December 22, 2020

The Covid pandemic has dominated 2020 and has significantly influenced immigration to Canada, but hope is on the way.

2020 has been quite the year.

The Covid pandemic has unleashed devastation around the globe, but there are a lot of causes for hope.

Various Covid vaccines have been created and vaccination  campaigns are in progress around the globe incorporating here in Canada. 

The beginning of the year was to a great extent uneventful for Canada’s immigration system. The Canadian government had a new mandate  and new immigration minister following a federal election in end-2019.The government’s immigration mandate letter and official policy statements suggested no big changes. Canada would continue to welcome high levels of immigrants, international students, and foreign workers to help a solid economy and society. 

At that point the Covid pandemic hit. 

The following is an outline of what CIC News considers to be the top 5 Canadian immigration stories of 2020. 

5. Canada exempts extended family from travel restrictions

On October 2nd, only a week before the country’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend,  the Canadian government declared new big exemptions to its Covid travel limitations. In his comments that day, immigration minister Marco Mendicino admit  that the travel limitations were generating difficulty for families in Canada, which is the why the government was  softening its rules to permit expanded family members from Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

Up until that point, the only family members  exempt from the travel rules were immediate family (the spouses, common-law partners,  dependent kid, grandchildren, parents or step-parents, and guardians or tutors of Canadian citizens and permanent residents).

The October 2nd declaration permitted for a more open definition of family, which now adds members in an specific and long-term relationship and their reliant kids, grandkids, siblings, half-and step-siblings and grandparents.

unnecessary to say, the exemption for expanded families carried huge help to Canadians who had not had the option to see their friends and family since the beginning of the pandemic. 

4. International students are accommodated

The October 2nd declaration also exempted more international students from the travel limitations. Nonetheless, Canada had been gradually rolling  out a series of big accommodations for international students throughout the pandemic.

Up until that declaration, just some international students were qualified to go to Canada, specifically the individuals who were in owner of a study permit when the  travel limitations produced results.

However the largest accommodation, was declared by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on May 14 and has shown to be CIC News’ most read story of 2020.IRCC expressed that international students could obtain their studies at Canadian colleges and universities while abroad up until December 31, 2020 and not have those studies influence their qualification for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

IRCC had previously declared a softness to its PGWP rules but it was just for a restricted period. By expanding it through to the last of the year, IRCC was fully encouraging international students to proceed with their Canadian studies during the pandemic. Before the changes, online studies couldn’t count towards PGWP qualification. 

The reason the PGWP accommodation is so significant is that the vast majority of international students wish to move to permanent residence in Canada. Customarily, they require to get Canadian work experience after their studies here to be qualified for Canadian immigration. The PGWP has shown to be a cornerstone of such endeavors, and is now by far  Canada’s most famous work permit option. The PGWP empowers international students to obtain  work experience they require to be qualified for permanent residence, and in the end make the transition to becoming the Canadian citizens of tomorrow.

Without IRCC’s accommodations, numerous international students would almost certainly have either deciding studying in Canada, or deferred their studies, which would have harmed the Canadian economy considerably further. Rather, IRCC’s changes furnished students with the green light to start their studies online, and still gain the advantages of the PGWP. 

IRCC has since expanded its PGWP qualification period again through to April 30, 2021. 

3. Express Entry records are shattered

The greater part of Canada’s migrants are welcomed as economic class skilled workers, and Express Entry is the primary way Canada oversees skilled worker applications.

Preceding the pandemic, Express Entry draws were happening roughly every two weeks, Generally on Wednesday’s, with between 3,000-4,000 successful  applicants getting immigration invitations each draw. 

Canada’s declaration of travel limitations on March 16,generated uncertainty about Express Entry. It was undisclosed if draws would proceed and whether applicants who were abroad would be considered.

On Wednesday March 18, the routinely scheduled Express Entry draw happened, however in what was a rarity at that time, just Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants were thought of. In another extraordinariness, IRCC continued to hold another draw only a some days after on Monday March 23, in which it just understand Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants. 

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applicants make up the lion’s share of  successful  Express Entry migrants, but they sat restlessly over the months to follow as IRCC just invited  PNP and CEC applicants. 

At last, on July 8, FSWP applicants were once again added in an Express Entry draw and IRCC has adhered to “all-program draws” since September 2nd. 

The largest Express Entry story of the year is the sheer extent of the draw sizes. To make up for lower immigration to Canada this year, IRCC is holding the biggest Express Entry draws since the system was started in 2015, with 5,000 invitations being provided each draw, and Express Entry outperforming 100,000 invitations for the first time ever.

This spells good news for people who wish to give an application for immigration to Canada as skilled workers in 2021  and past. 

2. Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023

The Immigration Levels Plan declaration will in tends to be IRCC’s most significant of the year as it outlines  the number of newcomers Canada purpose to welcome and the targets under the respective economic, family, and refugee classes. In recent years, the declaration has been enough anticlimactic as the federal government worked towards ran after welcoming more than 300,000 new migrants per year. 

Given that Express Entry and the overall immigration system continued to work since the beginning of the pandemic, the normal anticipation was that the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 would also demonstrate anticlimactic.

In an dramatic twist, however,  Marco Mendicino declared on October 30th that Canada would set out on the most ambitious immigration plan in its history.

Starting in 2021, Canada will purpose for the arrival  of more than 400,000 new permanent residents  every year. Canada has just accomplished this purpose once in its history, back in 1913.

The 400,000 figure has been set to offset  lower migration to Canada during the pandemic, and also to help Canada’s post-Covid economic recuperation. 

But, the declaration will be discussed among Canadian history classes and in  policy settings well past the pandemic, for quite a long time to come. It marks the start of a new era in Canadian immigration and will have important economic and social implications for the country and its people.

Look at that as a immigration purpose over 400,000 could see Canada become a nation  of 100 million individuals by 2100, which would make it one of the world’s most populated and perhaps influential countries.

Canada presently has 38 million individuals, which means its positions 39th globally in populace. A Canada of 100 million individuals in 2100 could to include the top 20 countries in populace.

1.Canada shuts the border

On the morning of Monday March 16, Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau stepped before a podium  in front of his home and declared to a national  audience that Canada would be closing its  borders as of March 18. 

This was an unreal moment.

Trudeau, Mendicino, and the rest of the Canadian government proudly emphasized Canada’s openness to worldwide ability. Since taking down to business in November 2015, Trudeau and his associates started significant initiatives to welcome refugees from Syria and different parts of the world in required, while also looking to bring families together, and welcome more ability as migrants, foreign workers, and students.

Indeed, only four days before Trudeau’s discourse, Mendicino had declared Canada’s 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan. 

The dramatic discourse by Trudeau made the Covid pandemic hit closer to home for Canadian immigration stakeholders and members abroad searching to come to Canada. It also demonstrated how liquid the pandemic was. The government  didn’t understand the gravity of the circumstances days before, until public health  specialists emphasized the significance of closing the borders to contain the spread of COVID-19, which clearly put a dent in the 2020-2022 levels plan. 

The presentation of travel limitations will affect Canada’s immigration system for years to come, as IRCC will require time to process the backlog  of applications reasoned by the pandemic, and will be required to modernize its system so it can process applications more rapidly after the pandemic is well behind us. 

Although the pandemic will lastingly affect the immigration system, it has not changed the reasoning of Canada’s immigration policy. As shown by stories # 2-5, Canada keeps on committed to welcoming worldwide ability to help a solid economy and society.

December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020

There are more tech employments available for now than there were before the Covid spread

Canada is losing tech ability and as an outcome, Canadian organizations are attempting to draw in foreign ability to move north. 

This is as per a report published December 2020, by Innovation Economy Council entitled Magnetic North: How Canada Holds Its Own in the Global Race for Innovation Talent. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively  affected the Canadian economy, influencing three million employments in the process.

Occupations in the information  and technology  sector were also affected when Canada went into lockdown to check the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, in contrast to other occupations, STEM employments have recovered spectacularly.

Indeed, STEM employment is even more abundant than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. STEM-related job across the  country was 8.7 percent higher in October than in February. Instances of these employments incorporate programmers, engineers and other tech laborers. 

One possible clarification for why tech employments in specifically were flexible through the pandemic may come down to the industry’s preparation to transition online, permitting employees to work remotely.

Foreign organizations are also using the talent available in Canada. Since tech organizations are realizing that representatives can work from practically anyplace, many are generating chances for Canadians. This may describe why tech companies such as Google and Facebook have opened up shop in Canada previous the last five years.

Canada continues to create its reputation as a tech hub. For instance, the software organization Gatik opened up a research hub in Toronto, early last year, to attract the local ability available from Waterloo and the University of Toronto. 

“Toronto has been promoted as a new Silicon Valley… There’s no preferable spot over Toronto, as far as we’re concerned” says Richard Steiner, head of policy and communications at Gatik.

Canada’s loss is also Canada’s gain

In spite of the abundance of employment in the tech sector, Canada’s most brilliant minds are looking to move south with the guarantee of higher salaries in the U.S. 

A recent study by analyzer at the University of Toronto and Brock University gained that a quarter of STEM graduates from top Canadian universities are now working overseas.

Canada is third after India and China in getting H1-B visas to the U.S. These visas are normally used to hire talented people from overseas. The future of the H1-B program, however, is not clear. This is caused U.S. president Donald Trump suspended the program earlier in the year, referring to the pandemic as the basic reason.

Numerous Canadian tech organizations are capitalizing on this by endeavoring to draw U.S.- based tech laborers, who are worried about their immigration status, to come to Canada.  An example of this is the Communitech billboard campaign in Silicon Valley, California. 

Since numerous Canadian tech graduates decide to go overseas, Canadian organizations are searching for new immigrants to fill employment vacancies. Canada has become to some degree a magnet, attracting tens of thousands of highly skilled foreign workers  and STEM students to come to Canada. 

Canada has also recently declared that it will welcome upwards of 400,000 new permanent residents each year between 2021 and 2023.This is according with the premise that Canada is dependent on new migrants to assist the economy recuperating. 

The Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a fast-track federal immigration program that assists managers attract and maintain highly skilled  provisional foreign workers. Under the GTS, employers are required to gain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).This is to show  that they have exhausted all possibilities to gain from the local talent pool. This process takes two weeks.

When this process is finished, foreign nationals can then give an application to come to Canada through the GTS. Canada processes these applications in only two weeks. This implies that it can take only four weeks for a foreign national to come to Canada by this program.

December 14, 2020

More Italians and Canadians are now qualified to take a working holiday visa in every other country.

Canada and Italy have extended their already existing youth mobility agreement, which will permit more individuals to go on longer working holidays between the two countries.

Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, and Italy’s minister of foreign affairs, Luigi Di Maio, signed the new bilateral agreement on December 11.

Italians and Canadians between ages 18 and 35 will now have the option to job and travel in each other’s countries for up to 12 months. They can also give an application to expand their work permits for another year, and have the option to live in each other’s country for a total of up to 24 months.

Youth will also have the option to gain professional work experience through the International Co-operation, and Young Professionals programs. 

The International Experience Canada (IEC) Program permits youngsters to get  international  work  experience. Even Though the Covid pandemic has resulted in travel limitations around the globe, this agreement  with Italy will open up new chances for future work and travel once limitations are lifted. For now, just youth with current and legitimate employment offers can go to Canada under the IEC Program.

Canada and Italy have been youth mobility partners since 2006.This new agreement will be executed after confirmation in Canada and in Italy. 

“I’m extremely satisfied that we had the option to agree with Italy, which will provide both Canadian and Italian youth with even more chances to live, travel and job abroad once it is protected to do as such,” Mendicino said in a media release. “We live in an rapidly interconnected globe where innovation frequently comes from the individuals who have travelled widely, who have an appreciation  for different cultures, and whose eyes have been opened to new plans, insights and methods of doing things.”

More than 1.5 million individuals in Canada are of Italian descent, one of the biggest Italian group in the globe outside of Italy. 

Since 2008, over 200,000 Canadians have participated  in the IEC program.

International Experience Canada

Canada has youth mobility agreements with 36 other countries. By reciprocal bilateral agreements,  young adults can travel and job in these countries. Canadians can job in these countries, and vice versa for citizens of other participating countries can also do work.

There are three classes under the IEC: 

  • Working Holiday visas, where individuals get open work permits that permit them to work for any manager in the host country;
  • International Co-operation members, who get manager particular work permits that permit students to to obtain experience with their field of study; and 
  • Youthful Professionals, who also gain an manager-particular work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their career path.
December 12, 2020

British Columbia has now invited  close to 9,000 immigration applicants to apply for a provincial nomination this year. 

British Columbia invited 256 immigration applicants to give an application for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held December 8. 

Invitations provided in this draw went to applicants enrolled in the Skilled Workers and International Graduates classes of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP’s) Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. 

Applicants in the Skills Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-skilled Workers classification were also invited.

The BC PNP Express Entry categories are open to applicants with a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The federal system manages  the pool of applicants for three of Canada’s main economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

The SI classification is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are  in big demand  in the province of B.C. 

The at least score necessities in today’s draw  ranged among 77 and 97 for the five EEBC and SI classifications that were included. 

The Following is a breakdown of the at least scores:  

  • SI – Skilled Worker: 95
  • SI – International Graduate: 95
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 97
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 97

In order to get an invitation through the EEBC applicants need to be enrolled under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C’s. Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 

Candidates who get an invitation to give an application now have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to present a complete application through the BC PNP Online enrollment system. An invitation to give an application doesn’t guarantee that candidates will be accepted for a nomination.

In order to be considered under the BC PNP, many applicants should have an indeterminate, full-time employment offer from an manager in the province who is ready to help them by the application process.​

Express Entry is the federal government’s application management system. Express Entry applicants are given points based on human capital factors, for example, age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French. 

Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination get an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

December 11, 2020
December 11, 2020

International students who want to get education in Canada need to get an admission before to give an application for a student visa. Following is the process to gain admission:

  • Choose the course and institution 
  • Fill and Submit the application form to the select institution or college online
  • Gain letter of acceptance from the education provider 
  • Get Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) 
  • Give application for the Student Visa 

Documents Required For The Offer Letter

  • Birth and Leaving Certificate
  • Passport size photographs
  • Passport
  • 10th & 12th Marksheet, Credit & Trial Certificates
  • Diploma’s Mark sheet, Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate
  • ITI’s Mark sheet, Degree Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Mark sheet, Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate (Transcript if required)
  • Master’s Mark sheet, Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate (Transcript if required)
  • Work Experience Letter if needed
  • IELTS/PTE certificate

Visa Process

All the International students are needed to gain a Student Authorization and a Visa before going to Canada for studies and complete the requirements of the Canadian Immigration Regulations. The applicant giving an application for the visa has to give the authority a time of 2 months for the Visa to be processed.

Documents Required For Visa Application

  • Police Clearance Certificates and Medical Reports
  • Academic Certificates
  • Proof of Funds
  • Official letter of acceptance from a Canadian university, college or Technical Institute
  • College/University Fees Payment Receipt
  • G.I.C Payment Receipt or Education Loan Acceptance Letter
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Other related certificates

English Language Requirements

Programs English Test Score
Diploma programs IELTS – Overall band score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0

PTE – Overall 45; no less than 36

Bachelor’s Degree IELTS – Overall band score of 6.0,

no less than 5.5 PTE – Overall 50; no less than 45

Graduate Diploma IELTS – Overall band score of 6.5

no less than 6.0 PTE – Overall 6.5; no less than 50

Master Programs IELTS – Overall band score of 6.5;

no less than 6.0 PTE – Overall 6.5; no less than 50


A student  planning to give an application under the Student Partners Program (SPP) process needs to buy a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (G.I.C.) account and deposit  CAD$ 10,200 as a evidence of their living expense for one year in their account.

After getting the Letter of Acceptance from the college, the student is required to process for the G.I.C., which takes about 10 to 15 working days.

Initially, the student requires to make a new email id with Scotia Bank. This process takes 4 to 5 days. After that the student needs to make an installment from his/her account through a wire move and pay CAD$ 10,200 and from that CAD$ 10,000 would be deposited in their G.I.C. furthermore, CAD$ 200 is deducted as an Administration charge by Scotia Bank. 

After the installment is complete, it might take up to 3 or 4 days for the money to gain credited in the G.I.C. account. 

The student requires to take a print of the receipt of installment in G.I.C. What’s more, the receipt should be self-attested in the file while during the application of the Visa process.

When the student  lands in Canada, they are required to open a Savings account in Scotia Bank where they will gain CAD$ 2000 immediately for their living expense and the remaining amount gets moved in their account  each alternate  month in equivalent payments for their living costs in the whole year.

December 3, 2020

British Columbia invited immigration applicants under its Tech Pilot and entrepreneur streams in this month’s first provincial draw.

B.C. invited  immigration applicants to give an application for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 1, 2020.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) provided 68 invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. 

Applicants were invited under the Skilled Worker, and International Graduate subcategories through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Invited applicants need to have  employment offers in a qualified tech occupation to get the  nomination.

The minimum required score for successful applicants was 80 in all classes. 

The BC PNP also provided 11 invitations through its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The at least score requirement for this draw was 121. 

B.C. holds draws by two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) classes on a weekly basis.

To give an application for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC classes applicants have to first make a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 

Candidates are assessed and provided a score based on elements, for example, level of education, work experience,  expertise in English and place of job.

In case a candidate is affirmed, they can then utilize their provincial nomination to give application for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the PNP. 

Express Entry applicants who get a nomination  from British Columbia will be provided an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. 

The BC PNP is one of Canada’s PNPs. By these programs, provinces can nominate new immigrants who can live into the local labour market.

The BC PNP has conducted 25 technical draws since January, with least scores dropping from 90 to 80 points that have maintained consistent for a few months.

It should be noticed that BC continues to invite workers and graduates in non-tech occupations  on a regular basis as well. 

British Columbia’s high-development technology sector has developed much quicker in recent years due to the influx of international ability leaving U.S. technology centers, for example, Silicon Valley. This has been assigned, in part, to hard immigration and economic policies due to the that have prompted a time of vulnerability in the U.S. technology sector.

Besides its reputation for innovation and technological capability, British Columbia’s mellow atmosphere and proximity to U.S. markets are also elements that attract offices and laborers.

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