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Intake cap on international student permit applications

posted Jan 22, 2022, 10:01 PM by Milorad Borota

IRCC @CitImmCanada

Today, IRCC announced that the Government of Canada will set an intake cap on international student permit applications to stabilize growth, for a period of two years. 

For 2024, the cap is expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023. Study permit renewals will not be impacted. 

Those pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and elementary and secondary education are not included in the cap. 

Current study permit holders will not be affected. 

To implement the cap, as of January 22, 2024, every study permit application submitted to IRCC will also require an attestation letter from a province or territory. 

Provinces and territories are expected to establish a process for issuing attestation letters to students by no later than March 31, 2024. 

In order to better align the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, IRCC is changing the eligibility criteria: 

-Starting September 1, 2024, international students who begin a study program that is part of a curriculum licensing arrangement will no longer be eligible for a postgraduation work permit upon graduation. 

-Graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible to apply for a 3-year work permit. 

In the weeks ahead, open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master's and doctoral programs. 

The spouses of international students in other levels of study, including undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible.

Details: https://canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2024/01/canada-to-stabilize-growth-and-decrease-number-of-new-international-student-permits-issued-to-approximately-360000-for-2024.html…


Canadian government to make immigration to Canada much easier

posted Sep 27, 2021, 9:08 PM by Milorad Borota

torontosun.com

Lorne Gunter

Publishing date:Sep 26, 2021


Under the new guidelines, contained in a document marked “Draft” and covered by solicitor-client privilege, civil service officers who do an initial screening of immigration and refugee claims, plus the immigration and refugee judges who hear appeals of the officers’ decisions, are instructed to accept any applicant who has an “intersectional” claim.


Intersectionality is defined as two or more of “race, religion, indigeneity, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, culture, disability, or immigration status,” that “impact an individual’s lived experience of discrimination, marginalization or oppression.”


No longer will claimants need to prove, for instance, that they face torture or death if forced to return to their home countries. Nor will they have to satisfy the UN’s definition of a “refugee.”


Now, if they merely claim they have been discriminated against or persecuted for being poor and old, or Indigenous and holding political views targeted by some developing country’s strongman, in the Liberals come.


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Canada to accept more immigrants this year than at any time in the country’s history.

posted Jul 23, 2021, 10:57 PM by Milorad Borota


In June, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship processed 45,100 applications for permanent residence, the largest number ever in one month, according to the office of Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. In that same month, Canada welcomed 35,600 new permanent residents.


Such levels have Mr. Mendicino confident that his department will meet its goal of bringing in 401,000 new permanent residents this year, which would be the largest annual intake ever recorded.


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Two new pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kong residents announced

posted Jun 8, 2021, 2:16 PM by Milorad Borota

June 08, 2021


Eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada can now apply for permanent residence through two new pathways that will be available until August 2026.


More info: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/minister-mendicino-announces-opening-of-2-new-pathways-to-permanent-residence-for-hong-kong-residents.html


To apply, eligible Hong Kong residents must:

• have valid temporary resident status

• be in Canada when they apply for permanent residence and when it is granted

• meet the specified language and education requirements

Detailed information about who is eligible and how to apply is available on CIC website https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/hong-kong-residents-permanent-residence.html


New pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates

posted Apr 14, 2021, 6:47 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 12, 2021, 4:51 PM]


Today Minister Mendicino announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.

Starting May 6, 2021, this pathway will allow eligible international graduates, who studied in Canada, as well as temporary workers in health care and other essential occupations, to apply for permanent residence.


CIC will accept applications under these policies from May 6 - November 5 2021, or until a program stream has reached its limit: 

• 20,000 temporary foreign workers in health care

• 30,000 temporary foreign workers in selected essential occupations

• 40,000 international graduates


Please note: to support the vitality of Francophone minority communities, 3 additional streams with no application limit have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates.


Learn more about the new pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates here.


Use CIC online eligibility tool to check if you qualify.


Temporary public policies: Temporary resident to permanent resident pathway – Who can apply

International students will be able to complete entire studies online, from abroad, and still get work permits in Canada.

posted Feb 12, 2021, 9:23 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 12, 2021, 9:23 PM]

Toronto Star

By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter

Fri., Feb. 12, 2021


International students who are being kept out of Canada due to pandemic travel restrictions will still be eligible for coveted postgraduate work permits even if they complete their entire studies online from overseas.


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New work permit being offered to international students in Canada

posted Jan 8, 2021, 8:46 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 9, 2021, 9:33 AM]

Canadian Press

Stephanie Levitz

Publishing date:Jan 08, 2021 

OTTAWA — International students are being offered a new work permit by the federal government in a bid to convince more to settle here permanently.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says former students who hold post-graduation work permits that have expired or will soon expire can now apply for open work permits.

He says that will allow affected students 18 more months to remain in Canada to try to find jobs.

Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2021.

The existing work permit program allows international postgraduate students to stay in Canada to work for up to three years after they finish studying.

Trying to convince international students to remain in Canada permanently has been a top priority for governments as they look to immigration to deal with persistent labour shortages.

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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 flight. This 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. 

Please read more about his rule here...


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.


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

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


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

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

It applies even if

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