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2 new caregiver pilots: Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker

The two new pilots:  Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will open for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.

Important improvements are: occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific and open work permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, to help families come to Canada together. More details will follow soon. The news update on the IRCC website can be found here.

Changes to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

As per March 1, 2019, the following changes are implemented:

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot will be extended by two years to December 2021.
  • International graduates will now have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.
  • Employers in the healthcare sector will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.
  • The Atlantic provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand labour market needs.
  • Applicants must meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit

More information here. 

Two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots

Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace the expiring pilot programs: Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will also soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly.   More information on the website of IRCC.

Pilot for new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals

The Government of Canada announced today The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The pilot will help local communities to meet local labour market needs and support regional economic development. The pilot is to test a new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals at various skill levels. Eligible local communities have until March 1st to apply to become part of the pilot. The expectation is that more information will follow soon.
More information is available on the website of Immigration and Citizenship website.

BC PNP Entrepreneur immigration – Regional Pilot BC

Recently BC announced a Regional Pilot as part of the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in smaller communities across BC.  To attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in regional BC the personal net worth and investment criteria have been reduced. Another measure is that the participating community must actively support the immigrant entrepreneur to ensure a better establishment in the community.  The pilot is initially for a two year period.  At this time the pilot is still closed as the enrollment of participating communities is still in progress. 

The new CPTPP agreement eliminates many barriers for business visitors and temporary workers

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement between Canada and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

On December 30, 2018, the CPTPP entered into force among the first six countries to ratify the agreement – Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore – and provides Canada with preferential access to key markets in Asia and Latin America.

Temporary entry provisions in free trade agreements (FTAs), such as those in the CPTPP, eliminate many barriers encountered at the border and thereby facilitate business travel or relocation on a temporary basis for specific categories of business persons, professionals and technicians.

Under the CPTPP, many professionals, tradespersons, technicians and managers from Asia-Pacific Region, who have an offer of employment in Canada, will be able to get work permits without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment or Provincial Nomination. The process of obtaining these are normally very time- and money consuming.

Citizens from the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam might profit from the new provisions. Please contact us or book an appointment to discuss your possibilities to come or stay in Canada as a foreign worker.

Parents and Grandparents sponsor form available at noon EST on January 28, 2019

Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept interest to sponsor submissions for a limited time and then invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application, in the order their submissions were received, until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.

Here’s how the new process will work:

Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest.

The interest to sponsor form will open at noon EST on January 28, 2019. The form will remain available on IRCC’s website until we receive a specific number of complete interest to sponsor forms. At that point, the form will no longer be accessible.

Step 2: Invitations to sponsor are sent.

Interested potential sponsors are invited to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

Step 3: Applications are submitted.

Those who are invited to apply will be given 60 calendar days for IRCC to receive their complete application. Those who submitted an interest to sponsor form and received a confirmation number, but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2019, will have their form retained by IRCC for consideration in 2020.