Canada to welcome more out-of-status construction workers in the GTA

Canada to welcome more out-of-status construction workers in the GTA

Canada to welcome more out-of-status construction workers in the GTA
On January 20, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would create pathways for out-of-status migrants, to help Canadian employers deal with critical labour shortages in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In 2019, IRCC initiated a pilot program with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), granting permanent residency status to 500 out-of-status workers in the construction industry. IRCC is expanding this project by doubling its scope to 1,000 out-of-status individuals. Individuals who meet the requirements have until January 2, 2024, to apply for permanent residence and include their spouses, partners, and dependent children in their application.

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Prince Edward Island invited the first candidates of 2023
On January 19, 2023, Prince Edward Island conducted a new invitation round in the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). In the first round of this year, the province issued 216 invitations to apply to skilled workers in the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams. PEI also invited 7 candidates to the Business Work Permit Entrepreneurs stream. The lowest score for business candidates was 62 points, as it was in the December draw. Last year, PEI invited 1,854 candidates. According to the schedule, the next PEI PNP draw will occur on February 16, 2023.

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The PR approval rate for Russian nationals sharply decrease after the Russian invasion of Ukraine
According to a document from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the number of permanent resident applications approved for Russian nationals sharply decreased after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Between February 24, 2022, and August 31, 2022, IRCC received 486 permanent residence (PR) applications from Russian nationals. Only 73 individuals (15.5% of the total) had been granted PR under economic and family-class immigration streams. No applications had been approved for protected persons and humanitarian and compassionate reasons. In addition, there were 16,942 temporary resident applications (visitor visas, study and work permits), of which only 6,502 (26%) were approved. Within the given timeframe, there were 105 asylum claims by Russian citizens.

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IRCC invited over 7,500 candidates under the International Experience Canada
Over the last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held new draws in the pools of International Experience Canada (IEC). From January 13 to January 20, Canada invited 7,539 young foreigners to apply for an IEC open work permit. As of January 20, there were 24,317 candidates registered in the pool, waiting for the invitation. In this round, there were 425 ITAs for Australia, 12 ITAs for Austria, 89 ITAs for Belgium, 57 ITAs for Costa Rica, 18 ITAs for Croatia, 106 ITAs for the Czech Republic, 25 ITAs for Denmark, 14 ITAs for Estonia, 2,243 ITAs for France, 54 ITAs for Greece, 34 ITAs for Hong Kong, 648 ITAs for Ireland, 178 ITAs for Italy, 386 ITAs for Japan, 1,200 ITAs for Korea, 6 ITAs for Latvia, 138 ITAs for Lithuania, 2 ITAs for Luxembourg, 95 ITAs for the Netherlands, 170 ITAs for New Zealand, 9 ITAs for Norway, 52 ITAs for Poland, 83 ITAs for Portugal, 176 ITAs for Slovakia, 4 ITAs for Slovenia, 195 for Spain, 25 ITAs for Sweden, 10 ITAs for Switzerland, 360 ITAs for Taiwan, and 725 ITAs for the United Kingdom. In 2023, Canada issued 19,349 ITAs under the IEC Program.

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