Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Enforcement to Commence on September 29, 2016

The enforcement of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement will begin on September 29, 2016. As of this date, all air carriers will use the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) to verify that foreign nationals seeking to travel to or transit through Canada by air have a valid eTA, before […]

Opportunities Ontario (OPNP): Changes to International Students Eligibility

As of April 17, 2015, international students applying to Opportunities Ontario (OPNP), with or without a job offer, must have met all the degree requirements prior to submitting their application. In its announcement made on March 17, 2015, the Provincial government stated that it will no longer be accepting applications from international students in their […]

First Rounds Open for Two of IEC France Categories

The 2014 International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative with France is now accepting Round 1 applications for two of their four categories: International Co-op Internship (Total: 1,200 places) and Young Professionals (Total: 1,200 places). On May 14, 2013 Canada and France signed a new agreement on youth mobility. With the new Agreement, French citizens between the […]

CIC to re-open Federal Skilled Worker Program May 4, 2013

Starting today, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be accepting applications made under the remodeled Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The re-opening of Canada’s largest economic immigration program follows a 10-month hiatus, during which time a comprehensive evaluation of the Program’s selection criteria took place.

2013: The year of biometric identity screening for foreign nationals

Beginning in September 2013, certain foreign nationals applying for a temporary resident visa, study permit (TRV), or work permit will be required to have their fingerprints and photograph—or biometric information—taken, in person, at an appropriate Visa Application Centre (VAC). On June 28, 2012, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, or Bill C-31, received Royal Assent. […]

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