Immigration

New report shows software engineers and designers leading Ontario nominees in 2017

A new progress report on the Canadian province of Ontario’s immigration strategy shows software engineers and designers as the leading occupation category among provincial nominees in 2017, and India and China as the top two source countries. The update by Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration provides information on the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and other …

Canada invites 2,750 candidates to apply in Dec. 20 Express Entry draw

The Government of Canada has invited 2,750 candidates to apply for permanent residence in a new Express Entry draw that took place on Dec. 20, 2017. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System score for this draw was 446.   Today’s cut-off score was down six points over the previous draw, which took place on Dec. 6 …

Canada marks International Migrants Day

Canada joined the international community in marking International Migrants Day on December 18. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, noted the occasion along with Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. In a joint a statement, the ministers referred to the day as …

Ontario announces additional nominations for 2017

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, has received an additional nomination allocation for 2017. News of the increase was announced December 18. A spokesperson for Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration said the exact number of additional nominations would only be announced at a later date. The news follows an update …

IRCC extends Open Work Permit Pilot for sponsored spouses and common-law partners in Canada

The Government of Canada has once again extended the Open Work Permit Pilot for sponsored spouses and common-law partners who are applying for permanent residence. In an update issued Dec. 15, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the pilot program under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada (SCLPC) Class was being extended until Jan. …

Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can’t get abortions

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union says President Donald Trump’s administration is blocking two pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody from obtaining abortions, a repeat of the situation that led to a high-profile court fight earlier this year. Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in …

3,100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

JOHANNESBURG — The European Union and African Union say at least 3,100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks. A new task force that also includes the United Nations aims to repatriate another 15,000 migrants from Libya by February. The effort comes after recent footage showing African migrants in Libya …

EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens

BRUSSELS — European Union nations bickered openly over migration policy Thursday in an east-west divide centred on several nations that refuse to accept refugee quotas. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced that they planned to spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up EU borders after the four countries — known …

House of Commons report calls on IRCC to repeal ‘excessive demand’ rules

A Parliamentary committee is recommending the repeal of a controversial section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that refuses entry to immigrants deemed likely to cause “excessive demand” on the country’s healthcare system. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration held hearings over the last few weeks on the Act’s medical inadmissibility provisions, and …

Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Stream reopens briefly over weekend

Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream briefly reopened on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Government of Nova Scotia said it would accept between 175 and 225 applications during this latest opening of the the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE). As with previous openings, the NSDEE, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis, reached its …

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