Canada and Ukraine launched a mobility working group

Canada and Ukraine launched a mobility working group

Canada and Ukraine launched a mobility working group
On January 27, 2021, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced the creation of a new Canada–Ukraine Mobility Working Group. The group will develop mobility opportunities for Ukrainians seeking to come to Canada. One of the most expected aspects of this collaboration will be a finalization of the youth mobility agreement that will enable young Ukrainian an opportunity to participate in the International Experience Canada program that allows young foreigners to obtain a work permit in Canada.

#IRCC, #IEC, #work_permits, #Working_Holiday, #Ukraine, #Covid_19

Canada admitted 305 self-employed immigrants in 2020
According to the new data by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in 2020, Canada admitted 305 newcomers who were granted permanent residence through the Self-Employed Persons Program (SEPP). This figure does not include the data for December 2020 which is yet to be released. SEPP is aimed solely at talented foreign artists and athletes. Along with the Start-Up Visa, these are the only two active federal business programs and the only two business programs leading directly to the PR status. Most of the provincial entrepreneur streams switched business work permit issuance prior to obtaining PR. To be eligible for SEPP, international sportsmen and artists must demonstrate at least two years of work experience in their field. The processing time for SEPP is now 23 months. Most self-employed immigrants settled in just two provinces – in British Columbia and Ontario – 130 immigrants each. In 2019, Canada admitted 870 immigrants so we can clearly see the impact of the COVID-19 on this program.

#business_immigration, #self_employed, #SEPP

Canada welcomes international students as Australia kicks them out
According to the Australian media ABC report, more than 140,000 international students have been turned away by the government since the travel ban was implemented. In comparison to Australia, Canada’s attitude towards international students during the pandemic was significantly different. Canada continues to introduce measures aimed at attracting and retaining old students amidst the pandemic. Firstly, the federal government allowed students, whose status has expired to restore it until August 31, 2021. Secondly, Canada allows new students whose designated learning institutions (DLI) have the approved COVID-19 readiness plans to come to Canada. Finally, starting January 27, 2021, and until July 27, 202, international graduates, whose Post-Graduate Work Permit has expired can apply for an Open Work Permit for 18 months so they can obtain Canadian Work experience to apply for permanent residence.

#COVID_19, #international_students, #PGWP, #work_permits, #international_graduates, #OWP