If you apply for a visitor visa, study permit, work permit or permanent resident visa you will need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). Per December 31, 2018, this applies for all countries. If you plan to visit Canada and are from a visa exempt country you do not need to give your biometrics. If you are eligible to apply from within Canada you currently do not have to give your biometrics until IRCC opens collection centres in Canada in 2019.
Biometrics are collected at Visa Application Centers (VAC). If there’s no biometric service available where you live, you’ll have to find the location closest to you.
Certain applicants can apply for a study permit or work permit at a Port of Entry (POE). If you are eligible to apply at a POE you can give your biometrics at the POE.
In the United States, you can give your biometrics at Application Support Centers.
Under the proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act, employers in BC who hire foreign workers must be registered with the Province and recruiters of foreign workers must be licensed with the Province of BC. More information here.
Today Canada and Australia announced an agreement to expand the age range in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Canada and Australia concerning Youth Mobility. Through the amended MoU, Canadian and Australian young adults aged 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Read more on the website of IRCC.
On Monday, the federal government announced it will admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents under its reunification program in 2019, and 21,000 in 2020.
To reach those targets, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada will accept 20,000 parent and grandparent reunification applications next year, up from 17,000 this year and 10,000 in 2016.
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Canadian permanent residents with an impaired driving conviction can lose their status and be deported under a strict change to the criminal code. Bill C-46 – an amendment to the Criminal Code – increases the maximum imprisonment for impaired driving to 10 years from five years. Under immigration law, this is considered a ‘serious criminality’ offence and can result in loss of permanent resident status and permanent residents can face deportation. Persons who want to visit, study or work in Canada with foreign impaired convictions will be now inadmissible for serious criminality and will no longer be eligible for deemed rehabilitation after 10 years.
The deadline to submit your application for permanent residence under the Express Entry system changed on June 26, 2018 from 90 to 60 days.
If you were invited to apply before June 26, 2018, you still have 90 days to complete your application
If you’re invited to apply after June 26, 2018, you’ll have 60 days to complete your application.
Read more here.
Today’s announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen of changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ensures that our immigration policies better align with Canadian values and reflect the importance that the Government places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Read more on IRCC’s website.
There is a regulatory proposal for implementing the expansion of biometrics collection to all persons applying for temporary or permanent residence (including all those applying for a temporary or permanent resident visa or status, work permit, study permit, or temporary resident permit) under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the Act). The proposed Regulations will exempt certain applicants from the biometrics collection requirement (e.g. applicants under the age of 14 years).
This legislative amendment is anticipated to be brought into force on July 31, 2018.
For more information read the regulatory proposal.
On March 19, 2018, IRCC has invited the first round of potential sponsors to submit a complete application. IRCC has randomly selected individuals from the list of people who submitted the interest to sponsor form at the beginning of the year.The selected confirmation numbers are available on the website of IRCC.