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, …

IRCC Assigns More Points for Francophone Express Entry Applicants

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

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. This change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023. The Express Entry system lets us create a …

IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada. IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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

Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …

IRCC Announced More Flexibility for The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced that they are making changes to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students who start their Canadian study program online from abroad. These 3 new measures are being introduced: Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021. No time will …

IRCC’s New Policy on Biometrics Collection

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced a new public policy that will benefit temporary residence applicants in Canada. Due to COVID-19, Service Canada closes its centers on March 27. Recently, Service Canada is gradually reopening its offices, but biometrics collection service will NOT resume until a later date. The newly announced public policy exempts temporary residence applicants …

IRCC – Fraud Prevention Month 2020

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration

March is Fraud Prevention Month. There are many common types of immigration scams such as a person posing as a government official over the phone, fake emails, fake computer virus’, fake prizes and more. During fraud prevention month, it is important to go over information on the kinds of frauds newcomers need to watch out for and remain vigilant. Please …

Canada makes it easier for foreign nationals to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada – IRCC

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People can now give their fingerprints and photo right here in Canada

Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.

Ministers Hussen, Freeland and Monsef mark World Refugee Day – IRCC

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Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website. Ottawa, June 20, 2019 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement: “Canada’s support for refugees is a longstanding, unwavering commitment …