Canada Parent Grandparent Program: 35,700 new invitations are coming in 2024
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by Igor Kyryliuk
1w ago
In a delightful turn of events for many Canadian families, IRCC announced a long-awaited update to the Parent Grandparent Program (PGP) informing that they will be sending out 35,700 new invitations in 2024. IRCC has an ambitious goal of accepting up to 20,500 complete PGP applications in 2024. This major update promises to breathe new life into the dreams of family reunification for numerous Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Here’s what you need to know about the latest changes and how they might affect your chances of bringing your parents or grandparents to Canada. What is the Par ..read more
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Off-Campus Work for International Students: an increase to 24 Hours per week
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by Igor Kyryliuk
2w ago
In a significant update from IRCC released on April 29, 2024, the Honourable Marc Miller announced an adjustment to the off-campus work hours for international students. Starting Fall 2024, students will be permitted to work up to 24 hours per week during their studies. This update is a part of ongoing reforms aimed at enhancing the integrity of the International Student Program while ensuring students remain shielded from fraud and financial vulnerability. The Off-Campus Work for International students before May 1, 2024 Before COVID students were permitted to work up to 20 hours per week du ..read more
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Budget 2024: Fairness for every generation – My Top 6 Immigration Takeaways
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by Mark Holthe
1M ago
Our annual budget drives the direction of immigration policy and programming in Canada. Where the money goes, so too goes the future of immigration in the coming years. To better understand this future, I reviewed “Budget 2024: Fairness for every generation” and have set out below my top six takeaways. Stabilization of the Refugee System: The budget allocates significant resources ($743.5 million over five years) to IRCC, CBSA, and IRB to prop up the refugee system. Claims are off the charts, and sufficient resources to handle the spike have been needed for some time. The increased funding ..read more
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Understanding the Recent 2024 Changes in Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) Eligibility in Canada
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by Igor Kyryliuk
1M ago
The world for international students in Canada has seen some radical changes in 2024. Well, we have one more massive change that directly affects the spouses of international student and their eligibility for  SOWP (the Spousal Work Permit) in Canada. This development is significant for couples aiming to build their lives in Canada together, ensuring both partners can contribute to their household and gain valuable Canadian work experience. In this blog post we delve into the specifics of these changes, comparing the previous regulations with the new ones. The SOWP Landscape Before March ..read more
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Act now – the new Alberta tourism and hospitality stream launches March 1 2024; and no more AOS
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by Alicia Backman-Beharry
2M ago
Do you need help with your immigration application or want to consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer about your file? Speak to a Lawyer The New Tourism & Hospitality Stream On Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024, the AAIP site announced the launch of a new PNP stream that will go live March 1, 2024. No applications will be accepted until March 1, 2024. The AAIP will only open the new tourism & hospitality stream to a limited number of applicants (out of Alberta’s total of around 10,000 nominations for 2024, it is predicted that perhaps 8-10% can be nominated under this new stream). A benefit of ..read more
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No More Second-Class Canadian Citizens? A Landmark Decision in Bjorkquist et al. v. Attorney General of Canada
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by Igor Kyryliuk
4M ago
Today, we're delving into a case that's caused quite the stir in the realm of citizenship rights in Canada. In the recent case of Bjorkquist et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, a significant decision was made regarding Canadian citizenship law. This case revolved around the constitutionality of section 3(3)(a) of the Citizenship Act, which restricts Canadian citizens born abroad from automatically passing their citizenship to their children if those children are also born abroad. This provision, often referred to as the "second-generation cut-off", was challenged as it was argued to confer ..read more
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Study Permits: What you need to do NOW to prepare for the 2023 intakes!
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by Guest User
5M ago
Do you need help with your immigration application or want to consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer about your file? Speak to a Lawyer As we approach the end of the year, there’s no better time to start making education, career and immigration plans for the new year. In particular, if you’re hoping to study in Canada in 2023, you need to start the process now, to ensure you have your study permit finalized in time to start your program. Key dates to be aware of  Designated Learning Institutes (DLIs) generally have three intakes throughout the year: ·      Fa ..read more
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The new EMPP: why Canadian employers and skilled refugees or displaced persons abroad should take note
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by Alicia Backman-Beharry
5M ago
Do you need help with your immigration application or want to consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer about your file? Speak to a Lawyer What is the new Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)? The EMPP allows skilled refugees or displaced persons who are living outside of Canada to apply directly for Permanent Residence in Canada and IRCC should finalize applications within 6 months. The EMPP makes it easier for people to qualify for PR even if they don’t fit the requirements of other economic programs like Express Entry. Certain IRCC application fees are waived, the cost of immigration m ..read more
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Reporting Missing Temporary Foreign Workers and Addressing Immigration Violations: Employer Advisory
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by Mark Holthe
5M ago
At Holthe Immigration Law, we understand the importance of staying informed about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the necessary steps to take when a temporary foreign worker (TFW) goes missing. This blog post aims to provide you with essential information on how to report a missing TFW and address potential immigration violations. When is a TFW Considered Missing? A TFW is considered missing when they fail to report to work without explanation and there is evidence suggesting they do not intend to return. Alternatively, if a TFW does not return to the workplace within a reason ..read more
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Express Entry 101: How many points do you need for FSW - 67 or 1200?
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by Igor Kyryliuk
5M ago
Embarking on your journey of immigrating to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, it's crucial to comprehend the application process from start to finish. Navigating the minimum eligibility requirements, document checklists, and various rules can be intricate and bewildering. One of the primary points of confusion lies in the fact that a potential applicant for the FSW program must accumulate points through two grading systems: Initially, you need to amass a minimum of 67 FSW points before you're even able to create a profile in the Express Entry system. Then, once the you ..read more
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