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Canadian Open Work Permits for U.S. H-1B Specialty Occupations Visa Holders

Starting today, Sunday, July 16, 2023, Canada will offer open work permits to any individuals in the United States on an H-1B Specialty Occupations visa.  Canada’s strategy is to lure away highly-educated foreign nationals in the United States who are frustrated by the U.S. immigration process.  In essence, Canada is capitalizing on a growing sense from international students and […]

Faster Spousal Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visa Processing Times; New Open Work Permit for Spousal and Family Class Applicants

Today, Friday, May 26, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced new measures to strengthen family reunification, which include: faster temporary resident visa (TRV) processing times for spousal applicants new and dedicated processing tools for spousal TRV applicants a new open work permit for spousal and family class applicants open […]

Canada Announces New Immigration Programs/Initiatives for Ukrainians Fleeing War

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the following: As part of the Government of Canada’s response to the war in Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is introducing new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily or permanently. For Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily, IRCC will create […]

New pathway to permanent residency for essential temporary workers and international graduates already in Canada

Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently actively contributing to Canada’s economy. These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in […]

Minister Announces Improvements to Spousal/Partner Sponsorship Application Process

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister, The Honourable John McCallum, made an announcement today, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, regarding improvements to the Spousal/Partner Sponsorship Application Process.  Among the improvements are: processing times for all spousal/partner applicants, inside and outside Canada, will be cut from 24 to 12 months a simplified guide (reduced from 180 […]