In our previous legal update Flying to Canada? Electronic
Travel Authorization becomes mandatory on September 30, 2016,
we alerted you to the new requirements that were to come into force
when the leniency period expired on September 29, 2016. After that
date, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was
planning to enforce the requirement that visa-exempt foreign
nationals travelling to or transiting through Canada obtain an
electronic travel authorization (eTA).
However, on September 20, 2016, IRCC announced that it would
extend the leniency period until November 9, 2016 to lessen the
impact of the transition to this new requirement on travellers and
Canadian citizens who have dual nationality
The extension of the leniency period will also allow Canadian
citizens who are dual nationals to apply for a Canadian passport.
Since Canadian citizens cannot apply for an eTA, dual nationals
will have to present a valid Canadian passport before they can
board an aircraft travelling to Canada, starting on November 10,
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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.
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