Ontario announces changes to its immigration nomination scheme

The province of Ontario announced that three new changes have been made to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The first would be the reopening of the newly designed Employee Job Offers Stream, which has been reopened to the public and currently accepting new changes as of May 31, 2017. Also, the pre-screening approval stage will no longer be part of the application. A new approach...

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Saskatchewan Holds biggest Entrepreneur Program Draw Ever!!!

Two records were set during the latest nomination draw in Saskatchewan last Wednesday. On May 24, 2017, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held the biggest draw ever for the Entrepreneur Program (SINP EP). A total of 142 individuals were invited to apply for the program, up 32 percent from the previous draw in which only 107 invitations were issued. This was also the first time in...

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IRCC holds ‘special’ Express Entry draws

The latest Express Entry draw is special—historic, even—for a lot of reasons. For the first time in the history of the Express Entry program since its launch in 2015, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hosted two separate draws in one day. The first was for the Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) category, while the other one was for the provincial nomination route.   Thus,...

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Canadian government plans to lift tourism numbers

The Canadian government wants to be one of the world's most attractive countries for tourism in four years’ time.   On May 11, 2017, the Canadian Ministry of Small Business and Tourism launched the country’s New Tourism Vision, a strategy designed to focus on enhancing tourism numbers by 30 percent by 2021. The ambitious scheme also comprises of a 20-point plan that aims to surpass last year’s...

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Some Canadian ports of entry are still stamping passports, but to go fully electronic soon

  Today,  the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) official website indicates that the border officers will stamp entry dates on an individual’s passport upon arriving in the country. This has brought confusion among travellers, especially after the Canadian government’s being vocal about abandoning several manual procedures in all Canadian ports of entry as it transitions to...

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Quebec is the most welcoming province for refugees and asylum seekers for illegal border crossers

Data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) revealed that the number of refugee claims and asylum seekers has soared significantly in the province of Quebec over the past 12 months. A total of 672 people made claims upon crossing the US-Canada border by land last March, up 600 percent from the same month in the previous year. In fact, the number had already hit the 635 mark as early as...

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Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Intake Limit anew

In Saskatchewan, one of the most in-demand immigration routes is the International Skilled Worker-Express Entry sub-category. It typically reaches its intake limit just a few days after reopening; proving its appeal to many foreign citizens applying for permanent residency.    Take a free online assessment to determine your eligibility among over 60+ work visa programs to Canada.   On...

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Trudeau visits Microsoft to promote Canada’s booming tech sector

On Wednesday, May 17, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau surprised a crowd of Microsoft employees at a jam-packed auditorium in Washington. It was the first time in history that a sitting Canadian head of state was invited to the annual summit now called “The CEO Agenda: Navigating Change,” a closed-door event also attended by top business leaders and promising global tech figures.   Take a free...

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British Columbia welcomes over 300 candidates for provincial nomination

On Wednesday, May 10, the government of British Columbia issued a total of 364 Invitation to Apply (ITAs) to foreign citizens wishing to live and work in the province. It was done under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), the province’s immigration nomination scheme. The draw saw an increase of 77 percent from the previous draw held last April in which candidates were invited...

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Saskatchewan reopens Express Entry-aligned Skilled Worker route

The province of Saskatchewan announced that the International Skilled Worker-Express Entry scheme, an immigration route under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), is now open to applicants for the next draw. A total of 600 foreign citizens are expected to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the SINP, a number enough to complete the next batch of intake target for this...

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