Quebec announces major changes to the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

On Thursday, May 28, the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, announced major upcoming changes to the Quebec Experience Program (Programme de l’expérience québécoise PEQ). This announcement came months after controversial reforms to the PEQ proposed by the Quebec government last year. The renewed PEQ is expected to meet four objectives: better integration of prospective immigrants into the Quebec labour market, a more efficient selection of candidates to meet the needs of the Quebec labour market, French language competence that facilitates integration; and reinforced program integrity. Under the new program, prospective candidates will need mor

Government extends PGWP eligibility for fall 2020 courses moved to online format

On May 14, the Canadian government announced further measures to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the lives of international students. Back in April, the government announced that students who had been forced to switch from in-person courses to online learning for their May and June sessions, would not find their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility jeopardized. This directive has now been extended to students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. Normally, PGWP rules limit a student's ability to pursue online programs, from inside or outside Canada, and the time spent studying outside Canada is deducted from the length of the PGWP. Und

Government offers foreign workers flexibility to change jobs while awaiting work permit approval

In order to accommodate the rapidly changing job market that has resulted from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Canadian government announced on May 12 a temporary policy that will allow foreign workers on closed work permits the possibility to change jobs while their new permit is processing. Under existing rules, when a foreign worker wants to change the conditions of their work permit (including their employer or position within a company), they need to apply for a new work permit and wait for it to be issued before starting their new job. Given that a number of employees are being laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 in some industries, while there are other sectors wit

Increase in IRCC processing fees for economic Permanent Residence applications

As of 9 am on April 30, certain immigration application processing fees were raised by the Canadian government. The fee changes, which amount to a 50% increase in most cases, affected certain applications for Canadian permanent residence under the economic class. A summary of the fee increases is found below: Quebec investor class, Quebec entrepreneur class, Quebec self-employed person class, start-up business class and the self-employed class: Principal applicant: $1,050 to $1,575 Spouse: $550 to $825 Dependent children: $150 to $225 Other economic (non-business) classes. I.e. Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Rural and No

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