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IRCC commits to improvements for international students

Published on: Oct 18, 2022 | Tags: Canada Study Permit, Canada Immigration

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced new efforts intended to improve its ability not only to attract new international students but also to protect and assist those already in Canada. These changes come in response to recommendations from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM). In May, CIMM released a report outlining challenges…

Canada welcomes over 300,000 new arrivals so far in 2022

Published on: Sep 27, 2022 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Visa

Over 300,000 people have become permanent residents of Canada in 2022 so far, according to statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This figure puts Canada within reach of its announced target of over 431,000 permanent residents by the end of the year. If Canada is able to reach or even exceed this immigration target in 2022, it will be the highest number of new…

Immigration priorities promise an ambitious 2022

Published on: Jan 31, 2022 | Tags: COVID-19, Canada Immigration

Canada has a new immigration minister, together with a new mandate letter outlining immigration policy goals. But are changes to be expected as Sean Fraser replaces Mario Mendicino, or will existing trends continue? Events over the last few weeks shed some light on the future of Canada's immigration policy. Levels plan to come One of the most important immigration policy events…

Is Canadian immigration returning to normal?

Published on: Nov 11, 2021 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Travel Restrictions

The disruptions to global travel needed to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic had a serious effect on Canada's immigration system. Travel from other countries was restricted, in-person appointments became unavailable, and for over a year that immigration landscape looked completely different. However, some recent news stories in the world of Canadian immigration suggest that immigration…

Liberal election victory heralds immigration continuity

Published on: Sep 27, 2021 | Tags: Canada Immigration, COVID-19

The 2021 Canadian general election took place on September 20, with results that represented only minor changes from the 2019 election results. While immigration was a central issue for many of the parties participating in the election, the results are likely to herald continuity in Canada's immigration policy. Election background Since the 2019 general election, the Liberal Party…

Canada's increased immigration numbers approach annual targets

Published on: Aug 21, 2021 | Tags: Canada Immigration, COVID-19

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, recent immigration statistics suggest that Canada has a chance of achieving its ambitious annual immigration targets for 2021. Historic lows for immigration to Canada The global Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Canada's immigration system, making it more difficult for overseas travellers to arrive in the country and for existing…

Travel restrictions may lessen as new CEC offers continue

Published on: Jul 15, 2021 | Tags: Canada Travel Restrictions, Canada Immigration

When the Covid-19 crisis hit in the spring of 2020, Canada and the United States mutually agreed to close their shared border to all but essential travel, slashing the number of people entering Canada to a fraction of its former total. At the time, few could have foreseen that these restrictions, reviewed on a monthly basis, would be renewed once again in June 2021, leaving…

Canada opens six new pathways for permanent residence

Published on: May 07, 2021 | Tags: Canada Work Permit, Canada Immigration

Beginning on May 6 and lasting until November 5, people studying or working in Canada will have six new pathways through which to apply for permanent residence. These new pathways reflect the nation's need for workers in a number of vital economic sectors and could smooth the path to permanent residence for tens of thousands of workers, students, recent graduates and their families. Facing…

Canadian immigration system adapts regulations to Covid-19 pressures

Published on: Apr 01, 2021 | Tags: Canada Immigration, Canada Entry Requirements, Canada Visa

The ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic has had several significant effects on Canada's immigration system. Most notably, pandemic travel restrictions have made it more difficult for potential new permanent residents to travel to Canada. This decline in new arrivals, together with the death toll of the coronavirus, has caused Canada's population growth rate to plunge to levels not seen in over a century. However,…

Further signs of hope as Canadian immigration numbers climb

Published on: Mar 11, 2021 | Tags: COVID-19, Canada Immigration

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a shock to all areas of Canadian life, and immigration is no exception. Numbers of new arrivals in 2020 were down compared to 2019 as travel restrictions introduced to curtail the spread of the virus made it harder for people to travel from overseas to Canada. Even for those who were already resident in Canada, the closure of offices and other facilities meant that…