Weekly News Review May 1 – 7, 2023


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.
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Every week, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers present a news review of the latest Canadian immigration updates and developments. This review aims to keep our clients informed and up-to-date on important immigration news that may affect them. Follow us for more Canadian immigration news.

More and more parents and grandparents are choosing to immigrate to Canada through the PGP program

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) experienced a significant increase in the number of new permanent residents in February, as reported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The data shows a 4.3% increase from January, totalling 1,805 new permanent residents. This trend is expected to continue, and it is excellent news for those who wish to reunite with their loved ones living in Canada. The growth in popularity of the PGP in February is even more impressive as it follows a significant increase of 33% in the number of new permanent residents compared to the same period in the previous year. In January of the previous year, Canada welcomed 1,300 new permanent residents under the PGP.

Considering these developments, the Canadian Government will continue promoting the PGP and encouraging more people to apply. The PGP is an essential program that provides a pathway to permanent residency for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The program has been instrumental in helping families reunite and fostering a sense of belonging for many newcomers to Canada. If you are considering applying for the PGP program, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can provide assistance and support. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reunite with your loved ones in Canada through the PGP program.

British Columbia attracts skilled immigrants and tech candidates

In recent years, British Columbia has seen a surge in the number of tech companies and startups, especially in Vancouver, dubbed “Silicon Valley North.” The region’s thriving tech ecosystem and supportive government policies have made it a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting talent worldwide. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) is one of the most successful immigration programs in Canada, providing pathways for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and international graduates to become permanent residents of the province. The program has specific streams for tech workers and entrepreneurs, reflecting the province’s growing importance as a tech hub. British Columbia’s welcoming attitude towards immigrants and its thriving tech sector make it an ideal destination for skilled professionals looking to build their careers and make a new home in Canada.

In the most recent draw on May 2, 2023, the province issued over 170 invitations under the BCPNP. British Columbia invited 133 candidates in the general draw, 22 candidates under the childcare-targeted draw, 16 candidates in the Healthcare-targeted draw, and fewer than five candidates working in other priority occupations. This year, 3,880 individuals received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through the BCPNP. Are you interested in immigrating to British Columbia? Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help guide you through the application process and increase your chances of success. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for expert guidance and support.

IRCC has revised the required funds for immigration applicants

IRCC made changes to the minimum amount of money required for Express Entry candidates. This update was implemented on April 25, 2023, based on 50% of the low-income cut-off totals. It is worth noting that the minimum amount of funds required varies by family size. For instance, a single person applying for immigration now requires a minimum of CAD 13,757, while a family of four must have at least CAD 25,564 in their settlement fund.

The change in the minimum required funds affects new applicants and those who have already submitted their Express Entry profile. Ensuring that settlement fund numbers in the Express Entry profile are up-to-date is crucial to avoid becoming ineligible for immigration. It is worth mentioning that the minimum required funds are subject to change, and it is essential to check for updates regularly. Keeping track of these changes will help ensure you are well-prepared when applying for immigration to Canada.

OINP held the most significant Human Capital Priorities Stream draw of 2023

On May 5, 2023, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) conducted an invitation draw under the Human Capital Priorities Stream to attract more immigrants to the province. The OINP issued 1,863 targeted Notifications of Interest to candidates with work experience in one of the in-demand tech occupations, such as software developers, computer engineers, and IT analysts. These candidates had a CRS Express Entry score between 475-482 points, indicating their potential to contribute to the Canadian economy with their skills and knowledge.

The OINP is committed to supporting Ontario’s thriving tech industry by inviting candidates for diverse tech occupations, including database analysts, information systems analysts, and software engineers. The program recognizes the importance of these roles in the digital age and aims to attract talented professionals to Ontario. Overall, Ontario has been prosperous in attracting immigrants across all streams of OINP in 2023, issuing 13,740 invitations. Of these, 5,402 candidates were invited under the Human Capital Priorities Stream, demonstrating the province’s commitment to attracting highly skilled workers who can contribute to the local economy and society.

Saskatchewan invited skilled immigrants and business candidates

Saskatchewan held two invitation rounds in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) on May 3 and 4, 2023. In the general draw, the SINP invited 1,032 candidates under 32 different NOCs, with the lowest score being 68. Of these invitations, 739 ITAs were issued in the Express Entry category, and 293 invitations were issued in the Occupations In-Demand category. In the second draw, the province invited 34 entrepreneurs. In 2023, the SINP invited a total of 3,154 candidates under all streams, including 138 business candidates. If you are interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan or any other province in Canada, Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you navigate the complex immigration process. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

The SINP is a nominee program that allows Saskatchewan to nominate foreign nationals to the Federal Government to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The program is designed to meet Saskatchewan’s labour market needs and attract skilled workers to live and work in the province. The SINP has several categories under which individuals can apply, including the International Skilled Worker Category, the Saskatchewan Experience Category, and the Entrepreneur and Farm Category. Each category has its own eligibility requirements, and applicants must meet the criteria to be considered for nomination. Successful nominees will receive a provincial nomination certificate, which they can use to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada to welcome more French-speaking immigrants

On April 26, the Government of Canada announced the release of its new Action Plan for Official Languages 2023-2028, which is expected to improve the country’s linguistic landscape significantly. Under the plan, the government has committed to allocating a total of $1.4 billion over the next five years, in addition to the $2.7 billion allocated in the previous plan. This represents a historic level of funding and underscores the government’s commitment to supporting official languages in Canada. One of the key priorities of the new plan is to promote Francophone immigration and build French-speaking communities across the country, particularly outside of Quebec.

To this end, the government has pledged to invest in a range of initiatives and programs, including language training, job opportunities, and community development projects. The goal is to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for Francophone immigrants and to help them integrate more seamlessly into Canadian society. As part of this effort, the government has also earmarked $50 million over the next five years to improve the Francophone integration pathway further. This will involve working closely with community organizations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to identify and address Francophone newcomers’ unique needs and challenges. By investing in these critical areas, the government hopes to ensure that Canada remains a vibrant and diverse country where all citizens can thrive and contribute to the nation’s success.

Manitoba and New Brunswick invited new candidates through the PNPs

Manitoba and New Brunswick continue inviting candidates under the PNPs. On May 4, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held the 178th invitation round and invited 539 candidates, including 204 Express Entry applicants. Of these invitations, the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream received 451, the Skilled Workers Overseas stream received 49, and the International Education Stream received 39 invitations. So far, the MPNP invited 4,978 candidates this year. In addition, New Brunswick also invited new candidates via the Express Entry stream. The province issued 86 ITAs under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program’s (NBPNP) Employment Connection, Student Connection, and Express Entry Occupations In-Demand Connection streams. In 2023, NBPNP issued 416 ITAs to qualified skilled candidates.

Immigration to Manitoba and New Brunswick has been increasing over the years. Manitoba, located in Central Canada, is a popular destination for immigrants due to its diverse economy and welcoming community. The province has several programs to help immigrants settle in quickly, including programs for skilled workers, business owners, and international students. New Brunswick, located in Eastern Canada, is also an attractive destination for immigrants due to its strong economy and high quality of life. The province has a growing technology sector and is home to several renowned universities, making it an ideal destination for highly skilled workers and international students.

Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers provide legal assistance to individuals who want to immigrate to Canada. We offer a wide range of services, including helping clients understand the immigration process, assisting with the application process, and representing clients in immigration hearings. Our lawyers have many years of experience helping clients navigate the complex Canadian immigration system and are committed to providing personalized and effective legal representation to each and every client. Book an appointment for more information or assistance.

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.