Canada Immigration News

Parent born in Canada? You’re Canadian!

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 they...

Canada to re-open to fully vaccinated visitors from all countries September 7, 2021

The government of Canada has announced that visitors from all countries may enter Canada beginning September 7, 2021. This applies to both essential travel and non-essential travel. Visitors must have received a complete series of vaccines at least two weeks before arrival in Canada. The vaccine must be one of the vaccines approved in Canada. Visitors must also have a negative COVID test result based on a sample taken within 72 hours of arrival in Canada in the case of land border arrivals, or 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight segment that will arrive in Canada....

Canada to re-open border to US citizens and Permanent Residents August 9

The Canadian government has announced it will re-open the border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and Green Card holders on August 9, 2021, including non-essential travel. Non-essential travel includes tourism, visits to family cottages, and visits to family and friends. All travelers, regardless of citizenship, must have proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Canada, as well as proof of vaccinations completed at least two weeks prior to entry. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded through the ArriveCan App prior to arrival. Click here for the government press release and more information....

Coronavirus impacts Canadian border travel and immigration

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have a major impact on travel to Canada, and processing of immigration applications in Canada. On April 14, 2020, Canada issued an Order in Council stating that persons allowed to enter Canada, including Canadian citizens, even if healthy, will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. If an adequate plan for self-quarantine is not available, persons may be detained in government quarantine facilities. "Essential" workers, cross- border commuters and several other groups are not required to quarantine. Beginning January 7, 2021 all air travelers to Canada must have had a negative PCR...

Canada continues to limit Express Entry draws to Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominees

Canada has continued to limit Express Entry draws to Provincial Nominees and the Canadian Experience Class. The August 19, 2021 draw, for instance, resulted in a draw of 3,000 persons with a cutoff of 403. Both provincial nominees and Canada Experience class consist of persons who are already in Canada, and who have some combination of Canadian work experience, Canadian education, and a Canadian job offer. No persons have been drawn in the Skilled Worker category since December 23, 2020 with a cutoff of 468. There are now a very large number of skilled workers outside Canada with Express Entry...