legally?
Yes.


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Robots replacing Canadian visa officers

posted Jan 9, 2020, 8:45 PM by Milorad Borota

Douglas Todd: Robots replacing Canadian visa officers, Ottawa report says
Douglas Todd
Published:
January 9, 2020

Opinion: Canada's Immigration Department is hiding the fact machines are making the call on tens of thousands of visa applications. With far more to come.

Plans for Municipal Nomination Programs announced

posted Jan 2, 2020, 12:04 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 2, 2020, 12:04 PM ]

Liberals plan new program to allow communities to pick immigrants

Municipal nominee program is meant to help fill local labour needs
Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Posted: Jan 02, 2020 4:00 AM ET 

The federal government plans to bring in a new immigration program that will allow cities and towns to pick newcomers based on local labour needs.

Parent and grandparent reunification program reopening postponed

posted Dec 30, 2019, 10:02 PM by Milorad Borota

Parent and grandparent reunification program reopening postponed as Liberals look at new system

'This will give all interested sponsors the same opportunity to submit,' says Immigration Canada

Catharine Tunney · CBC News · Posted: Dec 30, 2019 5:40 PM ET

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program open?

posted Nov 14, 2019, 4:52 PM by Milorad Borota

November 14, 2019

Expansion of Student Direct Stream to support Francophone immigration

posted Sep 13, 2019, 11:29 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 11:32 AM ]

Applicants from Senegal and Morocco will get access to a more efficient process for study permits

August 30, 2019 – Ottawa – Canada is making the Student Direct Stream (SDS) available to international students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 9, 2019.


To be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must:

    be a legal resident living in 1 of the following countries:
  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • the Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

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