New COVID-19 Policy Allows Certain Out-of-status Individuals to Restore their Status and Work

July 14, 2020 saw the introduction of yet another important policy from the Government of Canada to alleviate the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the immigration status of those inside the country. Under the Public Policy exempting certain out-of-status foreign nationals in Canada from immigration requirements: COVID-19 program delivery certain out of status individuals will be allowed to restore their status outside the traditional window provided by the immigration regulations. In addition, some individuals will be allowed to being work while their restoration application is processing. The Policy was introduced since the government recognizes that COVID-19 has had an impac

Canada announces new measures to support future international students

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, announced a number of new measures to support international students learning online at Canadian institutions. These measures have been put in place to give foreign students more certainty regarding their ability to come to Canada once travel restrictions have been eased. The changes allow students to work in Canada after graduation, regardless of whether their studies began online from their home countries. According to the a news release by the Government of Canada, these measures are: Providing priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online, to ensure that permits

Biometrics exemption for individuals applying for temporary residence within Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that despite the opening of some Service Canada offices with limited services, biometrics collection inside the country remains unavailable. To remedy this and be able to move along the processing of in-Canada applications for temporary residence, the government has implemented certain exemptions from providing biometric data. Applicants who will benefit from this exemption are those applying from within Canada for: An extension of their stay as a student, worker or visitor Restoration of their status as a student, worker or visitor A new work or study permit A new visitor visa A new Temporary Resident Permit This policy appli

Ontario In-Demand Skills Stream to Reopen July 6 with 13 New Manufacturing Related Occupations

Registration for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream is expected to reopen today July 6, 2020. Due to regulatory changes introduced by the Ontario government, this popular permanent residence program for individuals in semi-skilled occupations will now include 13 new manufacturing related National Occupational Classifications for employment positions located outside the Greater Toronto Area. The 13 additional occupations are: 9411 – Machine operators, mineral and metal processing 9416 – Metalworking and forging machine operators 9417 – Machining tool operators 9418 – Other metal products machine operators 9421 – Chemical plant machine operators 9422 – Plastics processing

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