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The tits-bits of BC PNP Tech Pilot program

Immigration systems in the jurisdiction of British Columbia have stretched the prevalent BC Tech Pilot till June 2021 to offer B.C. tech companies the constant capability to recruit and recall international flair. Tech and IT employees might settle in BC and obtain Canadian permanent residence swiftly through the BC Tech Pilot, which is a fragment of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This program was initially launched for the reason that demand for bent in BC’s tech sector is snowballing quicker than supply. By generating an exclusive path for accomplished tech and IT workers, BC can gratify the mandate for tech talent.

Going through the application Process

Candidates who are effectively designated through the BC PNP Tech Pilot program will be delivered a work permit sustenance letter, consenting them to apply for a provisional work permit. In addition, they will be asked to defer to an authorized application for Canadian permanent residence. The BC Tech Pilot is not an entry program. Applicants who are qualified and have itemized a profile for one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration programs, and who meet the necessities for the BC Tech Pilot might be able to apply to the Tech Pilot to obtain improved application dispensation and further assistance.

Prerequisites to get a job offer

The BC Tech Pilot has an exclusive job offer necessities. So as to meet the requirements for the Tech Pilot, the job offer must be for one of 29 nominated in-demand professions. The proposal does not need to be unlimited, but it must be for a period of as a minimum of one year. If the candidate is previously working for the employer in the position that is being obtainable to them, they must have no less than 120 days remaining in that position at the time they give in to their application.

Exploring the eligible Occupations

Intending to be qualified for the BC Tech Pilot, the applicant is ought to be itemized for the BC PNP tech pilot program occupation list. Candidates must as well be working in one of 29 tech professions recognized as in-demand by the BC PNP. The process cares companies to entice and recollect desirable talent by providing an accelerated immigration pathway for globally trained workers who have the special skills, knowledge, and experiences needed by BC employers, in addition to international scholars who have completed their education in BC or a different place in Canada and have the necessary skills obligatory for BC’s technology sector.

Coming to a Conclusion

If one has graduated in the field of technology from British Columbia and somewhere else in Canada, with the help of the BC PNP tech program one can give wings to their career.


New policy for former international students to extend their expired post graduate work permits

On January 8, 2021, IRCC has announced a new public policy under COVID-19 pandemic for former
international students having expired or about to expire post graduate work permit. Former students
can now extend their post graduate work permit for 18 months under this new policy.

You may be eligible to apply if you meet following conditions.

To apply for an open work permit under the new policy, the following criteria must be met:

you must have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020 or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date of application.

you need to be in Canada.

you need to have a valid temporary status, or you are applying to restore your status.

The application process will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

News did spread a wave of relief and happiness amongst former international students who were before
thinking that they have lost the fair chance of gaining Canadian work experience due to pandemic.
Government once again proved that Canada believes strongly in fairness and stands by all its residents
despite of their temporary or permanent status in country.

Please note that if your work permit has been expired for over 90 days you can still apply under this
program because you are eligible to restore your status in Canada until August 2021 under that another
public policy that was announced on January 1, 2021.

So, if you think that you are in this situation or know any of your friend or family member in same
situation. Please contact us today to start the process to lodge your application once applications open
on Jan 27,2021.

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Process to obtain Canadian citizenship likely to change in future

The short-comings brought to light by the self-evaluation done by the immigration department highlights areas where Canadian citizenship processes need improvisation. A report in this regard (an analysis of the period between 2013 to 2018) was released in November 2020 and mentions that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) has come out with some recommendations on how to address these short-comings. The report is an outcome of an accountability exercise under the supervision of the Treasury Board.

As is the case now, after living in Canada for at least three years, the permanent residents become eligible to apply for citizenship, subject to fulfilling other eligibility conditions. The permanent residents must pass a citizenship test/ interview and must prove their language competency skills in English or French.

Some insights are as follows:

  • Between 2005 and 2015, out of the 2.8 million permanent residents, 50% converted their status to citizens by 2018. Also, in 2016, 86% permanent residents converted their status to citizens. This also leads to the fact that most people migrating to Canada want to settle in Canada permanently. But these trends have not shown consistency, the recent trends depict that permanent residents are delaying to attain citizenship status.
  • As Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for settling abroad, with increase in application fees, certain refugees and low-income families were discouraged to apply although the total application count was nearly the same as before.

The current application fee rates are $630 for adults and $100 for minors (children under 18 years of age). IRCC has commented that there is a need to re-examine the fee structure in order to bring equity in the application process.


  • The current knowledge and language requirements act as hindrances for those facing socio economic challenges in their country.

As per IRCC’s findings, the two requirements of knowledge and language are difficult, especially for the refugees and people with low language proficiency and education. These requirements can be waived-off on compassionate grounds, but the problem is that parameters are not well-defined for these cases. As a result, most waivers end up being issued on medical grounds.

As per the process, waivers have to be requested by applicants, but the process is cumbersome, due to which there were very few waivers requested during the evaluation period.
As per IRCC, the criterion for assessing the applicant’s language ability does not always reflect the applicant’s actual language ability. Due to the assessment’s broader range and given that ability in itself is subjective, it becomes difficult for immigration officers to assess language ability. To add to this further, the officers concerned are themselves not formal assessors.
Therefore, IRCC is inclined upon creating a system in place to equip officers to validate language evidence and provide better support to assess language ability.

IRCC found that the study guide and knowledge test already have a higher language level requirement than the actual test itself and there is a need for more tools and support for applicants. Therefore, there are plans to implement a new approach for the knowledge requirement. Possible revisions to consist study guide or other tools to improve the accessibility of the required information.


  • It was observed that Immigrants who turn into citizens, usually have strong feelings of connection to Canada, and their community. Many of the immigrants who desire to become Canadian, tend to participate in volunteer organizations. An individuals’ socio-economic situation generally

PGWP post graduate work permit Eligibility facts

Some interesting factors of the post graduate work permit today

What is a post graduate work permit?
It is an opportunity that international students get after finishing the program of study in Canada which allows them to have a work permit anywhere from the length of eight months to three years it is an open work permit which means they can work for any employer in Canada full-time.

This work experience that they gain on the postgraduate work permit can be used for various Immigration Programs in Canada to apply permanent residency including federal and provincial programs.

What are the eligibility requirements of post graduate work permit? 

First and most important fact is Student must study at an eligible DLI which is designated learning institute in Canada.

Student must maintain their full-time status during each  academic session of program or programs in Canada which is three courses or nine credits. 

Exceptions can be made in special cases like final academic session-  so if a student  register part time only in the final academic session which is less than 3 courses 9 credits,  they will still be considered eligible for post graduate work permit

Second exception is a leave from studies Now , this is a very interesting topic when it comes to leave even though a leave is  an exception it doesn’t mean that you can take leave anytime you want from your studies. Leave can adversely impact your post graduate work permit application . Real suggestion for all international students out there is try not to take any leave if possible during your studies unless you have finished one program of study and you’re switching to a new one and the new program is not starting until the next semester. Even in that case leave must not be more than 150 days.

Another example of leave that does not impact your eligibility of post graduate work permit is , if your Institute is on strike but you are available to study which means its out of your hands. 

Apart from these exceptions if you think that in any other way you became part time during your studies or your grades were lower consistently or you see other components in your official transcript that might impact your post graduate work permit eligibility like you dropped one or more semester for any reason , Then you should put a very good explanation with your application along with the supporting documents to prove to the officer that you had no choice except from becoming part time or drop the semester or whatever your situation was. Still it will be officers discretion if he or she would want to approve or refuse your application

Now let’s talk about the length of the post graduate work permit .

Length of a post graduate work permit depends on the length of your program for an example if you finish a program of eight months you might get a work permit of 8 months or one year. So, lets take a scenario that the actual length of the program is one year which is three semesters but you have finished it accelerated which is in eight months you still might get 1 years work permit. On the other hand if the official length of the program is 8 month and you have also finished it in eight months you might get only eight months work permit. Again every individual case can be different but this is just an example to explain this.

Some institutes allow you to accelerate your studies for an example sometimes the official length of the program is two years and student finishes it in 1 1/2 years still they will get a completion letter of two years in those cases student may get three years work permit even if they have studied one and a half year.

Another points that I would like to highlight is if you are studying two different programs in Canada try to finish those two programs in two years and both programs must be Pgwp eligible. And you must meet all of the requirements of bg WP eligibility during the entire term of both programs. For example if you were part time in just one of the semesters in the middle of your first or second program that can make you ineligible for pgwp.

Travellers arriving and exiting Canada to use the ArriveCAN app starting from November 21, 2020

As part of the efforts by the Canadian government to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government has launched a new free app known as ArriveCAN. The app was introduced earlier this year April, 2020 and set to become operational by November 21, 2020.

A statement released by the official media handle of the federal government stated that that the app would be helpful to travellers by making them abide by the set border guidelines and measures put in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The app is available for download as a mobile app on the App store for iOS users and on Google Play store for Android users. The app is also accessible via the online sign in portal.

From November 21, 2020, all travellers that are moving into Canada must ensure that all their necessary and vital information are submitted via the ArriveCAN app before boarding the flight. The information required includes – contact information of the traveller, COVID-19 self assessment report as well as quarantine plans while observing the compulsory 14 days quarantine period in Canada.

The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) will demand the ArriveCAN receipt from all travellers before allowing them entry into Canada. Any traveller that fails to comply with the requirements of the ArriveCAN app might be subjected to certain enforcement actions which may include a fine of $1000 or a verbal warning. However, certain classes of travellers might be exempted from the enforcement actions. This will include all those with disabilities or persons that do not have the adequate infrastructure to submit their documents via the ArriveCAN app.

All travellers are strongly advised and encouraged to make use of the ArriveCAN app as well as show the Border officers the receipt generated from the ArriveCAN app to avoid any delay or possibly missing a flight due to non compliance.

The federal government went further to state that all travellers that just arrived Canada by air, sea or land must also submit their information via the ArriveCAN app or call the toll – free number 1-833-641-0343 on a daily basis to submit the necessary information during the period of their quarantine. For those that have a mandatory order of exemption, they do not need to submit their information via the app.

Travellers arriving Canada must ensure that they have arrived their place of quarantine within 48 hours and they must carry out a daily COVID-19 symptom self – assessment during the duration of their quarantine.

Travellers that fail to submit their information will be highly prioritized for follow-ups by the Canadian authorities until they submit the necessary documents.

The government stated that the aim of the introduction of this app is to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is curbed and there is less physical contact between travellers and Border Control officers and also to reduce time wasting and delays at the border.

The federal government further stated that the privacy of the travellers are fully recognized and this is the reason why the ArriveCAN app does not contain any GPS tracking feature.

International students arriving Canada must abide by the new regulatory health and safety guide

The Canadian government has just announced a new travel restriction exemption for international students that are just arriving Canada amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a notice titled “COVID-19:  guide for international students in Canada arriving from abroad.” Which was released on the official government website, the federal government clearly outlined the various roles to be played by the government of Canada, territories and provinces as well as Designated Learning Institution (DLIs) in ensuring that international students are properly supported.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also contributed to the notice by rendering the necessary health and safety advice for the return of the international students.

One of the key highlights of the notice will be that all international students as well as their family members who show both mild and serious symptoms of coronavirus will not be allowed to board any flight coming to Canada. If the symptoms however show up upon entry into Canada, the student will have to be properly examined by a medical expert and may not be allowed to enter Canada yet or the student will be transported to a hospital for proper medical check-up.

Canada has a regularly updated and approved list of schools that have exhibited a high level of readiness for coronavirus. International students will only be allowed to start up their studies in any of these schools.

International students would need to be granted travel authorization which is different from a study permit or study permit approval. The students would be communicated once there is a cancellation in the travel authorization as a result of any change in circumstances at the school or territory or province.

International students may be turned back by the Border Services Officer if they fail to show that they are entering Canada for the purposes of studying in any of the approved DLIs in Canada.

An immediate family member of the student may be allowed to accompany the student into Canada provided that such a person is the husband or wife of the student, child or parents/guardian where the student is a minor. The family member must be able to show the student that they are not coming into Canada for leisure purposes rather they are moving in to help the student get established in Canada.

The Canadian government has also made quarantine plans for both international students as well as their family members arriving Canada. This is a compulsory 14 days quarantine that requires the students as well as their family members to wear a face mask during their travel and also to the place of quarantine.

Students are advised to make a plan for the quarantine period which would also be inspected by the Border officers. The students must ensure that they stay in an individual apartment during the quarantine period. They should also avoid contact with every other person especially those that are at higher risk of being adversely affected by the coronavirus such as the elderly, those with underlining health challenges and others who have a compromised immune system. The students should also make plans for home food delivery services during the quarantine period.

Where the student is living in a family house with other members of the household or living with housemates, the student should always self – isolate in a separate room or space. The student should regularly disinfect the area at all times during this period.

The Canadian government has placed a fine of $750,000 CAD as well as six months jail time for failure to abide by the quarantine regulation. Where any person causes the death of another due to the failure to abide by the quarantine regulations, the person would liable to a fine of $1 million as well as a three years jail term.

Canada to create more permanent resident pathways for the Home Support Worker Pilot Program

The Home Support Worker Pilot Program is an initiative to cater for the disabled citizens of Canada that needs support at home. The Canadian government has just announced its readiness to accept more applications for this program.

According to the official homepage of the Canadian government, the expected limit for the number of pilot applications has not been reached. As soon as the cap is reached, the application portal for the pilot program on the homepage will be closed for 2020.

On the other hand, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program which was launched by the Canadian government in Tandem has reached its application limit after accepting about 2,750 applications. The application portal will be open for accepting more applications on January 1, 2021.

These two pilot programs have a duration of five years and it gives both qualified caregivers and members of their families the opportunity to move into Canada for the purposes of work and study and then apply for permanent residency.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made it known that all persons that submitted applications to any of the two pilot programs do not need to make contact with the immigration department. The IRCC stated that all applicants will be notified once the processing of their applications start as well as the outcome of their application. The IRCC stated that there might be some unexpected and unusual delay in the application process due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application process might differ individually and this is because of the fact that the qualifying work experience might come into play as well as other factors. The work experience will be determined by a 24 months committed full time work experience either as a home support worker or a child care giver.

The first step towards the application process is for the applicants to provide a very credible evidence that they have at least 24 months full time working experience in the relevant field in line with the pilot program. However, in certain circumstances, the applicants might not need to meet the 24 months full time working experience provided that they meet other eligible requirements.

Applicants for the permanent residency must also apply for work permit and once the applicants meets the eligibility requirement, they will be issued with a temporary work permit. This is an open – work permit that allows caregivers to work for any employer provided that such an employer has not been blacklisted by the Canadian government.

Once all the required eligibility criteria are met including the 24 months work experience, the Canadian government would then make a final decision on their application and the outcome of the decision will be communicated to the applicants.

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76 candidates invited to apply for permanent residence in a BC PNP tech draw

On November 17, 2020, the British Columbia invited about 76 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The invitations were sent out by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) via the Skills Immigration streams and Express Entry BC (EEBC).

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program was used as the platform for inviting candidate that fall under the following categories – Entry level workers, semi skilled workers, skilled workers and international graduates.

For the invited candidates to be eligible for the nomination, they must have a valid job offer in any of the 29 tech occupations. The occupations that are eligible and approved for the BC PNP Tech Pilot include but not limited to the following – Audio and video recording technicians, translators, developers, web designers, civil engineers as well as computer and information systems managers.

The candidates from all categories must attain the pass score of 80 to be considered for the nomination. Applicants will be evaluated and given a pass score based on several factors including – English proficiency, location of employment, work experience and level of education.

For a candidate to be able to apply for the Skills Immigration or EEBC streams, such a person must create a profile on the BC PNP online portal and thereafter register under the website’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

On approval of the provincial nomination, the candidate can proceed to apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence under the BC PNP Pilot. An additional 600 points would be awarded to candidates under the EEBC stream to use towards their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These candidates are also assured of an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in any other future Express Entry draw organized by the federal government.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program operates through existing BC immigration streams and it is designed for international students and IT workers.

Unlike other BC PNP streams that require an offer of permanent employment, the BC PNP Tech Pilot program only requires one year employment duration by the employer. Employments that are above one year would also be considered provided that it is on a full time basis and the offer of employment is from an eligible employer in the province.

Temporary residents in Canada to benefit from more immigration openings from the Canadian government

The Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino has revealed to Bloomberg that there will be more opportunities for foreign workers, international students as well as asylum seekers to get permanent residency. This was coming in the light of the announcement by the Canadian government that in the next three years, the country would process more than 400,000 immigration applications.

Mr. Mendicino went further to state that the Canadian government would soon release an official statement on this note. The Minister said that there is a need for these group of immigrants to be granted permanent residency owing to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian economy. According to the Minister, the labour force, population and economic growth has recorded a very slow growth due to the border closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated that the temporary migrants who do not possess permanent residency would have to return back once their visa expires and that will not be favourable for the economy and general growth of Canada.

The Minister further revealed that the migration statistics for both permanent and temporary residents have been on a 60% decrease year after year as presented by an official government data. Canada has planned to welcome over 340,000 permanent residents before the COVID-19 pandemic but so far, it has been able to process only about 200,000 permanent resident applications.

The Minister informed Bloomberg that the high death rate as well as low birth rate should make it necessary for the government to create more immigration opportunities to move from temporary to permanent residents. According to the Mendicino, there are a lot of temporary residents that possess skills and talents relevant for the growth of the Canadian economy. The government should look more at students who have the age, time and energy, the Minister explained.

This initiative yet to be announced by the government seems to be a step towards the right direction not just because of the fact that it will hugely benefit the economy but because it will improve Canadian market as immigrants who have studied, worked, grown professional and social networks around Canada.

The Minister did not expressly reveal the exact changes that the Canadian government will propose but from his conversation with Bloomberg, one or more of the following could be deciphered as the plans of the Canadian government –

  • Creation of pilot programs by the government
  • Holding draws for express entry into various programs
  • Allowing for a modified Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to allow for more points needed  to achieve a Canadian experience
  • Adjusting the eligibility criteria for federal government programs

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Study permits and visas

A student that desires to carry out any academic enrolment in a Canadian school must obtain a study permit.

One of the requirements to be met when applying for a study permit is that the applicant must show that he or she has successfully applied to a Canadian school for an enrolment into an academic program and has received a letter of acceptance by the Canadian School. The academic program must be for at least the duration of six months.

Another basic condition to be met will be any necessary travel documents including a valid passport.

There is a list of designated learning institutions provided by the government which must be recognized before the grant of a study permit. Therefore, it is important for the applicant to ensure that the institution he or she wishes to apply to is on the list.

Here at Sia Immigration, we would always help out with providing the necessary guidance.

The study permit is granted based on the duration of the academic program. In some cases, where the admission is conditional upon the successful passing of some courses, then the study permit will be given for the duration of that course and once the applicant has been fully accepted, an application can be made for the extension of the study permit.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) launches in Vernon B.C.

Vernon, a small city located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia has launched a new immigration program known as the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP).

The RNIP was created due to the need to link foreign immigrant workers to various communities where there are shortages of labour.

Applicants must ensure that they have an eligible job offer with an hourly wage of at least $25 per hour in order to have a full time position permanently in Vernon B.C.

Applicants must ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria as set by the federal government as well as the community before applying for permanent residence through Vernon B.C. and these include –

  • Applicants must meet the minimum of level five or higher in English or French in order to pass the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
  • Applicants must ensure that their profiles have been updated on Vernon B.C’s official website.
  • Applicants must be ranked based on the Vernon’s Comprehensive Ranking System (VCRS). The applicant is ranked based on the score from a number of human factors such as – ability to integrate well in the host community, previous working, schooling or other commercial activities in Vernon, possession of a valid Canadian government issues ID card, family affiliation in Vernon as well as the wage of the job offered to the applicant.

When an applicant meets the above requirements, it is deemed that he or she is fully eligible for a pool draw where applications will be randomly selected by a committee set up by Vernon.

On a monthly basis, the committee will randomly pick 10 applicants who best fit in for the RNIP program and offer them recommendations. If an applicant is not chosen for recommendation within a period of 3 months, then such applicant will have to reapply.

Vernon can only process 100 recommendations per year and this program is set to last up till February 2022.

Applications can be submitted outside the country subject to an interview that will be conducted via video call while applicants residing in Vernon B.C. can access the in – person services offered by Vernon under strict COVID-19 health guidelines.

All is now set for the reopening of the parents and grandparents immigration program

Plans are now underway for Canadian citizens as well as permanent residents to apply for Canadian immigration sponsorship for their parents and grandparents.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Honourable Marco E.L Mendicino who stated that this move is geared towards fulfilling the government’s promise of reuniting families amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mendicino clearly stated that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents that are interested in applying for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) would have to fill and submit an interest to sponsor form online over a period of 3 weeks which will start from 12p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020 and end by 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly pick out potential sponsors and send them an invitation to apply and they will have up to 60 days from the receipt of the invitation to make their applications.

The IRCC has also provided an opportunity for disabled persons who are not able to access the online form as they can contact the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or via email to request for a paper or bill format of the sponsor form.

Not more than 10,000 applications would be processed by the IRCC in 2020 and by 2021, the IRCC plans to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.

Mendicino further disclosed plans by the government to introduce a public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year by removing the 30% attached to the minimum necessary income. This move is geared towards the alleviation of the financial hardship that most people have been thrown into as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first step in the application process will be the indication of interest by potential sponsors. This will involve filling and submitting the interest to sponsor form.

The next step will be for the IRCC to review all applications on its merit and then based on the result; they can then send an invitation to the sponsors.

The last step will be for the sponsors to send the application within 60 days after receiving the invitation.

Information on the government’s immigration webpage shows that eligible sponsors are Canadian citizens, permanent immigrants as well as First Nations that are registered.

Also, these sponsors must have attained the age of 18 and must be financially buoyant to provide financial support to the people that they intend to sponsor.

In some exceptional cases, some certain classes of people will not be deemed eligible for sponsorship and they are undischarged bankrupt, people indebted to the government and people serving a jail time.

The following persons are eligible for sponsorship under the PGP – Biological and adopted parents and grandparents of all those eligible to sponsor. Also, the siblings or half siblings of the sponsor are eligible provided that they have not gone beyond 22 years of age.

Canada set to fasten the processing of applications for spousal sponsorship

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have just announced in a statement that starting from October up to December, Canada will be speeding up and finalizing the processing of about 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications.

The IRCC further stated that in a bid to reduce the delay in the application processing, it has increased its staff strength by 66 %.

The IRCC further revealed that it will be making use of digital technology to ensure that the application process is hastened up. Also, the new shift from paper-based application to computer-based applications will allow the workers to work remotely, thereby reducing the waiting time.

The IRCC stated that new biometric measures will be employed although no specific details were given in respect to how this would be implemented.

According to the IRCC, with the rate at which these applications have been planned to be processed within the month of October and December, there should be successful processing and finalizing of about 49,000 applications.

The IRCC stressed the need for families and loved ones to be together while stating that the COVID-19 pandemic created a huge negative impact on the spousal sponsorship applications.

Marco Mendicino, the immigration minister stated that the pandemic caused a big delay in the spousal application process but reassured the public that the government of Canada will continue to work assiduously to ensure that the needs and concerns of families are fully represented.

Here at SIA Immigrations, we would help always provide you with the best guide on how to successfully and get an approval for your spousal sponsorship application.

IRCC gradually resuming in – person services

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have started putting plans in place on how to provide in-person service for immigration candidates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRCC stated that the following in-person services will be considered:

  • Services related to asylum: Places such as Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Edmonton and Calgary will gradually re-start certain services related to asylum. The IRCC stated that immigration candidates will be notified via post using Canada post’s online service. The asylum related services will include biometric capturing, submission or collection of relevant documents as well as interview. The IRCC further stated that provided everything goes well during the initial period, more in-person offices will be opened in Etobicoke, Montreal and Vancouver (Hornby).
  • Services related to permanent residence: The IRCC stated that its offices located in Quebec, Montreal, Ontario and Etobicoke will be reopened. The IRCC stated that all those that are yet to carry out their interviews for permanent residence or even collect their permanent residence card will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment.
  • Services related to citizenship knowledge: The IRCC stated that it will send out emails notifying selected applicants about citizenship hearings as well as citizenship knowledge re-testing.

According to the IRCC, immigration candidates must have been scheduled for an in-person appointment in order for them to use this service. The IRCC went further to state that there might be some delay in biometric capturing for people that are living in areas where there has been many delays in receiving appointment calls may have to wait longer.

The IRCC warned that unless a candidate has received an appointment via invitation, they should not bother to go to any of the Service Canada Centres. 

According to the IRCC, there would be adequate health checks at the various in-person locations.

This development is coming after months of a total shutdown of offices by the IRCC thereby carrying out the necessary services virtually.

The IRCC has restated its commitment towards working with the various health agencies of Canada as well as abiding by the relevant health regulations in the process of gradual resumption of in-person centers. The IRCC also stated that all the offices where in-person service will be thoroughly monitored to ensure that they abide by the health regulations.

Biometrics capturing would no longer be a requirement for certain Canadian immigration applicants

Applicants for permanent residence no longer need to enroll for biometrics capturing provided that they have previously submitted their biometrics in a separate application within the preceding 10 years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has actually forced the closures of most immigration service offices as well as Visa Application Centres which has in turn, caused a big delay in processing the application of a lot of permanent resident applicants.

The IRCC considered the fact that most of these applicants have prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, submitted their biometrics in a previous application and the demand for them to submit it again will surely lead to unbearable delay.

The IRCC revealed that this policy is now in operation and does not have any definite date of termination.

The IRC stated that it does not matter whether the immigration applicants are currently residing in Canada or overseas provided they meet the following requirements they are deemed eligible for this policy:

  • New or pending application for permanent residence
  • They must have previously submitted an application within the 10 years preceding the day which the current application was tendered.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hugely influenced the decision of Canada to further exempt other foreign nationals from biometrics capturing.

Biometric capturing involves submission of fingerprints, photographs after paying a certain fee. This helps Canadian authorities to easily identify foreign citizens residing in the country.

LMIA Canada - Types - Facts - implied Status

Let’s talk about LMIA today and how it works, what is an LMIA, and what LMIA contributes towards the implied status of a foreign worker.

So LMIA a label market impact assessment, it is an application that Canadian employer makes to service Canada to hire temporary foreign workers.

I would like to clarify that a candidate or foreign worker who wants to work in Canada cannot submit an LMIA application on its own.

It is submitted by Canadian employer only and Canadian employer has the right to put Candidate’s name or Canadian employer can apply it as unnamed add the candidate’s name again, Canadian employer can also change the name after an LMIA application is approved on the name of a particular candidate.

There are three types of LMIA’s

LMIA (A) for a work permit, LMIA (A) to support the permanent residency of foreign workers in Canada and dual intent LMIA which serves both, it’s about permanent residency of a foreign worker in Canada and it also helps to a foreign worker to get the work permit.

So, to apply all three types of LMIA, it is not required that candidate or foreign worker must be in Canada already, however it is more feasible and more easier for employer to get approved if the foreigner worker is already employed with employer on a previous LMIA based work permit or an open work permit.

Now let’s talk about LMIA and implied status. Candidate gets confused that if they have an LMIA application in process and their current work permit is about to expire they were automatically going on employed status in Canada.

That is not correct LMIA application goes to service Canada and in order to be on implied status in Canada a candidate must submit work permit application or study permit application 
Or visitor application some kind of application to immigration refugees and citizenship Canada.
So, in this particular case if your employer has submitted an LMIA application and your current work permit is about to expire you will not automatically go on implied status until or unless you submit 

Your work permit application to immigration refugees and citizenship Canada.
If you do not submit a work permit application before the expiry of current work permit then you must stop working and find out the ways to keep your legal stay in Canada.

Thank you so much for watching and good luck with your process.

56000 Study permits have been approved in first stage

The immigration minister Marco Mendicino has revealed that 56,000 applications for study permit has been approved by Canada.

The honourable minister went further to reveal that the federal government through Health Canada will continue to work with various educational institutions to figure out the best ways to physically receive international students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honourable minister went further to state that the Minister Patty Hadju is working round the clock to ensure that educational institutions play their part in abiding by the health regulations within their location to ensure that the safety and health of both Canadian and International students are considered.

These educational institutions have not been fully operational since the COVID-19 pandemic and international students have not been able to come to Canada due to the government’s restriction on international travels. However, most of these institutions have expressed the willingness and preparedness to receive international students.

This has prompted the Health Canada to startup talks with these educational institutions to arrive at a consensus regarding the way they can abide by the social distancing rules and 14 days quarantine period for the international students arriving at the campus.

International students can now start their studies online while waiting for a response to their application for study permit. The minister stated that international students will still be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit despite the online studies. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have already given stage one approval for study permits to 56,000 international students after they met the required standard. The stage two approval will come after the students return to Canada and pass the necessary medical, security and financial checks.

The honourable minister made this known during a webinar that was hosted by the Canadian International Council, a non-government al organization aimed at looking into matters involving foreigners in Canada.

Biometrics collection in Canada for Permanent Residence Applications

Service Canada Centers progressively restart biometrics collection services for individuals applying for permanent residence who have received a biometric instruction letter (BIL).  Officials of Service Canada will call you to arrange your biometric appointments at the telephone number provided in the PR application. There is no extra charge to pay, and a new BIL is not required. Don't visit a Service Canada Centre, unless you are called and appointed by the Service Canada Officer. If you miss your scheduled appointment for any reason or because of COVID-19 symptoms, a Service Canada officer will call you again to schedule a new appointment.

The Service Canada officers will confirm your IRCC application number and preferred time and location for the nearest Service Canada Center.  Please carry your BIL and passport for the appointment. If your contact details are recently changed then please update it through our web form. If the telephone number on file is your representative’s, they will be contacted to check with you about your availability and preferred location. We’ll then call them a second time to schedule your appointment through them.

Pathway to permanent residency for Asylum seekers for their outstanding heroism

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino has commended the health workers for their contributions towards battling the COVID-19 pandemic while emphasising the pivotal role they play in the ensuring that Canadians are healthy. The Honourable Minister went further to announce a measure introduced to help all asylum seekers who have been at the front line of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic to easily apply for permanent residency in Canada.

This new measure is targeted to ensure that all asylum seekers who have been helping the Canadian health system by rendering the best of health care voluntarily can now apply for a permanent residence provided that they have met the requirements. Quebec will decide those that are suitable to be granted this opportunity. The basic deciding factor for eligibility will be centred on the degree of severity an asylum seeker has relied on for seeking asylum in line with his or her ability to still render such health care despite the ugly situation the asylum seeker faces.

The asylum seekers have to meet the following requirements –

Must have applied for asylum before March 13, 2020

Must have been legally and successfully issued a work permit after the claim for asylum

Must have carried out voluntary health care services in the health industry via various institutions such as hospitals, assisted living environments, care centre homes and any other related health industry

Must have acquired sufficient knowledge and experience in the job for a period of 6 months which has to be met before August 31, 2020

If such a person intends to reside in Quebec, he or she must have a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)

Must satisfy any other relevant requirement in line with the law.

Government comes to the rescue of immigrants experiencing financial hardship

The Canadian government has introduced different measures aimed at alleviating the hardship that has been caused to Canadian citizens including immigrants as a result of the global pandemic.

The introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) earlier in March by the Canadian government was aimed at providing temporary income support worth $2,000 monthly to people who have been impacted by the current global pandemic.  The program will cease at the end of September thereby bringing the total number of duration the benefits lasted to a total of 28 weeks.

Just like Canadian citizens, immigrants including international students as well as temporary foreign workers must meet the same requirements to enjoy this benefit as well as other government emergency benefits. All those that are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) can apply for this program. However, with the end of the program in view, the government has proposed three new programs for those who may continue to face hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this will likely start by September 27.

The first program is the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) which is aimed at primarily supporting all those who do not qualify for an EI and are searching for jobs with little or no financial support. This program will give out $400 per week for a total of 26 weeks

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) is another program proposed by the Canadian government which seeks to financially support all individuals who cannot continue work as a result of caregiving responsibility they have to carry out as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals must prove that they are taking care of a child whose school has closed as a result of the pandemic or they are looking after a family member with a disability whose care home is closed due to the pandemic or they are taking care of a child or aged loved one who has been advised by a medical professional to stay at home due to a higher risk of exposure and negative effect of the virus on the health of such person. The CRCB will give out $500 per week on a family basis for a duration of 26 weeks.

The last program is the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and it is intended to support all health workers who fall ill or needs to self – isolate as a result of the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The worker will be paid $500 per week for a duration of two weeks.

International students as well as other new immigrants were allowed to freely access the CERB without restrictions imposed by show of valid work or study permit or a confirmation email. This move which was introduced by the government in May was geared towards ensuring that international students and new immigrants were given a warm rather than hostile welcome into Canada.

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Mental health support services for Immigrants

The Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region & South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) has introduced an initiative known as the Newcomer Health and Wellness Program (NHWP) which is targeted at providing adequate and sophisticated mental health services for new immigrants above the age of 12 who are moving into Canada.

The CMHA-YRSS is a national non-profit organization which operates within York Region in the Greater Toronto Area. About $2.2 million has been channeled into this program by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The CMHA-YRSS argued that the immigrants have a positive health attitude upon arrival but due to cultural differences and the exposure to a totally new and different system, these immigrants obviously break down mentally.

The NHWP was launched in August 2020 can boast of a wide range of mental health services including but not limited to trauma analysis and management, psychotherapy and counselling including family, marriage and individual counselling, promotional training activities centred on improving mental and physical health as well as other related mental health services.

The NHWP bears in mind the uniqueness and cultural diversity of each immigrant and therefore provides mental health services based on the individual background of the immigrants.

The IRCC has provided the CMHA-YRSS with up to three years funding and there is also a possibility of providing an additional two years funding. Thus, the capacity of the community will be developed in line with this project to ensure that adequate support is provided to the immigrants.

New Definition of Parent for Canadian Citizenship

The Canadian governments definition of the parent has changed to allow certain parents to pass on their Canadian citizenship to their children who were born outside Canada. People who will benefit from this decision include children of LGBTQ2 + couples as well as couples with fertility issues. This move is towards the development of modern diversified families in Canada.

Until that amendment, children born to Canadians outside Canada automatically earned citizenship only if there was a biological link between the parent and the child or the parent gave birth to the child. However as per new rules, the non-biological parents can pass on their Canadian citizenship to children born outside Canada if they are the child's legal parent at birth, they will be considered 'valid' parents if their name appears on the child's original birth certificate or other applicable birth documents (surrogacy arrangements, court orders, hospital records, among others). Minors, individuals under 18 years of age in Canada, can also request an application for proof of citizenship on their own behalf.

Visitors can now apply for work permits from within Canada

Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country.

This temporary policy change takes effect immediately and will benefit employers in Canada who continue to face difficulties finding the workers they need, as well as temporary residents.

To be eligible, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must

have valid status in Canada as a visitor on August 24, 2020 and remain in Canada

have a job offer

submit an application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than March 31, 2021

meet all other standard admissibility criteria

This temporary public policy also provides the opportunity for applicants who meet these criteria and who had a valid work permit in the past 12 months to begin working for their new employer before their work permit application has been fully approved.

Any type of visitor who meets the criteria is eligible to apply under this new public policy, including super visa holders, business visitors and those who entered Canada through a Global Skills Strategy work permit exemption. 

Foreign nationals who arrive in Canada as visitors after August 24, 2020, are not eligible under the public policy.

Prior to this temporary policy change, a person applying as a temporary resident would usually need to apply for their initial work permit before they came to Canada. If they were already in Canada with visitor status when they were approved for a work permit, they would need to leave Canada and return before their work permit was issued to them.    

Applicants who meet all these criteria, and who had a valid work permit in the past 12 months, will be able to begin working for their new employer before their work permit has been fully approved.

British Columbia issues 302 invitations in PNP draw

British Columbia invited 302 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Invitations for the draw were issued to the candidates enlisted in the International Graduates and Skilled Workers categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams. Applicants in the Skills Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-gifted Workers class were additionally welcomed under this program.

The candidates having a profile in the federal Express Entry system can apply for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Express Entry category. The applicant’s pool is managed by the federal system which consists of Canada’s three key economic immigration programs which are Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.

The SI category consists of skilled workers and semi-skilled workers whose professions are in high demand in the province of B.C.

The base score requirements in the present draw went in the range of 76 and 98 for the five Express Entry BC (EEBC) and SI classes that were included.

The minimum scores were distributed as follows:

SI – Skilled Worker: 96
SI – International Graduate: 98
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
EEBC – Skilled Worker: 96
EEBC – International Graduate: 98
In order to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

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

The applicant applying under Express Entry with a provincial nominee gets an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Tech Pilot applicants are absolved from the permanent, full-time employment offer constraint that applies to most immigration programs under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Nonetheless, they should show a job offer for employment that is of one year in term and has in at least 120 schedule days remaining at the time they apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR.

British Columbia recently announced that the Tech Pilot will be extended till June 2021.

PGWP rules for online studies outside Canada

The Post Graduate Work Permit provides an equal opportunity for both international student graduates and the Canadian government. While international graduates are eligible up to three years after the end of their studies, the Government of Canada, on the other hand, has an abundance of skilled workers to boost their economic objectives.

The Immigration Department of Canada has made significant changes to the eligibility rules for the PGWP, taking into consideration the challenges that international students face while hoping to fulfill their studies during the coronavirus pandemic. Initially Canada initially relaxed the PGWP requirements to include online study as part of the eligibility criteria, it only counted after international students who were approved for their study permit. As per the new updates by the Canada Immigration-

The time international students put into their courses before getting their study permit counts as long as their program starts in 2020.  

At least half of their program must be completed in Canada from an eligible designated learning institution.


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