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New and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents to launch on January 28, 2019

posted Jan 11, 2019, 9:00 PM by Milorad Borota

News release
January 11, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, announced the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019.

The launch of the 2019 PGP Program will include a new and improved intake process.

Canada to increase annual immigration admissions to 350,000 by 2021

posted Oct 31, 2018, 6:42 PM by Milorad Borota

Most newcomers will address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market
The Canadian Press · Posted: Oct 31, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country's population.

Algorithms and artificial intelligence are augmenting and replacing human decision makers in Canada’s immigration and refugee system

posted Sep 26, 2018, 12:13 PM by Milorad Borota

Ottawa’s use of AI in immigration system has profound implications for human rights
PUBLISHED 26-Sep-2018

How would you feel if an algorithm made a decision about your application for a Canadian work permit, or determined how much money you can bring in as an investor? What if it decided whether your marriage is “genuine?” Or if it trawled through your Tweets or Facebook posts to determine if you are “suspicious” and therefore a “risk,” without ever revealing any of the categories it used to make this decision?

Ottawa raises cap on parent sponsorship, ends lottery system

posted Aug 20, 2018, 6:00 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 6:01 PM ]

Ottawa raises cap on parent sponsorship, ends lottery system
By NICHOLAS KEUNG Immigration Reporter,
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018

“By accepting even more applications this year and next, as well as enhancing the intake system, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to helping families live, work and thrive together in Canada.”

Hussen said instead of randomly selecting sponsorship candidates in a draw, officials will invite applicants based on the order they submit their forms indicating their interest in sponsoring family members."


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - major program changes

posted Jun 25, 2018, 12:35 PM by Milorad Borota

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - major program changes

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has a new application stream called the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), and an expansion to the occupations and skill levels that can be accepted.

These new changes will better serve workers in Alberta who want to become permanent residents. We have simplified processes, which will reduce wait times and provide fair access for all workers who wish to build lives in Alberta.

In response to the program’s expansion to include most occupations and all skill levels, the federal government requires minimum criteria for language, education and income.

As of June 14, 2018, the AINP will accept applications under two streams:

  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream (new)

IRCC today announces the Student Direct Stream (SDS)

posted Jun 9, 2018, 9:53 AM by Milorad Borota

"To support the growth in study permit applications, IRCC today announces the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Students from those countries who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times.

Similar programs have been in place in these 4 countries for a few years. We are aligning them together into 1 program to ensure consistency.

We are also working on expanding SDS to Africa and are looking at options in Kenya and Senegal. Expansion to Senegal would be in line with the department’s focus to attract more French-speaking students to Canada."

Quick facts
  • Students applying for SDS must first be accepted at a Canadian learning institution that is designated to host international students. In addition, they must satisfy key criteria, such as submitting proof upfront of:

    • tuition payment for the first year of study at a designated learning institution in Canada,
    • purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000,
    • completion of an upfront medical examination,
    • a qualifying score of at least 6 for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens score of 7 for French (TEF), or graduation from a Canadian-curriculum high school.

Biometrics expansion

posted May 17, 2018, 10:08 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated May 17, 2018, 10:15 AM ]

May 17, 2018. Starting in the summer of 2018, when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit (except U.S. nationals), or permanent residence you will need to give your fingerprints and a photo. To facilitate repeat travel to Canada, applicants for a visitor visa, study or work permit will only need to give their biometrics once every 10 years.

Depending on your nationality, you may need to give your biometrics as soon as this summer

Starting July 31, 2018 – applicants from Europe, Middle East and Africa
Starting December 31, 2018 – applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas


Canada’s global talent pilot is working – now let’s make it permanent

posted Apr 25, 2018, 10:34 PM by Milorad Borota

"Since launching last year, the dedicated tech-talent stream of the program has received over 800 applications for nearly 900 positions. More than 300 unique employers have used the new process and more than 70 employers have returned for additional applications.


Government of Canada brings medical inadmissibility policy in line with inclusivity for persons with disabilities News release

posted Apr 16, 2018, 6:08 PM by Milorad Borota

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

April 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – One of the Government of Canada’s priorities is to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Today’s announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen of changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ensures that our immigration policies better align with Canadian values and reflect the importance that the Government places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.


Government of Canada facilitates access to Canadian citizenship for minors

posted Mar 14, 2018, 10:23 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 10:25 AM ]

February 16, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Government is committed to encouraging all immigrants, including minors under 18 years of age, to acquire citizenship. To help make that easier, the fee for minors applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act has been reduced.

On June 19, 2017, the royal assent of Bill C-6 immediately brought into force a legislative amendment that removed the requirement to be 18 years old to apply for a grant of citizenship under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act. This made it easier for minors to apply for citizenship on their own behalf. One of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is acquiring Canadian citizenship.


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