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Canada-US border will remain closed until July 21

Posted by Step By Step Visas Wednesday 17th of June 2020

The Canada-US border has been closed since March 21 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, the border closure period has been extended several times. According to the last order, it was supposed to open on June 21. However, on June 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the 30-day extension of travel restriction. The exemptions will continue to be applied to the essential travels.


Ontario invited 699 candidates in the Human Capital Priorities Stream

Posted by Step By Step Visas Thursday 4th of June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held two draws in the Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. OINP issued 532 targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who possess one year or more of foreign work experience in one of the in-demand occupations. The score range of those candidates was 471-500 points. In the second draw, Ontario invited 167 candidates who possess one year or more of Canadian work experience in one of the in-demand occupations. The CRS score range for those candidates was 358-439 points. All invited candidates work in one of the nine following occupations:


Immigration to Canada may drop 50%

Posted by Step By Step Visas Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

According to a prediction by the Royal Bank of Canada, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause the annual number of immigrants in Canada to plummet by half. In addition, the number of study permits issued has also plunged by 45% in March 2020. If this continues, it will cause serious damage to the Canadian economy. The Royal Bank of Canada issued a report on Friday saying that Canada accepted 341,000 permanent residents in 2019 and plans to welcome another 370,000 immigrants this year. However, due to the impact of the pandemic, this number will be reduced by 170,000 immigrants. According to the immigration data in the first quarter, the number of permanent residents decreased by 30%; the number of temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector - by 45%; and the number of study permits in March decreased by 45% compared to the same period last year.


Saskatchewan issued 252 ITAs in the new draw

Posted by Step By Step Visas Saturday 30th of May 2020

On May 28, 2020, Saskatchewan held a new draw in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). After the two-month break, SINP issued invitations to apply for the provincial nomination to 252 candidates. In the Express Entry category, Saskatchewan issued 127 invitations to apply. Another 125 invitations have been sent to the Occupations In-Demand category candidates. The lowest score in both categories has seriously increased to 78 points. All invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. In addition, SINP noted that those who got an ITA have a close family relative in the province or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan. In this draw, the Saskatchewan government invited candidates in 44 different NOCs. In total, Saskatchewan issued ITAs to 2,336 candidates in 2020.


Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program

Posted by Step By Step Visas Tuesday 26th of May 2020

On May 22, 2020, Nova Scotia conducted a new invitation round in the Labour Market Priorities Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). In this draw, the Nova Scotia issued Letters of Interest to Express Entry candidates whose primary occupation is registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012).

All invited candidates must prove a relevant higher education and have letters of reference from employers to prove three or more years of experience as a nurse. All invited nurses must show the language skill at a CLB level 8 or higher in English or French in all four abilities. Last year, Nova Scotia already held NSNP invitation round targeted at nurses.


PEI Provincial Nomination Program

Posted by Step By Step Visas Monday 25th of May 2020

On May 20, 2020, Prince Edward Island published an update regarding the invitation of 29 candidates working in essential service industries such as Healthcare and Trucking in the three invitation rounds under the Labour Impact Category of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). On March 23, the PEI PNP invited 5 applicants; on April 27, there were 10 ITAs, and, finally, on May 15, the province issued 14 invitations.

Recall, the government of PEI postponed the invitations rounds scheduled for March 18 and April 16 due to the state of emergency.  So far, PEI has invited 305 candidates under the PEI Provincial Nomination Program in 2020.


Increase to Visa Processing Fees

Posted by Step By Step Visas Friday 01st of May 2020

Effective, April 30, 2020 the Government of Canada has increased its Visa Processing Fee. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada states that Permanent residence fees have not increased since 2002 and as such, they do not reflect the rise in inflation over the last 18 years and the increasing cost of permanent residence operations and processing. 


Canada-US border will remain closed until July 21

Posted by Step By Step Visas Wednesday 17th of June 2020

The Canada-US border has been closed since March 21 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, the border closure period has been extended several times. According to the last order, it was supposed to open on June 21. However, on June 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the 30-day extension of travel restriction. The exemptions will continue to be applied to the essential travels.


Ontario invited 699 candidates in the Human Capital Priorities Stream

Posted by Step By Step Visas Thursday 4th of June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held two draws in the Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. OINP issued 532 targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who possess one year or more of foreign work experience in one of the in-demand occupations. The score range of those candidates was 471-500 points. In the second draw, Ontario invited 167 candidates who possess one year or more of Canadian work experience in one of the in-demand occupations. The CRS score range for those candidates was 358-439 points. All invited candidates work in one of the nine following occupations:


Immigration to Canada may drop 50%

Posted by Step By Step Visas Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

According to a prediction by the Royal Bank of Canada, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause the annual number of immigrants in Canada to plummet by half. In addition, the number of study permits issued has also plunged by 45% in March 2020. If this continues, it will cause serious damage to the Canadian economy. The Royal Bank of Canada issued a report on Friday saying that Canada accepted 341,000 permanent residents in 2019 and plans to welcome another 370,000 immigrants this year. However, due to the impact of the pandemic, this number will be reduced by 170,000 immigrants. According to the immigration data in the first quarter, the number of permanent residents decreased by 30%; the number of temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector - by 45%; and the number of study permits in March decreased by 45% compared to the same period last year.


Saskatchewan issued 252 ITAs in the new draw

Posted by Step By Step Visas Saturday 30th of May 2020

On May 28, 2020, Saskatchewan held a new draw in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). After the two-month break, SINP issued invitations to apply for the provincial nomination to 252 candidates. In the Express Entry category, Saskatchewan issued 127 invitations to apply. Another 125 invitations have been sent to the Occupations In-Demand category candidates. The lowest score in both categories has seriously increased to 78 points. All invited candidates had Educational Credential Assessments. In addition, SINP noted that those who got an ITA have a close family relative in the province or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan. In this draw, the Saskatchewan government invited candidates in 44 different NOCs. In total, Saskatchewan issued ITAs to 2,336 candidates in 2020.


Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program

Posted by Step By Step Visas Tuesday 26th of May 2020

On May 22, 2020, Nova Scotia conducted a new invitation round in the Labour Market Priorities Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). In this draw, the Nova Scotia issued Letters of Interest to Express Entry candidates whose primary occupation is registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012).


PEI Provincial Nomination Program

Posted by Step By Step Visas Monday 25th of May 2020

On May 20, 2020, Prince Edward Island published an update regarding the invitation of 29 candidates working in essential service industries such as Healthcare and Trucking in the three invitation rounds under the Labour Impact Category of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). On March 23, the PEI PNP invited 5 applicants; on April 27, there were 10 ITAs, and, finally, on May 15, the province issued 14 invitations.


Increase to Visa Processing Fees

Posted by Step By Step Visas Friday 01st of May 2020

Effective, April 30, 2020 the Government of Canada has increased its Visa Processing Fee.