Weekly News Review May 29 – June 4, 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.
Express Entry

Canada introduces a new selection category under Express Entry

The Government of Canada launched a new category-based selection for Express Entry, allowing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability. This new process is designed to streamline the selection of skilled workers while ensuring that Canada’s economic needs are met. Canada will focus this year’s invitations on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in healthcare, STEM fields, trades, transportation, agriculture, and agri-food. Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide and is a key component of the country’s immigration strategy.

The introduction of category-based selection is part of a broader effort to modernize Canada’s immigration system and make it more responsive to the needs of the country’s economy. A change in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in June 2022 allows Canada to select immigrants based on key economic factors such as work experience and French proficiency. This change reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring newcomers contribute to the country’s economy and society. Canada will send the first category-based invitations to apply this summer. Express Entry is a comprehensive and transparent system that ensures that Canada continues to attract the best and brightest from around the world.

Over 13,500 permanent residents became Canadian citizens during the citizenship week

Canada celebrated a momentous occasion last week, welcoming over 13,500 new citizens in 105 ceremonies across all provinces and territories. This impressive number is almost double the average number of new citizens welcomed weekly throughout the year. The country has proven to be a welcoming and inclusive society that continues to exceed its citizenship goals year after year, with nearly 364,000 new citizens in 2022 alone. To make the citizenship application process more streamlined and accessible, the Citizenship Application Tracker was launched in May 2021. This platform has been a game-changer, allowing applicants to track their application status quickly and receive timely updates. Furthermore, online application processes have been made available for some clients, making it easier than ever to apply for citizenship.

Over 546,000 people have taken citizenship tests online since the launch of the new online testing platform in November 2020. This platform has allowed applicants to take the test from their homes, making it more convenient and accessible for those who may have difficulty travelling to a testing centre. IRCC invites over 5,000 applicants every week to complete the test. This ensures that the citizenship process is efficient and timely, fully allowing new citizens to participate in Canadian society as soon as possible. With Canada’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity, it is no wonder that so many people are eager to become Canadian citizens, and the country will continue to welcome them with open arms.

Canada is the most popular choice for students considering studying abroad

A recent study by IDP Education found that Canada is the top choice for international students. The study revealed that over 25% of survey respondents preferred Canada over other major destination countries such as the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. One possible reason for this preference is the availability of post-study work visas, a significant consideration for 61% of students intending to study in Canada. This percentage is even higher for Nigerian, Vietnamese, and Ghanaian students.

Post-study work is a key factor for 63% of students globally, with 72% indicating they would apply for a work visa after graduation. This shows that students are interested in getting a quality education and work experience in their field of study. Canada is an excellent destination for this purpose since it offers a variety of job opportunities and a welcoming environment for immigrants. Moreover, Canada has a diverse and multicultural society, making it an ideal place for international students to experience new cultures and a high standard of living.

British Columbia continues to hold the regular BCPNP draws

In the latest round of invitations under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), the Government of British Columbia has issued new invitations to qualified Skills Immigration candidates. On May 30, 2023, the province invited a total of 196 candidates, with 151 candidates receiving invitations in the general draw. The minimum score for candidates invited in this draw was 85-107 points, indicating a highly competitive selection process. Moreover, the province issued 26 ITAs to early childhood educators (NOC 42202), and 14 healthcare workers were invited to apply for permanent residency in British Columbia.

Additionally, British Columbia invited less than five candidates working in other priority occupations, further diversifying the pool of skilled workers who can contribute to the province’s economy. With 4,593 candidates already invited this year, British Columbia remains a top destination for skilled workers who want to build a better future for themselves and their families. The province’s commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent worldwide is reflected in its highly selective and competitive selection process, which ensures that only the most qualified and skilled individuals are invited to apply for permanent residency.

Canadians are becoming more and more supportive of immigration

Canadians have long been known for their positive view of immigration, and this attitude is often seen as a core part of Canadian identity. However, while public opinion certainly shapes Canada’s immigration policies, it is not the only factor. Policy decisions made by the Canadian Government and perceptions of Canada on the international stage also significantly impact the country’s approach to immigration. In recent years, Canada has set ambitious targets for admitting new immigrants. According to government plans, the country aims to welcome 1.45 million newcomers between 2023 and 2025. Achieving this goal will require aligning a few factors, including the continued positive perception of Canada as a welcoming destination for immigrants.

Of course, Canadians’ perspectives on immigration policy are also critical. It is vital that newcomers feel welcomed and supported in their new homes and that Canadians feel that the government is making decisions that reflect their values and priorities. One key factor in ensuring the successful integration of newcomers is access to resources and support. This includes language training, job placement services, and community programs that help newcomers feel a sense of belonging. By investing in these services, Canada can continue to build on its reputation as a welcoming and inclusive society.

Canadian provinces to hire more internationally educated nurses

The Nurses Association of New Brunswick has announced that registration for internationally educated nurses from 14 countries will be expedited, decreasing the time to become registered to work in the province from 12-18 months to 14 days for nurses from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, and Lebanon. The Government of New Brunswick will cover costs for up to 300 internationally educated nurses annually to help them integrate into the healthcare system. The initiative will last five years and cover various expenses such as assessments and tuition.

Eligible nurses will be provided with financial support on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible, candidates must have a provincial nomination, be licensed in their home country, and pursue the licensure/registration process in New Brunswick. On June 2, 2023, Newfoundland and Labrador also made it easier for internationally-trained nurses to work in the province by amending the Registered Nurses Regulations. The changes include establishing a Designated Countries Pathway for nurses from seven countries and reducing costs and education assessment time for International Nursing Applicants. The Provincial Government plans to welcome approximately 200-300 nurses from India by the end of this year. Currently, there are already 200 internationally-educated nurses working in the province.

Ukrainian nationals can restore their status in Canada free of charge

The Canadian Government recently announced a new policy to promote more significant immigration opportunities for Ukrainian nationals. The new policy is a significant development that will make it easier for Ukrainian citizens and their eligible family members to enter or stay in Canada. Under the new rules, Ukrainian nationals can apply for restoring status in Canada without paying fees. This is a positive step towards promoting greater inclusion and diversity in Canada. The new policy will also help to strengthen the relationship between Canada and Ukraine by increasing opportunities for cultural exchange and economic cooperation.

Previously, Ukrainian citizens were exempted from paying fees for temporary resident visas, temporary resident permits, temporary resident status extensions (visitor records), study permits and extensions, work permits and extensions (including open work permits), and even biometrics. However, the restoration of status was not included in the list of exemptions. This meant that Ukrainian nationals had to pay a fee to restore their status in Canada, which was a considerable financial burden for many individuals and their families. With the elimination of this fee, more individuals can now apply for the necessary permits and visas to travel or work in Canada.

Canada is a popular destination for individuals seeking a better quality of life, education, and job opportunities. However, the immigration process can be complex and overwhelming. Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers can help you navigate the process and ensure a successful outcome. If you are considering immigrating to Canada, contact Abramovich & Tchern Immigration Lawyers today. Our experienced lawyers can help you navigate the immigration process and ensure a successful outcome.

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.