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Weekly News Review April 24 – 30, 2023

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A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.
Express Entry Draws

Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers present a news review of Canadian immigration for the last week of April. We summarize the latest news and changes in immigration policy and regulations, providing our clients with essential information to stay informed and up-to-date on immigration matters.

IRCC continues to hold regular Express Entry Draws and invites an increasingly high number of immigrants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to hold regular Express Entry draws and invites an increasingly high number of immigrants. On April 26, 2023, IRCC issued 3,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates in the new all-program Express Entry draw. In this draw, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 483 points. The high number of ITAs reflects Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled immigrants. With increasing numbers of ITAs being issued, 2023 is shaping up to be a good year for Express Entry candidates. So far, Canada has invited 44,559 skilled candidates under the Express Entry system.

The Government of Canada issued a record number of ITAs in the first quarter of 2023, the third-highest number since Express Entry was introduced. IRCC invited 37,559 candidates through Express Entry from January to March 2023, with the three largest all-program draws in history, each inviting around 7,000 applicants. Express Entry is a popular and efficient way for skilled immigrants to apply for Canadian permanent residence. It allows for a fast and streamlined process that typically takes just a few months. Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can provide valuable assistance to individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system. Our immigration lawyers will assess your eligibility, prepare your application, and represent you throughout the process.

Ottawa announced support for Sudanese nationals, allowing them to extend their stay in Canada

The situation in Sudan remains unstable, and Canada recognizes the need for ongoing support for Sudanese nationals seeking refuge. Therefore, on April 24, 2023, Minister Sean Fraser announced new immigration measures to support temporary Sudanese residents in Canada. These measures allow Sudanese citizens to extend their stay, transition between temporary streams without fees, and obtain free open work permits. In addition, passport and travel document fees will be waived for Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Sudan who wish to travel to Canada. These new measures will help alleviate some of the challenges faced by Sudanese citizens living in Canada and support their integration into Canadian society.

Canada has a strong and longstanding tradition of protecting vulnerable populations globally and remains committed to advocating for peace in Sudan and supporting the Sudanese people. IRCC has sent more officers to the region to assist those already on the ground with immigration-related tasks. Additionally, the Canadian Government has removed the requirement for a passport or travel document when applying for a permanent resident visa and has halted deportation proceedings for individuals from Sudan. By waiving passport and travel document fees, Canada is helping to remove barriers for Sudanese citizens who wish to travel to Canada. In addition, extending stay and free open work permits will provide much-needed stability for Sudanese temporary residents in Canada, allowing them to continue building their lives and contributing to Canadian society.

British Columbia invited new candidates and tech workers through the BCPNP

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) is a popular immigration program for skilled workers and international graduates. The program recently issued new Skilled Worker – International Graduate categories invitations. In the latest draw, BC invited 113 tech workers with a minimum score of 90 points. The program also issued invitations in the Childcare and Healthcare categories for 55 candidates. This draw marked the 17th invitation round of 2023 for the BCPNP, and the program has already issued 3,704 invitations this year.

The BCPNP is a popular option for skilled workers and international graduates who want to immigrate to British Columbia. The program offers permanent residency pathways for those with the skills and experience needed to succeed in the province’s labour market. The BCPNP has various categories to target specific skill sets and job opportunities in British Columbia. If you also consider British Columbia your destination, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you explore your options and guide you through the BCPNP application process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in your immigration journey to British Columbia.

Canada seeks to attract global healthcare professionals and nurses

Last year, healthcare authorities faced a severe labour shortage and recruited overseas to fill the gap. As a result, we saw increased immigration from internationally trained nurses, orderlies, and other healthcare workers. According to the latest data, 2,595 new permanent residents came to fill healthcare openings through the Express Entry system last year, a 28.1% increase from the previous year’s 2,025. In response to the high demand for these highly skilled workers, IRCC made nurse aides and orderlies eligible for the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program last year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for healthcare professionals has increased even more. As a result, Canada’s healthcare system needs more doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, and the country is actively seeking international candidates to fill these positions. In addition to the Express Entry system, Canada has also implemented other programs, such as the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, to attract healthcare professionals to specific regions of the country experiencing shortages.

Alberta invited healthcare and construction workers and needs more workers for the tourism and hospitality sector

Alberta has invited healthcare and construction workers to apply for permanent residency through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The program aims to address labour shortages in these industries and support the province’s economic recovery. On April 24 and April 25, 2023, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) invited 124 candidates with an Alberta job offer and eight candidates under the Designated Healthcare Pathway. As of April 26, 2023, 837 Express Entry candidates received provincial nominations under the Alberta Express Entry, and 2,549 candidates received nomination certificates from the Government of Alberta.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Alberta’s tourism and hospitality industry, which still struggles with labour shortages that impede its recovery and growth. To assist employers in this industry, the AAIP is developing a specialized immigration stream for tourism and hospitality workers. The new stream will provide a faster route to permanent residency for newcomers and complement the Alberta Express Entry Stream selections in 2023 based on priority sectors. Alberta’s efforts to attract workers to help the province’s economic recovery are ongoing. By attracting more workers, Alberta aims to build a stronger and more prosperous economy for all its residents.

In February, Canada approved an additional 40 start-ups fostering innovation

Canada’s approval of more start-ups encourages individuals to pursue their business dreams. To support these individuals, the Canadian Government has implemented various programs and initiatives that provide resources and funding opportunities. So far, in 2023, Canada has approved 40 start-ups. The Canadian Government’s support for entrepreneurs and innovation benefits start-ups and the country’s economy. These start-ups will join a growing network of innovative companies pushing Canada’s economy forward. With continued support and investment in entrepreneurship, Canada can continue to foster innovation and growth for years to come.

Canada’s Start-Up Program is designed to help innovative entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in Canada. The program offers a range of resources and support, including funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities. It is open to entrepreneurs from all around the world who have a business idea that has the potential to create jobs and fuel economic growth in Canada. The program also provides access to business incubators and accelerators that can help entrepreneurs develop their ideas and bring them to market. If you are an entrepreneur looking to take advantage of Canada’s Start-Up Program, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you navigate the legal and regulatory landscape to ensure you follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Immigration contributes to the growth of human capital in Canada

According to the study “Accumulation of Human Capital in Canada, 1970 to 2020: An Analysis by Gender and the Role of Immigration,” immigrant women and men have demonstrated remarkable improvement in their human capital growth over time. The study found that after 1995, immigrants played a significant role in Canada’s overall human capital growth, accounting for about 40% of it. This is a considerable increase compared to the period before 1995, where immigrants only accounted for approximately 18% of Canada’s total human capital growth.

The study further revealed that the growth in human capital among immigrants was distributed unevenly among genders. Immigrant men contributed 56% of human capital growth, while immigrant women accounted for only 44%. This uneven distribution of growth highlighted the importance of empowering women immigrants through access to education and training opportunities. Furthermore, the study emphasized the significant contribution of immigration to Canada’s labour force and economic growth. Currently, immigration is responsible for nearly 100% of Canada’s labour force growth and 75% of its economic growth.

Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers is a professional law firm specializing in Canadian immigration law. The firm offers a wide range of immigration services and legal representation to individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada. Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers will help you understand the requirements for different immigration programs, assess your eligibility, and prepare and submit your application. We also provide legal representation in appeals and reviews of immigration decisions. Contact us today to increase your chances of immigrating to Canada successfully.

Lev Abramovich

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.