On July 10, 2021, the Government of Canada proposed a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). The amendments address the necessity of enhancing the protection of temporary foreign workers, who may lack access to information on their rights. As a result, these workers may be rendered vulnerable to workplace exploitation and abuse. While the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) were devised to ensure employer discipline, there remain some gaps in need of adjustment.(more…)
Last week, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced quarantine exemptions for certain fully vaccinated personnel. This includes: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and persons registered under the Indian Act. Today, IRCC confirmed that same exemptions may apply to fully vaccinated international students. The new measures will take effect on July 5, 2021.(more…)
The number of people who received their COVID-19 vaccine exhibits an optimistic climb in the past few weeks. Thus, it is reasonable for many to expect a border reopening in the near future. On June 9th, the Minister of Public Health Agency announced that as early as July, Canada will conduct a multi-phased lift of travelling restrictions. For travellers who are fully vaccinated 14 days prior to their arrival, quarantine no longer remains mandatory. Meanwhile, Canada still requires negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results from travellers.(more…)
On June 09, 2021, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated study permit procedures regarding off-campus work.
In their final academic session, those students who only require a part-time study load are allowed to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week. Simultaneously, they can work full-time during regularly scheduled breaks (e.g. summer, winter, and spring holidays).
Note that in order to qualify for this new procedure, the student must maintain full-time status during the pursuit of the academic program. (more…)
The stream’s rapid closure caught many potential applicants off-handed, most of them have yet to apply. However, the good news is: international graduates who satisfy the minimum job hour requirements may still have a shot at the two workers’ streams.
Pathway Start and End Dates
As part of its innovative immigration blueprint, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pathway dedicated to international graduates.
The new permanent residence public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021. The pathway will also close once the intake cap of each stream has been reached.
As with all public policies, this public policy may be revoked by the Minister, without prior notice.
International Graduates Stream Intake Cap
The new permanent residence pathway acknowledges temporary residents’ contributions towards Canada’s economy. Additionally, IRCC addresses the importance of their skills in accelerating economic recovery. These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are in Canada.
Until a change request can be implemented to modify the letter of introduction to include the medical examination validity date, officers may use the port of entry facilitation letter.