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Publicado el 14/1/2019
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Re-Opens on January 28, 2019
On noon, January 28, 2019, Canadian Immigration will reopen the parent and grandparent sponsorship category. The government has increased the annual cap on applications to 20,000 in 2019. This is about 4 times the number of applications accepted in 2015. Processing also promises to be within a more reasonable timeline of two years.
This program promotes family re-unification and encourages skilled worker immigration to Canada. Given the immigration uncertainties resulting from the forthcoming federal election, this is an important opportunity for those wishing to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada.
Please contact us for further information on this program.
Express Entry Skilled Worker Program Continues to Attract Global Talent
Canada’s Express Entry immigration program remains a popular immigration option attracting skilled workers from around the world to Canada.
Under the Express Entry system, applicants create an online profile and are accorded a score based on a number of factors, including their age, education, work experience, English language proficiency and ties to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) periodically issues invitations to apply for permanent residence to the highest-scoring applicants in the pool.
Below is a summary of the rounds of invitations issued over the last six (6) months, and the lowest scores selected in each.
Canada Expands Biometric Requirements in 2019
As of December 31, 2018, foreign nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas must provide their biometrics when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. Applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been subject to this biometric requirement since July 31, 2018.
IRCC states that the intention of this expansion is to effectively manage identity, facilitate application processing, simplify entry for travelers with legitimate identities, and increase biometric-based information sharing between Canada and the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.