29 Oct International Experience Canada season 2020 is about to officially end
International Experience Canada season 2020 is about to officially end
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the intake of candidates for the International Experience Canada (IEC) season 2020. Opened in early January, since March 13, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) postponed all invitation rounds for all countries and in all three streams. On October 30, International Experience Canada will officially end in 2020. At the moment, IRCC did not announce any instructions for IEC in 2021. In total, Canada invited only 40241 candidates across all pools and streams in 2020.
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Quebec announced three new pilot programs and caps in several programs
On October 28, 2020, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MIFI) released a draft regulation about the establishment of three immigration pilot programs and four ministerial orders regarding the intake of immigration applications for the following twelve months. The new orders take effect on November 1, 2020. Three new pilots will be:
the pilot program for orderlies
the pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies (IT) and visual effects sectors
the pilot program for workers in food processing (FP)
As for the existing programs, Quebec will accept 50 applications for the Self-Employed Program, 25 applications in the Entrepreneur Program, and 750 applications in the Quebec Refugee Sponsorship Applications.
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Small cities are more suitable for newcomers
Newcomers to Canada usually choose to settle in big cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. But a survey conducted by the University of Guelph in Canada showed that small cities may be a better choice for immigrants and refugees who are new to Canada. Rana Telfah, a doctoral student at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, said in an interview that she visited more than 40 immigrant families who settled outside the large cities in Ontario, and found that new immigrants and refugees are getting more “kindness and generosity” in small cities. In addition, many new immigrants decide to move to smaller cities because the cost of living in big cities is too high. A professor from the University of Guelph said the way new immigrants are sponsored will also affect their settlement in Canada. In addition, the population of many small and medium-sized cities in Canada has declined, making locals happy to see the arrival of immigrants.
Thousands of would-be Canadian permanent residents stranded abroad
According to IRCC, 2,700 foreign nationals with expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Permanent Resident Visas (PRVs) are stuck in limbo. When immigration candidates get a COPR and PRV, it means they have completed almost every step of the Canadian immigration process. All they have to do is land in Canada and apply for their permanent residence card. But they cannot board a plane now due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. “IRCC is working on solutions to bring these future permanent residents to Canada,” said the Department. As of October 19, IRCC has responded to 2,700 principal applicants who filled out a webform. Of these, 120 have received their authorization letters.