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Canada's lenient approach to immigration during COVID-19

Published on: May 27, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Canada Immigration, Canada Visa

Mendicino reaffirms support for immigration despite U.S. and Canada border restrictions The United States and Canada have decided to renew the restrictions on travel between the two nations for another month, and the impact of Covid-19 is causing increased unemployment. Despite these circumstances, Canada's federal government remains committed to maintaining its high immigration targets,…

Canadian immigration continues to adjust to COVID-19

Published on: May 19, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration, COVID-19

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, Canada's immigration system continues to adapt. Many elements of the system continue to operate as normal, anticipating a future when travel restrictions to Canada will be lifted. Some sectors of the Canadian economy are struggling during the pandemic, but others continue hiring, and developments in immigration policy reflect this disparity. Food…

Canada and the United States renew border closures

Published on: Apr 22, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Border Security, Canada Immigration

As part of Canada's ongoing effort to combat the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the border between Canada and the United States will remain closed until May 20. This announcement comes as the US continues to impose new immigration restrictions and Canada seeks to control infection rates while maintaining the flow of goods and labor necessary for the health of its economy. When did the…

Canadian immigration authorities continue to adapt to Coronavirus

Published on: Apr 17, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Entry Requirements

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict travel and business around the world, Canada's immigration system is adapting to deal with the unique challenges of the situation. In some cases, this means significant changes to how the system operates, while in other cases operations continue as normal. New travel quarantine requirements One of the most significant changes…

Canadian immigration reacts to coronavirus

Published on: Apr 01, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Visa

Introduction During the global Covid-19 pandemic, many government services, including some immigration services, have been altered or disrupted. However, some aspects of Canada's immigration system continue to function as normal, while others are returning to normal in the wake of earlier restrictions. This article provides a brief overview of the…

Mendicino outlines vision for Canadian immigration

Published on: Mar 06, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Entry Requirements

Introduction Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has outlined his vision for the future of Canada's immigration system in a speech on February 28. Mendicino's first major statement on policy since he took on the job in November 2019 was a traditional "vision speech," containing an overview of the future of Liberal immigration policy. A Liberal…

Canada conducts largest Express Entry draw

Published on: Feb 24, 2020 | Tags: Express Entry, Canada Immigration

Introduction Canada's government conducted its largest-ever Express Entry draw on February 19th, inviting 4,500 candidates in three skilled worker categories to apply for permanent residence. This increase in invitations also saw a drop in the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for application, from 472 in the previous draw to 470 in this one. Express Entry…

Regional pathways to residency start strong in 2020

Published on: Jan 28, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration

Introduction One of the most notable characteristics of Canadian immigration policy over the last decades has been the trend toward a greater degree of control for provincial governments. But there's more to increasing local involvement in immigration than just the Provincial Nominee Program. Two local immigration programs demonstrate the wide range of different ways in which local governments…

Canadian immigration outlook for 2020

Published on: Jan 06, 2020 | Tags: Canada Immigration

Introduction As the new year begins, Canadian immigration experts are looking ahead to see what new developments are in store for immigration to Canada. Both existing Liberal immigration policy and new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino's December mandate letter identify some key points that are discussed below. Steady increases to immigration levels In…

Updates on US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and family reunification rules for protected persons

Published on: Dec 12, 2019 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Visa, IRCC

What does the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement mean for Canadian immigration? A year of political deadlock finally ended on Tuesday, December 10 when lawmakers in the US House of Representatives agreed to ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, although officially Canada calls it the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement or CUSMA). The decision came after some amendments to the deal to…

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