In response to the COVID-19, IRCC eased the visa extension rules

In response to the COVID-19, IRCC eased the visa extension rules

In response to the COVID-19, IRCC eased the visa extension rules
On July 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that temporary residents can restore their visas until December 31, 2020. Earlier, international students, foreign workers and visitors had 90 days after their status expired to apply for a status restoration. Since many applicants who try to maintain a legal status cannot submit full applications, the IRCC allowed all TRV holders whose status expired after January 30, 2020, to apply for the restoration. This temporary policy is also aimed at former work-permit holders to work for their employer before the decision is made, provided they have an LMIA supported or LMIA-exempt job offer. Such workers still are required to notify IRCC about their conditions.

#IRCC, #TRV, #work_permits, #study_permits, #visitor_visas, #international_students, #foreign_workers, #COVID_19

Canada finally provided instructions for international students
On July 14, 2020, the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Honorable Marco Mendicino provided instructions and temporary measures for international students prior to the fall term. IRCC will temporarily divide the study permit processing into two stages to allow candidates with missing documents not to be refused. The approval-in-principle stage will include enrollment to a Canadian learning institution and a proof of funds approval. Such students will be able to begin studying remotely. Moreover, this time will be counted towards the PGWP eligibility but no more than 50% of the program duration. The final approval stage will be required to allow the students to continue their program in Canada. At this stage, applicants must submit all documents and pass all checks. Last year, Canada hosted over 650,000 international students. 58,000 international graduates became permanent residents of Canada.

#international_students, #study_in_Canada, #study_permits, #IRCC

320 candidates got an invitation from British Columbia
On July 14, 2020, the government of British Columbia conducted a new round of invitations in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). BC invited 320 candidates to apply for a nomination. The lowest scores in this draw again reduced:

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 98
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 98 (-2 points)
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 76 (-3 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker 98 (-2 points)
Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate 98 (-1 point)
BC excluded 31 NOCs from participation in the draw (0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 3236, 6211, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6322, 6341, 6421, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6521, 6522, 6523, 6524, 6525, 6531, 6532, 6533, 6562, 6564, 6611, 6621, 6711, 6721, 6722, and 6731.). In 2020, British Columbia invited 4,592 foreigners to apply for the nomination in the BCPNP.

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

Biometrics collection for in-Canada TRV applicants to be temporarily cancelled
According to the update by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on July 14, 2020, temporary resident applicants who currently reside in Canada will be exempt from the biometrics collection requirement. This temporary measure is aimed at reducing risks of infection with the COVID-19. The exemption applies only to those who are applying from within Canada and is not including in-Canada permanent residence applicants. At the same time, biometrics collection at Service Canada is still unavailable. IRCC once again emphasized that no application will be refused due to the missing biometrics.

#IRCC, #biometrics, #PR, #work_permits, #study_permits, #TRV