Canada to Welcome More Yazidi Refugees

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

“Our new policy will ensure that more Yazidis and other survivors can be reunited with loved ones so that they can start new lives in Canada.” — the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Over 1,400 Yazidi refugees and other survivors of Daesh have settled in Canada since 2017. Minister Mendicino announced a …

IRCC Added More Staff to Shorten Processing Time for Family Class Applications

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement News, Updates

“Expanding the Case Processing Center in Sydney will help us reunite families and process more applications, …” — The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) To process more applications and reunite families faster, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) is expanding its Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, including the addition of new …

IRCC Announces More Measures to Support International Students

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

At the end of January 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced that IRCC started to accept applications for open work permits under the new PGWP policy supporting international students. Last Friday (February 12), the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino announced more measures to ensure that international students wouldn’t miss out …

IRCC Launches Hong Kong Pathway

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Last November, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new open work permit for Hong Kong residents. Today on February 4, IRCC announced that the new measures, collectively called the Hong Kong Pathway, will be officially launched on February 8, 2021. Obtaining an open work permit will allow eligible Hong Kong residents, particularly …

IRCC Now Accepting Applications Open Work Permits Under PGWP Policy

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Earlier in January, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced a new open work permit opportunity for international students. IRCC is now accepting applications for open work permits under this public policy. The application must be submitted online by July 27, 2021. You will be asked to create an account and use …

New Canada–Ukraine Mobility Working Group to Strengthen Migration

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

January 27 marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Ukraine. There are currently more than 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent. The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), has made an announcement: A new Canada–Ukraine Mobility Working Group will be established to strengthen migration between the two …

New Open Work Permit Opportunity for International Students

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), has recently made an announcement: Former international students who hold or held a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) will have a unique opportunity to apply for another open work permit. Those affected by the pandemic with an expired or expiring PGWP will be have the chance to …

New changes to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

On December 14, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced changes to make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) more flexible for applicants. He also welcomed the first two practical nurses under the Pilot to Sault St. Marie. The RNIP is a community-driven program that advocates immigration to smaller communities. The program …

IRCC Announces New Measures Supporting Hong Kong Residents and Canadians in Hong Kong

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new immigration initiative that will attract students and youth from Hong Kong to Canada: A new open work permit (valid for up to 3 years) is being introduced to encourage recent Hong Kong graduates to choose Canada as a place to study, work, …

2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan

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

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan on October 30. The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our communities and across all sectors of the economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic this 2020, IRCC has continued to accept and process immigration applications, there’s …