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Mandatory submission of COVID information digitally for travellers coming to Canada

posted Nov 5, 2020, 5:27 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Nov 5, 2020, 5:27 PM ]

November 2, 2020  -  Ottawa, ON  -  Public Health Agency of Canada
As of November 21, it will be mandatory for travellers coming to Canada to submit COVID info digitally.

As of November 21, 2020, air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flightThis includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order), and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. Travellers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally. Travellers who do not submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to $1,000 fine. Exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure.

Starting on November 4, 2020, air travellers can expect to be reminded by their air carrier of the need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN prior to boarding their flight to Canada. 

Changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) as of October 1, 2020

posted Oct 1, 2020, 5:01 PM by Milorad Borota

Changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) as of October 1, 2020

As of October 1, 2020 the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has made several changes to its program:
·         A new online portal is available to submit applications.
·         Candidates must pay a fee to submit an application, as well for post-decision services (requests for nomination extensions, 204(c) Letters of Support and reconsiderations).
·         Some AINP processes have changed with the introduction of fees:

o   204(c) Letters of Support are no longer issued at the time of nomination.  Nominees must submit a request to be considered for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

o   All requests for post-decision services must be sent by email.

o   The steps for applying to the Self-Employed Farmer Stream have changed.

·         Changes have been made to several of our temporary COVID-19 application and processing adjustments.

·         Updates and corrections to AINP applications must be sent by email.

Visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

posted Aug 24, 2020, 11:18 PM by Milorad Borota

New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

Change intended to benefit employers who are still facing difficulties finding workers
August 24, 2020—Ottawa—Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country, thanks to a new public policy announced today by the Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Temporary residence applicants who are applying from within Canada are exempt from providing biometrics

posted Aug 2, 2020, 8:47 PM by Milorad Borota

Biometrics exemption for temporary residence applicants in Canada

As a temporary measure, you’re exempt from giving biometrics if you’re applying from within Canada

  • to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
  • to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor
  • for a work or study permit
  • for a visitor visa
  • for a temporary resident permit

This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress.

It applies even if

  • your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it’s for applicants outside Canada
  • our online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85)

This temporary measure does not apply if you’re outside Canada.

Most VACs have temporarily closed, due to the COVID19 pandemic

posted Jul 24, 2020, 9:31 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 25, 2020, 7:52 PM ]

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, most VACs have temporarily closed or are operating with limited hours and services.
Note that we have no further information at this time and cannot offer a response to questions about the details or projected dates for reopening of VACs or VFSs that isn’t contained on this website.
For up-to-date information, visit: https://bit.ly/2EhCDzS

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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