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Canada launches new “Global Skills Strategy”

On June 12, 2017, Canada announced a new “global skills strategy” that will make it easier and faster to get work permits for certain foreign workers. The strategy has four components (referred to as “pillars” in the government announcements). They are as follows: Workers coming to Canada for brief periods will be authorized to work without an LMIA or work permit. This provision applies to management and skilled employees classified as NOC 0 or NOC A. The employment will be permitted for one 30 day period every 12 months, or one 15 day period every six months. Certain university researchers…

Canada passes new citizenship law

On June 19, 2017, Canada’s new citizenship law receive Royal Assent, the final step in the legislative process. This is an amendment to existing Canadian citizenship law. The law, known as C-6, will make it easier for many people to attain Canadian citizenship. The law goes into effect in stages. As of June 19, persons applying for citizenship are no longer required to have the intent to live in Canada, making it easier for new Canadian citizens to live or work outside of Canada. Also, the age restrictions for applying for Canadian citizenship have been removed, so that minors can…

Express Entry cutoff at 413 and holding

The lowest ever Express Entry draw was held on May 31, 2017, with a cutoff of 413. However, as of June 27, 2017 there has been no new draw. This is the longest interval between draws in the history of the program. The reason clearly is the large number of persons who have been drawn this year, as the government begins to approach its immigration goals for the year. We continue to urge persons with college degrees, several years of skilled work experience, and strong language test scores to get in the Express Entry pool now to take advantage of…

Express Entry cutoff hits 415 – get in now before it’s too late!

The Express Entry draw held April 19, 2017 again hit a new low as the number of ITAs issued continued to soar. Canada has now issued more ITAs in 2017 than in all of 2016. As we predicted, dropping the points for arranged employment from 600 to 50 has dramatically lowered the cutoff point, as has clearing out the backlogs from earlier years. It is now possible for anyone in their mid thirties or younger with good language test results, a college degree, and several years of work experience to immigrate to Canada in a matter of a few months….

Canadian government changes spousal visa procedures

On December 7, 2016 the Canadian government announced several changes to the procedures for processing sponsorship applications for persons who are married to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. These changes also apply to persons who are sponsored as common law partners. These changes are intended to make the process faster and to simplify the process. The changes include the following: There will now be a single application kit. Previously, there was one application for the “Spouse in Canada” category, and a different application kit for “Family Class” applications. Family class applications are used to sponsor persons who are not currently…

Parent born in Canada?

Was your mother or father born or naturalized in Canada? Under recent amendments to Canada’s Citizenship Act, nearly all persons whose parent was born or naturalized in Canada are now Canadian citizens. This is true even if your parent left Canada as a child; married an American citizen (or other non-Canadian); or became a U.S. citizen (or citizen of another country). These new laws apply to the first generation born abroad. So if your mother or father was born in Canada you are likely a citizen. However, with some important exceptions, your own children are generally not Canadian citizens if…

Huge changes to Express Entry program announced!

On November 10, 2016 Canada announced huge changes to the Express Entry immigration program. This program was introduced January 1, 2015. Express Entry is a competitive, points based system. Applicants are issued invitations to apply for permanent residence based on their ranking against one another, not on when they first filed their applications. Points are awarded based on language ability, age, education, and work experience. Points are also awarded for a job offer in Canada, and for a provincial nomination. Total points available are 1200. Draws are held about every two weeks. The top ranked candidates are issued invitations to…

Move to Canada after Trump election? It’s easier than you think!

We are receiving many inquiries from U.S. citizens, H-1B visa holders, and other persons living in the U.S. who are interested in moving to Canada in response to the shocking and unexpected election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Many were alarmed by the divisive rhetoric of the Trump campaign, especially as it applies to immigrants, women, and minorities. By contrast, Canada is a welcoming and pluralistic society with no anti-immigrant sentiment. At the same time, Canada is a separate country from the U.S., with its own rules relating to immigration and nationality. Americans cannot simply move…