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Canada issued 4,500 ITAs in one Express Entry Draw – November 05, 2020

November 5, 2020 was the 166th draw held by Canada. A total of 4,500 invitations were issued with no specific category/program. Minimum CRS scores required for this invitation were 478. Tie-breaking rule for this draw was on October 26, 2020 at 22:44:19 UTC.

This is the third instance where Canada issued 4,500 invitations at a time, the largest number of invitations issued in one draw.

If you want to get your express entry profile created or check your eligibility to qualify for express entry, call us today to book your first free consultation!


Relief in the Travel Restrictions to Canada

If your application for a temporary resident (visitor) visa or super visa was recently approved, it does not necessarily mean you are approved to travel at this time or are guaranteed entry into Canada. However, CIC is processing applications so that one can travel to Canada once travel restrictions lift.

Unless you can prove that you meet the following requirements, you must wait until the travel restrictions are lifted to make plans to travel to Canada:

1. If you are coming from outside the United States (U.S.), you must meet a specific exemption criterion to these travel restrictions.
2. You must be travelling for an essential (non-discretionary) reason.
3. When you arrive, a border services officer will assess the reason for your travel, and they will determine if you can enter the country.Important: If you are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a Canadian permanent resident, you are eligible to travel to Canada as long as you can prove that you:

1. are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a permanent resident
2. are staying in the country for 15 days or more. If you are staying for less than 15 days, you will also need to demonstrate that your purpose of travel is non-discretionary
are admissible
3. meet all public health requirements

All travelers are required to provide specific information upon entry into Canada. The recently launched ArriveCAN app which enables you to submit contact information and details of your plan for quarantine.

Factors taken into consideration for Dual Intent of Overseas Spousal Sponsorship

Canadian Immigration understands the value of a family member specially a spouse or a common law partner. This is the reason that they do not object any dual intent for such cases. Dual intent means that a spouse can show that they want to visit their partner, residing in Canada, on a visitor visa while their spousal sponsorship PR application is in process. However, in order to do so a spouse or partner will have to satisfy an officer on a balance of probabilities that they will, if their permanent residence application is refused, leave Canada at the end of their authorized period of stay, officers may issue a temporary resident visa. The concerned officer will consider the following factors, but not limited to, while authorizing a TRV to the applicant in this case:

  • whether the sponsorship application has been approved
  • whether the application for permanent residence has received stage one approval
  • to what extent the applicant has retained ties in their home country
  • what the applicant’s plan is, should their application for permanent residence be refused

For an ease to our new clients, we offer a free first consultation where you get a chance to speak with an authorized consultant one-on-one and get answers to all your generic concerns. To book your consultation, give us a call at 780-200-2755.


New Updates on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Alberta

Further to an update at the end of last month, the Government of Canada has elaborated and provided more information about the changes in regards to the temporary foreign worker program. As of November 01, 2020 Alberta would not process most positions (unless they are listed as exempt occupations under the Alberta Refusal to Process List or if the application is otherwise exempted)
Earlier the Refusal to process list included certain positions in the following sectors:
  • Accommodation, food services and retail trade sectors,
  • Low-wage positions above the current cap,
  • In-home caregiver positions where there is a live-in requirement or
  • Any position if you have had a Labour Market Impact Assessment revoked in the past 2 years.

However, now, the province of Alberta would not process most of the applications under the Low-Wage and High-Wage Streams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all new and pending LMIAs for positions in Alberta must be on the list of exempt occupations to be eligible for processing otherwise, it will be refused until further notice.

However, Alberta will still be processing the applications for the skilled positions, if it is to support an application for Permanent Residence or for Dual Intent.


Government of Canada announced the Immigration Plans for the upcoming years

Released October 30, 2020 is the Immigration Levels Plan announced by the Canada Government for the year: 2021, 2022 and 2023. Canada looks forward to welcoming around 401,000 in next year, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in year 2023. If the actual records reach these projections each year, it will be marked as the highest level of immigration in history.

Canada welcomes immigrants under the following categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds. These include Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class, PGP sponsorship, spousal sponsorship, provincial nominee program, and every other immigration process to Canada.


French Speakers will get more points in Express Entry Now

Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system.

If you are a French-speaking candidate, you will now receive 25 additional points for language skills, up from 15. Bilingual candidates will now get 50 points, compared to 30 from before.

The Canada Government will be giving these additional points in Express Entry to help increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec. This new initiative is meant to help Canada reach this target once travel restrictions eventually ease, according to a government media release.

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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.

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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%.
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