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December 29, 2015

Please be advised that our firm will be relocated as of January 11, 2016 to 393 University Avenue, Suite 2000, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1E6.



December 18, 2015

The new Corporate and Entrepreneur Streams under the OINP Business Category were launched as of December 18, 2015.

http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNPBUSINESS.html



December 14, 2015

Supreme Court says Tamil teen's refugee claim deserves new hearing, offering hope to failed claimants.


December 14, 2015

The program giving open work permits to spouse/common-law partner in Canada applying to immigrate is extended.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2015-12-11.asp


December 14, 2015

Update to IMP instructions for employer-specific work permits with Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/updates/2015/2015-12-11.asp



December 11, 2015

1st flight of 160 Syrian refugees to arrive by military aircraft Thursday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mcallum-update-syrian-refugee-flights-1.3356906



December 8, 2015

Parents/Grandparents sponsorship: CIC will start taking new applications on January 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST. There will be a cap.



December 7, 2015

Express Entry #22 invited 1,451 candidates with 461 points or above to apply for permanent residency.



November 30, 2015

Express Entry #21 invited 1,559 candidates with 472 points or above to apply for permanent residency.



November 19, 2015

Syrian refugees will face three levels of intense screening.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/18/syrian-refugees-will-face-three-levels-of-intense-screening.html



November 16, 2015

On November 13, 2015, Express Entry #20 invited 1506 candidates who scored 484 points or more.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/


November 13, 2015

Here is the Mandate Letter sent from Prime Minister to our new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

 

Here is the Mandate Letter sent from Prime Minister to our new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.  The government's top priorities are as follows: 
- Lead government-wide efforts to resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria in the coming months.
- As part of the Annual Immigration Levels Plan for 2016, bring forward a proposal to double the number of entry applications for parents and grandparents of immigrants to 10,000 a year. 
- Give additional points under the Entry Express system to provide more opportunities for applicants who have Canadian siblings.
- Increase the maximum age for dependents to 22, from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their children to Canada.
- Bring forward a proposal regarding permanent residency for new spouses entering Canada.
- Develop a plan to reduce application processing times for sponsorship, citizenship and other visas.
- Fully restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides limited and temporary health benefits to refugees and refugee claimants.
- Establish an expert human rights panel to help you determine designated countries of origin, and provide a right to appeal refugee decisions for citizens from these countries.
- Modify the temporary foreign workers program to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to hire caregivers and work with provinces and territories to develop a system of regulated companies to hire caregivers on behalf of families.
- Lead efforts to facilitate the temporary entry of low risk travelers, including business visitors, and lift the visa requirement for Mexico.
- Work with the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to repeal provisions in the Citizenship Act that give the government the right to strip citizenship from dual nationals. 
- Eliminate regulations that remove the credit given to international students for half of the time that they spend in Canada and regulations that require new citizens to sign a declaration that they intend to reside in Canada.
- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-immigration-refugees-and-citizenship-mandate-letter



November 13, 2015

Revised Business Streams for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Corporate and Entrepreneur Streams.

http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNPNEW.html



November 12, 2015

The Liberal government is standing firm on its plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/10/liberals-turn-attention-to-long-term-refugee-needs.html




November 11, 2015

Liberal government looks to expedite resettlement of Syrian refugees.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/air-canada-offers-to-help-liberal-government-fly-in-syrian-refugees/article27179350/



November 11, 2015

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announces action on Syrian refugee crisis.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1019909



November 4, 2015

The Libral's plan for family reunification changes will, likely fall far short of demand.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/immigration+policy+shift+disappoint/11486069/story.html




October 26, 2015

Liberal Government proposes new plan for immigration system grounded in compassion and economic opportunity for all.


October 26, 2015

Express Entry criticized for the unstable technology, the non-transparent process and the point system that is not fair for certain cases.


October 23, 2015

Express Entry draw #19 invited 1,502 candidates with 489 points or more. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/



October 22, 2015

Liberal to focus on compassion, economic opportunity, and family reunification.
https://www.liberal.ca/liberals-unveil-new-plan-for-immigration-focused-on-family-reunification-middle-class-growth/




October 9, 2015

Employers must submit offers of employment in LMIA-exempt situations directly to CIC using this new Employer Portal.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/hire/worker.asp




October 8, 2015

New BC Provincial Immigration Programs Act Introduced to improve pathways to permanent residency.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015JTST0143-001658#


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Express Entry, the new federal program aimed at matching economic immigrants with jobs in Canada is having difficulties getting the attention of the group it is designed to help.
http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/canadas-express-entry-program-for-skilled-immigrants-showing-growing-pains


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The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has reopened. CIC will accept applications from May 25 to December 30, 2015, and will process the first 60 complete applications. CIC will also accept up to 60 additional applications that will be placed on a waiting list. The program may close earlier if 60 immigrant investors are approved for permanent residence, or once 60 applications are in processing and 60 applications are on the waiting list.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/iivc/index.asp


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Prime Minister directed Canadian immigration to stop processing one of the most vulnerable classes of Syrian refugee.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prime-ministers-office-ordered-halt-to-refugee-processing/article26713562/




October 7, 2015

Express Entry draw #18 invited 1,530 candidates with 450 points or more. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ 



September 30, 2015

Temporary foreign workers get first dibs under express entry. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-temporary-foreign-workers-express-entry-1.3242569

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has put in place temporary measures to accelerate the processing of applications to sponsor Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1017119




September 29, 2015

On September 18, Express Entry invited 1,545 candidates with at least 450 points! Congratulations!
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express




September 17, 2015

There will be an update to the instructions related to the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.

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Check out updated instructions on Express Entry. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/perm/express/overview.asp



September 15, 2015

U.S. to China: Take back your undocumented immigrants. news.yahoo.com/exclusive-u-china-back-undocumented-immigrants-052018032.html



September 8, 2015

Express Entry draw #16 invited 1,517 candidates with 459 points or more.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express




August 31, 2015

New rules meant to protect caregivers pose barrier to employment.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-rules-meant-to-protect-caregivers-pose-barrier-to-employment/article26160332/




August 28, 2015

Express Entry draw #15 invited 1523 candidates with 456 points or more! http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express



August 28, 2015

As of August 27, 2015, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not be accepting new applications for all streams and categories until January 27, 2016.
http://albertacanada.com/opportunity/immigrating/ainp.aspx




August 24, 2015

Temporary foreign workers and supporters denounce poor treatment on Quebec farms.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/temporary-foreign-workers-and-supporters-denounce-poor-treatment-on-quebec-farms-1.3200897



August 21, 2015

CIC's emails can get lost and sometimes never received by applicants causing application refusals. We can assist.



August 10, 2015

Express Entry draw #14 invited 1,402 candidates with 471 points or more! http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express



August 5, 2015

Here is CIC's snapshot of the Express Entry system for the initial six months of implementation.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/reports/ee-midyear-2015.asp


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Please note that effective August 1,2015 certain citizens from visa
exempt countries now require an electronic travel authorization to enter Canada. This can be applied for as of August 1,2015 but does not become mandatory until March 2016.




July 30, 2015

From this Saturday August 1, Ottawa will accept applications for electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada by air.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/07/28/foreign-visitors-to-canada-to-face-electronic-screening.html




July 28, 2015

Canada has received just six applications for its pilot immigration program for millionaires.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/canada-immigration-millionaires-idUSL1N1032DB20150723




July 23, 2015

Update for Refugee claimants: RAD bar for DCO claimants is not allowed.  Speak to Moses Law Office for more information. 

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Foreign caregivers face lengthy wait for permanent status.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/07/21/foreign-caregivers-face-lengthy-wait-for-permanent-status.html




July 20, 2015

13th Express Entry draw invited 1,581 candidates with at least 451 points. Congratulations!
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express
 

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Prison term for ex-immigration consultant for misrepresentation. Please seek a proper advice from an EXPERIENCED lawyer and avoid problems.  http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1299613-crown-seeks-prison-term-for-ex-immigration-consultant



July 16, 2015

Temporary Foreign Worker Program: 'Stiff' new penalties on non-compliant employers coming this December.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/temporary-foreign-worker-program-stiff-new-penalties-coming-dec-1-1.2937120




July 14, 2015

12th Express Entry draw invited 1,516 candidates with at least 463 points. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express 

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Man fined $2,000 for misrepresentation - CBSA officers discovered a man had been planning a marriage of convenience and had offered to pay a New Brunswick woman to marry him so that he could remain in Canada.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=995199&tp=1




July 7, 2015

Parents scramble, nanny agencies close as Ottawa effectively cancels live-in caregiver program.
http://www.financialpost.com/m/search/blog.html?b=business.financialpost.com/news/parents-scramble-nanny-agencies-close-as-ottawa-effectively-cancels-live-in-caregiver-program&q=Parents%20scramble%E2%80%8E




June 29, 2015

11th Express Entry draw invited 1,575 candidates with at least 469 points. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express


June 22, 2015

Canadian citizenship applicants now must show their face while taking the Oath during citizenship ceremonies.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=989459
 

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The Express Entry Ministerial Instructions have been amended to remove the requirement that Canadian work experience be continuous for the purpose of calculating points for Canadian work experience in the Comprehensive Ranking System.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/updates/2015/2015-06-17.asp




June 17, 2015

Proxy, telephone, fax, Internet, other similar forms of marriage will no longer be valid for spousal relationships. 
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2015/ob613.asp


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Cyberattack crashes Canadian government websites and email...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-government-websites-appear-to-have-been-attacked/article24997399/




June 16, 2015

Note the raised minimum age of eligibility of a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, from 16 to 18 years.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2015/ob605.asp




June 15, 2015

It seems that processing times have significantly increased for temporary resident visa extension applications.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp.asp


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Express Entry draw #10, 1501 candidates with 482 points or more were invited on June 13, 2015.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express




June 9, 2015

As of May 29, 2015, Canada can revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=981809


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Remaining Citizenship Act reforms coming into force. It would be wise to double check your eligibility!
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do;jsessionid=909d7cd17b996b68fdd3e402f385d06f0f963242ac28401040d78d96ec3caef1.e38RbhaLb3qNe38Pc3f0?crtr.sj1D&crtr.mnthndVl=12&mthd=advSrch&crtr.dpt1D=6664&nid=985259&crtr.lc1D&crtr.tp1D=1&crtr.yrStrtVl=2014&crtr.kw&crtr.dyStrtVl=1&crtr.aud1D&crtr.mnthStrtVl=1&crtr.page=1&crtr.yrndVl=2015&crtr.dyndVl=31



June 4, 2015

Canada will start gathering biometric information from all foreign travelers.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-to-expand-biometric-data-collection-on-incoming-foreigners/article24793480/




June 3, 2015

EE Applicants who score a minimum of 400 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System may be eligible to receive Ontario PNP Nomination AND receive a 600 points.
http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/prodconsum/groups/csc/@oipp/documents/document/oi_en_hcps.pdf


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There are rumors that Service Canada expects not only Job Bank but all the advertisements to be continuously running until the decision is made for LMIA application.

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Canadian would-be parents are facing severe red tape when trying to adopt from Muslim countries, according to adoption experts who are calling on the government to take action.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadians-adopting-from-muslim-countries-caught-in-legal-limbo-1.3089651

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Lack of federal resources fails international student strategy.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawas-resource-gap-leaves-international-students-waiting-for-visas/article24715563/

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Regulations for ETA, electronic travel authorization come into force on August 1, 2015.

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Immigration Canada errors are causing a lot of misery. Newcomers to Canada are paying the price for bureaucratic bungles, including a new visa with an old expiry date and documents lost in the mail.
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2015/05

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As of May 30, 2015, all valid Canadian work experience will be
recognized under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of Express Entry as CIC is removing the requirement that Canadian work experience be continuous. As a result, foreign nationals with Canadian work experience could see an increase in their CRS points.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/express-entry.asp



May 29, 2015

16 applicants have been approved for permanent residency through Start-up Visa program so far!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/starting-out/start-up-visa-program-starting-to-gain-traction/article24692163/




May 26, 2015

CIC is re-opening the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program from May 25 to December 30, 2015.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=978929&crtr.tp1D=1


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The first draw of MPNP - Expression of Interest invited 76 Manitoba skilled workers and 75 oversea skilled workers!
http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/mpnp-for-skilled-workers/expression-of-interest/




May 25, 2015

9th Express Entry invited 1361 applicants who scored minimum 755 points.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express




May 20, 2015

Over 50,000 of the popular Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since its launch!
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=976509


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Advocates accuse Ottawa of secretly trying to kill the foreign caregiver program with new demands and costs and by dragging its heels on permanent residency.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/05/16/low-acceptance-and-backlog-stifles-foreign-nanny-program.html

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There is an official immigration guide for detecting marriage fraud, which seems to be ‘racist and offensive’.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/05/19/immigration-guide-for-detecting-marriage-fraud-called-racist-and-offensive.html




May 11, 2015

Note the changes to Ontario Immigration Act as result of submissions made to Ontario Government. Marvin Moses was one of the two lawyers who made the submissions.
http://oba.org/CBAMediaLibrary/cba_on/pdf/Getting-Results-for-the-Bar-Bill-49-Excerpts-of-Amendments.pdf


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It would be wise to keep your exit/entry record after landing. It will save you some time and legal fee in the future!

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Are you aware that persons with conditional Permanent Resident statues might be subjected to regular follow-ups? Speak to Moses Law Office to avoid potential problems.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2012/2012-10-26a.asp




May 7, 2015

Express Entry tip #1: All family members must be included in the profile, including those who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Express Entry tip #2: full-time work experience requirement in the CEC can be met by the equivalent in part-time, paid work experience.




May 4, 2015

CIC to prioritize applications already in progress on request from those who are affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2015-04-27.asp?utm_source=owly-eng&utm_medium=twitter-citcanada&utm_campaign=generic


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The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has re-opened its Skilled Worker Overseas stream. This is a great opportunity for all oversea skilled applicants. Speak to Moses Law Office to see if you are eligible.
See http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/mpnp-for-skilled-workers/next-steps/


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As of April 30, 2015, new LMIA application guidelines have been implemented. It is important to double check all the details before submitting any application with an experienced lawyer to enhance your chances.
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/reform/highlights.shtml#new-streams




April 28, 2015

Eligible individuals whom Alberta intends to nominate for permanent residence can receive a 1-year work permit.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/work/prov/ainp.asp




April 24, 2015

New programs rolling out for Canadian immigrants to improve employment rates.
http://globalnews.ca/news/1944897/new-programs-rolling-out-for-canadian-immigrants-to-improve-employment-rates/




April 23, 2015

On April 30, 2015 the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will reopen its Skilled Worker Overseas stream. No job offer required! Contact Moses Law Office to find out more about this great opportunity.

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Electronic Travel Authorization For Visa-Exempt Visitors will be introduced to Canadian immigration soon.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/foreigners-to-undergo-prescreening-measures-before-flying-to-canada/article24070994/




April 22, 2015

Beware of telephone/e-mail scams demanding money from so-called legitimate agencies like CIC. Consult with a lawyer.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/immigration-scam-warning-issued-by-abbotsford-police-1.3042523

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Quebec is seeking a delay on the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, but the federal government does not appear to be willing to agree, which would make it harder for Quebec businesses to fill an urgent labour shortage with temporary foreign workers.
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/quebec-wants-delay-in-changes-to-temporary-foreign-worker-program


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Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $15.7 million over five
years, starting in 2015–16, to expand eligibility for the Electronic
Travel Authorization to low-risk travellers from Brazil, Bulgaria,
Mexico and Romania to make it easier and faster for legitimate
travellers from these countries to come to Canada.
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/plan/budget2015-eng.pdf




April 20, 2015

On April 17, 2015, 8th Express Entry draw invited 715 applicants with 453 points or more.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express



April 13, 2015

Misrepresentation in immigration is a serious crime. Seek appropriate guidance from a qualified lawyer to avoid such problems.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/immigration-consultant-facing-88-fraud-related-charges-1.2320992


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Father’s death leaves would-be immigrant family out $120,000. http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1338279/fathers-death-leaves-egyptian-would-be-immigrant-family-out-120000/



April 10, 2015

7th Express Entry draw invited 925 applicants with 469 points or more.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express




April 9, 2015

There are numerous alleged cases for marriage fraud in immigration. Get a proper advise from an experienced counsel and prepare your case better.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Federal+report+warns+marriages+convenience+threat+immigration+system/10953202/story.html




April 8, 2015

It seems that the promised quota for Express Entry might not be achieved.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ottawas-new-express-entry-immigration-system-slow-off-the-mark/article23801745/


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For LMIA applications, you should be aware of the updated unemployment rate and median wage by province.

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/reform/tables.shtml



March 31, 2015

British Columbia PNP is temporarily pausing program intakes until July 2015 except few categories.

http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/About-the-BC-PNP/About-the-BC-PNP.aspx



March 30, 2015

6th Express Entry draw invited 1637 candidates who received at least 453 points on March 27, 2015. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/index.asp?expand=mi-pr-express#mi-pr-express



March 27, 2015

Quebec Investors Category will re-open on August 31, 2015 for 6 months accepting 1750 applications. It is expected to be filled up quickly therefore it is recommended you start preparing early.
http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/rules-procedures.html




March 26, 2015

Your cell phones and laptops can be searched at border when found reasonable motives to believe something is amiss.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/your-phone-is-your-castle-even-on-the-border/article23620593/


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Canadian citizenship application rates dropped from 79% to 26% between 2000 and 2008, new rules and fees lead to disengaged immigrants.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/03/24/canada-faces-dramatic-drop-in-citizenship-prompting-concerns-about-disengaged-immigrants.html


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Express Entry seems to have made it difficult for international students to stay in Canada permanently with their work experience in Canada. International students thinking of immigration should learn about their alternative options with our office.



March 25, 2015

Quebec Business Programs will now reopen from April 1, 2015.  There is a limited quota for the programs and therefore it is recommended you start preparing early.

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Thinking of business immigration? Saskatchewan just re-opened their entrepreneur category.

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There will be no caps or quotas. Minimum $500,000 CAD in net business and personal assets. Invest a minimum of $300,000 (CAD) in Regina and Saskatoon or a minimum of $200,000 (CAD) in all other Saskatchewan communities. Minimum of 3 years of entrepreneurial experience within the 10 years. Language test is not mandatory.



March 23, 2015

Express Entry's draw #5 invited 1620 candidates who scored at least 481 on Mar 20, 2015. Get a proper legal advice to increase your chance!



March 20, 2015

We recommend you to start preparing your immigration early enough as soon as you think you are eligible. Rules change therefore act early!

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If you already have a work permit based on a LMIA, you are eligible for the additional 600 points without the need of a new LMIA.  Confirm your skilled-worker immigration eligibility with our office!



March 19, 2015

Click here to find out if you are eligible to immigrate to Quebec as a skilled worker, no job offer required! It is smart to prepare early enough since the program will re-open soon and there is a limited quota.

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All international students will now need to complete their degree before applying for an Ontario PNP certificate.



March 16, 2015

It seems that some FSW applications that were submitted before January 1, 2015 are being returned due to their cap being reached.



March 13, 2015

Individuals invited to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry will be eligible to apply for a bridging open work permit provided they are currently in Canada, have received an acknowledgment of receipt from CIC indicating that their application was complete and they have valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within four months.

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Temporary foreign workers are growing as less and less Canadians are willing to take the low-skilled jobs.



March 11, 2015

Germany looks to copy part of Canadian immigration policy; focus on education, experience, language ability.



March 6, 2015

For a better understanding of LMIA, read our newly updated information available in English, Korean, Chinese!



March 3, 2015

Express Entry draw #4 invited 1187 applicants with minimum 735 points on February 27, 2015. Congratulations to the invited applicants! If you need any guidance or assistance with creating Express Entry profile, we are available to help.



February 25, 2015

International Experience Canada (IEC) for 2015 is now open. Note the changes. Contact us if you are interested!



February 24, 2015

Opportunities Ontario is developing a Provincial Nominee Program for Express Entry. We will provide an update as soon as it's available!



February 23, 2015

Express Entry's third draw invited 849 applicants with minimum 808 points. This draw only included those who were qualified under Canadian Experience Class according to Ministerial Instructions.



February 17, 2015

There are new form and fee required for International Mobility Program employers.

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The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has reopened. CIC will accept applications from February 13 to April 15, 2015, or until a maximum of 500 applications are received.

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Ottawa to relax foreign worker rules at universities. 

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Express Entry perhaps needs further improvements for distributing fairer points for eligible CEC applicants.



February 12, 2015

Court overturns government policy of requiring removal of niqab by woman who refused to do so for the citizenship swearing ceremony. Government considering it's option to appeal.



February 11, 2015

If you submitted a CEC application between October 20 - December 31, 2014, you are most likely to have your application returned. We encourage you to contact our office for a potential class action.

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There are changes as of February 21, 2015 on International Mobility Program that both employers and applicants should be aware of.



February 9, 2015

Second draw for Express Entry invited 779 applicants with minimum 818 points on February 8, 2015.

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Migrant construction workers sue Ottawa for discrimination. Contact us if you fall within this category to increase your chances.
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/02/07/migrant-construction-workers-sue-ottawa-for-discrimination.html

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Pierre Poilievre is now the new ESDC Minister instead of Jason Kenney (who is now Defence Minister) and there is no change at CIC.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Pierre-Poilievre(25524)



February 6, 2015

TFW program has not yet used their power to inspect employers without warrants as not necessary yet.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/power-to-inspect-tfw-employers-without-a-warrant-hasnt-been-used/article22798600/

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You can read about the updates on CIC's procedures on assessing Express Entry applications here.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/updates/2015/2015-02-05.asp

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Check the completeness of your EE application with our office! Here is the policy, procedures and guidance by CIC. Many encounter multiple problems in entering data in new online PR application system under Express Entry. Contact us to reduce problems.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/perm/express/intake-complete.asp

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Is there discrimination against parents/grandparents sponsorship? Read more about this case in this article.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/02/06/immigration-program-for-parents-discriminatory-federal-court-of-appeal-rules.html



February 2, 2015

The first draw for Express Entry invited 779 candidates with lowest score of 886. Speak to our office to maximize your chance.



January 30, 2015

Here is an updated Proof of funds required for Skilled Immigrants. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements!

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/funds.asp



January 29, 2015

Submitted a CEC application between October to December? It seems that the quota had been filled in October. Consider Express Entry now to avoid delay!



January 26, 2015

CIC's new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program launched in January 2015 aims to receive 500 applications from January 28, 2015 to February 11, 2015.




January 16, 2015

The application cap for Parents and Grandparents sponsorship has already been reached for 2015. You might want to prepare early enough to have a chance at the next quota. Consult with us to find out if you qualify for the sponsorship!
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2015-01-16.asp




January 14, 2015

You might want to learn more about this pilot program from Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. Job Offer is not always required for this program. Learn more about it from our office if you qualify.

http://novascotiaimmigration.com/move-here/nova-scotia-demand-express-entry/



January 9, 2015

Ottawa plans to limit number of foreign youth working in Canada? Read more about it.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-to-limit-number-of-foreign-youth-working-in-canada/article22372492/



January 7, 2015

CIC plans to admit 30,000 permanent resident caregivers in 2015. Read about some improvements to Canada's Caregiver Program here!
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/caregiver/improvements.asp




January 6, 2015

It seems that Startup Visa program has not been too easy to obtain. There has been only 5 visas since they launched this program. Read more about it!

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/28/five-visas-in-20-months-is-canadas-startup-visa-program-achieving-what-it-set-out-to-do/#__lsa=6380-b704