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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

Ontario French Speaking Express Entry Draw – June 18, 2020

On June 18, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 143 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) between 424 and 436. All candidates must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry (EE) system. The OINP French Speaking Draw has issued 692 [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:54:16+00:00June 23rd, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Ontario French Speaking Express Entry Draw – June 18, 2020

Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trade Draw – June 17, 2020

Ontario Immigration has several programs. One of which is the Ontario Skilled Trade stream. On June 17th, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 758 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry (EE) Skilled Trade applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) between 400 – 436 and an active profile in Immigration, Refugees and [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:47:40+00:00June 23rd, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trade Draw – June 17, 2020

Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants

On Thursday June 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump’s administration attempt to shut down the program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, ruled, that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Back in 2012, President Barack Obama [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:32:07+00:00June 23rd, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants

Temporary foreign workers and International Students Eligible for EI or CERB

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides temporary income support to workers and self-employed individuals, who have temporarily stopped working, lost their job, are sick or in quarantine, or, are directly affected by COVID-19. As of June 17, 2020, Canada has announced that it is extending the CERB by an additional eight weeks, bringing the [...]

By |2020-06-18T10:29:34+00:00June 18th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Temporary foreign workers and International Students Eligible for EI or CERB

Canada – USA Shutdown Extend their Border Shutdown until July 21st

When Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump agreed to shut down the U.S. Canada land border on March 18th, this created a stir of uncertainty in the midst of a global pandemic. Since March, there have been extensions every month of the shutdown in order to protect the borders, as the cases of COVID-19 continue [...]

By |2020-06-18T10:26:22+00:00June 18th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Canada – USA Shutdown Extend their Border Shutdown until July 21st

Essential Services Occupations Recruitment and Advertising Changes

Effective June 10, 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is prioritizing certain occupations in the agricultural, food processing, and health care sector, which are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The listed occupations have been prioritized across all provinces and territories (except the province of Quebec). For a list of occupations specific to the [...]

By |2020-06-15T17:11:40+00:00June 15th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Essential Services Occupations Recruitment and Advertising Changes

Update – Travel Restrictions for Immediate Family Members into Canada

As of 11:59 EDT on June 8, 2020, CBSA announced that immediately family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are entering Canada from a land border, to be with an immediate family member, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if they are entering for a period of 15 days [...]

By |2020-06-15T16:52:16+00:00June 15th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Update – Travel Restrictions for Immediate Family Members into Canada

Canada to Extend Permanent Residency to Asylum Seekers who Work in Health Care

The Federal government is in works to introduce a new program that would grant permanent residency to asylum seekers who have worked in health-care roles during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a temporary measure, which will grant permanent residence, and is expected to cover all regions of Canada. The program may be officially launched [...]

By |2020-06-15T08:11:48+00:00June 15th, 2020|U.S. Immigration|Comments Off on Canada to Extend Permanent Residency to Asylum Seekers who Work in Health Care
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