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April 11, 2022

IRCC back to 12-month processing for spousal sponsorship applications

After the pandemic slowed IRCC operations, spousal sponsorship is back to service standard, the government says.

In January 2022, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that Canada’s spousal sponsorship has returned to its 12-month processing standard for new applicants. According to a government media release, efforts to modernize the Canadian immigration system have allowed Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to get back on track. IRCC also launched a portal where spousal and child sponsorship applicants can track their immigration applications online.

The service standard of 12 months is the same whether spouses are applying as inland or outland applicants. In both cases, the processing time includes the time required for applicants to give biometrics, for IRCC to assess the sponsor and the person being sponsored, as well as the time needed to ensure applicants meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility for Spousal Sponsorship

Canadians may be eligible to sponsor if they:

• are at least 18 years old;
• are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or they are an Indigenous person registered under the Canadian Indian Act;
• demonstrate they are not receiving social assistance unless they have a disability; and
• can provide for the financial needs of the sponsored person.

Eligibility to be Sponsored

The person being sponsored needs to meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Spouse: They must have been legally married to the sponsor at an in-person ceremony.
• Common-law partner: They must have lived with the sponsor for at least 12 straight months.
• Conjugal partner: They must have been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least one year, live outside of Canada, and cannot live with the sponsor in their country or marry them due to significant legal or immigration causes. For example, they live in a country where same-sex marriage or divorce is not allowed.
Sponsors need to prove to IRCC that could not live together or get married in their partner’s country.
Foreign nationals must be at least 18 years old to be sponsored for immigration under all of these categories.

Also, foreign nationals must pass a health, security, and criminality screening and therefore be considered admissible to Canada.

Steps to submit a Sponsorship Application

Applicants will submit two applications together. One is for sponsorship and the other is a permanent residence application.
Step 1: Get an application package from IRCC.
Step 2: Pay the application fees to IRCC, which include processing fees, a right of permanent residence fee, and a biometrics fee. These fees need to be paid on IRCC’s website.
Step 3: Mail the completed application to IRCC.

IRCC’s processing standard is 12 months.

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January 28, 2022

When I first moved to Canada, I did not know what to expect, and I have definitely learned a lot over the years. But as an immigration consultant, I have got some helpful tips for new immigration that everyone needs to know.

1. Standard time Period: Don’t assume that government processing times are going to be quick. Immigration processes take time, so get ready to live with a temporary visa for a while.
2. Not expecting to get homesick: Most Immigrants are not mentally prepared for how challenging it is to be far away from home. Feeling homesick is totally normal, but there are ways to cope with it.
3. Being Unorganized: If you want to Immigrate to Canada, you will need to be organized and detail orientated with your documents.

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January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022
Ontario nominated 9,000 immigration applicants for permanent residence in 2021, hundreds more than planned. Last May, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced that it was allowed to welcome 8,600 newcomers in 2021. Of these, 250 could be working in National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level C occupations, which generally require a high school education or specific job training. Before the end of the year, Ontario got an additional 400 nominations from the federal government through an in-year reallocation.
This is not the first time Ontario exceeded its original allocation. In 2020, Ontario nominated 8,054 principal applicants to apply for Canadian permanent residence even though it was originally allowed to enter Canada was 7,350.

Ontario immigration for Express Entry candidates

To get a provincial nomination through an enhanced (aka Express Entry-linked) immigration stream, you need to first be eligible for an Express Entry-managed program. There are three:

• Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
• Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
• Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Express Entry is an online immigration application management system. Eligible candidates get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The top-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. With this invitation, candidates can then apply for Canadian immigration.
If you receive a provincial nomination as an Express Entry candidate, you get 600 points automatically added to your CRS score, and you apply for immigration through the Provincial Nominee Class. This award pushes you to the top of the pool and allows you to be eligible for a PNP-specific Express Entry draw.

Here is the number of invitations Ontario issued through each EOI stream in 2021:

• Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream – 2,866
• Employer Job Offer: International Student stream – 2,290
• Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream – 238
• Masters Graduate stream – 1,834
• Ph.D. Graduate stream – 204

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January 24, 2022
Do You Know How To Calculate Canadian Citizenship Eligibility?
One of the eligibility criteria to become a Canadian citizen is that you need to have been physically present in Canada for three out of the last five years.
Among other criteria, if you are age 18 and older, you need to have been in Canada for at least 1,095 days out of the five years immediately before you apply for citizenship. The first thing to note when calculating your citizenship eligibility is that you need to have been a permanent resident for at least two years in order to meet the physical presence requirement. After you become a permanent resident, each day in Canada counts as one full day toward your citizenship application.
Each day you were physically in Canada as a temporary resident before you became a permanent resident counts as half a day, up to a maximum of 365 days. So, if you were a temporary resident who did not leave Canada for three years, it would only count for 365 days. Again, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) consider only five years immediately before the date of your application for the physical presence requirement. If you have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for the past five years, for example, then the time you spent in Canada as a temporary resident does not count. If you were not a temporary resident before you got permanent residence, then you need to have spent at least 1,095 days, or three years, in Canada.
In addition to the physical presence requirement, here are some of the other eligibility criteria for Canadian citizenship:
• You need to be able to speak either English or French well enough to communicate in Canadian society. If you are between ages 18 and 54 you have to submit proof of language proficiency.
• You cannot have a criminal history that prohibits the granting of citizenship, as decided by IRCC.
• You must be aware of the rights and responsibilities of citizens and have basic knowledge of Canada’s geography, political system, and history.
• You may need to file taxes in Canada for at least three years during the five years before the date you apply.
• Also, you must submit a formal application to IRCC and pay a government processing fee, and right of citizenship fee.
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for Canadian citizenship. Then once approved, applicants between ages 18 and 54 will have to take a citizenship test. Then you must attend a citizenship ceremony receive a certificate of Canadian citizenship, and take the Oath of Citizenship. After that, you officially become a Canadian citizen.
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January 23, 2022

A Statistics Canada study shows that international students have been a growing source of labor in the Canadian economy over the past decade. The significant increase in the number of international students arriving in Canada in recent years has resulted in increased participation in the PGWPP, according to a recent Statistics Canada study.

Over the past decade, the number of first-time study permit holders in Canada has continued to rise, from around 75,000 in the mid-2000s to 250,000 in 2019, the study says. Consistent with this trend, a greater proportion of international students have moved on to participate in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) and obtained a work permit after they graduate.
The PGWPP is a temporary worker program that offers international students who graduate from Canadian post-secondary institutions the possibility of obtaining an open work permit to stay and work in Canada. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have completed a program of study of at least eight months at an eligible institution in Canada.

The duration of the permit is then based on the length of the completed study program, up to a maximum of three years. As an open work permit, the post-graduation work permit allows international graduates to work in any occupation anywhere in Canada and to change employers at any time.

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