Canada – New Policy to allow for Visitors to apply for Work Permit

Posted on September 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has made a temporary change to one of their policies of converting a visitor visa to a work permit.  Typically this is not allowed, however, as Canada recovers from the pandemic, visitors may now… Read more »

Canada – Border Closure Extended for Discretionary Travel

Posted on August 5, 2020

Discretionary travel, for tourism and recreations purpose, has been extended for countries other than the United States until August 31, 2020.  The current discretionary travel ban from the United States has been recently extended to August 21, 2020. There are… Read more »

Canada – New Free Trade Agreement

Posted on July 8, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, the new Free Trade Agreement with Canada, the United States, and Mexico has come into effect.  The new agreement is known in Canada as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), as United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in… Read more »

Canada – Travel Restriction Update for Family Members

Posted on June 10, 2020

Effective June 8, 2020, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if… Read more »

Canada bans entry to ALL non-Residents into Canada, except US nationals.

Posted on March 16, 2020

Just today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will ban entry to ALL non-residents, except US nationals.    Canadians currently abroad, are urged to return to Canada, while they still can.  Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian… Read more »

Canada – Suspension of New Requirements for PEQ Program

Posted on December 20, 2019

As of November 14, 2019, the government has restored the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) to the selection criteria that prevailed before November 1, 2019. The changes that came into effect on November 1, 2019 were focused on limiting the access… Read more »

Canada – Biometrics Now Required for Inland Applications

Posted on December 9, 2019

As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals will now be required to submit their biometrics if applying from within Canada as foreign worker (including extending your work permit); international student (including extending your study permit); visa required visitor (including extending… Read more »

Canada – New Skilled Worker Program for Quebec

Posted on August 22, 2019

A new legislation was passed on June 16, 2019 in which would eliminate thousands of unprocessed skilled worker applications in Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program. Foreign nationals with pending qualified skilled worker applications submitted before August 2, 2018 are encouraged to… Read more »

Canada – OINP Introduces Tech Draw

Posted on August 2, 2019

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has released a new strategy to address the technology sector’s labor shortage for those who are applying for permanent residence through Express Entry.  This opportunity falls under the Human Capital Priorities Stream to identify… Read more »

Canada – Update to Global Talent Occupations List

Posted on July 12, 2019

Effect July 2019, the Global Talent Occupations List for Category B of the Global Talent Stream was updated to reflect Canada’s labor market shortage.  Both Engineering Manager (NOC 0211) and Architecture and Science Managers (NOC 0212) have been removed from… Read more »