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  • Canada’s goal of admitting more than a million new permanent residents by the end of 2021 is gaining new attention internationally.  

  • Saskatchewan has conducted the largest ever draw for the Entrepreneur stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with 142 international entrepreneurs having been invited to apply to the program following the May 24, 2017 draw. Another new record was set in this draw, as the points threshold required for a candidate to be invited to apply reached its lowest ever cut-off point of 80.

  • The province of Manitoba has invited 349 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on September 26. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba nominee programs . With a nomination, invited persons may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador wants annual immigration numbers to increase to 1,700 new permanent residents per year, an increase of around 50 percent on current intake numbers.

  • Alberta is set to launch an Express Entry stream in January, 2018, allowing the province to use a portion of its allocation for the (AINP) to nominate candidates in Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry pool.

  • A complete report specially made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) projects that up to 49.7 percent of the Canadian population could be first generation immigrants and their children by the year 2036.

  • Approximately averages of 1,400 Canadian permanent residents per year are issued a removal order for failing to satisfy their Residency obligations as permanent residents. It is important to mention that unfortunately, the success rate of appeals made to a tribunal is less than 10 percent. A removal order may be issued when it is established that someone is in breach of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in Canada.

  • June 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Today, Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent.

  • U.S. border officers would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under bill C-23 if passed.

  • The Government of Canada kicked off the new Express Entry year in impressive style Thursday, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with scores as low as 449.  

  • The United States administration is temporarily suspending the accelerated processing of H-1B visas, a popular work visa that helps U.S. companies hire skilled international workers. In response, companies in Canada — particularly in the technology sector — have issued a rallying cry for these workers to join the Canadian labour market instead, either as workers or as new permanent residents.

  •  As of October 24, 2017 the definition of dependent children on Canadian immigration applications Canada will increase to include children under 22 years of age. In May of this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that eligible immigration applications received on or after October 24, 2017 will be processed based on the new definition. Therefore, immigration forms submitted on or after that date may include children of the principal applicants under the age of 22, who are not married or in a common-law relationship.

    Previous regulations that came into effect in August, 2014 decreased the age definition of dependent children to under 19 years. The new regulatory change increases the maximum age of dependants to what it was prior to the change in 2014. The raising of the maximum age of dependent children does not apply retroactively to applications submitted after August 1, 2014 and before October 24, 2017.

    IRCC explained the decision to withhold applying the new regulation on previously submitted immigration applications because, ‘applying the change to in-process applications would require a pause in finalizing many permanent residence applications and would impact processing times in many programs.’

    An exception allows individuals aged 22 years and older, who rely on their parents financially due to a physical or mental health condition, the ability to be considered as dependants.

    Changes that reflect socioeconomic trends

    The decision to increase the age limit of dependent children demonstrates the government of Canada’s family reunification initiatives, as well as the impact of socioeconomic trends, which show that over recent years young adults are increasingly choosing to live with their parents.

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    Census data released in August, 2017 show that nearly 35 percent of young adults between 20 to 34 live with at least one parent, a figure that has been on the rise since 2001. More young adults may choose to live with their parents longer because of the logistical, emotional, or financial benefits to them while pursuing post-secondary studies or searching for full time employment. Other reasons may include cultural preferences of family members.

    With the increase of the dependent children age limit, more immigrant children may stay with their parents during the adjustment period of applying for Canadian immigration, completing a Canadian education, and entering the Canadian labour market.

    Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen stated, “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.”

    Many regulatory changes that came into effect since the Liberal government came to power in 2015 have placed an emphasis on family reunification.

  • Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has announced that Canada will invest CAD $10 million over a five-year period to provide post-secondary students and mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia access to world-class education in Canada.

  • Canada is competing with other nations for international talent, and must do even more to attract and retain newcomers, says Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen.

  • Permanent residents of Canada who are citizens of one of those countries are also expected to be exempt from the executive order, which was signed on January 27. According to the latest information from both sides of the border, these individuals may enter the U.S. provided they have a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card and a passport from one of the seven affected countries, and be otherwise admissible to the country.

  • Amendments to the Canadian criminal code take effect December 18 that will carry more severe immigration-related consequences for permanent residents and foreign nationals convicted of an impaired driving offence.   

  • Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. This chart explains the changes that have been made to the Citizenship Act and indicates when these changes are expected to come into force.

  • Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says current medical inadmissibility rules for newcomers are out of touch with Canadian values and need to be reformed.

  • The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on February 8, had the lowest ranking score and point requirement of all time. Candidates with 447 or more CRS points received an Invitation to apply for permanent residence. Moreover, this was the largest draw of all time; a total of 3,664 ITAs were issued.

  • Candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with 435 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an Invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 6.