COVID-19 Border Restrictions to End on Oct. 1

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Newcomer Information, Settlement News Leave a Comment

The federal government is lifting COVID-19 border measures, including mandatory vaccine requirements, masking on planes and trains, and the use of the ArriveCan app. That means as of Oct. 1 all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through ArriveCAN, provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate, and monitor and report if …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Canada’s Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has recently highlighted Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ongoing efforts to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs. As part of this plan, the Minister announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall to increase their processing capacity and tackle the backlogs. This …

Over 17 Thousand Afghan Refugees Arrived in Canada Since August 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. 17,375 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, under all …

IRCC Gradually Resuming Express Entry Draws

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Good news! Starting July 6, 2022, IRCC has gradually resumed inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry (EE) – Useful Links Stay informed and updated: Sign up for Express Entry latest news Instructions that explain how the rounds …

IRCC Announced Enhancements to Canada’s Super Visa Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Seniors

These new enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time. New changes will come into effect on July 4, 2022. the length of stay for super visa holders will be increased to 5 years per entry into Canada …

IRCC’s Ukrainian Emergency Efforts

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration

The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Here are some of the efforts that IRCC has recently announced to help Ukrainians in crisis. New Canada Information Centre in Warsaw, Poland offers in-person services to people who need to give their biometrics as part of their Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel offers …

Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …

New Temporary Residence Pathway to Welcome Those Fleeing the War in Ukraine

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This is a special temporary residence pathway to welcome Ukrainians and their families to Canada. With CUAET, Ukrainians and their family members can stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years. They will also be eligible for a free open work permit or …

Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Gradually Lifted

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

Alberta public health measures will be lifted gradually in three steps as the fifth wave subsides and pressure on the health-care system eases! Changes for Step 1 go in effect Feb 9: The Restrictions Exemption Program ends Restrictions on sale of food and beverages and consumption while seated in audience settings are removed Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table …