WHAT’S NEW IN CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS | AUGUST 2019
STUDENT DIRECT STREAM OPEN TO PAKISTANI STUDENTS
The Student Direct Stream was formerly available to students in China, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. As of July 26th, 2019, the Student Direct Stream is now available to eligible Pakistani students as well. Study Permits submitted through the Student Direct Stream received expedited processing. Most SDS applications are processed in 20 days (less than 3 weeks).
Students who apply to the Student Direct Stream must provide more information up-front to allow visa officers to process their applications more efficiently. Some of the information you must supply includes language test results, proof of sufficient funds, medical exams, police certificates, and more.
CHANGES TO SERVICES OFFERED IN HAVANA, CUBA
In May of this year, the Canadian embassy suspended services for visitor visas, study permits, work permits, and permanent residency interviews in Cuba. On August 1st, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced further changes to services offered in Havana. The Canadian embassy now offers biometrics collection, passport drop-off and visa pick up.
The embassy is still not taking paper applications for temporary residence, so those interested in applying for a visitor visa, work permit, or study permit should apply online. Those who require a permanent residency interview must also go to a visa office in either the Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, or Mexico City in Mexico.
AGRI-FOOD IMMIGRATION PILOT
Canada announced the launch of a new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. This pilot is testing a new industry-specific approach to help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. This pilot will test the benefits of economic immigration to the agri-food sector by testing a new pathway to permanent resident.
The occupations and industries eligible under this pilot include:
Retail butchers, industrial butchers, and food processing labourers
Harvesting labourers for year-round mushroom production and greenhouse crop production
General farm workers for year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, or livestock raising
Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers for meat processing, year-round mushroom production, greenhouse crop production, or livestock raising
ONTARIO HOLDS FIRST TECH DRAWS
Ontario held its first tech draw through the Provincial Nominee Program on July 16th, 2019. Over 1,600 Express Entry applicants with eligible work experience were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the Human Capital Priorities category. The range of accepted CRS scores varied from 439-459 CRS points. The candidates invited to apply have work experience in six technical occupations, which include:
The second tech draw was then held on August 1st, 2019 and saw 1,773 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to eligible candidates with CRS scores ranging from 435-458 points.
HOW TO APPLY TO THE ONTARIO TECH DRAW
IRCC ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NEW PROGRAMS TO BOOST NEWCOMER SETTLEMENT
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada selected 824 projects that will deliver high-quality services to newcomers across the country for up to five years. These programs will focus on career development, community, political and civic engagement, advocacy, volunteerism, and more.
Newcomers will receive information about life in Canada and the community in which they will settle. Some of the programs will offer language training, assistance finding a job, and connections with established immigrants and Canadians. These supports and services are designed to help newcomers integrate and build a successful life in Canada.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.
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