Recent Developments in Canadian Immigration in brief : April 3 – April 10

To combat the flood of news about coronavirus and isolation, we bring you top 10 news about the recent developments in Canadian Immigration process, a quick update to up to speed with everything you need to know, and some things that you may not need to know but are just fun to know, in five minutes before you start your day.

  • 1. Canada had 2 Express Entry draws on the 9th of April The first draw saw 606 candidates, with a minimum CRS score of 698, invited in a Provincial Nominee Program draw. The minimum CRS score dropped to 464 in the second draw, with 3,294 candidates invited.
  • 2. Ontario are accepting applications for internationally trained doctors to fight coronavirus, provided applicants have graduated from medical school within the past two years.
  • 3. Manitoba had a draw that saw 153 candidates invited to apply for provincial nomination, bringing the total up to 1,676 provincial nominations this year.
  • 4. Canadian immigration processing fees will increase on April 30th, generally by 50 per cent. Here’s a brief list of those changes:
    1. • The principal applicant of regular federal economic streams, such as the Express Entry options from $550 to $825 (Canadian funds).
    2. • The spouse or the common-law partner of those applicants from $550 to $825 (Canadian funds)
    3. • The dependent children of those applicants from $150 to $225 each (Canadian funds)
    They will also increase the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF), also known as the landing fee from $490 to $500 (a 2% increase).The government will increase these fees every two years from now, according to the average biannual inflation rate in Canada.
  • 5. International students with online course work are now eligible for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).
  • 6. Some foreign workers in agriculture, food processing and trucking operations, can now be hired faster.
  • 7. British Columbia issued 476 invitations in the three latest draws, bringing the total up to 1,991 since January 2020.
  • 8. The province also invited 18 entrepreneurs with scores of at least 107 through the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot.
  • 9. Canada is still accepting spousal and common-law sponsorship applications for partners in Canada or abroad, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 10. Alberta’s last four Express Entry Stream draws invited candidates with CRS scores as low as 300. It is pretty evident that Canada continues to accept immigration applications during these tough and trying times as Canadian government employees continue to work diligently from home.

If you are ready to begin the immigration processor if you would like to learn more about some of the popular programs currently accepting online applications for immigration, all you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your application today and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s just that simple!


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