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Amendment to Presidential Proclamation

On 6/29/20, President Trump issued an amendment to Proclamation 10052, noting that the limit to entry applies to any individual who does not have a valid nonimmigrant visa in the same category that he or she is seeking to enter in.The amendment narrows the exemption to the ban by only allowing foreign nationals who held [...]

By |2020-07-04T10:58:10+00:00July 4th, 2020|U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on Amendment to Presidential Proclamation

United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Now in Effect

On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), signed on January 29, 2020 by the U.S. and on March 13th for Canada, came into force. While the agreement is expected to keep North America the most competitive region in the world, the leaders, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, have taken different reactions to [...]

By |2020-07-04T10:47:59+00:00July 4th, 2020|Breaking News|Comments Off on United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Now in Effect

Canada Extends Foreign TravellerBan to July 31st

The Canadian government has extended the current travel ban on most international travellers until July 31, 2020, which will affect entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people entering from the U.S. for "essential" reasons, such as immediate family members of citizens, some international students, and temporary workers in essential [...]

By |2020-07-02T12:09:03+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Canadian Immigration, Breaking News|Comments Off on Canada Extends Foreign TravellerBan to July 31st

IRCC Resumes Processing of Online Applications for Visitor Visas and eTA’s

As of July 1, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will resume processing of online applications for visitor visas (including transit visas) and electronic travel authorizations (eTAs). By resuming processing and making final decisions where possible on visitor applications, this will help expedite travel for applicants once the travel restrictions are lifted and this will also help IRCC ensure [...]

By |2020-07-01T11:56:33+00:00July 1st, 2020|Canadian Immigration|Comments Off on IRCC Resumes Processing of Online Applications for Visitor Visas and eTA’s

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Furlough’s Employees, Effective August 3, 2020

Approximately 13,400 employees of the USCIS will be furloughed starting on August 3rd for 30-days, with potential to last for 3-months. Due to current funding limitations, USCIS is unable to sustain employee salaries and other costs, unless Congress responds with emergency funding. USCIS reports a “dramatic decrease in revenue” during the COVID-19 pandemic as most [...]

By |2020-07-01T11:35:08+00:00July 1st, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Furlough’s Employees, Effective August 3, 2020

Creation of Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP)

On June 25, 2020, during the virtual Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), Marco E. L. Mendicino, announced Canada’s commitment to welcoming refugees to Canada, through three proposals designed to promote Canada Permanent residency for individuals seeking refugee status in Canada: Three Proposals 1. Admit up to [...]

By |2020-06-29T08:37:57+00:00June 29th, 2020|Canadian Immigration|Comments Off on Creation of Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP)

Federal Express Entry Draw #155 on June 25, 2020 – Canadian Experience Class

The Federal Express Entry (EE) Draw #154 held on June 25, 2020 by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Services (IRCC) issued a total of 3508 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category. The CEC candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of 431, a 6-point drop since the last [...]

By |2020-06-29T08:33:24+00:00June 29th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Federal Express Entry Draw #155 on June 25, 2020 – Canadian Experience Class

Federal Express Entry Draw #153–June 24, 2020 – Provincial Nominee Program

June 24, 2020 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), conducted a targeted Express Entry (EE) draw #153, issuing 392 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates holding Provincial Nominations (PNP) with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score of 696. The CRS cutoff score has dropped since the last EE PNP draw on June 10th, [...]

By |2020-06-29T08:20:08+00:00June 29th, 2020|Canadian Immigration|Comments Off on Federal Express Entry Draw #153–June 24, 2020 – Provincial Nominee Program

Trump Shuts Down Employment-Based Immigration for 2020

On June 22nd, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order, extending his April 22nd order, suspending the processing of employment-based visas and immigrant visas (green cards) for the remainder of 2020, with potential to be extended further. The justification or purpose of this order is to repair the economy and protect jobs for Americans. The [...]

By |2020-06-25T08:09:16+00:00June 25th, 2020|Breaking News, U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Trump Shuts Down Employment-Based Immigration for 2020

Quebec Prioritizing Work Permit Processing in 24 Occupations

Work permit applications for foreign workers in these occupations will go to the top of the list for processing in Quebec. On June 10th, Quebec, long known for having its own immigration programs, has followed the Canadian Federal government’s new policy to provide expedited processing of in-demand, priority occupations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. There are [...]

By |2020-06-24T17:01:25+00:00June 24th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Quebec Prioritizing Work Permit Processing in 24 Occupations
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