21 Jul Ontario to reopen the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
Ontario to reopen the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
On July 20, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced that the next day it will begin accepting applications to the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream. The province also notified it is expecting a high volume of users trying to register, thus technical issues may occur. The OINP will automatically close the registration once the intake limit is met. In addition, the OINP requests the most recent version of the Employer Form. It must be completed on or after July 21, 2020. Registered candidates will have 14 days to complete and submit the full application. Unfortunately, Ontario did not publish the exact time of the registration opening and the intake limit for this round.
#Ontario, #OINP, #PNP, #Employer_Job_Offer, #Skilled_workers
Application processing times in the SINP have been updated
On July 20, 2020, Saskatchewan updated the processing time of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) based on average times from April 1 to June 30, 2020. In the International Skilled Worker category, the processing time in the Employment Offer stream is 5 weeks, in the Occupation In-Demand stream – 31 weeks, and in the Express Entry stream – 28 weeks. In the Saskatchewan Experience category, the processing time in the Existing Work Permit Stream, the International Students stream, and the Health Professionals stream is 4 weeks. As for the Hospitality Workers stream, the processing time is 2 weeks and the Truck Drivers are processed in 5 weeks. In the Entrepreneur and Farm category, the processing time for the Entrepreneurs Nominations is 9 weeks, and 23 weeks for farmers. As for Entrepreneur Applications, there were too few applications processed to calculate the average processing time. The Job Approval Process, the authorization for an employer to hire a foreign worker through the SINP, takes 8 weeks. The processing times show the average time for 80% of applications to be processed.
#Saskatchewan, #SINP, #processing_times
IRCC updated the COVID-19 Study permits regulations
On July 20, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the regulations for study permits applications and travel restrictions for international students. For instance, IRCC updated definitions of non-optional and non-discretionary purposes of travel for students. If the student is applying for a study permit extension and his/her passport will expire within the next 6 months, IRCC will request a new passport from the applicant. However, if the extension is required for a duration of fewer than 6 months, it can be processed as normal. The department also explained the regulations on distance learning and study permit issuance, as well as eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
#international_students, #study_in_Canada, #study_permit, #PGWP, #IRCC
Foreign accredited officials to be exempt from the travel restrictions
On July 20, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a new program delivery update regarding incoming accredited officials. Effective immediately, foreign representatives and their accompanying family members destined to Canada to become accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) are now exempt from the travel restrictions. Diplomats and the families must hold a passport that contains a diplomatic acceptance, a consular acceptance or an official acceptance issued by the Chief of Protocol for GAC on behalf of the Government of Canada. These foreign representatives and their accompanying family members are required to apply for and obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV) prior to their arrival in Canada under the current travel restrictions.
#GAC, #IRCC, #travel_restriction