What's New in Immigration

IRCC Stalls on Increasing Oversight of Immigration Consultants
12 Dec
This past June, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration issued a report called Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants. The report reviews the ways...
IRCC promises to clear backlog of PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program by 2018
04 Dec
IRCC has announced its goal to finalize 80 percent of the applications for permanent residence submitted on or before October 1, 2017, by caregivers and their family members through the...
Government of Canada’s Ambitious Immigration Plan
17 Nov
On November 1st, 2017, the Government of Canada announced its new, multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, dubbed the “most ambitious immigration plan in recent history” by the government. This plan aims...
Dependent Age Back Up to Under 22
02 Nov
Last week on October 24, 2017, the new definition of ‘dependent child’ came into effect. Under the new definition, a dependent child is defined as a child who is under...
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program – Master’s Graduate Stream – Closed Again for Registrations
24 Oct
Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream is once again closed for registrations. This program has been opened to accept new registrants three times in 2017 with the longest opening only lasting approximately...
International students affected by faculty strike at Ontario colleges won’t be penalized by IRCC officials for a “circumstance beyond their control.”
23 Oct
Tens of thousands of international students enrolling in Ontario’s post-secondary institutions yearly are now concerned about the impact of the faculty strike at 24 Ontario colleges, many of which are...
Conditional Sentences Don’t Reflect “Serious Criminality”, Supreme Court Decides
20 Oct
The Supreme Court of Canada came to a decision this week in a case that asked whether a person can lose their permanent residence status after being convicted of a...
Nova Scotia’s Express Entry Streams Reopens – Accepting Another 250 – 300 Applications
11 Oct
The government of Nova Scotia reopened its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream today (Wednesday, October 11) at 8 a.m. EST. These 250-300 applications will be accepted under Category...
Bill C-6 Amendments to Citizenship Act: Fall 2017 Changes
25 Sep
Bill C-6 received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017,  providing a smoother pathway to Canadian citizenship for thousands of permanent residents in Canada and their families. Some changes took place...
New “X” non-binary gender designation on Canadian travel and immigration documents
13 Sep
As of August 31, 2017, immigrants and citizens of Canada may request that their gender be identified as “X” (Unspecified) rather than “M” or “F” on passports and immigration documents....