National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. On September 21st 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection …

Canada’s New Initiative to Protect Vulnerable Women and Girls in Central America

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Many women and girls in the northern part of Central America have been displaced as a result of high levels of violence and growing social and economic instability. Canada is committed to helping them. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced a new initiative to empower and protect women and girls in the region. With a …

AHS Reintroduced Close Contact Tracing of Omicron Cases

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta Health Services is re-introducing contact tracing for close contacts of those potentially exposed to the Omicron variant to recommend they get a COVID-19 test and to provide further instructions. The Omicron variant is now in Alberta. AHS has announced that contact tracing will take place for all close contacts of cases that are positive with the Omicron variant , …

Canada’s Additional Measures to Address the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Community, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Updates

Yesterday (November 30, 2021), Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. the Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions originally announced on November 26, 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective tomorrow, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not …

Healthcare & French Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway Streams Closing This Week

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

The temporary resident to permanent resident pathway will close to applications on November 5, 2021. You will not be able to submit an application once the program closes. More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/tr-pr.html Find out if you’re eligible to apply to the health care or French pathway streams: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/trpr/eligibility.asp

Invitations to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents are Now Being Sent Out

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Have you submitted interest to sponsor forms in the fall of 2020? You are now encouraged to check the email account you provided on the form, as invitations to apply are being sent out via email. This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be accepting a record number of up to 30,000 applications under the Parents and Grandparents …

Fully Vaccinated Foreigners Can Come to Canada If Certain Conditions Are Met

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

Beginning September 7, foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated with Healthy Canadians approved COVID-19 vaccines may be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel. To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must: be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 have received the full series of an …

Assistance for Canadians & PRs in Afghanistan

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently updated the different ways in which Canada is assisting the situation in Afghanistan. Canadians in need of consular assistance in Afghanistan should contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by: Phone: +1-613-996-8885 Email: sos@international.gc.ca SMS: +1-613-686-3658 Canada continues to work with our allies and partners to secure …

IRCC Special Programs Supporting Afghan Nationals

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Canada has announced the resettlement of up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghan nationals to Canada. This will be done through two special programs run by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Immigration program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada. Eligibility criteria: you’re an Afghan national and your employment involved a significant and/or enduring relationship with the Government of Canada, …

Calgary International Airport Travel Tips

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Daily Life, Updates

The Calgary International Airport has recently posted a few tips for travelers: Before you book your flight: Find out the entry requirements for your destination of choice and get prepared. If travelling internationally, make sure you know Canada’s entry requirements for your return trip. Make sure your government-issued photo ID is still valid. Days before your departure flight to and from …