Check here regularly for links to important immigration news from across Canada.

Apr. 18, 2023: On April 6, 2023, The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada updated the Provincial Nominee Program website to provide guidance on applicant’s ability to become economically established. This is a key measure used to determine the success of the applicant. Follow this link to view the update.

Apr. 18, 2023: With a strike by federal government employees looming, the Government of Canada says some Immigration, Refugee and Canadian Citizenship services could experience partial or full disruptions. For a full list of services impacted, click this link.

Apr. 20, 2023: The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) , a union representing federal government employees, has begun a strike affecting most government departments including the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Appointments, applications and all things pertaining documentation will experience delays. For more, click here.

Apr. 20, 2023: Saskatchewan is terminating its two-decade agreement to hold immigration detainees for the Canadian Border Services Agency, following the lead of other provinces such as British Columbia. Click here for more detail.

Apr. 20, 2023: Applicants for Canadian Immigration can now submit the Pearson English Test as a proof for English proficiency instead of the IELTS ((International English Language Testing System) or CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program). Click here for more.

Apr. 20, 2023: Click here to read about a survey of resettled refugees to Canada on their resettlement experiences.

Apr. 21, 2023: The ongoing federal workers strike could bring back the the three year backlog for Canadian passports and visa that began in the pandemic. Click here to see how.

Apr. 25, 2023: Twenty-five Afghan’s who formerly worked for the Canadian embassy are now suing the federal government over “dragging their feet on immigration claims.” Still stuck in Afghanistan, the former employees are hiding in fear from the Taliban. To read the full story, follow this link.

Apr. 25, 2023: As the deadline for tax season approaches, many cultural associations in Windsor, Ontario are helping newcomers file. To read the full story, click this link.

Apr. 25, 2023: The 2023 Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa will bring together immigrant leaders, refugees and employees in the private, nonprofit, and public sector to discuss challenges and opportunities in immigration. These will be interactactive, participant-led workshops. Follow the link here.

Apr. 25, 2023: Alberta, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, P.E.I. and British Columbia have invited candidates to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This program allows provinces to nominate immigration candidates who have the best chances of establishing themselves economically within the province. As the articles indicates: “The federal government releases the total number of PNP nominations each year in the Immigration Levels Plan and divides it among the provinces. The current immigration levels plan has a target of 117,500 new permanent residents admitted through the PNP per year by 2025.” Click here for more.

Apr. 25, 2023: Rainbow Refugee Association Nova Scotia (RRANS) is looking for volunteers to join its circle of care. This is a one-year volunteer commitment to help a TRANS-Sponsored newcomer build community connections and explore the city of Halifax. Volunteers who are knowledgeable in Farsi, Persian, and English will be prioritized. Visit this link for more.

Apr. 26, 2023: In response to the ongoing violence in Sudan, the Government of Canada has announced new measures to ensure Sudanese nationals currently in Canada will be able to extend their status in Canada, allowing them to work, study, and be with family. Canada will likewise prioritize applications for temporary and permanent residents from people who are still in Sudan. This includes visitor visa applications for eligible immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, it added. For more details, follow this link or click here.

Apr. 26, 2023: The liberal government is developing new policies to grow the French language in Canada. Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas says it’s an advantage for Canada to have a bilingual workforce and population. Petitpas also says the government wants to recruit francophone teachers to provide a better French education. See more here.

Apr. 26, 2023: Manitoba issued 507 immigration invitations through the Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), covering Skilled Workers, International Education Stream, and Skilled Workers Overseas. Priority is given to candidates with strong language proficiency, connections to the province, and experience in occupations with high demand. Click here to read more.