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  • What is a “tutor” and why are they exempt from travel restrictions?
    Canada has listed “tutors” as immediate family members, causing confusion for people who are only familiar with the word being used in academia. In Canada, many people think of “tutors” as people who help students study a particular subject. However, the Government of Canada groups them in with “guardians” under… Read more »
  • Immigration counteracts effects of anticipated COVID-19 baby slump in Canada
    Canada will have to continue supporting immigration if coronavirus is going to lower already-declining fertility rates. Coronavirus is expected to affect fertility differently depending on regional income levels, according to an editorial in Science magazine. High-income countries, such as Canada, are expected to see fewer newborns as a result of… Read more »
  • B.C. invites 437 immigration candidates in new PNP draw
    British Columbia issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates on August 7. A total of 437 invitations were issued in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee… Read more »
  • The many benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen
    Compared to major Western countries, Canada has one of the highest percentages of immigrants who obtain citizenship. Citizenship refers to a person’s legal status. Canadian citizenship can be obtained either by birth or by a process called “naturalization”. Immigrants who come and settle in Canada and meet certain criteria may… Read more »
  • Express Entry: Canada holds rare federal skilled trades draw
    Canada has held its second Express Entry draw in two days. A total of 250 Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Successful FSTP candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 415 to receive an ITA. Yesterday, Immigration,… Read more »
  • More tech immigrants choosing Canada over U.S.
    In light of U.S. restrictions on immigration more and more immigrant tech workers are considering pivoting north to Canada. In June, U.S. President Donald Trump suspended immigration for certain visa holders. The White House argues that the move was to help American workers gain employment after many were laid off… Read more »
  • Addressing inequities affecting immigrants key to economic recovery
    Canada will need to address inequalities that have been exemplified by the coronavirus outbreak in order to make a full economic recovery, a new report says. Immigrants, racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ and women have bared the brunt of the pandemic, according to the YWCA and the University of Toronto’s paper: “A… Read more »
  • Express Entry: CRS drops 2 points from previous all-program draw
    Canada has held another all-program draw, inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. Canada issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in a draw held August 5. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 476 to be invited in this invitation round.… Read more »
  • Online courses started before study permit approval count toward PGWP
    The time that international students spend studying online from outside Canada now counts toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). When Canada initially relaxed the PGWP requirements to include online study as part of the eligibility criteria, it only counted after international students were approved for their study permit. Now the… Read more »
  • Employment recovering in Canada
    Newly-released data on payroll, and earning hours from May show how easing coronavirus-related restrictions is affecting employment in Canada. Average weekly earnings increased in May, according to the Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours. This Statistics Canada survey provides monthly information on payroll employment, earnings and hours worked in Canada.… Read more »