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AINP has launched two new pathways for Immigration

The Government of Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to open businesses here in Alberta that will create new high-paying jobs for Albertans and help diversify the economy.

Starting October 26, 2020, recent international graduates from Alberta’s universities and colleges interested in launching business ventures and start-ups in Alberta can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) under the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream. In January, Alberta will also launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream to attract talented international graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges to start businesses and settle in Alberta communities.

Details on the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream are available now. Information on the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream will be posted to the AINP website later this year.

For requirements and more details, contact us today at the given number.

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Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Alberta

Beginning November 1, 2020, Alberta’s government will be limiting the number and types of jobs available to new temporary foreign workers – making jobs available to unemployed Albertans.

Starting next month, dozens of additional occupational categories will be added to the “refusal to process list,” removing the vast majority of occupations from the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. This will result in more than 1,350 available jobs for unemployed Albertans at a time when they’re needed most.

Alberta is using its authority under the Canada-Alberta Labour Market Pilot of the Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration and has reached an agreement with the federal government. These changes will impact 475 occupations in sectors such as accommodation and food services, retail trade, transportation, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

A small number of specialized occupations experiencing acute and proven labor shortages will be exempted. These changes will not impact employers recruiting for select occupations in the agriculture, technology, and caregiving sectors that heavily rely on temporary foreign workers to fill employment gaps.

We will further keep you updated on the impacted occupations. For more information, book first free consultation or give us a call!


Government provides update on Travel restrictions

Today, the Government has introduced new processes to support greater family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students. More specifically, these processes will provide for the entry of

* certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least 1 year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents
* foreign nationals for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury or death, with potential limited release from quarantine
* international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place

Detailed information on who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada will be available on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website on October 8, 2020. There will be a robust process in place for extended family members, and each traveler will need to apply for and be issued an authorization before they can travel to Canada.


Parent’s and Grandparent’s Sponsorship Applications 2020

The Government of Canada has finally released to open the parent’s and grandparents’ sponsorship application for the year 2020, delayed previously due to COVID-19. They are going back to the old lottery system for application intake for this year.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will now have an opportunity to send an ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form beginning October 13, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT until November 3, 2020, 12 p.m. EST. Candidates will have 3 weeks’ time to submit their interest forms.

In order to ensure a fair, transparent, and equal opportunity for applicants, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application.

Also, Given that many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.
Contact us at or 780 200 2755 to know more.


Express Entry: Only 440 CRS needed; 3,515 ITAs issued

Express Entry: Only 440 CRS needed; 3,515 ITAs issued

Canada’s Express Entry cut-off scores continue to plummet, as a CRS of only 440 was needed to secure an ITA in today’s draw.

Today’s Express Entry round issued 3,515 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 440

or higher.

Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to plummet as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites a larger number of CEC-specific candidates. Today’s draw was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second-largest since Canada introduced special coronavirus measures in the middle of March.

The May 28 draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last six CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020. This trend may be explained in part by the relatively regular interval and frequency between draws that IRCC has maintained during the last two months.

The cut-off score of 440 is a decrease of 7 points from the previous CEC draw on May 15, which had a minimum score of 447 and was previously the lowest points cut-off for the program since January 2019.

Today’s CEC draw was the second invitation round in 24 hours to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.

We at Axis Immigration Consultant can help you with successfully creating your profile and submitting the PR upon receipt of ITA. Get in touch with us to book your free consultation.


Have an incomplete Study Permit or PGWP Application?

Not able to submit requested documents for a study permit or post-graduate work permit application?
Permit expiring soon but you can’t submit your file because it is incomplete?
Well, the Government of Canada has waived some regulations off and offered some flexibility to such cases. Since the COVID-19 has forced many application centers to close or limit operations, few applications are unable to process due to: giving biometrics, medical examination, submitting original travel documents. Respecting this, IRCC says that the applications will not be refused and will be kept open until they receive the documents or provide proof that an action has been taken irrespective of the document deadline. Moreover, the temporary measure also extends to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) applicants who are unable to get a letter of completion, or final transcript from their institute. Apart from this, a student can start working full-time as soon as they have filled for PGWP provided their study permit is/was valid at the time of PGWP submission. IRCC is also allowing applicants to restore their status without the letter of completion or final transcript. But the applicants who are restoring their status are still not allowed to work while the application is processing.


New LMIA Rules for Truck Driver Positions

New rules have been implemented for LMIAs for Truck Drivers. Minimum recruitment requirements for them will be waived until October 31, 2020. Companies can apply now without advertising for these. Also, for Provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan who has MELT programs in place, it will not be possible to get a work permit for somebody from outside Canada. See the note below:


Important: For positions under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 7511 that are situated in a province that has a Mandatory Entry-Level Training requirement or equivalent, the foreign national must be in possession of this training certification at the time of work permit issuance.


Great news for international graduates regarding PGWP


On May 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released great news for international students in Canada. In order to diminish the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international education industry and to support international students, IRCC stated that taking online courses will not have any impact on the eligibility for Post Graduate Work Permit. This also applies to those who will take online courses in fall 2020. Moreover, international students may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their courses via online learning if they are not able to travel to Canada. Over 54,000 international students become Canadian permanent residents through the Post Graduate Work Permit program annually. We at Axis Immigration consultants are one of the best Immigration Consultant can help you in all immigration matters. Visit us at to book a free consultation.

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Receiving CERB will not affect eligibility to sponsor

On April 18, 2020, IRCC clarified the impacts of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on the eligibility of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit applications for Parents and Grandparents and Spousal sponsorship. Due to the emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC will not consider CERB as social assistance. Moreover, potential sponsors who receive Employment Insurance (EI) during the quarantine will also keep their eligibility to sponsor.
More info could be found on
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Canada continues inviting CEC candidates in the Express Entry

On April 16, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new round in the Express Entry. In draw #144, Canada sent Invitations to Apply (ITA) to 3,782 candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. This was the sixth program-specific draw aimed at would-be-immigrants already residing within Canada. Since IRCC is not inviting Federal Skilled Worker candidates who have a high CRS score, the cut-off score of this draw dropped by eleven points compared to previous CEC round and reached 455 points. This score was the lowest score since round #116 which occurred on May 1, 2019 (excluding the draws for FST candidates). The tie-breaking rule for this round was January 20, 2020 at 17:37:33 UTC. Canada already invited 30,400 candidates in eleven rounds of Express Entry in 2020.

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