October 20, 2015 – The Canadian federal election has swept
the Liberal Party of Canada into power with a majority of seats in
the House of Commons and a strong mandate to implement their
platform. While it is too early to say what this might mean,
specifically, for Canadian immigration – a new Minister has
not yet been appointed – their platform contained a few hints
about what may be to come.
The Liberals have promised to:
Double the budget for family class immigration
processing – this should accelerate processing
times for family class applicants, including spousal sponsorships
and parent and grandparent sponsorships
Double the quota for parent and grandparent
sponsorships – from 5,000 applicants to 10,000
Provide additional points in Express Entry to
individuals with siblings in Canada – making it
easier for applicants with family ties to Canada to apply for
Grant immediate Permanent Residence to new spouses
entering Canada – this change means an end to
the two-year conditional status for new spouses applying for
Restore the maximum age of dependents to 22 years of
age – the Conservative Government lowered the
age of dependency to 19 from 22 years of age, meaning foreign
nationals working in Canada were often unable to bring their older,
university aged children with them
Remove the visa requirement for Mexican
nationals – thereby facilitating both visitor
visa and NAFTA work permits for Mexican nationals coming to
The Liberal platform also included measures to reduce barriers
and roadblocks faced by Canadian business in recruiting
international employees, including a review of the $1,000 Labour
Market Impact Assessment application fee in certain cases.
Green and Spiegel will monitor the implementation of the Liberal
immigration platform and continue to report on developments that
affect you, your family and your business.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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