The Canadian Bar Association demands Ottawa to speed up the processing of immigration applications

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) that consists of lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and students throughout Canada wanted the Federal Government to speed up the processing of applications for immigration. In late July, the chair of the immigration law section of the CBA, Mark Holthe wrote to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, asking to solve major disruptions in processing immigration applications. In the letter, Holthe clarified that there were four areas that the Government have to speed up the processing times. …

Alberta invited 835 candidates in two EE draws and updated the AINP inventory

On September 28, 2021, Alberta posted a new update about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) inventory. Currently, there are around 750 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 375 Expressions of Interest in the Alberta Express Entry pool. On September 14, 2021, Alberta held a new round in the Alberta Express Entry Stream and invited 385 candidates. In addition, on September 21, 2021, the province issued 450 Notifications of Interest (NOI). The lowest score in both rounds was 300 points, …

Canada published a program delivery update for processing of permanent residence applications

On September 28, 2021, the Government of Canada published new guidelines related to COVID-19 for the processing of permanent residence (PR) application of overseas candidates as well as their accompanying family members. In addition, considering all the travel restriction measures, instructions regarding immigration medical exam (IME) validity prior to finalization have been updated. The Government also have updated the instructions for approved permanent resident applicants with valid and expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) documents and permanent resident visas (PRVs). …

Nova Scotia held new draws in the Entrepreneur and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Streams

On September 13, 2021, Nova Scotia held new draws in the Entrepreneur and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). In this round, Nova Scotia invited 28 entrepreneurs and the lowest score was 120 points. As for the International Graduate Entrepreneurs, NSNP issued only two invitations to candidates with scores of a minimum of 74 points. In 2021, Nova Scotia has already invited 71 Entrepreneurs in four invitation rounds and 4 International Graduate Entrepreneurs in two draws. …

Ontario invited 72 candidates under the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

On September 22, 2021, the Government of Ontario held a new draw in the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream (EJO IDS) of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The province issued 65 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates with job offers from the healthcare, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors, and 7 candidates were invited under the targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot. All invited candidates work in one of the following occupations:
Health and agricultural occupations:

NOC 3413 – nurse aides, …

Attend pre-departure seminars

Chances are you’ve already been invited to attend pre-departure seminars like the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) or Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP). These seminars provide information on topics such as employment, housing, health, settlement services, and life in Canada. These will not only help you in your preparation and planning but will also connect you to settlement supports that may need once you’re in Canada. …

Research job opportunities

Use your National Occupational Classification (NOC) to research job prospects at the Canada Job Bank. Take note of standard wages, outlook, education and job requirements. Most importantly, know if your profession is regulated. As mentioned, you will need to go through the qualification recognition process to be licensed or certified to practice your profession.
Find out the demand for your profession and the kind of skills and qualifications companies are looking for. …

Gather your documents

Make sure that you have original copies of official documents that you or your family members will need. These will be papers related to your health, education, profession, and others. These documents should include your:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Marriage or divorce certificate; death certificate for a deceased spouse
  • Adoption records for adopted children
  • Educational diplomas and certificates; transcripts that list the courses you took to obtain a degree or certificate
  • Official vaccination records (your child’s baby book if you still have it)
  • Medical records (prescriptions,