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 …

IRCC Looking to Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery improve client service. Highlights of progress include but are not limited to the following areas: Permanent Residence (PR) online PR applications, including PR card renewals easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within …

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