What's new in Canada Immigration?

EXPRESS ENTRY PROCESS

Immigration Department has launched Express Entry Process. It is not a new program but a new way to take applications. Applications under Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of Provincial Nominee Program are now filed through Express Entry Process. Under this process, applicants are required to submit an online profile to enter a pool of applicants where all the applications are assessed on basis of comprehensive ranking system. Immigration Department will issue draws on regular basis and high ranking applicants will receive invitation to apply  (ITA) for a permanent resident visa. Applicants with job offers receive additional points and have more chances to receive ITA. There is no cap on number of applications.

CHANGES IN APPEAL RIGHTS

Those with convictions punished in Canada by a term of imprisonment of at least six months in Canada or who are described in paragraph 36(1)(b) or (c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act do not have the right to appeal their removal order to the Immigration Appeal Division.

If a Canadian citizen or permanent resident files an application to sponsor a foreign national as a member of the family class, and the application is refused after June 19, 2013, the sponsor may not appeal the refusal to the IAD if it was determined that the foreign national was inadmissible for serious criminality and was punished in Canada by a term of imprisonment of at least six months or was found described in paragraph 36(1)(b) or (c).

CHANGES IN CITIZENSHIP ACT

New Bill for changes in requirements to qualify for Canadian Citizenship is introduced in the Parliament. Under these proposed changes, applicants will need to be physically present in Canada for a total of four out of their last six years. In addition, they would need to be physically present in Canada for 183 days per year for at least four of those six years.

LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT (LMIA)

Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process is replaced by LMIA process. Service Canada introduced a fee of $1000 for most of LMIA applications. Employers are asked to provide detailed evidence of their recruitment efforts.

 



 

Skilled Worker Immigration

Permanent residence for skilled workers. The Comprehensive Ranking System, Invitation to Apply and related issues. Employer sponsorship is not a requirement

PNP & Appeals

Canada's provinces have their own provincial programs known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). This is one of the most popular program. You can also appeal a negative decision from any PNP Program.

Sponsorship Immigration

A review of current sponsorship programs (permanent residence) promoting the reunion in Canada of close relatives from abroad. This is a complex process and it is important that you know the law, policy and your rights.

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