World Refugee Day 2021

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World Refugee Day (each year on June 20) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.  Having been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution, refugees who settled in Canada make significant contributions to our nation’s economy. As tax payers, they create jobs, buy homes and put down roots …

Indigenous Peoples Can Now Reclaim Their Traditional Names on Immigration Identity Documents

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A person’s name is an integral part of their heritage and culture. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples), residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on the following immigration identity documents free of charge until May 30, 2026: replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship …

New PR Pathways for Hong Kong residents in Canada

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada can now apply for permanent residence through two new pathways that will be available until August 2026. More information about this announcement: 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 …

IRCC Approved My PR Application but I Haven’t Landed in Canada. What Should I Do Now?

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Today, let’s take a look at travel information in place for permanent residents who haven’t landed in Canada. To finish the application process, you have to land as a permanent resident. Landing refers to the final interview with an immigration officer at either a port of entry or a local IRCC office within Canada. During this interview, you officially become a …

Pathway to PR for Families of Canadian Victims of Two Airlines Flight Tragedies

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A new public policy offers a pathway to permanent residence for eligible families of Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 tragedies. The policy applies to individuals who are currently in Canada and whose relatives were Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals found eligible on their permanent residence application. Eligible families of …

Update on Temporary Pathways to PR stream for International Students Now Closed

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On May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) launched a new pathway to permanent residence for eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. Recent update on this new pathway: The application stream for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution has reached its limit and is now closed. The 3 dedicated streams for French-speaking or bilingual …

Now Open: New Pathway to PR for Essential Workers and International Student Graduates Currently in Canada

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Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched the new pathway to permanent residence for eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. Interested? Follow these three steps to get prepared! Use the eligibility tool to make sure that you can apply. Get ready to apply by reading the Instruction Guide for important information about how to complete the application, fees …

Reminder: IRCC to Open New Pathway to PR on May 6

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On May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) is opening a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution. People with disabilities who are unable to use the online form can request an application in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print). More information about this new pathway …

Flights from India and Pakistan Temporarily Suspended

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 rise around the world, the Canadian government is taking further steps to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and its variants. As a decisive action to protect the health and safety of Canadians, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has recently been issued: All commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan are temporarily suspended …

IRCC to Accelerate Caregiver Application Processing

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Good news! On April 15, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a plan to prioritize 1,500 caregiver applications by June 30, 2021, and 6,000 by the end of 2021. As part of this plan, IRCC will help reunite more caregivers with their loved ones by finalizing permanent resident applications for …