Immigration

Slight Decrease in CRS Points Requirement in October 18 Express Entry Draw

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has taken place, with 2,757 candidates in the pool invited to apply on October 18. The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on this occasion was 436, down from the 438 required in the previous draw, which took …

Mid-Fall Provincial Nominee Program Update

The past few weeks have witnessed plenty of immigration activity among Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), as provinces across the country continue to welcome applications from a wide range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs. The PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for permanent immigration. Some PNP streams, known as enhanced streams, are aligned with …

Age Definition of Dependent Children on Canadian Immigration Applications to Increase

October 24, 2017 marks the day when the definition of dependent children on Canadian immigration applications Canada will increase to include children under 22 years of age. In May of this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that eligible immigration applications received on or after October 24, 2017 will be processed based on …

Spain rescues 168 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

MADRID — Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved 168 migrants from several small boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa. The service says its ships intercepted nine different boats carrying a total of 168 migrants on Saturday and Sunday. Many migrants from Africa die trying the perilous voyage to Europe …

Landing your first job in Canada

We’ve all felt the emotional highs and lows that come with job hunting. If you are new to the city or country, those emotions of excitement and angst may intensify as you search for a job in an unfamiliar market. “Deciding to leave the familiar and move to a new country is a major decision,” …

Anti migrant German party weakened on eve of key state vote

BERLIN — Three weeks after sweeping into Germany’s national parliament for the first time, an anti-immigration party is poised for a weaker result in a state election scheduled for Sunday. Alternative for Germany received almost 13 per cent of the vote in the Sept. 24 federal election, making it the third-strongest party in the Bundestag. …

NZ immigration expert: Tap only licensed immigration advisers

MANILA — As more Filipinos travel overseas, either as tourists, students, workers or immigrants, so are the cases of those being victimized by unlicensed travel agents or immigration advisers. Thus, an official of the New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) urged Filipino travellers to be more discerning in choosing their immigration advisers. IAA Registrar Catherine …

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

VIENNA — Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down Saturday toward an election that could turn the country rightward after decades of centrist governance amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. Sunday’s vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of …

Judge refuses to lift freeze on Trump administration policy

CHICAGO — A U.S. district judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that seeks to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t agree to tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration law. Judge Harry Leinenweber’s ruling comes …

Refugee minister calls RCMP questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’

VANCOUVER — Canada’s immigration minister is condemning an RCMP questionnaire that appears to target Muslim asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States into Quebec. Speaking in Vancouver on Friday, Ahmed Hussen described the Mounties’ interview guide as unacceptable, saying it is incompatible with the government’s anti-discrimination policy. Among other things, the document directed …