November 19, 2015
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has formally committed to removing visa requirements on citizens of Mexico wishing to travel to Canada on a temporary basis. The policy was initially instigated by the previous Conservative government in 2009, following an increase in Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada. Trudeau, who was sworn in as Prime Minister earlier this month, made the commitment after a face-to-face meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. Trudeau’s Liberal Party had stated its intention to lift the visa requirement during the recent federal election campaign in Canada. The visa requirement had been a significant point of contention between the Mexican government and Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in Canada, with the Mexican ambassador to Canada saying in 2013 that he was "really mad" at the lack of reciprocity between the two nations. Similar visa requirements were not in place for Canadians traveling to Mexico. The government of Canada has stated that it intends to improve relations with both Mexico and the United States. Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion has been asked by Trudeau to work with other cabinet colleagues to "strengthen trilateral North American co-operation with the United States and Mexico." The lifting of the visa requirement does not come into effect immediately. A date for switching the requirement has not yet been announced. Click here to learn which countries’ citizens are required to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa before traveling to Canada.
November 13, 2015
The twentieth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on November 13, 2015. A total of 1,506 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 484 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This draw marks a slight decrease in the number of CRS points required in order for a candidate in the pool to be issued an ITA, compared with the previous (nineteenth) draw, which had a minimum CRS requirement of 489.
November 10, 2015
The province of British Columbia has announced that it will accept up to 50 applications for Canadian permanent residence under the Skills Immigration stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). The application intake period came into effect on November 10, 2015. Applications to this employer-driven stream are invited for individuals in occupations that offer wages over $100,000 a year in British Columbia. These in-demand occupations include senior construction, transportation, manufacturing and engineering managers, industrial and electrical engineers, as well as specialized software developers or technology professionals. In a statement, the BCPNP said that “The BC PNP was redesigned in July this year to make a targeted shift towards attracting high-impact workers and entrepreneurs that align with B.C.''s labour market and economic development priorities. This intake is focussed specifically on attracting applicants who are in high-wage occupations and meet those priorities.” British Columbia had previously announced in early September that it had placed a temporary halt on accepting new applications to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skills Immigration stream and Express Entry stream, and added that these streams would reopen in early 2016.
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