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recent updates on study permits a summary released on february 5

Recent Updates on Study Permits: A Summary Released on February 5

Information on study permits is being updated one after another, and a summary of this information was released on February 5. 1. Cap and provincial attestation letter Please visit here for more about PAL. 2. Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) update for graduates of master’s degree programs 3. PGWP eligibility for public-private partnership college programs Some provinces allow public colleges to license their curriculum for delivery by affiliated private colleges. Despite students physically attending private colleges, they graduate with a diploma from a public institution.  Concerns include worries about education quality and inadequate student support. In response, IRCC has restricted PGWPs

pearson test of english is now included in the list of ircc’s approved english tests for canadian immigration

Pearson Test of English is now included in the list of IRCC’s Approved English Tests for Canadian Immigration

As of January 31, the Pearson Test of English, along with IELTS and CELPIP, can be utilized as the English language test for migration, work, or citizenship visas. Please note that you must choose the PTE Core option. About PTE Core PTE Core is an English proficiency test conducted on a computer, assessing your overall speaking, writing, reading, and listening abilities in a single examination. The test is administered in a friendly and compact test center setting, typically lasting just two hours, with results available within approximately 2 days. Test format Time to Complete Part 1: Speaking & Writing Approximately

important changes to canadian study permits new limits, attestation requirements, and post graduation work permit updates

Important Changes to Canadian Study Permits: New Limits, Attestation Requirements, and Post-Graduation Work Permit Updates

Updated on 2 February, 2024 Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, announced that the Government of Canada plans to establish a limit on the number of applications for study permits. This measure aims to control the rate of new growth in this area and will be effective for two years. Maximum number of study permits issued Attestation letter from a province or territory Who doesn’t need an attestation letter Please visit here for more about the attestation letter. Post-Graduation Work Permit  The eligibility criteria are changing: Source: Government of Canada Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the

notable statement by immigration minister proposed cap on the number of international students

Notable Statement by Immigration Minister – Proposed Cap on the Number of International Students

Minister Marc Miller has mentioned his intention to carefully examine the number of international students and other temporary residents coming to Canada. This comes amid growing political tension surrounding how immigration impacts the cost of housing. In an interview airing this Sunday on Rosemary Barton Live, Miller highlighted the complexity of understanding the connection between housing and immigration. These considerations were discussed at the cabinet table when setting targets for the number of people coming to Canada. Quotes: “Housing continues to be a concern, especially in the post-COVID scenario, with rising interest rates and supply challenges, as well as affordability

overview of the 2024 international experience canada (iec) working holiday program pools

Overview of the 2024 International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday Category Pools

As the anticipation builds for the first round of invitations in the 2024 International Experience Canada (IEC), the Working Holiday Category takes centre stage. With the pools having been open for almost a month, the latest data as of January 5, 2024, offers insights into the number of candidates vying for coveted spots in the category. Working Holiday Category Statistics: Here’s a breakdown of the candidates in the pool and quotas for each participating country/territory: Country/Territory of Citizenship Quota Candidates in the Pool Andorra 25 3 Australia unlimited 731 Austria 100 62 Belgium 750 341 Chile 725 4,748 Costa Rica

an in depth guide to ircc's impactful reforms for international students in canada

An In-Depth Guide to IRCC’s Impactful Reforms for International Students in Canada

In a significant development, IRCC has issued a crucial announcement that will directly impact the present and future experiences of international students in Canada. Aspiring students and those already pursuing their education in the country must be well-informed about these changes to navigate the complexities associated with studying in Canada successfully. This article functions as an in-depth guide, elucidating the essential changes, with a particular focus on the adjustment in financial requirements and the extension of off-campus work limits. Financial requirement adjustment The Honourable Marc Miller announced that starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants

reminder to international students changes to off campus work hours in canada

Reminder: Temporary Policy to Work Off-Campus for More Than 20 Hours per Week Will End on December 31, 2023

According to the government announcement on December 7, 2023, study permit holders meeting certain conditions will be allowed to continue working for more than 20 hours per week until April 30, 2024. Additionally, IRCC is considering to expand off-campus work hours for international students to 30 hours per week while class is in session. Please stay tuned for more updates. Reference: Revised requirements to better protect international students Last updated: December 7, 2023. Update (December 8, 2023) For eligible study permit holders in Canada, a temporary public policy announced in October, 2022 has allowed them to work more than 20

canada's immigration levels plan 2024 2026 charting the path to a diverse and stable future

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026: Charting the Path to a Diverse and Stable Future

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 outlines the number of people Canada plans to welcome in the coming years. This plan balances economic growth, family reunions, and helping those in need. It’s part of a bigger plan to make the immigration process better for everyone. In this article, we’ll break down the key points of Canada’s plan and explain why it’s important. List of key points of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026: Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 shows how Canada is staying true to its values of being a welcoming and diverse country. It sets clear goals for different kinds

canada's tech talent triumph how innovative strategies attracted 10,000 workers from the u.s. in just 48 hours

Canada’s Tech Talent Triumph: How Innovative Strategies Attracted 10,000 Workers from the U.S. in Just 48 Hours

An innovative approach to tech talent attraction Canada’s tech industry is making headlines for its ingenious method of drawing foreign tech workers. In a surprising move, the Canadian immigration ministry introduced a rapid work-permit program designed to entice 10,000 non-citizen tech workers from the United States to relocate to Canada. The results were nothing short of remarkable, achieved in just 48 hours. Expedited pathway to permanent residency Initiated on July 16, the program offered eligible applicants a streamlined route to obtaining permanent Canadian resident status within six months. These foreign tech workers, who were primarily on employer-sponsored H-1B visas in

attention international students exciting opportunities for trades professionals through express entry!

Attention International Students: Exciting Opportunities for Trades Professionals through Express Entry!

If you are an international student studying in Canada with expertise in trades like carpentry, plumbing, or welding, there is some great news for you! On August 1, 2023, Canada announced the first-ever Express Entry invitations specifically designed to welcome skilled newcomers, such as you, with experience in critical fields. This move comes as Canada seeks to meet the rising demand for talent and fill key positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and advancement. Streamlined pathway for trades professionals The Express Entry system, Canada’s flagship application management system for permanent immigration, is now tailored to provide a streamlined

canada uk youth mobility arrangement enhanced expanded work permit agreement opens new opportunities

Canada-UK Youth Mobility Arrangement Enhanced: Expanded Work Permit Agreement Opens New Opportunities

In an exciting development for young individuals seeking international work experiences, Canada and the United Kingdom have recently announced the signing of an expanded Canada-United Kingdom (UK) Youth Mobility Arrangement. Set to take effect in 2024, this new agreement brings about several significant improvements to the existing youth mobility program between the two countries. Expanding Age Eligibility One of the notable changes in the expanded arrangement is the age eligibility, which has been developed to 18-35. Previously, the program was only available to individuals between the ages of 18 and 30. This extension provides more opportunities for a broader range

important update biometrics requirement for canadian permanent residence applications

Important Update: Biometrics Requirement for Canadian Permanent Residence Applications

Recently, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has implemented a significant change regarding the submission of biometrics for permanent residence (PR) applicants. This update affects both prospective and current international students who plan to pursue permanent residency in Canada. Read on to understand the latest requirements and how they may impact your immigration journey. Biometrics requirement for permanent residence applicants Effective on June 14, all individuals applying for permanent residence in Canada must submit biometrics, irrespective of whether they have previously submitted them for a temporary residence permit. This policy update by IRCC marks a return to pre-pandemic procedures for

canada's population reaches 40 million people thanks to immigration a guide for international students

Canada’s Population Reaches 40 Million People Thanks to Immigration: A Guide for International Students

Canada’s population has surpassed 40 million, mainly due to immigration. This milestone highlights Canada as a welcoming country with vast potential. If you’re an international student considering studying in Canada, this article provides insights into population growth, the importance of immigration, and its impact on your student experience. Canada’s population growth and immigration Canada tracks its population using a “population clock” managed by Statistics Canada based on births, deaths, and migration data. On June 16, the population crossed 40 million, growing at a rate of 2.7%, the highest since 1957. Immigration contributed significantly, accounting for 96% of the record increase

update on new category based express entry system

Update on New Category-based Express Entry System

Announcement from the Government Toronto, June 28, 2023—Recognizing the immense value and transformative potential brought by STEM professionals, Canada has revamped its Express Entry system to create a streamlined pathway for individuals with expertise in these critical fields. With a focus on inviting skilled newcomers with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experience, Canada aims to address the increasing demand for talent and fill essential positions contributing to the nation’s economic growth and technological advancement. Background to the Change Several key sectors across Canada are currently facing labor shortages, and immigration plays a vital role in bridging these gaps. Last

canada introduces new approach to attract skilled immigrants for permanent residency

Canada Introduces New Approach to Attract Skilled Immigrants for Permanent Residency

The Commencement of the new Express Entry System is Scheduled for this Summer. Ottawa, May 31, 2023—In response to the pressing need for skilled professionals to fill numerous job vacancies across the country, the Canadian government has recognized the pivotal role of immigration in addressing this challenge. With a vision of fostering economic and social prosperity, Canada is establishing an immigration system that acts as a catalyst for growth, empowering businesses, meeting labor demands, and strengthening French communities. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the introduction of a novel category-based selection process for Express Entry,

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What You Need to Know if IRCC Goes on Strike

As of April 17, 2023, PSAC(Public Service Alliance of Canada), the largest union in the Canadian federal government, said it would go on strike if an agreement is not reached by Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Wednesday, April 18, 2023, there is a possibility that public employees will go on strike. If that happens, it could be the largest strike against a single employer in the history of Canada. Therefore, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would experience delays in processing applications. What services might affect you if IRCC goes on strike? The PSAC has 60 days to strike under

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Today’s IRCC News: New Refugee Pathway and Public Survey

Everything you need to know about today’s IRCC news Point 1: A new pathway for refugees and other displaced people The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced today that Canada will launch a new economic pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot(EMPP) to help employers hire skilled refugees and other displaced individuals. The EMPP is designed to overcome labour shortages in key occupations by pairing skilled refugees and other qualified displaced individuals with Canadian employers. This new pathway will open this summer to complement existing EMPP pathways. Key occupations Here is the list of example

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Today’s News: Canada Has Announced Extend PGWP Up To 18 Months

Great news for international students about the extension of PGWP! In today’s news from the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, a new update regarding international graduates has been announced. Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWPs) that have recently expired or are about to expire may qualify for additional or extended work permits to continue working and gain additional experience for as long as 18 months. International graduates can obtain an open work permit through the PGWP Program to gain valuable work experience in Canada. PGWP holders who wish to stay longer can participate in a facilitative process to

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Temporary Residence Applicants in Canada Will Again Have Their Biometrics Collected

As of February 23, 2023, the Government of Canada has resumed the collection of biometric data to process applications for temporary resident applications. Applicants who are seeking a temporary residence for the categories listed below will be required to provide their biometric information:  Biometrics collection is still subject to some exemptions and temporary measures for special circumstances. To learn more about exemptions and temporary measures, please visit the Government’s official website. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, also known as IRCC,  introduced a policy on July 15th, 2020, to exempt individuals from applying for temporary residence by providing biometrics. The reason

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Canadian Caregiver Pilot Program Reduces Work Experience Requirements by Half

What will be changed in today’s announcement? Canada has continually provided opportunities to obtain permanent residency to caregivers coming from abroad in recognition of their immense sacrifice and dedication over the last few decades. Today, members of Parliament Salma Zahid and Rechie Valdez, On behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship have announced that in order for caregivers to qualify for permanent residency in Canada, the period of work experience required is being reduced from 24 months to 12.  Furthermore, some spots under the existing caregiver pathways have been reserved for caregivers who already have