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PGP Update! IRCC has sent all the invitations for 2020

All invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program have now been sent out by the Government of Canada.

Invitations were issued to potential sponsors of parents and grandparents who had submitted an Interest to Sponsor form during the 2020 application period.

About two weeks ago, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its PGP 2020 lottery and began sending out invitations over a ten-day period.

Potential sponsors who received an invitation now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

It was also noted that PGP continues to be very popular and that “the number of people interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents always exceeds the number of applications we can accept.” Those who submitted a sponsorship application form in 2020 but were not selected to apply in the 2020 round are encouraged to do so again when the 2021 program is launched.

In 2021, Canada plans to issue up to 30,000 invitations under the PGP program. More information and timelines for the upcoming PGP will be posted on IRCC’s website as soon as it becomes available.

IRCC will once again use a randomized selection process in 2021.
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Latest policy to help former international students to live and continue working in Canada!

International students: if you have been affected by COVID19 while in Canada and hold or held a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), you will now have the opportunity to apply for another open work permit.

Starting January 27, 2021, foreign nationals in Canada with an expired or expiring PGWP will have a one-time opportunity to apply for another open work permit with a duration of 18 months. Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2021.

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Express Entry 2021: Canada held its first PNP and CEC draw of the year!

The 1st Express Entry draw of year 2021 took place on January 6 and another was drawn right next day. The former draw was held under Provincial Nominee Program inviting candidates with CRS score 813 and above. Total of 250 invitations were issued on this day.

Express Entry draw held on January 7, 2021 was under Canadian Experience Class Program sending an invitation to a total of 4750 candidates. The CRS cut-off score for this draw was 461 and the Tie-breaking rule was September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC.

To assess your eligibility for getting an invitation through express entry, contact us today for an initial free consultation.  

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Latest Update! Canada started the round of Invitations for PGP

Starting today, IRCC has begun sending invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program. The Government encourages those who submitted interest to sponsor forms in the fall of 2020 to check their email accounts regularly throughout the week as Invitations will be sent over several days.

Those who receive invitations to apply must submit their complete applications within 60 days. The deadline to apply will be clearly marked on the invitation.

Information and timelines on the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program will be posted as soon as they’re available.

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

With 2020 coming to a close, we wanted to reach out and send our best wishes to you and yours! We hope that 2021 holds success and good fortune in any endeavor you pursue. Thanks for all your support and your valuable interaction this year. We look forward to new experiences and interactions in 2021. Happy new year! from the entire team of Axis Immigration Consultants.

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Implementations amid COVID-19 upon arrival

If you are an international student and are eligible to travel to Canada at the current moment, you must comply with new mandatory requirements by submitting required COVID19 information digitally through ArriveCAN app.

Requirements for entering Canada by air:
As of November 21, 2020, if you’re flying to Canada as your final destination, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your:

  1. Travel and contact information
  2. Quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order)
  3. COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

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Latest News – Schedule your biometrics appointment online!

The Service Canada appointment system for scheduling biometrics appointments will reopen online on Monday, November 30, 2020.
This is good news for clients of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, as they will now be able to book their own biometrics appointments online.
Since mid-September, Service Canada officers have been calling clients to schedule biometrics appointments. But as of November 30, clients who have not been contacted should use the online scheduling tool to schedule their own appointment, as stated in their biometrics instruction letter.
Clients should choose the closest Service Canada office to them for their appointment. Only clients with appointments will be able to use the service, as walk-in service is not available.
Permanent residence applicants who have not enrolled their biometrics within the past 10 years will require an appointment to fulfill the biometric requirement of their application.

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Recent update on Biometrics Appointment – India

VACs will begin scheduling limited biometric appointments as of November 20 in: Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Bengaluru. Family Class applicants (such as spousal PR, common-law sponsorship, family PGP sponsorship, child sponsorship) and Study Permit principal applicants will have priority as the Centre phase in services.

Walk-in clients at the VACs will not be permitted and all appointments must be confirmed in advance.

They have mentioned that more appointments such as for other PR applications (EE, federal), visitor, work permit will become available in coming weeks.  

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International Students – Things to consider before you plan your travel to Canada

International students may enter Canada for the purposes of pursuing primary or secondary school curriculum or a program of post-secondary study that has been confirmed by a province or territory as ready to safely host international students subject to conditions set out in the Quarantine Act, and Emergency Orders: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) and Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States). The list of provincial or territorial approved institutions will be published on the IRCC website and international students are encouraged to verify that their institutions are on that list prior to travelling to Canada. International students are required to hold a study permit or study permit approval, noting that a study permit alone is not a travel authorization and the international student must attend a DLI that a province or territory has determined as having appropriate measures in place to ensure students can meet the obligation under the Quarantine Act with respect to mandatory isolation or quarantine.

The list of designated learning institutions with approved #COVID19 readiness plans has been updated and the link is attached herewith. Learn More

The student must have received the passport stamp to travel to Canada, have their health check up done, shows no symptoms of COVID-19, and their college must be listed on the approved readiness plan list.

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