Canada introduced the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal

Canada introduced the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal

Canada introduced the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal
On January 25, 2022, the Government of Canada published an update introducing the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal (CRPP), which was launched on October 6, 2021. Effective immediately, individuals who are currently in Canada can make a refugee claim using the portal. Applicants or their legal representatives will have to create an online account, complete a questionnaire and submit supporting documents online to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applications of those who require accommodation or have a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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British Columbia invited 289 candidates under the SI and EEBC of the BCPNP
On January 25, 2022, British Columbia held two rounds in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). In the general draw, BC issued 264 invitations. The lowest scores in the categories were:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 105 (+2 points)
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 93 (+3 points)
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 77 (-1 point)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 114 (+4 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 97 (+5 points)
The second draw of the day targeted only candidates in NOC 0621 – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers and NOC 0631 – Restaurant and Food Service Managers. The province issued 25 invitations for such candidates. The lowest score of those candidates was 114 points, 4 points more compared to the previous NOC-specific draw. In total, British Columbia issued 714 ITAs under the BCPNP in 2022.

#British_Columbia, #BCPNP, #EEBC, #Skills_Immigration, #PNP

The US prohibited non-vaccinated Canadian travellers to cross the border
Canadian citizens and temporary residents in Canada are no longer allowed to travel to the United States unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. On January 22, 2022, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prohibited unvaccinated foreign nationals travelling into the US from Canada and Mexico to cross the land borders. This decision can impact many Canadians who work in essential occupations and travel to the US on a regular basis. Particularly, trucking companies can find it difficult to deliver goods across the border.

#US_Canada_border, #borders, #Vaccination, #Travel_restrictions, #essential_workers, #COVID_19, #Border_measures

Travel to Canada with unvaccinated children
Children under 12 years can travel to or from Canada being unvaccinated and without getting a COVID-19 test. However, while travelling to Canada, parents whose children just turned 12 sometimes do not have enough time to provide vaccination to their children and find it difficult to decide how and when to travel. According to the travel requirements implemented by the Government of Canada, there is a 4-month exemption period for children turning 12, which allows them to travel without getting vaccinated. In addition, this period gives children enough time to receive both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.

#Vaccination, #Travel_restrictions, #COVID_19, #Border_measures