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First All-Program Draw Since the Start of the Pandemic

As of July 8th, Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry (EE) draws and Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trade (FST) Candidates are now eligible to receive invitations and apply for permanent residence since March 4, 2020. The July 8th issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) [...]

By |2020-07-11T14:12:30+00:00July 11th, 2020|Canadian Immigration|0 Comments

New Rules Detail WhatKind of Classes Foreign Students Can Take at U.S. Colleges This Fall

According to new guidelines from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released on June 6, 2020, the Trump administration will prohibit International students in F-1 and M-1 visa from taking all their classes online if (1) their college offers a mix of on-campus and remote classes, or (2) their college turns to online only. Essentially, the [...]

By |2020-07-08T12:02:04+00:00July 8th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|0 Comments

Alberta Plans to Suspend Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program

June 30, 2020 The Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney outlined an economic recovery plan on June 29th, to help the Province recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. His plan focuses on putting Albertansback to work immediately and start building highways, bridges and other projects. At the same time, there are plans to halt [...]

By |2020-07-04T12:06:59+00:00July 4th, 2020|Foreign Worker|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 |2020-07-04T11:50:45+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Breaking News, Canadian Immigration|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 |2020-07-04T11:39:46+00:00July 1st, 2020|U.S. Immigration|0 Comments

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 |2020-07-04T11:31:20+00:00June 29th, 2020|Canadian Immigration|0 Comments

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 |2020-07-04T11:15:45+00:00June 29th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|0 Comments