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January 14, 2022

Alberta Employment Outlook

This report highlights some occupational outlooks that have either improved or been adversely affected during the pandemic.

January 13, 2022

Alberta creates the Accelerated Tech Pathway to provide expedited processing of PR applications to those in the tech industry.


January 13, 2022

Eligibility to apply for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry).


January 12, 2022

2022 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program updates.


January 11, 2022

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued.

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.


January 10, 2022

The AOS is for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.


January 7, 2022

Canada’s immigration backlog over 1.8 million applications in December.

The backlog has grown by 21,000 applications over two months.


January 6, 2022

Soon-to-be Canadians waiting in vain to hear about their citizenship applications


January 4, 2022

Canadian immigration in 2022: A preview of the year ahead 

A look at what we can expect over the next 12 months.


January 1, 2022

How to immigrate to Canada in 2022

A summary of Canadian immigration programs: Express Entry, PNP, Quebec, and family sponsorship.


January 1, 2022

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first Canadian Citizenship Act

January 1, 2022

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are both open again for 2022 applications.


December 2021


December 21, 2021

Free replacement of travel and immigration documents for flood-affected British Columbia residents


December 21, 2021

Express Entry: One year since FSWP candidates were invited

ANALYSIS: A look back at the unprecedented year in Express Entry and a look ahead.


December 21, 2021

How can I get maintained status in Canada?

Previously known as "implied status", maintained status is a way to extend your stay in Canada.


December 20, 2021

What is the Atlantic Growth Strategy? The Atlantic Growth Strategy is about accelerating the growth of Atlantic Canada's economy. Launched in July 2016 by the Government of Canada and the Atlantic provincial governments, the Strategy is creating well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthening local communities, and growing innovative companies in the region.


December 20, 2021

Permanent Atlantic Immigration Program to attract workers and drive economic growth


December 20, 2021

Saskatchewan launches new International Healthcare Worker EOI Pool

The purpose of the pool is to help connect healthcare workers with job opportunities in Saskatchewan.

December 17, 2021

Canada breaks monthly record again by landing over 47,000 immigrants in November. Canada has landed over 361,000 immigrants this year and will likely achieve its target of landing 401,000 immigrants in 2021.


December 17, 2021

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mandate Letter


December 17, 2021

Trudeau unveils Canada’s new immigration system priorities. Sean Fraser and IRCC will be guided by the priorities outlined in the mandate letter.


December 17, 2021

Changes to the pre-removal risk assessment for Ethiopia. Individuals from Ethiopia may now be eligible to apply for a pre‑removal risk assessment (PRRA).


December 16, 2021

Canadian immigration for NOC C and D occupations. Yes, you can get PR with work experience in a job that is classified under NOC C or D.


December 16, 2021

Supreme Court to review constitutionality of Safe Third Country refugee pact. Refugee and human-rights advocates who oppose a pact between Ottawa and Washington on asylum seekers are welcoming the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to examine whether the agreement violates the fundamental rights of claimants.


December 16, 2021

Application process for pathway to permanent residence for extended families of Afghan interpreters now open. The Government of Canada remains committed to bringing as many vulnerable Afghans as possible to safety.


December 15, 2021

Canada set to tighten travel rules in response to Omicron

Reports suggest more travel restrictions are impending.


December 15, 2021

IRCC releases Express Entry 2020 annual report

Who got invited, who got Canadian permanent residence, and how the pandemic affected Express Entry in 2020?


December 14, 2021

When will Canada’s parents and grandparents’ sponsorship open for 2022?

Here is what we know so far about PGP 2022.


December 14, 2021

Business leaders say improving temporary foreign worker program is one way to curb labor shortages

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business recommends improving the TFWP and automation to address labor shortages.


December 13, 2021

Immigrate to Canada without a job offer: British Columbia PNP.

No job offer is required to apply under the International Post-Graduate category of the BC PNP.


December 13, 2021

Express Entry: Canada holds biggest PNP draw ever Canada continues inviting PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool.


December 13, 2021

Immigrate through Express Entry

The application process for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and take part in our economy.


December 12, 2021

Can I enter Canada with a criminal record?

You can enter Canada with a criminal record under the following circumstances.


December 11, 2021

Canada Border Services Agency

COVID-19: Latest update December 10, 2021—Temporary border restrictions and measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern


December 10, 2021

International Human Rights Day

Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu and Associate Minister of Status of Women Whitney Issik issued the following statement on International Human Rights Day:


December 10, 2021

Here are the 12 politicians who are overseeing Immigration Canada

The members of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration for the 44th parliamentary session have been chosen.


December 9, 2021

Toronto ranked #1 city for career women

Toronto earns top spot in Bloomberg rankings on quality of life for women pursuing their careers.


December 8, 2021

Alberta holds small PNP draw with highest CRS cut-off since February

Alberta invited 100 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on November 24.


December 8, 2021

Ontario invites 1,186 PNP candidates from all Employer Job Offer streams

Ontario has held its first round of invitations under the Employer Job Offer category.


December 7, 2021

Latest update December 7, 2021—Temporary border restrictions and measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern


December 7, 2021

Immigrate to Canada without a job offer: Alberta PNP

Alberta is the fourth largest province in Canada and a popular choice for newcomers.


December 7, 2021

Ongoing immigration-processing delays leave many in limbo in Canada and overseas

Canada had a backlog of nearly 1.8 million immigration applications, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


December 6, 2021

Refugee from Somalia and her supporters are taking family's case to PM's office

After waiting more than two years to be reunited with her husband and little girl, a Brockville-based refugee is taking her case straight to the Prime Minister’s Office.


December 6, 2021

Manitoba PNP invites 438 immigration candidates

Manitoba manages its immigration programs through the MPNP, which supports immigration applications to the federal government.


December 6, 2021

How to sponsor your spouse from the UAE

A guide to spousal and common-law immigration for Canadians who wish to sponsor their loved ones from the Emirates.


December 6, 2021

Francophone Immigration (outside Quebec)


December 6, 2021

Applications now open for the expanded Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot 

This pilot recognizes the talents and skills of refugees by welcoming them through existing economic immigration streams, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.


December 3, 2021

Canadian citizenship applicants with representatives can now apply online

Citizenship applicants who have representatives can now apply online, although the representative still cannot apply on their behalf.


December 3, 2021

Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada

CBSA reminds visitors to use mandatory ArriveCAN app when entering Canada


December 2, 2021

Joint statement on December 2 sanctions in response to situation in Belarus

Today, in response to the continuing attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms in Belarus, the disregard for international norms and the repeated acts of repression, we have again taken coordinated sanctions action against certain individuals and entities.


December 1, 2021

An overview of Canada’s PNP immigration results for November 2021

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) issued nearly 3,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination during the month of November.


December 1, 2021

December 2021 Global Immigration Alert

Canada - Updated Entry Rules for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents



November 2021


November 29, 2021

Canada extends online study eligibility period for PGWP applicants.

You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if you graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) and want to stay in Canada temporarily to work.


November 26, 2021

Visiting Canada this winter? How to avoid criminal inadmissibility issues at the border


November 26, 2021

Canadians’ citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements. Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.


November 24, 2021

Canada announces new measures for extended families of Afghan interpreters

The Government of Canada is introducing a new pathway for the extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated under previous measures.


November 18, 2021

Canada welcoming permanent residents In record numbers as it looks to hit immigration target.


November 17, 2021

How to write a Canadian resume


November 16, 2021

Snowfall creates piles of opportunity for refugees eager to work


November 15, 2021

Proof of Citizenship and Search of Citizenship Records Moving Online


November 12, 2021

Ottawa grants emergency travel document to Canadian stuck in Iraq.

November 5, 2021

Spousal sponsorship files are being delayed on an ongoing basis.  One couple is speaking up publicly and calling on the Canadian government to take action.


November 5, 2021

Options for after your PGWP expires.


November 4, 2021

Ontario government seeking to double skilled immigrants to address labour shortage


November 4, 2021

Afghan ambassador to Canada forging ahead, despite Taliban takeover


November 3, 2021

TR to PR pathway closing November 5


November 2, 2021

Canada’s Start-Up Visa: What is an Angel Investor Group?

October 2021


October 22, 2021

Canada May Extend Permanent Residence Program for Temporary Workers.


October 22, 2021

Canada has introduced NOC 2021. What will it mean for immigrants in 2022?


October 21, 2021

Ontario to make it easier for immigrants to work in their professions.


October 19, 2021

A guide to calculating the income requirements to sponsor your parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration.


October 12, 2021

Canada and G20 allies press Taliban to improve aid access, respect for human rights.


October 12, 2021

Work in Canada: How to Get a Work Permit.


October 11, 2021

Canadian economist David Card is among the three winners of the 2021 Nobel prize for economics for pioneering research on the labour market impacts of minimum wage, immigration and education.


October 8, 2021

Canadian passport holders among those able to travel to the most countries visa-free, reveals ranking.


October 7, 2021

Tech industry association and global non-profit join forces to help refugees get jobs in Canada.


October 7, 2021

Learn how to check whether your job will count for points in the Express Entry system before you apply.


October 6, 2021

Canada’s most popular immigration pathways for economic class candidates.


October 5, 2021

Calgary property company provides housing for Afghan refugees.

September 2021

September 29, 2021

Alberta immigration invites 835 candidates in two draws with minimum scores of 300.

September 27, 2021

How to submit your Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2021 immigration application.

September 20, 2021

Former Afghan interpreter reunited with her family after decade apart.

September 14, 2021

Canada Surpasses Annual Express Entry ITA Record With Months To Spare.


September 10, 2021

Saskatchewan NDP calling on federal, provincial governments to welcome more Afghan refugees.


September 9, 2021

IRCC asks travelers to resubmit visitor visa application if sent before September 7.


September 7, 2021

Fully vaccinated tourists can now come to Canada.


September 4, 2021

Canada offers free settlement services but many immigrants do not know about them.


September 3, 2021

More Than 800,000 job vacancies as Canada's economy comes back to life.

August 2021


August 31, 2021

An overview of Canada’s PNP immigration results for August 2021.


August 29, 2021

Support for Afghan citizens with travel authorizations to leave Afghanistan.


August 26, 2021

Ideas to improve Canada’s immigration system.


August 23, 2021

Canadian court rules IRCC took too long to process immigration application.


August 22, 2021

First 40 Afghan families have left quarantine in Canada: immigration minister.


August 19, 2021

Quebec Conducts Largest Immigration Draw of 2021.


August 18, 2021

Canada has reached a deal for 2 military planes to resume ‘flying regularly’ into Kabul.


August 17, 2021

AINP – Processing times and inventory

How to estimate processing times for applications and determine which streams are accepting applications. 

August 16, 2021

How to visit Canada if you have a criminal record.


August 15, 2021

Canada temporarily suspends operations at Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan.


August 13, 2021

Canada on track to meet ambitious 2021 immigration target, minister says. 


August 13, 2021

Canada expands resettlement program to bring to Afghan refugees.


August 11, 2021

Online Citizenship Applications

Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched a new website tool that allows citizenship applications to be submitted online.


August 9, 2021

COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders 


August 6, 2021

Canadian government, border staff reach deal, ending strike -union.


August 4, 2021

Canada welcomes the flight of Afghan refugees resettled through the special immigration program.


August 2, 2021

Ontario immigration issues first invitations through Masters and PhD Graduate Streams.

July  2021

July 28, 2021

Immigration minister focusing on long-term planning for a more responsive and collaborative immigration system.


July 27, 2021

Atlantic Canada employers need more applicants.


July 23, 2021

Critical worker benefit open to Aug. 31st.


July 23, 2021

Canada and Alberta reach renewed child care arrangement.

July 22, 2021

New mobile vaccination clinic launched in Alberta.

July 21, 2021

IRCC announces details of parents and grandparents program 2021.


July 19, 2021

US tourist to Canada: Here is what you can do if you have a criminal record.


July 19, 2021

Canada reopening border to fully vaccinated tourists.


July 15, 2021

New Open Work Permit available to recent permanent residency applicants.


July 15, 2021

Canada may allow fully vaccinated travelers by early September.


July 12, 2021

Canada’s employment sees some recovery in June.


July 9,2021

Canada says COVID booster shot  may be needed, monitoring variant closely.


July 8, 2021

Canada will not welcome unvaccinated tourist for some time - PM Trudeau.


July 8, 2012

More international students becoming Canadian immigrants.


July 6, 2021

Calgary stampede to be the first major Canadian event to  ask attendees for proof of Covid-19 vaccination or rapid test.


July 6, 2021

When will Canada reopen the border?


July 5, 2021

Canada’s travel rules at a glance.


July 5, 2021

Canada updates express entry proof of funds


July 3, 2021

Immigrants and international students grew Canada’s immigration in Q1.


July 2,2021

Certified translators for immigration to Canada; what you need to know.


June 30, 2021

Canada  temporarily exempting some immigrants from medical exam

June  2021

June 30, 2021

Immigration to Canada a priority even with the continuing pandemic.


June 23, 2021

More border restrictions to be lifted in weeks to come - PM Trudeau

June 21, 2021

Fully vaccinated travelers to Canada can be released early from quarantine

June 21,2021

Approved immigrants can travel to Canada as of June 21,2021.

June 19, 2021

PM Trudeau nominates first judge of color to sit on supreme court.

June 18, 2021

Canada vows to nearly double intake of protected persons as the refugee family backlog grows.

June 18, 2021

Canada announces 3 new initiatives to welcome and support more refugees.


June 17, 2021

Canada celebrates diversity in June.

June 15, 2021

Canada to amend citizenship oath and guide to include indigenous people.


June 14, 2021

Names are an important part of our identity. Indigenous people can now reclaim their traditional names on immigration identity documents.

June 10, 2021

Express Entry: Huge CEC draw with low CRS cutoff


June 9, 2021

Canada could take in some Central American migrants to help U.S.

June 9, 2021

Public Policy- Open work permit for Hong Kong recent graduates.


June 9, 2021

Express Entry: Canada holds biggest PNP-only draw ever.


June 8, 2021

Minister Medicino announces opening of 2 new pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kong residents.

May 2021

May 20, 2021

The predictions of the 2021 Canadian immigration trajectory continue. The two issues making an impact discussed here are the fight to end COVID-19 and the possibility of a federal election.


May 19, 2021

There has been a significant increase in the number of Hong Kongers taking advantage of the new federal PR programs.

May 17, 2021

The Canadian government has released a new report detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigration.

May 12, 2021

The Government has announced a new public policy whereby families in Canada of the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines (flight PS752) and the Ethiopian Airlines'  (flight ET302)  disasters now have a path to permanent residence.

May 05, 2021

The government has released the guides for the new PR programs opening 06 May, 2021. Have a look below and ask us if you have any questions.

April 2021

April 22, 2021

For the new immigration programs starting up on 06 May, 2021, Language Tests less than 2 years old at the date of application,  from IRCC approved agencies, can be submitted.  Don't take a new test unless you have to!


April 19, 2021 

The new federal budget will have significant impacts on immigration to Canada.


April 16, 2021

With all the new federal programs for temporary foreign workers inside Canada starting up May 6, 2021, its easy to forget about the provincial streams that might also be available to you.  Be sure you are looking at all your options before deciding which program would be most beneficial.

April 14, 2021

New pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates inside Canada have been announced by the Canadian government.


April 11, 2021

The rules surrounding medical inadmissibility are changing. The threshold has been raised to $21,000. This makes it easier for people who need medical and social supports to be approved for Canadian immigration.

April 08, 2021

If you are hoping to immigrate to Canada this year,  be sure to not only be aware of all the changing Covid-19 procedures, but also know what the conditions are on the ground where you are arriving.

April 04, 2021

New studies are highlighting the importance of immigration in helping the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19.

March 2021


March 31, 2021

Are you waiting to hear back from IRCC about your application status? IRCC recently updated processing timelines to reflect its operational capacity during the pandemic. There have been significant delays, some of which may continue for awhile yet.


March 23, 2021

If you have been waiting a long time for your permanent residence application to be processed, you are not alone.  The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed thousands of applications in 2020.

March 23, 2021

Immigration detainees in Quebec have undergone three hunger strikes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to protest what they feel are life-threatening conditions.

March 19, 2021

The Canadian - US border will remain closed for another month.

March 15, 2021

IRCC updates to the impact of COVID-19 on refugee settlement can be found at the link below.  Be sure to check all the most recent travel restrictions and requirements before travelling to Canada.


March 11, 2021

Canada is well on target to match their goal of welcoming 401,000 permanent residents in Canada in 2021.


March 06, 2021

Expansion of the IRCC office in Sydney, N.S. has been announced.  New positions will be primarily dedicated to processing Family Class Overseas applications to help shorten processing time, which has been longer due to COVID-19.


March 03, 2021

There is currently an open work permit for Hongkongers, and more immigration streams are on the way. Those who are currently physically present in Canada do not have to leave Canada to apply. Those who are outside Canada can also apply, but arrival may be delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

February 2021

February 26, 2021

Studies completed outside Canada will now count towards a future Post Graduate Work Permit. Allows international students to complete entire programs online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP. Applies to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program, and who meet all other PGWP criteria.


February 23, 2021

Keep up to date with the impact of COVID-19 on your arrival to Canada.  These requirements are changing regularly, so contact Fisher Law if you need assistance preparing yourself and your family for travel.


February 18, 2021

The Canadian government has announced they will be covering the now mandatory hotel quarantine costs for refugee claimants.


February 15, 2021

​​​​Since December 14, 2020, the Government of Canada has been accepting applications for permanent residence from pending and unsuccessful refugee claimants working in the health care sector and providing direct care to patients in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 13, 2021

The largest CEC draw ever with the lowest CRS score ever required.  27,332 candidates from the CEC pool invited to apply for Permeant Residence.

February 11, 2021

COVID-19 has disrupted the arrival of newcomers looking to call Canada home. In this interview from January, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, discusses how Canada is looking forward through 2021 and beyond.

February 09, 2021

Be sure to check the latest restrictions before planning on any travel to Canada.

February 07, 2021

Challenges are being made to deportations to countries with high COVID-19 rates.

January 2021

January 29, 2021

Canadian government outlines new COVID 19 travel restrictions.


January 18, 2021
How immigration can help Canada’s economy bounce back.

January 16, 2021
A new mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino defines key issues such as Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan, This comes shortly after Canada announced a historic new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that will see it target over 400,000 immigrants per year, the highest in its history.

January 14, 2021
In October of 2020, Canada only welcomed approximately 15,000 new immigrants, less than half of the number of people welcomed in October 2019.


January 13, 2021 
There is a proposal under consideration that would vest decision making about immigration removal orders in the wrong hands and without proper oversight.

January 05, 2021
Immigration in Canada to increase as COVID-19 immunization programs are implemented.

January 04, 2021
A preview of what we can expect from Canada’s immigration system in 2021.

January 02, 2021
Most Canadians believe that temporary immigrants are essential to the agricultural sector.

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