18 Jan Canada plans to clear the visitor visa backlog by February
Canada plans to clear the visitor visa backlog by February
To reduce the backlog of visitor visa applications, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is planning to decrease the Visitor visa applications backlog. The government is considering decisive measures by lifting some eligibility criteria for nearly half a million applications. This necessary action will significantly shorten wait times while allowing more people to visit Canada. An IRCC memo revealed two potential strategies to reduce the number of visitor visa applications. The first approach would involve processing an estimated 195,000 applications in bulk, while the second option considers relaxing eligibility criteria for as many as 450,000 candidates.
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Alberta invited 129 candidates under the AAIP in December 2022
On January 17, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a new update regarding the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). As of January 17, 2023, there were around 1,152 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 276 Expressions of Interest in the Alberta Express Entry pool. In addition, on December 8, 2022, Alberta held a new round in the Alberta Express Entry Stream and issued 129 Notifications of Interest (NOI). The lowest score in this round was 305 points, 168 points fewer than in the previous draw. In 2022, the province invited 2,449 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the Alberta Express Entry.
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IRCC introduced new updates regarding the study permit applications
On January 17, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that Provincial or Territorial government-run settlement and integration courses are not classified as studies, according to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. To further simplify the process, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has included these courses offered by provincial or territorial governments through settlement and integration providers, including francization courses provided by the Government of Quebec, to their list of studies that do not require students to apply for a study permit.
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Ottawa updated work permit instructions due to the phase 2 NOC implementation
On January 17, 2023, the Government of Canada published a program delivery update regarding the updates to work permit instructions due to the Phase 2 National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 implementation. To ensure accuracy, the instructions have been updated to reflect the new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) categories which replace all references of skill type 0 and levels A, B, C, and D. Furthermore, all 4-digit NOC code has also been changed to a 5-digit version in accordance with 2021 standards.