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 …

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Back to Random Selection

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

Want to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada? Good news for those who’ve been waiting for the 2020 intake of Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. “Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada.” – The Honourable …

Government Update on Travel Restrictions and Support for Family Reunification

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

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have recently announced that, the Government of Canada is further strengthening the public health presence at the border and enhancing quarantine monitoring; increasing the use of digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be …

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 …

Temporary Pathway to PR for Asylum Seekers Working in Health Care During COVID

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

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a temporary measure which will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this measure, asylum claimants across the country who are working on the front lines providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions …

Change in the Interpretation of “Parent”

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

There has been a recent change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. Before the change, genetic links were greatly emphasized — a child born abroad was automatically recognized as a Canadian citizen at birth only if one of these two conditions was met: If the child shared a genetic link to the Canadian parent. If the child …

New Policy Allows Visitors to Apply for Work Permit without Having to Leave Canada

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

The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has recently announced a new temporary policy: Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country. This temporary policy will benefit employers who …