Author Archives: NIC

IRCC Accepts New Language Tests for Student Direct Stream

Effective August 10, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now accepting four new language English tests for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants. The approved English language tests include: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test of English as a Foreign […]

Canada to soon launch Recognized Employer Pilot for temporary foreign workers

In order to help address labour shortages, the Canadian government has announced it will launch the Recognized Employer Pilot in September. The Recognized Employer Pilot will operate under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and will aim to reduce the administrative burden for repeat employers who have a history of demonstrating compliance with the TFWP’s […]

Canada’s work permit pathways for dependent children of age

Canada recently announced a new policy that allows dependent children of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to be eligible for work permits. This measure aims to combat chronic labor shortages in the country and provide more opportunities for families to stay together and integrate into Canadian communities. Under the new policy, family members who meet certain […]

What is the right amount of immigration for Canada?

As Canada’s immigration levels continue to increase—with an estimated 1.45 million people expected between 2023 and 2025—a question can emerge for many in the country: what is the right amount of immigration for Canada? A recent Desjardins study looks to address this question, with the context of Canada’s demographic and economic goals (which the government addresses through immigration), […]

Canada holds all-program round of Express Entry invitations

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited more candidates in the latest Express Entry draw of 2023. The department issued invitations to apply to 2000 candidates in an all-program Express Entry draw. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 517. Overview of the most recent Express Entry results July 11-12 IRCC invited 3,800 candidates to apply […]

The Provincial Nominee Program has changed Canadian immigration

Canada’s immigration landscape has been largely transformed by the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), according to a new Statistics Canada study. The PNP was introduced in all provinces, except for Quebec and the Yukon, between 1998 and 2009. Its purpose was to spread the settlement of economic immigrants outside major Canadian cities and to address the labour […]

IRCC processing spousal TRVs in 30 days with a 90% approval rate

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now has a processing time of 30 days for Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) for spousal applicants. The measure applies to spousal applicants who have already applied for permanent residency in Canada. Rather than require applicants to remain in their home countries while awaiting IRCC’s decision, they can now come to Canada while they wait […]

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