TENTH DRAW HELD UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jun 15
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The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, sent out its tenth round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) on June 12, 2015.

CIC issued 1,501 ITAs during their tenth draw which took place on June 12, 2015 at 23:29:55 UTC. Foreign nationals, who had a total of 482 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System, were issued an ITA to apply for PR. The number of CRS points required to receive an ITA for this round significantly decreased, and the number of ITAs issued almost doubled, from the previous draw that took place on May 23, 2015.


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New Entry Requirement for Foreign Nationals travelling to Canada

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Canada Immigration
Jun 15
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Commencing August 1, 2015, Canada will be introducing a new entry requirement for foreign nationals, from visa-exempt countries only, travelling to Canada by air known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Countries that are visa-exempt include United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, to name a few. The application will be available starting August 1, 2015, however as of March 15, 2016, travellers will require an eTA before they board their flight to Canada.

How to obtain an eTA

Foreign nationals, from visa-exempt countries before travelling to Canada by air, will apply for an eTA online through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (www.cic.gc.ca). Basic personal information, such as full name, passport number and email address will be requested. There will be a CAD$7 fee associated with this requirement. In most cases, an eTA will be approved within a few minutes and once obtained is valid for five (5) years.
It is important to note that the Canadian government has the authority to cancel an eTA at any point in time based on public policy considerations and inadmissibility factors. Fraud and misrepresentation on any application, including when applying for an eTA, are sufficient grounds for inadmissibility.

Exemptions

The following foreign nationals are exempt from obtaining an eTA when travelling to Canada:

• Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Canada;
• Foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries who travel by land or sea;
• Foreign nationals who have applied for a work permit or a study permit at a visa office outside of Canada;
• Citizens of the United States of America (however all permanent residents of the United States of America will require an eTA);
• Accredited diplomats;
• Members of flight crews; and
• Residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon.


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NINTH DRAW HELD UNDER THE NEW EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM

Posted by Pinaz Farzadi|Global Immigration
Jun 15
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The Express Entry Program, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, sent out its ninth round of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) on May 23, 2015.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued 1,361 ITAs during their ninth draw to foreign nationals who had a total of 755 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The number of CRS points required to receive an ITA for this round has significantly increased from the previous draw which took place on April 17, 2015, where individuals with 453 points received an ITA.


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