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the government of canada provides an update on flagpoling & which border locations accept it

The Government of Canada Provides an Update on Flagpoling & Which Border Locations Accept it? 

The Government of Canada has released a new update on the process of “flagpoling”, and which border locations will accept this service. The Government urges individuals to apply online instead of “flagpoling”, and has issued limited hours that these services are available at each border to reduce this.  What is Flagpoling?  Many individuals looking to renew their work/study permits, verify their permanent residence, or continue their temporary resident status visit various border crossings to complete these tasks in a process called “flagpoling”. These individuals leave Canada and re-enter within 24 hours to receive immigration services. This practice can allow individuals

canadian border service agency (cbsa) workers could go on strike this summer leading to border delays 

Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Workers Could Go on Strike This Summer Leading to Border Delays 

Recently, workers from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) announced they have voted towards a strike mandate, which could lead to major challenges with the movement of goods, services, and individuals at Canadian ports, this summer. Over 9,000 members voted from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), employed by the CBSA, and their result was 96% in favour of job action, during strike votes obtained from April 10-May 23rd, 2024.  As these individuals have been without a contract for over two years (following the 2021 strike), the workers are fighting for an agreement that will protect them, and provide

cism is offering a 10% discount for the pte core english proficiency exam

CISM is Offering a 10% Discount for the PTE Core English Proficiency Exam 

We are pleased to announce that CISM is offering a 10% off discount code for our readers who register for the PTE Core English proficiency exam, an exam recognized by the IRCC. Please click here to be directed to the discount code form.  What is PTE Core?  The Canadian government (IRCC) has approved PTE Core, a quicker and more equitable English language test, for applications for permanent residency in all economic classes, as well as for Canadian citizenship. To learn more information about PTE Core click here.  The computer-based Pearson Test of English (PTE Core) evaluates your total speaking, writing,

ircc’s updated proof of funds for express entry

IRCC’s Updated Proof of Funds For Express Entry 

The Canadian IRCC has updated their proof of funds for the Express Entry immigration process. The purpose of the Express Entry program is to expedite the immigration process for skilled immigrants who wish to live permanently in Canada. As part of the application process, individuals must provide proof of cash to ensure they have enough money to reside in Canada.  Every year the IRCC updates the amount of money required for people to settle in Canada, using the low income cut-off totals. Before May 27, 2024, applicants must update their settlement fund numbers in their Express Entry profile in order

new policy to allow international students to work 24 hours per week off campus will begin september 2024

New Policy to Allow International Students to Work 24 Hours per Week Off-Campus Will Begin September 2024

COVID-19 Temporary Work Policy to End April 30, 2024  A news release from the Government of Canada reminds Canadian international students that from April 30, 2024 forward they will not be allowed to work greater than 20 hours per week off-campus. This regulation was waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow international students to assist with Canadian labour shortages, but has now come to an end.  New Work Policy Proposed for September 2024  However, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced that this September, the government is expecting to make a permanent change to this regulation to allow

canada makes changes to the adjusted temporary measures under the temporary foreign worker program

Canada Makes Changes to the Adjusted Temporary Measures Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

New changes coming for The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program as an increase in demand as a result of the post-pandemic economy and ultra-low unemployment rates and job vacancies back in 2022. Taking into consideration these labour shortages, the Program developed a series of policy changes.  To address the present day’s changing labour market conditions and declining job vacancies, the Government has decided to adjust the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to establish that the program continues to abide by the rules and only hires foreign workers when there are no workers in Canada available to fill the necessary role.   Effective

bc pnp newest updates

BC PNP Newest Updates: March 19th, 2024

On March 19th, 2024 The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be making some changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in January 2025. This will help create more transparent pathways that better serve international workers aiming to come to BC. A more detailed summary of all the changes will be available later this year. To ensure you are up to date with the new criteria be sure to review the BC PNP  Skills Immigration Program Guide. The reason for these changes is for future applicants to have all the knowledge available to them regarding the level of

recent update open work permits for international students’ spouses

Recent Update: Open Work Permits for International Students’ Spouses

On January 22, 2024, IRCC announced that open work permits would only be available to spouses of international students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. The eligible programs for Spousal Open Work Permits were announced, and the new policy became effective on March 19, 2024. Eligibility Criteria Here are the eligibility criteria provided by the Government of Canada: Starting March 19, 2024, your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible for an open work permit if you have a valid study permit and you are studying in either a master’s or doctoral degree program in a university or polytechnic institution,

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British Columbia Prepares for Implementation of Provincial Attestation Letter System for International Students

As provinces across Canada organize themselves in preparation for the new provincial attestation letter system put into effect by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) back on January 22nd, 2024, the province of British Columbia wants to move as quickly and swiftly as possible to avoid negative impacts on its post-secondary institutions and for international students to be successful in their education.  The provincial attestation letter (PAL) is a letter of verification that will be sent from the province to the educational institution. PAL will come into effect on March 4th, 2024 and is now required for study permits. Once

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New Requirements for Mexican Citizens Travelling to Canada!

Breaking News! It’s official, as of today February 29th, 2024 11:30 pm EST the simple application that was the eTA is now cancelled. Mexican citizens will require a visa to enter Canada unless they meet the required conditions for an eTA. All eTA’s have been cancelled unless an individual currently holds a valid study or work permit. If you currently have an eTA in progress or have applied for an eTA before 11:30 pm EST on February 29th, 2024 you will no longer be able to use it for travel and will need to re-apply for a new eTA (if

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