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Jul 28, 2021
Update of Parent Sponsorship Program

On July 20, 2021 IRCC announced that it will accept up to 30,000 additional applicants under this program. IRCC will send invitations to potential spo...

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Jul 26, 2021
Continued lockdown at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)

On July 23, 2021 the IRB advised that it would continue a remote hearings only operating model for the foreseeable future. This means there will be no...

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Jul 6, 2021
Changes to Immigration Medical Examinations

On June 30, 2021 IRCC put in place a temporary policy that exempts some in-Canada foreign nationals from having to complete an additional Immigration ...

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Jun 1, 2021
Changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

We receive many calls about the OINP, but the amount of interest in the OINP is out of portion to its size. In 2020, Ontario was only allocated slight...

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Apr 7, 2021
End of Owner/Operator Labour Market Impact Assessments

There are very few good Immigration programs available to facilitate the entry of entrepreneurs and business people. There are several listed on the w...

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Mar 9, 2021
Temporary Rules for Restoration of Status

If you are in Canada to visit, work, or study and your status has expired, you may be able to apply to restore your status even though it has been mor...

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Feb 19, 2021
Immigration and Refugee Processing Update

This is a follow up to our September 28, 2020 news item. Immigration to Canada dropped 46% in 2020. There were 184,370 new permanent residents in 2020...

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Jan 19, 2021
In-person Hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board

As of January 18, 2021 all in-person hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) will be held virtually until further notice. The IRB has deci...

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Jan 18, 2021
Start of special program for refugee claimants working in healthcare during the COVID pandemic

On August 14, 2020 the Federal Government announced that there would be a special pathway to permanent residence for failed or ongoing refugee claiman...

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Nov 18, 2020
COVID-19: Downloading an App before Flying to Canada

Since April 2020 everyone entering Canada must either sign up on-line or download as an app into their mobile phone a government program called Arrive...

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Recent News

Immigration Law in Canada is constantly changing. Stay up to date with the most recent news pertaining to Citizenship and Immigration Canada laws and regulations.

May 14, 2024
High minimum Express Entry marks under the "general" category

Since last summer IRCC has been giving priority to Express Entry candidates who are proficient in French or have work experience and skills that fit t...

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May 3, 2024
Collapse of the start-up visa and self-employed persons programs

Effective April 30, 2024 the self-employed persons program is paused. The waiting time to be processed had reached 52 months at minimum. The waiting t...

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Apr 4, 2024
Changes to filing fees on April 30, 2024

Please be warned that multiple IRCC filing fees are changing on April 30, 2024. If you are doubtful whether you will be able to file your application ...

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