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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


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


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

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What is the PTE Essential: New Fully-Digital English Test Approved by IRCC

Pearson Test of English has been approved by IRCC for Canadian immigration applications. To demonstrate their English language proficiency to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) candidates of the economic class will be able to take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) along with CELPIP and IELTS General Training starting in late 2023. IRCC’s language proficiency requirements for Canadian immigration applicants have been met by Pearson’s PTE Essential English language test. According to the IRCC, international students applying for a study permit must take the “Academic” language proficiency test.  With the approval of PTE Essential, economic-class immigration candidates now have


Canada Now Allowing More International Youth to Work and Travel Under IEC Program

Breaking News It was recently announced that the Canadian government would be expanding its applicant pool for youth who wish to study and work here in Canada. Here’s what we know so far: About the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program  The IEC Program is designed for youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years (depends on the country), and allows individuals who currently live in any of Canada’s 36 partnering countries to gain a work permit so that they can work in and travel within Canada for up to two years.  The program is meant to… (1) help youth

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Today’s NOC Changes Will Affect Express Entry Candidates

IRCC has been working on transitioning to the NOC 2021 system since the announcement on July 27, 2022. This change will affect Canada’s 100+ immigration programs, including Express Entry. NOC 2021 changes skill type and level to TEER categories The requirements will be aligned with the NOC 2021 structure for all 3 Express Entry programs (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program). Skill Types and Skill Levels of NOC 2016 will be replaced with TEER Categories of NOC 2021. If you want to learn more about TEER, you can check out here. What do you need

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New Immigration Plan for Canada: New Goal of 500K Immigrants a Year by 2025

As of November 1, 2022, today the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has announced Canada’s 2023–2025 Immigration Levels Plan. In order to manage the social and economic challenges Canada will face in the decades ahead, the plan focuses on immigration as a strategy for helping businesses find workers and attracting the skills they need in key sectors such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology. In 2021, 405,000 immigrants arrived in Canada, the highest number of immigrants welcomed by the Canadian government in a single year. The plan, which is still in effect today, ensures

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Prepare for Your CELPIP Canadian Immigration Test With These Free Resources

What is the CELPIP?  The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, or CELPIP for short, is an English language assessment tool by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for people looking to apply as Canadian immigrants. Like other language tests, the CELPIP measures listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.  Which test is right for me? The CELPIP manages two tests: (1) the CELPIP – General, and (2) the CELPIP – General LS.  The CELPIP – General Tests English listening, reading, writing and speaking skills Officially designated for permanent residence applications by IRCC Also accepted for professional designations The exam takes

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International Students Can Work Off-campus for Over 20 Hours a Week in Canada

Employers have been facing unusual challenges in finding and retaining the workers they need during this period of economic recovery and growth. The Government of Canada is continuing to take concrete actions to address current industry needs. Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has announced the temporary lifting of the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of hours that eligible post-secondary students are allowed to work off-campus while class is in session. What International Students Need to Know? International students with off-campus work authorization on their study permit who are in Canada from November 15, 2022,


What To Know About Expired or Expiring Work Permits and Temporary to Permanent Resident Pathways

On August 2, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing new measures for former international students whose post-graduation work permits have expired or will be expiring soon. Additionally, the IRCC will be working with applicants who are seeking temporary and permanent residency in Canada. The new measures are as follows:  Open Work Permits for Those With Expired/Expiring Post-Graduation Work Permits Those whose work permits have expired or are set to expire between September 20, 2021 and December 21, 2022 have now been granted the opportunity to work an additional 18 months


Accelerated Tech Pathway in Alberta

Due to continuous technological development in Calgary, Alberta recently launched a new immigration program called the “Accelerated Tech Pathway” to support the city’s further development. The program is designed to attract new immigrants with a strong background and experience in the technology field. The program is hoping to diversify Alberta’s economy and support the tech industry’s development. Eligible applicants could apply for permanent residence within six months. The 2021 Alberta Technology Deal Flow Study states that Alberta is now home to more than 3,000 technology companies, an increase of 233% since 2012, where these companies are continuing to expand and

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Here is How the NOC 2021 Affects International Students in 2022

The Canadian immigration system will redesign its classification of occupations in fall 2022. While the federal government has yet to clarify which kinds of applicants will be affected by the changes, they will affect some economic class and foreign worker applicants.

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Canada Opens New Work Permit Application for International Graduates

Last May 6, 2021 IRCC opened a temporary pathway to permanent residency for 40,000 international students, alongside 20,000 temporary workers in health care and 30,000 temporary workers for other essential occupations. The temporary public policy was supposed to run until November 2021, or until the caps were reached, whichever comes first – to no surprise at all, international graduates were fast to fill up the quota and the application closed the following day; while the portal is still open for the essential workers. Throughout the pandemic, Canada has imposed a lot of measures to continuously support its immigration plan that targets to have at least 401,000 immigrants for 2021. The candidates selected for this temporary public policy have been chosen as they are proven fit to fill labor gaps.

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Submit by May 15 for Fall 2021 Semester

Submit your complete study permit application for the fall 2021 semester If we receive your complete study permit application by May 15, 2021, you’ll get a decision by August 6, 2021, in time to attend the fall semester.   We may not be able to process your application by August 6, 2021, if you’re unable to submit a complete application because of COVID-19 restrictions, such as reduced service at visa application centres (VACs) other providers If you submit a complete application after May 15, 2021, we will process it as quickly as possible—but you may not get a final decision before the


NEW Pathway for International Student Graduates in Canada!

Announced April 14, new public policies target foreign nationals who have been granted an eligible Canadian credential, and who are currently employed in Canada, to provide an influx of talent across the economic landscape. Intake Cap A maximum of 40,000 applications will be accepted for processing. Start and end dates This public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021 or once 40,000 applications have been received, whichever comes first. Eligibility:The foreign national must:1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January