Ontario and British Columbia invite candidates to apply for provincial nomination

In the most recent Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, two provinces in Canada have called upon candidates. PNPs, adopted by all provinces and territories except Nunavut and Quebec, help regions select immigrants who can boost local economies and address job shortages. Nominees gain a significant advantage when applying for permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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  • 15 Jul, 2024

Schengen visa fees hiked

The European Commission plans to increase Schengen visa fees starting June 11, 2024, citing inflation and civil servants salaries as reasons for the fee hike. Indian travelers have shown increased interest in visiting Europe, with a significant rise in Schengen visa request in 2023.  

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  • 12 Jul, 2024

More jobs now eligible for Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Occupations Stream of Ontario’s PNP

More newcomers may now be eligible to apply for provincial nomination through the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).On July 4, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development announced that it has added occupations under 35 National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes  to the list of jobs that will be considered when the province issues Expressions of Interest (EOIs) under the stream. 

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  • 11 Jul, 2024

IRCC Invited 3,750 Healthcare Professionals in the Third Express Entry Draw of July

Healthcare Occupations Draw (July 5, 2024)  Canada's recent immigration draw emphasized healthcare professionals, reflecting the nation's urgent demand amidst ongoing global health challenges. With a CRS score of 445, the draw aimed to attract skilled workers vital to bolstering Canada's healthcare system, including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians.

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  • 10 Jul, 2024

IRCC invites 3,200 candidates in category-based Express Entry draw for French language proficiency

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in the fourth Express Entry draw this month.The department issued 3,200 ITAs in a category-based selection draw for French language proficiency.Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 420 to be considered.  

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  • 09 Jul, 2024

Express Entry: IRCC invites 1,499 candidates in latest draw

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in Canada’s latest Express Entry draw. The department issued 1,499  ITAs in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)- only draw. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 663 to be considered.  

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  • 20 Jun, 2024

In six provinces across Canada, minimum wage increases have taken effect

In six provinces across Canada, the hourly minimum wage will now increase.This action is in accordance with a timeline that was discussed in April of this year. The six affected provinces' hourly minimum wages have increased as of this past Sunday (October 1, 2023), according to the list below.Ontario: $16.55 instead of $15.50Manitoba: $15.30, up from $14.15Saskatchewan*: increased from $13 to $14.Nova Scotia: An increase to $15.00 from $14.50Up from $14.50 to $15.00 in Newfoundland and LabradorPrince Edward Island: Increased to $15.00 from $14.50*Saskatchewan has already declared that it will increase its minimum wage from $14.00 to $15.00 per hour once more in October 2024.

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  • 06 Oct, 2023

"Upfront Medical Exams No Longer Required for Express Entry Applicants as of October 1, 2023"

Starting October 1, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has eliminated the requirement for upfront Immigration Medical Exams (IME) when submitting Express Entry applications for permanent residence.Applicants no longer need to provide proof of a medical exam during the initial application. If you've previously undergone an IME, include the IME or UMI number in your application.For those who have never completed an IME, you can upload a blank document, and IRCC will provide instructions for the medical exam when necessary.Please note that IMEs remain a mandatory requirement for permanent residence, conducted by IRCC-approved panel physicians. Your health assessment must align with Canadian public health standards, and exam results are valid for 12 months. 

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  • 04 Oct, 2023

"IRCC Introduces Automated Tools for Faster PGWP and Work Permit Extension Processing"

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing new automated tools to expedite the processing of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and work permit extensions. These tools will handle tasks such as triage (assessing application urgency) and eligibility assessment. They aim to free up immigration officers for more complex tasks.The automated tools will prioritize applications based on urgency, like medical professionals or individuals facing emergencies. They will also assess eligibility using predefined criteria. However, these tools cannot refuse applications, and human officers will make final decisions. Officers can override automated decisions.The new automation is subject to regular reviews, including assessing potential discriminatory impacts and ensuring privacy and security compliance.While these tools are expected to enhance processing efficiency, their impact is still being monitored. Former Minister Sean Fraser highlighted increased productivity and a high approval rate due to the use of artificial intelligence and automation in immigration processing.

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  • 30 Sep, 2023

India Suspends Visa Services for Canadian Citizens Amid Rising Tensions

India has taken the extraordinary step of indefinitely suspending visa services for Canadian citizens amidst rising tensions between the two nations. This decision follows a diplomatic fallout triggered by the assassination of Khalistanist militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar.The background to this decision involves mounting tensions between the two nations due to accusations surrounding Nijjar's murder. Both countries had previously expelled each other's diplomats, and now this dispute has extended to visa services. Canada had issued advisories warning its citizens against travel to sensitive areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, leading India to advise its citizens and students in Canada to exercise caution due to an increase in anti-Indian sentiments and hate crimes.BLS International, the operator of the visa application center in Canada, announced the indefinite suspension of Indian visas, starting from September 21. While there hasn't been an official announcement from India, this marks the first instance of such a measure since the COVID-19 pandemic.The root of the tensions can be traced back to the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was shot outside a gurudwara in June. Nijjar's associates have accused India of involvement in his killing. Furthermore, another gangster, Sukha, was recently killed in Canada, further exacerbating tensions.India has expressed dissatisfaction over what it perceives as Canada's support for pro-Khalistan elements, an issue that has been a recurring point of contention. This matter was also discussed during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to India.The suspension of visa services adds a new layer of complexity to the ongoing tensions between India and Canada, raising concerns about the impact on Canadian citizens, particularly Indian students.Do not panic with any kind of rumours and newsYou can contact us and get the expert advice here for Canada’s on going situation. For further more inquiry you can visit us at our premises 701/702, 7th Floor, Joyos Hub Town, Adajan bus port, Adajan Patiya, Surat- 395009Or Contact us on +91 – 7600014090 | +91 – 9624819819

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  • 24 Sep, 2023

UK Announces Visa Fee Increases to Fund Public Services

The British government has announced an increase in visa fees, set to take effect on October 4th. The changes include a raise fees by 15% for most work and visit visas and at least 20% for priority visas, study visas, and certificates of sponsorship affecting travelers worldwide, including those from India. This move comes as part of a broader effort to generate additional revenue to support public sector wages and the National Health Service (NHS).The goal is to reduce the reliance on British taxpayers' funding while maintaining an attractive immigration system for those wishing to work and study in the UK.The fee hike applies to various visa categories, including health and care visas, naturalization as a British citizen, visas of different durations, entry clearance, and applications for leave to remain. These changes are pending parliamentary approval and are scheduled to be implemented on October 4th.

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  • 19 Sep, 2023

Express Entry: The IRCC declares that draws will resume this week.

According to the department, invitations will be sent to Express Entry applicants who match the requirements for the new category-based selection for transport occupations later this week. These job titles include commercial truck drivers, pilots, and people who assemble aircraft, among others. According to the IRCC, filling these roles will boost Canada's economy.

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  • 19 Sep, 2023

Canada Celebrates #WelcomingWeek2023, Embracing Immigrants for a Brighter Future

Canada celebrates #WelcomingWeek2023 from September 8-17, urging Canadians to embrace newcomers and support their integration.Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emphasizes the importance of making newcomers feel welcome, fostering successful integration, and recognizing their contributions. With approximately 8.3 million immigrants in Canada, comprising nearly 25% of the population, IRCC aims to raise awareness through its #ImmigrationMatters campaignCanadians are encouraged to connect with newcomers, share meals, attend cultural events, and promote a sense of belonging. Immigration is vital to Canada's growth, accounting for labor force and population expansion, economic prosperity, and innovation.

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  • 14 Sep, 2023

Parent and Grandparent PR Sponsorship Scheme Starting in October 2023 - Canada

Canada is set to launch a new batch of its Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program on October 10, 2023. With the growing Indian population in Canada, the demand for inviting parents and grandparents to Canada as Permanent Residents (PR) has surged.Application Details:Approximately 24,200 sponsors will be invited to apply.The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will accept a maximum of 15,000 applications this year.Invitations will be issued over a two-week period starting on October 10, 2023.Random Selection:Sponsors will be randomly selected from the received applications, streamlining the process.Eligibility to Sponsor:To be eligible as sponsors, individuals must have reached a minimum age of 18 years.Sponsors must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or registered under the Canadian Indian Act.Proof of sufficient income for the last three years is required to support those being sponsored

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  • 13 Sep, 2023

Canada introducing visa-free travel to 13 countries

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, visited Winnipeg today for an announcement regarding visa-free travel.Passport holders from 13 countries will now be able to travel to Canada by air without requiring a Temporary Residence Visa. However, this applies only to travellers from these countries who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa. Eligible travellers include passport holders from:PhilippinesMoroccoPanamaAntigua and BarbudaSt Kitts and NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent and GrenadinesTrinidad and TobagoArgentinaCosta RicaUruguaySeychellesThailand

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  • 07 Jun, 2023