IRCC Announces Immigration Support for Those Affected by the Situation in Ukraine

The world has watched in shock at the recent invasion of Russia into Ukraine. Canada has stated that it remains steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In response to the current crisis, IRCC has released a response and action plan regarding Ukrainians currently in Canada and family members overseas. IRCC has established […]

Alberta announces new Accelerated Tech Pathway immigration program

Alberta’s goal of becoming a technology hub may be facilitated by a new permanent resident pathway for tech workers recently announced.  On January 13, 2022, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) unveiled the Accelerated Tech Pathway program. The Accelerated Tech Pathway program allows expedited processing of provincial nomination certificates for foreign workers who are currently […]

New Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Permanent Residence

The Atlantic provinces of Canada consisting of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have united together with the Federal government and introduced a new program called the “Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program”. This program became active in March 2017. The Atlantic Provinces are aiming to bring 2,000 new workers and their […]

Express Entry- Where are we now?

There were several significant changes to the Express Entry System implemented November 19, 2016 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The changes to Express Entry included awarding points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits. This includes candidates who are here under the […]

Deadline fast approaching for expressions of interest under the new Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application process

The application process for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) recently changed for the 2017 application cycle. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence are now required to first complete an online form to indicate their interest. The online form is available from January 3, 2017 until February […]

Canada to lift visa requirement for Mexico

The Government of Canada will be lifting the visa requirement for Mexican nationals beginning December 1, 2016. The decision is based on a priority to re-establish and strengthen Canadian-Mexican ties and the trading relationship. Mexican citizens will still need an eTA to enter Canada to visit, and will need to apply for a work or […]

Do you need an Electronic Travel Authorization? UPDATED

In March 2016, Canada introduced the eTA requirement for certain visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada. A six-month leniency period was put in place so that travelers who are unfamiliar with eTA could still board their flight to Canada without travel disruptions. The leniency period was set to end on September 29, however, was extended […]

Immigration Minister brings “sunny days”

Immigration Minister brings “sunny days” to Vancouver. The keynote speaker at this years’ CBA National Immigration Law Conference, held last weekend in Vancouver, was Immigration Minister John McCallum. Unlike in previous years, the Minister drew several rounds of applause from the 500+ crowd as he spoke of upcoming changes to immigration laws and policies. One […]