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CANADA: New COVID-19 Travel Rules

There are new pandemic-related rules for travel across the land border and by air. Travel Across the Land Border Non-essential travelers (such as returning “snowbirds”) must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours earlier. In addition to the pre-departure COVID test, another COVID test will be administered at the […]

CANADA: IMMIGRATION UPDATE

This article discusses new pilot projects and other efforts to allow in professionals; programs reopened for certain entrepreneurs and self-employed persons; updated immigration targets in Québec and Canada; and designated learning institutions reopening to international students. More Québec Selection Certificates (CSQs) for IT, AI, VFX professionals; Food Processing; Entrepreneurs; Self-Employed Persons; Caretakers Immigration Québec announced […]

Investor Visas: An Overview

This article provides an overview of investor visas in several countries. Canada There remains only one passive (i.e., not at risk) investor program in Canada, and it is being piloted by the Province of Québec. As a pathway leading to permanent residence in Québec, it requires a net worth of at least CAD $2 million; […]

Canada Launches New Measures to Support Hong Kong Residents to Come to Canada!

Due to the current political climate in Hong Kong, new temporary and permanent immigration pathways, as well as fast-track processes, are being implemented for Hong Kong residents. New policies include expedition of processing for work and study permits, open work permits specific to youth (18-35 years of age, preferably with a post-secondary education) up to […]

CANADA: Coronavirus Related Travel Restrictions Extended Until July 31

Briefing Canada has extended its travel ban on most international travelers until July 31, 2020.  It is noteworthy that Canada has not reciprocated with the European Union, which lifted Canada from its travel ban yesterday. The extension of the foreign travel ban was made based on the recommendation of Health Minister Patty Hajdu. The United […]

CANADA: Police Clearance Certificates & Criminal Record Checks

Canadian immigration matters often require a police clearance certificate and/or RCMP criminal record check.  WR provides the following overview to familiarize clients with Global Affairs Canada’s request for these documents as well as necessary document procurement procedures. Police clearance certificates are issued in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the federal police service, […]

CANADA: Fast-track immigration for fracophones?

The Québec immigration department is closing a month-long consultation period with stakeholders on four questions intended to revamp a fast-track immigration stream leading to permanent residence in Canada for francophone foreigners living in Québec. The topics the Québec government is consulting on are: Which eligibility criteria should the immigration department apply in their selection of […]

CANADA: Travel and Immigration Restrictions in the Time of Covid-19

The Canadian government, in line with its “speed over perfection” approach, adjusts and revises travel policies on a daily basis. The situation remains fluid. with many moving parts. Note that all individuals returning to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of citizenship. The following is effective as of Friday, March 27, 2020: It is […]

Canada Restricts Air and Land Travel in Response to COVID-19

  Summary Until June 30, 2020, travel to Canada will be restricted for all foreign nationals coming from any country other than the United States (U.S.). Other restrictions apply to those travelling from the U.S. These new restrictions prohibit any foreign national, including U.S. nationals, from entering Canada for optional or discretionary purposes (non-essential travel). […]

CANADA: Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

The number of overall planned permanent admissions to Canada for 2020 is 340,000 people (just under one percent of the population of Canada). Of the 340,000 Canada is planning to admit, 21,000 are in the parent and grandparent sponsorship category. On December 30, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the parent/grandparent sponsorship […]

CANADA: Québec Attestation Requirements

Summary: Québec attestations are now required for permanent immigrant applicants. The Québec government says knowledge of the values it reflects is essential to an immigrant’s integration into the province. The five key principals underlying the attestation are as follows: Québec is a French-speaking society Québec is a democratic society Equality between women and men Rights […]

CANADA: Ontario to Introduce New Permanent Residence Program to Attract Foreign Talent in 2020

Ontario will introduce a new permanent residence pilot program, entitled the Regional Immigration Pilot, to attract foreign talent to small, rural communities.