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Meet Casey, one of VisaPlace's immigration news contributors. She brings 6+ years of experience of content creation to VisaPlace. Casey has honed her expertise in delivering comprehensive and up-to-date content on immigration-related matters. Her work not only encompasses the complex legal aspects of immigration but also highlights the ever-evolving policies, procedures, and news that impact immigrants and aspiring visa holders.

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USCIS Extends Work Permit Renewals to Avoid Lapses in Employment for Immigrants

By CaseyApril 18, 2024
Work in the US

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary rule that automatically extends the validity period of work permits for immigrant workers with pending renewals. This extends the validity period from 180 days to 540 days (about 1.5 years) to prevent lapses in employment due to processing backlogs. USCIS Backlogs and Processing Delays USCIS has […]

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Canada Permanent Residence Fees to Increase

By CaseyApril 15, 2024
Permanent ResidencyPNP News and Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced an increase in certain permanent residence (PR) fees effective April 30, 2024, at 9:00:00 AM Eastern Time. This adjustment aligns with Canada’s Immigrant and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and is based on the cumulative percentage increase to the Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 293 April 11, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 4500 Lowest Qualifying Score: 491

Express Entry Draw April 11, 2024 #293 – Latest CRS Score

By CaseyApril 12, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw April 11, 2024 #293 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on April 11th, 2024, which was the 293rd Express Entry Draw. This was a STEM occupations draw. The draw offered: 4,500 ITA 491 cut-off score (CRS minimum) STEM Occupations This is the second Express Entry draw of April 2024. Canada is […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 292 April 10, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 1280 Lowest Qualifying Score: 549

Express Entry Draw April 10, 2024 #292 – CRS Score

By CaseyApril 11, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw April 10, 2024 #292 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on April 10th, 2024, which was the 292nd Express Entry Draw. This was a general (all programs) draw. The draw offered: 1,280 ITA 549 cut-off score (CRS minimum) All Programs This is the first Express Entry draw of April 2024. Canada […]

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IRCC Reveals New Student Visa Caps

By CaseyApril 8, 2024
Study Permits

Canada has unveiled its strategy to limit the number of study permits issued to international students by each province over the next two years. The country plans to reduce the number of new international student permits, with a target of 485,000 approved study permits for 2024. Immigration Minister Marc Miller stated, “On January 22, I […]

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USCIS Visa Fees Increase in 2024: Final Changes

By CaseyApril 9, 2024
Work in the USFamily Immigration

The USCIS has announced a final rule to increase fees for several immigration applications, marking the first major adjustment since 2016. These changes aim to address the agency’s operational and financial challenges. The new fees took effect on April 1, 2024, applying to all applications postmarked after this date. Below, you will find the visa […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 291 March 26, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 1500 Lowest Qualifying Score: 388

Express Entry Draw March 26, 2024 #291 – CRS Score

By CaseyApril 10, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw March 26, 2024 #291 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on March 26th, 2024, which was the 291st Express Entry Draw. This was a French language proficiency draw. The draw offered: 1,500 ITA 388 cut-off score (CRS minimum) French language proficiency This is the fourth Express Entry draw of March 2024. […]

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Canada to Reduce Temporary Resident Numbers Over the Next 3 Years

By CaseyMarch 26, 2024
Visitor Visas

Big news for Canadian immigration! Starting in fall 2024, the annual Immigration Levels Plan will include targets for temporary residents alongside permanent resident targets. Previously, the plan only focused on the number of new permanent residents Canada would welcome each year for the next three years. Now, temporary residents will also be factored into the […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 290 March 25, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 1980 Lowest Qualifying Score: 524

Express Entry Draw March 25, 2024 #290 – CRS Score

By CaseyMarch 26, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw March 25, 2024 #290 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on March 25th, 2024, which was the 290th Express Entry Draw. This was a general draw. The draw offered: 1,980 ITA 524 cut-off score (CRS minimum) All programs This is the third Express Entry draw of March 2024. Canada is inviting […]

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New Rules for Canada Spousal Open Work Permits

By CaseyMarch 25, 2024
Working in Canada

Canadian immigration has updated the eligibility requirements for Spousal Open Work Permits (SOWP). Effective March 19, 2024, spouses of international students can only get an SOWP if their partner is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at a university or polytechnic institution. Previously, spouses of students in undergraduate and college programs were also […]

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British Columbia Skills Immigration Program

By CaseyMarch 15, 2024
Permanent ResidencyPNP News and Updates

This program lets skilled workers, healthcare professionals, recent graduates, and international post-graduates apply. It even has an option to align with Canada’s federal Express Entry system. Requirements for BCPNP Skills Immigration All Skills Immigration applicants, regardless of category, must meet these general requirements (unless stated otherwise): Job Offer: Full-time, permanent job offer (except International Post-Graduates […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 289 March 13, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 975 Lowest Qualifying Score: 430

Express Entry Draw March 13, 2024 #289 – CRS Score

By CaseyMarch 25, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw March 13, 2024 #289 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on March 13th, 2024, which was the 289th Express Entry Draw. This was a transport occupations draw. The draw offered: 975 ITA 430 cut-off score (CRS minimum) Transport Occupations This is the second Express Entry draw of March 2024. Canada is […]

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BCPNP Express Entry Program

By CaseyMarch 13, 2024
Permanent ResidencyPNP News and Updates

Express Entry BC is synchronized with the federal Express Entry system, enabling eligible candidates to get expedited processing for both their BCPNP and, if nominated, their permanent residence applications. The following Skills Immigration categories may be processed through Express Entry British Columbia: Skilled Worker Category Health Care Professional Category International Graduate Category International Post-Graduate Category […]

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BCPNP Tech Pilot Immigration Program

By CaseyMarch 18, 2024
Permanent ResidencyPNP News and Updates

British Columbia’s immigration program, BC PNP, has a special section called BC PNP Tech. This helps them find skilled workers for their growing tech industry. It started in 2017 as a test to see if it would work, and it did so well they kept it going for good in 2021. By bringing in more […]

Maple leaf from the flag of Canada Express Entry 288 March 12, 2024 Total Invitations Issued: 2850 Lowest Qualifying Score: 525

Express Entry Draw March 12, 2024 #288 – CRS Score

By CaseyMarch 13, 2024
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Canada Express Entry Draw March 12, 2024 #288 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on March 12th, 2024, which was the 288th Express Entry Draw. This was an all programs draw. The draw offered: 2,850 ITA 525 cut-off score (CRS minimum) All programs/General This is the first Express Entry draw of March 2024. Canada is […]

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