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Canda increases the financial requiremen for international student

Effective January 1, 2024 all international students are required to show more money than before. What is the change?

In the past, a single student used to show only $10,000.00 CND.

Starting from January 1, 2024, a single student will show $20,635. This is in addition to the first year of tuition and travel costs. 

For further information, please read the link below

Revised requirements to better protect international students -

Additional change that affectes international students are 

1. International students will continue enjoying working off campus for more than 20 hours in a week until April 30, 2024. This extension will apply for all students who are already in Canada as well as applicants who have already submitted an application for a study permit as of December 7, 2023. 

2. The facilitative measure that has allowed international students to count time spent studying online towards the length of a future post-graduation work permit, as long as it constitutes less than 50% of the program of study, will continue to be in place for students who begin a study program before September 1, 2024.

3. In response to labour market disruptions during the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery, a temporary policy was introduced on 3 occasions to provide an additional 18-month work permit to post-graduation work permit holders as their initial work permit was expiring. Foreign nationals with a post-graduation work permit expiring up to December 31, 2023, remain eligible to apply. However, this temporary policy will not be extended further.

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Immigration pathway for Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan nationals with family in Canada

If you are a Canadian zitizen or permanent resident of Canada and have a family member who are citizens of Colombia, Haiti or Venezuel, and currently live in Mexico, Central or South America or the Carribean, and if these familly members of yours are one of them such as  a spouse, common law partner, children, parent, grandparents or siblings, you can sponser them. For more information and better understanding of this program, you can contact our immigration consultant at Canada Immigrtion and Employmetn Consulting Services Inc for further elabortion. You can contact us at  or call us at +1(403) 398-7203 to book a consultation. 

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Eligible travelers from 13 more countries now qualify for an electronic travel authorization


With effect from : June 6th, 2023

On June 6, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the addition of 13 countries to the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program.

Travelers from these countries who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA instead of a visa when travelling to Canada by air. Effective today, eligible travelers from these countries can benefit from the program:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Morocco
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
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Canada's Immigration Plan for the 2024-2026 Calander Year.

The Immigration Levels plans were announced on November 1, 2023 for 2024 -2026 Calander year.   The target is 485,000 Permanent Residents for 2024 completing the final step to reach 500,000 in 2025. Starting in 2026, the government will stabilize permanent resident levels at 500,000, allowing time for successful integration, while continuing to augment Canada’s labour market.  The plan is to recalibrate the number of temporary resident admissions over the next year in order to sustain this aspect of the immigration system.

Highlights of the plan :

  • Long-term focus on economic growth, with over 60% of permanent resident admissions dedicated to the economic class by 2025.
  • To uphold humanitarian traditions by responding to Humanitarian and geopolitical crises around the world
  • To support and strengthen Francophone communities outside of Quebec, this will ensure the economic prosperity of Francophone communities across Canada The target is :
    • 6% of total immigration in 2024
    • 7% in 2025
    • 8% in 2026

Information for the 2024 -2026 Levels Plan

The Plan includes new annual and progressively increasing French-speaking permanent resident targets outside Quebec: 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025 and 8% in 2026.

2024 – 2026 Immigration Levels plan





Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions




Overall French-speaking Permanent Resident Admissions outside Quebec













Refugees and Protected Persons




Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other




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Permanent residence for Ukrainian nationals with family members in Canada

Permanent residence for Ukrainian nationals with family members in Canada

We’ve put a temporary public policy in place to help families affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine reunite in Canada.

This policy lets certain Ukrainian foreign nationals in Canada and their family members apply for permanent residence.

  • Family members can live in or outside Canada
  • Permanent resident visas will be issued to family members living outside of Canada.

If you meet the eligibility criteria of the public policy, you can apply for permanent residence.

Once we receive your application, we’ll check that:

  • you submitted all required information
  • you meet the eligibility criteria

If we confirm you’re eligible, we’ll:

  • invite you and your family members to complete
    • medical exams, if required
    • criminal and security checks
    • biometrics, if required
  • tell you our decision once we’ve processed your application

Applicant categories

There are 2 categories of family members who are eligible to apply for permanent residence under this policy.

Category 1: A family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada

You can apply to immigrate under this policy if you meet the following conditions.

You must :

  • be a Ukrainian national
  • be a family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident including their:
    • spouse or common-law partner
    • child (regardless of age)
    • grandchild
    • parent
    • grandparent, or
    • sibling (or half-sibling)
  • be in Canada when:
    • you submit your application
    • you’re granted permanent residence
  • have valid temporary resident status in Canada, or have applied to restore your status if it has been expired for less than 90 days
  • hold a passport or travel document, or provide supporting identity documents if you don’t hold one
  • provide a signed statutory declaration form (IMM 0191) from your family member in Canada explaining your relationship to them, and
  • be admissible to Canada

The Canadian citizen or permanent resident (your family member) must:

  • currently live in Canada
  • be at least 18 years of age or older
  • not have been granted permanent residence themselves under this policy

Category 2 – Spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national who has family in Canada

You can apply to immigrate under this policy if you meet the following conditions.

You must be the spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national.

Your spouse or partner must:

  • be unable to leave Ukraine, be missing, have passed away, or have presumed to have passed way
  • be the family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident including their:
    • child (regardless of age)
    • grandchild
    • parent
    • grandparent, or
    • sibling (or half-sibling)

You must:

  • be in Canada when:
    • you submit your application
    • you’re granted permanent residence
  • not have remarried or be in a common-law relationship with another person since leaving Ukraine
  • have valid temporary resident status in Canada, or have applied to restore your status if it has been expired for less than 90 days
  • hold a passport or travel document, or provide supporting identity documents if you don’t hold one
  • provide a signed statutory declaration form (IMM 0191) from your spouse or partner’s family member in Canada explaining your relationship to them, and
  • be admissible to Canada

The Canadian citizen or permanent resident (your husband/common-law’s family member) must:

  • currently live in Canada
  • be at least 18 years of age or older
  • not have been granted permanent residence themselves under this policy

Who can’t apply

You’re not eligible to apply for permanent residence under this policy if you don’t meet the criteria of 1 of the 2 categories above including if:

  • you’re outside Canada
  • you’re inadmissible, other than for financial reasons
  • your relationship type is not listed above

Family members who can immigrate with you to Canada

You can include eligible family members in your application to immigrate with you to Canada if they meet all of the medical, criminal and security requirements to become permanent residents of Canada.

Eligible family members are:

  • your spouse or common-law partner
  • your dependent child who is:
    • under 22 years old and doesn’t have a spouse or partner or
    • 22 years old or over and  
      • has depended on you for financial support since before they were 22 AND
      • can’t support themselves financially because of a mental or physical condition
  • your grandchild (dependent child of your, or your spouse or partner’s dependent child)

Family members can be in or outside of Canada. Only you are required to be in Canada throughout the application process.

You must list these family members in your application, even if they’re not immigrating with you now. If you don’t, you will not be able to sponsor them later.

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2023 Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program starts

IRCC has announced that 24, 200 invitation to apply for parent and grandparent sponsorship this year hoping to get 15,000 qualified applicants who meets the eligibiliy criteria to sponsor parents and grandparents. Please read the full announcement below. If you want to know that you qualify for the program, please contact us at or call us at (403) 398-7203. 

Parents and Grandparents Program re-opens this fall

Ottawa, September 8, 2023—Family reunification is a pillar of Canada’s immigration system. Canada remains committed to helping Canadian citizens and permanent residents sponsor their loved ones to live and work alongside them in Canada. Our dedication to reuniting families through the Parents and Grandparents Program can be seen through our historically high admissions numbers for parents and grandparents under the Multi-Year Levels Plan.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to reunite families by accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program this year. On October 10, 2023, IRCC will begin sending invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors, aiming to receive up to 15,000 complete applications. Invitations will be sent over the course of 2 weeks.

Due to the number of forms remaining in the pool of submissions from 2020, IRCC will send invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from that pool instead of opening a new interest to sponsor form. This is the same approach taken for the 2021 and 2022 intakes. Anyone who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020, but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022, is encouraged to check the email account they provided in 2020 when they submitted their interest to sponsor form.

Those invited to apply as part of the 2023 intake will continue to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, which allow applications to be submitted electronically. This is part of our commitment to modernize Canada’s immigration system and to speed up and simplify the application process.

Those who wish to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada, but who are not invited this year, may consider having their parents or grandparents apply for a super visa, which is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for up to 10 years. Enhancements to the super visa allow super visa holders to stay in Canada for 5 years at a time, with the option to extend their visit by up to 2 years at a time without leaving the country. These changes make it easier for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada for longer periods.

For information on previous application intakes for the Parents and Grandparents Program, see the recently published intake report on our website, The Parents and Grandparents Program: Intake Report 2014 to 2019. A more recent intake report covering the 2020 to 2022 application intakes will be published by the end of the year.

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Visitors can apply for a work permit from inside Canada

IRCC announced that people who are currenlty visiting Canada can apply for a work permit if they meet the folloiwng eligibility criteria

1. If you have valid visitor status

2. If you have a valid job offer supported by LMIA or an LMIA exempt offer of employment

3. If you can file employer specific application before February 28, 2025


If you meet the above three criteira or if you want to know more about this program, please contact usat 4033987203 or email us  

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IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

September 24, 2020—Ottawa—Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, is announcing action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce couples’ wait times.

IRCC is leveraging new technology in a pilot to digitize paper applications so they can be processed more efficiently by IRCC employees working remotely and at various worksites. In addition to implementing facilitative biometrics measures, IRCC will be piloting, in the upcoming weeks, technology to conduct interviews with applicants remotely, in adherence with public health protocols.

With these initiatives, IRCC aims to accelerate, prioritize and finalize approximately 6,000 spousal applications each month from October until December 2020. Combined with processing to date, this rate will lead to about 49,000 decisions by the end of this year.

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who are sponsoring spouses for permanent residence. We will continue to search for innovative and compassionate ways to reunite families, while following the advice of our public health experts to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Increase in permanent residence fees effective April 30

Ottawa, April 30, 2020—In order to manage increasing program and service delivery costs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is increasing permanent residence fees for most economic immigration programs, except caregivers, as of April 30, 2020.

Permanent residence fees have not increased since 2002. As such, they do not reflect the rise in inflation over the last 18 years and the increasing cost of permanent residence operations and processing.

The increase on April 30 will affect applicants to most economic permanent residence immigration programs, except caregivers. The fees will then be automatically adjusted for inflation every 2 years for all permanent residence applications, including the economic, family and humanitarian programs, beginning in 2022.

The Government of Canada supports a cost-effective approach to financing government programs, where most of the costs are borne by those who receive the services and benefit directly from them.

The changes ensure that Canada remains competitive and in line with fees charged by other immigrant-receiving countries. In most cases, Canada’s fees are considerably less expensive than countries with similar migration systems, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information on the fee increases, please see the regulations, which came into force April 30, 2020.


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Canada delays 2020 parents and grandparents immigration program

Canada is delaying the opening of its 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program due to its ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The launch of the call for expressions of interest to apply for the popular program was anticipated in the coming weeks, according to an Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) media release.

The temporary deferral of the call for applications is not expected to impact when parents and grandparents will arrive in Canada, and IRCC will still process these applications.

The Parents and Grandparents Program enables Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to obtain permanent resident status.

The program is so popular that the federal government has sought various ways over the past decade to manage its intake since 2011. 


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New pilot for family members previously excluded from Canada will ‘right that wrong,’ immigration minister says

Sponsorship applications for some family members who were previously banned from obtaining permanent residence under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will be allowed under a new two-year pilot, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, has announced. 

The pilot concerns non-accompanying family members who were not declared and therefore were not examined by immigration authorities when the sponsor applied for Canadian permanent residence.

These family members have been ineligible for a Family Class sponsorship under Section 117(9)(d) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

This lifetime ban has long been a source of controversy, with the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calling it “a significant barrier” to family reunification in Canada.

In a brief on the issue, the CCR said that 117(9)(d) “has a disproportionately negative effect on refugees and vulnerable migrants who fail to disclose a family member.”

Hussen said the federal government recognizes that the regulation was unfair.

“Newcomers who failed to declare immediate family members as they first came to Canada were barred to sponsor them. Today, we right that wrong,” he said.

IRCC defined sponsors covered by the pilot as resettled refugees, those conferred refugee protection in Canada or those who were themselves sponsored as a spouse, partner or dependent child.

The pilot will run from September 9, 2019, to September 9, 2021 and IRCC said applications that are already in process will benefit.

New measures for vulnerable workers and family members

Starting June 4, IRCC will allow migrant workers with an employer-specific work permit who are in an abusive job situation to apply for an open work permit.

“This will allow migrant workers to leave that employer immediately, maintain their status and find another job,” IRCC said.

IRCC will also introduce changes that will allow newcomers experiencing family violence to apply for a fee-exempt temporary resident permit starting July 26.

The permit will give these individuals legal status in Canada and provide them with a work permit and health care coverage.

IRCC will also expedite applications for permanent residence filed on humanitarian and compassionate grounds from those “in urgent situations of family violence.”

“No worker should fear losing their job when they are being mistreated in their place of work. No partner should be more fearful of losing their immigration status instead of escaping abuse,” Hussen said.

“Today we say, fear no more.”

source: © 2019 CICNews All Rights Reserved

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Definition of a dependent child

Definition of a dependent child is changed effective October 24,2017. According to the new definition of a dependent child, the child must meet the following qualifications:

1. The child must be under the age of 22. That means the lock in age should be before the child celebrates his/her 22nd  birth day.

2.By the time application is filed until the process is finalized, the child does not have to have a spouse or does not have to be in a common law relationshp.

3. If the child is over the age of 22 and still dependent on his/her parents and financially fully supported by his / her parents before the child turns 22 and continue to be supported after the child turn to 22

4. If the child is unable to support himselt/herself financially due to mental or physical condition and fully supported and dependent on the parent, they can also qualify as a dependent children.

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Stay tuned on Canada's Citizenship Act Changes

The major changes in the new Citizenship Act will be

1. You are not required to show your intent to live in Canada once you become a Canadian citizen.

2. Citizenship revocation provisions only applying to dual citizens are repealed.

3. Minors can qualify on their own .


We want you to stay tuned for the following expected changes:

1. Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to 3 out of 5 years

2. Some number of days applicant stayed in Canada as a temporry resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident will be considered

3. Age range for langauge and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54


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One Stop Immigration & Legal Services

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Removing Conditional permanent residency for spuouses sponsored under the family class category

May 1, 2017 – Canada has abolished the family sponsorship immigration condition that required sponsored spouses and partners to live with their sponsor for two years to keep their Canada immigration status.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says the move is being taken to tackle concerns with many people choosing to remain in abusive relationships because they are afraid of losing their permanent resident status.

The rule change applies to any family sponsorship immigration candidate previously subjected to the previous requirement and all new spouses and partners being sponsored as permanent residents.
Basic Requirements For Family Sponsorship

To be a sponsor:

You must be 18 years of age or older.
You and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your relative, if necessary. This agreement also requires the person becoming a permanent resident must make every effort to support her or himself.
You must provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident.
You must provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.

Two-year Rule Abolished for Spousal Sponsorship in Canada immigration authorities say 100,000 immigrants have been subject to the rule since it was introduced by the former Conservative government in 2012.

“We’re doing away with a measure that could have made a bad situation worse by possibly making people feel they needed to stay in abusive situations just to keep their status in Canada,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

“Removing conditional permanent residence is another example of the government’s commitment for family reunification to make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada”.

The previous rule targeted couples who had been together for two years or less and had no children in common.
Canada Family Sponsorship: Who Can Be Sponsored?

Common law partner.
Conjugal partner.
Dependent children.
Grandparents – (Additional conditions apply)
Brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship.
Another relative of any age or relationship, but only under specific conditions.
Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).

The move was meant to deter people from using sham marriages or relationships to immigrate to Canada.

Although spouses and partners who were victims of abuse were on paper exempt from the rule, in reality many felt forced to stay in relationships to keep their status.

This imbalance in status left the sponsored person in a vulnerable position, many stakeholders said.

An IRCC statement said: “Even though there was an exception to the condition for people in such situations, it is possible a victim may not have been aware of it or may have chosen to stay in the abusive relationship for a number of reasons.

“Those could include the fear of coming forward, the perceived challenge of proving the abuse or neglect, fear of needing to continue to live with their alleged abuser, or fear of having their status revoked and being removed from Canada if the exception was not granted.”

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Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child

News Release

From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

May 3, 2017—Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases the Government’s commitment to family reunification.

The new age limit of “under 22” will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, raising it from the current “under 19” requirement. The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees. Children who are 22 years of age or older and who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition will continue to be considered dependent children.

A higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts by keeping families together. It will also better address humanitarian and safety concerns by enabling more family members of refugees to qualify as dependants. Increasing the age limit will also help to enhance Canada’s economy by making it a destination of choice for skilled immigrants who want to keep their families together.

Family reunification is a key immigration commitment of the Government of Canada. The Government has made a number of important changes to uphold this commitment. Regulations were recently published to eliminate the conditional permanent residence measure in recognition that most marriages are genuine and to reduce the vulnerability of spouses in the immigration program. Access to the parent and grandparent program was improved with changes to the 2017 application process to make it fairer and more transparent. In 2016, the number of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications accepted each year for intake was doubled to 10 000 applications, and the Government announced processing times for most sponsored spouses and partners would be reduced to 12 months.


“Raising the age of dependants lets more families stay together. This will bring economic and social gains to our country as it enhances our attractiveness as a destination of choice for immigrants and refugees.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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Refusal to process a Labour Market Impact Assessment application

Ministerial instructions

As a result of public policy considerations as determined in Ministerial Instructions, we may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for:

Low-wage positions in accommodation and food services and retail trade sectors

Low-wage positions in Accommodation and Food Services and Retail Trade sectors (except for those with specific Yellowknife postal codes):

  • in an economic region with an unemployment rate of six percent or higher (as defined by the Program-specific Statistics Canada data used by Service Canada for the purposes of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program)
  • in the Accommodation and Food Services sector (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 72) or Retail Trades sector (NAICS codes 44-45)
  • classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 6541, 6611, 6622, 6711, 6721, 6731, 6732, 6733, 7611 and 8612
Yellowknife postal codes

Low-wage positions at or above the current cap

Low-wage positions, if you are at or above the current cap on the proportion of low-wage temporary foreign workers for the same positions at the same work location.

High-wage occupations in the province of Alberta

If the position you are looking to fill with a temporary foreign worker is included in the list of occupations, we will not process your application. The Government of Alberta’s Employer Liaison Services helps employers learn about options for hiring Albertans and Canadians first. For more information and assistance, contact Alberta Labour.

List of occupations

Management occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
1 0112 Human resources managers
2 0211 Engineering managers
Business, finance, and administration occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
3 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
4 1523 Production logistics co-ordinators
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
5 2131 Civil engineers
6 2132 Mechanical engineers
7 2133 Electrical and electronic engineers
8 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
9 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
10 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
11 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
12 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
13 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
14 7237 Welders and related machine operators
15 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
16 7242 Industrial electricians
17 7251 Plumbers
18 7271 Carpenters
19 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
20 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
21 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
22 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
23 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
24 7511 Transport truck drivers
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
25 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
26 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
27 8412 Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators
28 8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
29 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

In-home Caregiver positions

In-home Caregiver positions, where there is a live-in requirement, that:

  • are classified under the NAICS as a Private Household (NAICS 814)
  • are classified under the NOC codes 3012, 3233, 4411 or 4412
  • have been advertised and indicated on the Labour Market Impact Assessment application as being sought to fill positions, where there is a live-in requirement

Exceptions to this refusal to process

High medical needs clients

If you are seeking to hire an in-home caregiver with a mandatory live-in requirement for high medical needs clients (e.g. people with disabilities, seniors, individuals with chronic or terminal illnesses), you must submit either:

Exceptional circumstances

You must submit the completed Rationale For Possible Exemption for Exceptional Circumstances section of the Schedule G – In-home Caregivers (EMP5601). The rationale must include:

  • a clear explanation of why live-in care is required
  • how frequently the situation necessitating live-in care occurs
  • to what degree you can influence this frequency
  • a description of what other options were explored in order to meet the need for care and why they were deemed not viable
  • how you will ensure fair working conditions for the in-home caregiver, despite the live-in requirement

Previous revocation

We may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for any position if you have had an application revoked in the past two years for having provided false, misleading or inaccurate information.

Processing fee

You will not be charged the processing fee, if we had to refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application or if you are an ineligible employer. In addition, a letter will be sent to you with the reason why your application was not processed.

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Improvements to spousal sponsorship process: The New Application Kit

The Government of Canada is releasing a new spousal sponsorship application kit on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website on December 15, 2016. The new application kit will make it easier and faster to apply through the spousal sponsorship program at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time. As part of the new application process, applicants will not have to provide certain information up front, such as medical examination results.

The changes to the kit will include the following:

  • A new application kit for use by all spousal applicants. Applicants will no longer have to choose between two different kits depending on whether they live in Canada or outside Canada. All applicants will use the same application kit.

    Since some applicants may have already started filling out their application using the current kit, IRCC will continue to accept new applications using the current kit until January 31, 2017. After this date, only applications using the new kit will be accepted.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin using the new kit, which is easier to use and understand, as soon as it is available on December 15, 2016.

  • To help clients through the application process, a brand new “Basic Guide” has been developed. This guide summarizes the applications process and gives clients a clear explanation of what they need to do to apply.

    If applicants need more detailed information, they can consult the “Complete Guide”, which has been improved. Right now, there are several different application guides for sponsors and applicants. These have been combined into one document that is shorter and easier to understand.

  • One new Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation form has been developed. Right now, the sponsor must complete a sponsorship evaluation form, and the sponsor and applicant may also complete either one or two additional relationship questionnaires, depending on whether the applicant lives in Canada or outside Canada. These will all be merged into one form to be completed by both the sponsor and the person they are sponsoring and will be the same for all spousal applicants.

  • To help clients make sure their application is complete, four new document checklists will be available, depending on who is being sponsored. These will replace the current 14 checklists. Applicants will select the appropriate checklist depending on who is being sponsored (i.e., a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child). The new checklists clearly summarize all the forms and documents that must be included with the application and will help applicants determine what specific information will be needed for their application.

    All new applications that are received using the new application kit must include all the required documents listed on the checklist. This will ensure more efficient and timely processing by eliminating the additional processing time that results from back-and-forth between IRCC and clients while the Department waits to receive required documents. If an application is received that does not have all the required forms and documents on the checklist, IRCC will not accept it for processing and will return the application to the applicant.

For a general overview of the changes, view this graphic.

Source: IRCC update

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Mexico will be added back to the lists of visa exempted countries starting

Liberals Lift Visa Requirement for Mexicans

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the removal of visa requirements for Mexican citizens entering Canada. Trudeau instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in a mandate letter made public last Friday to lift the Mexican visa requirement.  It is expected this to take effect in March 2016.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said that Trudeau confirmed the commitment during a recent meeting with Canada's new prime minister at the G20 summit in Turkey.

The policy was imposed by the Conservative government in 2009 to reduce the number of Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada. The requirement had become a source of tension between the two countries.

According to Trudeau's mandate letter to Dion it is essential to "support the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in lifting the Mexican visa requirement." Another top priority is to "work with relevant ministers, including the ministers of international trade and environment and climate change, to prepare for the North American Leaders Summit in Canada."

The Mexican president also said he and Trudeau discussed the trilateral annual summit between the prime minister of Canada, and the presidents of Mexico and the U.S., which Canada was set to host by year's end.

Originally scheduled for February 2015, the summit was postponed indefinitely by the Conservative government. The decision to push back the summit came due to the looming general elections in Canada as well as a decision by the U.S. president on the pending approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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2016 Immigration Levels Plan

Ottawa, March 8, 2016 — Following the tabling of the 2015 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on March 8, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on its 2016 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 305,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2016.

Immigration CategoryCategoryLowHighTarget
Economic Federal Economic—High Skilled Footnote 1 54,000 59,000 58,400
Federal Economic—CaregiversFootnote 2 20,000 22,000 22,000
Federal Economic—BusinessFootnote 3 500 900 800
Provincial Nominee Program 46,000 48,000 47,800
Quebec Skilled Worker 25,500 27,000 26,200
Quebec Business 5,200 5,500 5,400
Economic Total 151,200 162,400 160,600
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 57,000 62,000 60,000
Parents and Grandparents 18,000 20,000 20,000
Family Total 75,000 82,000 80,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependants Abroad 10,000 11,000 11,000
Resettled Refugees 41,000 46,000 44,800
Government-Assisted Refugees 24,000 25,000 24,600
Blended Visa Office-Referred 2,000 3,000 2,400
Privately Sponsored Refugees 15,000 18,000 17,800
Protected Persons and Refugees Total 51,000 57,000 55,800
Humanitarian and OtherFootnote 4 Humanitarian and Other 2,800 3,600 3,600
OVERALL 280,000 305,000 300,000
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