09 Aug IRCC made Multi-Factor Authentication mandatory for GCKey accounts
IRCC made Multi-Factor Authentication mandatory for GCKey accounts
Starting July 31, 2023, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship (IRCC) made multi-factor authentication mandatory for all GCKey applicants and representatives to prevent unauthorized access to personal information. The new authentication must be set up for new accounts or for signing into existing accounts. It must be used each time GCKey is used to access the IRCC account but is not required if the Sign-In Partner option is selected. The following accounts require the new IRCC multi-factor authentication: IRCC Secure Account, Authorized Paid Representatives Portal, Employer Portal, Provincial and Territorial Partner Portal, Designated Learning Institutions Portal, Provincial and Territorial Public Health Authority Portal, and the Partner Portal.
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Canada continues welcoming Afghan refugees
On August 8, 2023, the Government of Canada made a new update regarding the Afghan refugees arriving in the country. The last update shows Canada has accepted 270 Afghan refugees since August 1, 2023. As of now, Canada has welcomed a total of 36,130 Afghan refugees. Canada received 19,490 Afghans and their families’ applications under the Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans who had assisted the Government of Canada in Afghanistan. 11,285 Afghans arrived in Canada under that program, and 18,695 Afghan nationals came under the Humanitarian program. In addition, Canada admitted 2,250 applicants under the pathway for extended family members of former interpreters.
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Canada announced the new Recognized Employer Pilot under the TFWP
On August 8, 2023, the Canadian Government announced the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) to make it easier for repeat Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) employers to hire foreign workers. Employers with at least three positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in the same occupation over the past five years can participate in REP. It will be rolled out in two stages, with the first stage beginning in September 2023 for employers in the Primary Agriculture stream and the second stage starting in January 2024 for all other industry sectors. Employers can apply for REP and LMIA at the same time through the LMIA Online Portal.
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Canada to create a new office to address staff racism complaints by fall
The Federal Immigration Department is creating an independent ombudsperson’s office to address racism and discrimination toward its employees. An equity secretariat will also be created to provide safe reporting channels. While the department has published a summary report of a survey conducted among 62 employees, two unions representing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employees say they have not been consulted on creating the ombudsperson’s office. The department acknowledges that the change process takes time, and IRCC is committed to building lasting and systemic change.