Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program
For the 2022 process, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to reunite families by accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program. IRCC is going to send out invitation to apply to 23,100 potential sponsors from the remaining pool of potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020. IRCC will NOT open a new interest to sponsor form in 2022.
This is the same approach taken in 2021 intake. Those who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in January 2021 or September 2021 should check their email account they provided when they submitted their interest to sponsor form.
If you wish you reunite with your parents and grandparents in Canada but are not invited this year, you may consider the application for a super visa, a multiple-entry visa that is valid for 10 years. Super visa holders are allowed to stay in Canada for up to 5 years at a time, with the option to extend their visit for another 2 years without leaving Canada.
If you would like to find out more about the sponsorship program or super visa application, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1 (289) 988 2285.
Express Entry Update
August 8, 2022
Latest Express Entry draw on August 3, 2022
The latest Express Entry draw was made on August 3, which covered candidates in Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). 2,000 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), and the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off for this draw was 533.
Compared to the previous draw on July 20, 2022 in which the lowest CRS score cut-off was 542, it had been decreased by 9 points.
Express Entry draws will continue to be held on a bi-weekly basis, and it is expected that the CRS score cut-off would probably continue to decline slowly as Canada is trying to issue invitations at a rate similar to that prior to the pandemic.
If your CRS score is below the current CRS score cut-off, you should still consider create a profile in the Express Entry Pool. Firstly, it is anticipated that the EE targets will be increasing while the CRS cut-off should be declining. Secondly, it will give you a chance of receiving invitation to apply for Permanent Residence by some of the provinces through their Provincial Nominee Programs. Some provinces regularly screen and select candidates in the EE pool to meet their own needs. Moreover, EE would begin targeted draws in 2023, such as in groups based on candidates’ skilled work, education or language abilities. Candidates will be ranked against others in specified groupings rather than all others in the whole EE pool, thus giving candidates higher chances of being invited under EE.
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Update your EE Profile - Canadian educational credential
If you earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate and completed any part of your program of study or training between March 2020 and August 2022, you are now eligible for Canadian educational credential points even if you completed the program entirely:
- through distance learning;
- from outside Canada; or
- through part-time studies.
As such, please update your Express Entry profile to ensure you have the best possible chance to be invited to apply through Express Entry!
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Enhancements to Super Visa Program for Parents and Grandparents
June 7, 2022
Today the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a series of enhancements to the super visa program, which will definitely make it easier for Canadians (citizens as well as permanent residents) to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada, and allow super visa holders to stay longer in Canada.
The changes, which will come into force on July 4, 2022, are as follows:
The length of stay for super visa holders will be increased from 2 years to 5 years per entry to Canada.
People who hold a super visa have the option to further extend their stay for up to 2 years while in Canada. In other words, super visa holders will be able to stay in Canada for up to 7 consecutive years.
IRCC can designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to super visa applicants in the future. At the moment only Canadian insurance providers can provide the requisite medical coverage for the purpose of super visa application.
As per the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, “families are at the heart of Canadian society. The enhancements to the super visa program allow family members to reunite for longer in Canada, which helps everyday Canadian citizens and permanent residents succeed and contribute to society, while affording their parents and grandparents invaluable opportunities to spend time with their family in Canada.”
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Express Entry is set to resume draws for Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class in July 2022
May 30, 2022
As per the announcement made by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in April 2022, Express Entry Draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada will begin in early July 2022.
Express Entry Draws under the federal high-skilled streams, including the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class, have been put into a temporary pause since December 2020 because of the pandemic travel restrictions throughout 2020 and 2021. Right now, as Canada continues to recover from the pandemic, the Government is trying to address the labor shortages in all sectors across the country. Immigration seems to be more important than ever to help boost Canada’s economy, to help employers find and keep skilled workers.
Invitations to apply will resume in early July 2022, and the vast majority of new applications will be processed within the 6-month service standard as per the Minister.
It is predicted by IRCC that the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be invited to apply in 2022 would be above 500, and it would probably remain high for a while. As of May 24, 2022, the number of candidates in the Express Entry Pool with CRS score in the range of 451 to 500 is 52,684.