Author Archives: Muhammad Daniyal

Canada’s immigration system proposes changes to the PGWP

Federal and provincial immigration officials are in discussions to make significant changes to Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. The PGWP is an open work permit, available to international students who have completed an eligible program of study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). According to notes from the IRCC Deputy Minister Transition Binder 2024, […]

More Canadian immigrants are being hired for jobs that fit their qualifications?

A new Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report suggests that overqualification among Canadian immigrants is decreasing. Overqualification describes what occurs when immigrants to Canada are hired for jobs where their education and/or work experience is too advanced for their role. According to a StatsCan report published on May 22, among recent immigrants with at least a bachelor’s […]

What are my options if my citizenship application is refused?

Applicants for Canadian citizenship can either reapply or request a judicial review from the Federal Court of Canada if their citizenship application is refused by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In 2023, over “354,000 people became Canadian citizens in more than 3,000 citizenship ceremonies [conducted] across the country.” This is according to data released […]

Caregivers to be given permanent resident status on arrival under new pilot programs

Canada has announced new, enhanced caregiver pilot programs as the expiry date for Canada’s existing Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot approaches. The existing pilot programs are set to expire on June 17. In their place, the new pilot programs will grant home care workers with permanent resident status when […]

IRCC to introduce advanced analytics and automation to speed up processing for spousal and partner sponsorship

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it will introduce advanced analytics and automated technology to process all spousal and partner applications under family class immigration. The department has developed two new tools which will be used for different parts of the sponsorship application, in a bid to increase processing efficiency What applications […]

BREAKING: IRCC invites 2,985 Express Entry candidates after month-long pause

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in Canada’s most recent Express Entry draw. The department issued 2,985 ITAs in a program-specific draw for candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 676 to be considered. This was the first program-specific […]

10 Frequently Asked Questions about Proof of Funds for Express Entry

As of May 27, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will update the proof of funds (POF) requirement for Express Entry candidates. This requirement is updated annually by IRCC, reflecting the low-income cut-off total published that year by Statistics Canada (StatsCan). As a reminder, IRCC’s POF requirement represents the minimum amount of funds an applicant […]

IRCC now accepting community applications for two new pilot programs

In the latest phase of two previously announced immigration pilot programs, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting community applications for the Rural Community Immigration Pilot and the Francophone Community Immigration Pilot. The two pilot programs are officially set to begin onboarding and training selected communities this fall. They both aim to support […]

Can I count student work experience towards the Express Entry work requirement?

All three Express Entry-managed programs require candidates to have eligible pre-existing work experience to apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada. First, however, this article will provide an overview of which Express Entry programs allow candidates to use employment experience gained as a student to fulfill the work experience requirement for that particular program. Federal […]

Has IRCC’s LOA verification system successfully protected Canadian international students?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced a new verification process for Letters of Acceptance (LOAs) on December 1, 2023. IRCC announced its LOA verification system among several changes to its international student program. These changes aim to protect foreign nationals studying in Canada and improve overall program integrity. The new verification system requires all […]

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