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US Plans to Lift Covid Emergency Declarations May 2023

By CaseyFebruary 3, 2023

On January 30th, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that COVID-19 emergency declarations will be lifted on May 11, nearly three years after the US imposed broad pandemic measures to halt the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by then-President Donald Trump in 2020. Biden has continually […]

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Express Entry Draw February 1, 2023 #239 – CRS Score

By CaseyFebruary 3, 2023
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Canada Express Entry Draw February 1st, 2023 #239 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on February 1st, 2023, which was the 239th Express Entry Draw. This draw was a Provincial Nominee Program draw. The draw offered: 893 ITA 733 cut off score (CRS) PNP This is the first Express Entry draw of February 2023. Canada […]

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What You Should Know About Targeted Express Entry Draws in 2023

By CaseyJanuary 31, 2023
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently held public and stakeholder consultations to improve the Express Entry application management system in order to better target Canada’s economic needs and labor shortages. IRCC uses the Express Entry system to manage Targeted Express Entry draws are a method for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage […]


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By CaseyJanuary 30, 2023

Sharini Wijeyesekera is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) recognized by theGovernment of Canada as a member in good standing with The College of Immigration and CitizenshipConsultants (CICC). She is an Honors Graduate of CDI College, Mississauga, Diploma in ImmigrationConsulting (Immigration Practitioner Program) and have over three years of experience in the field ofCanadian Immigration […]


Michelle Niren

By CaseyJanuary 27, 2023

Michelle Niren is the Director of Consultants at Visaplace.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree (hons) at York University and her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto. She has been working in various capacities for Visapace on a consultative basis since its inception. Michelle has worked in many industries overseeing HR, and marketing with particular expertise […]

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Indian Engineering Students Thrive in Canada’s Top-Ranked Programs

By CaseyJanuary 20, 2023
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Canada is an excellent choice for Indian engineering students looking to study abroad. With its diverse culture, high-quality education system, and welcoming society, Canada provides students with a unique and enriching experience. In this article, we will look at some of the reasons why an Indian engineering student should consider studying in Canada, as well […]

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A New Program Allows Americans to Directly Sponsor Refugees for Resettlement in the US

By CaseyJanuary 25, 2023
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The United States State Department has unveiled a new initiative called the Welcome Corps, which allows groups of American citizens to sponsor refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela resettlement in the United States. This represents a substantial shift in policy and could lead to an increase in the number of migrants accepted while also […]

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Express Entry Draw January 18, 2023 #238 – CRS Score

By CaseyFebruary 1, 2023
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Canada Express Entry Draw January 18, 2023 #238 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on January 18th, 2023, which was the 238th Express Entry Draw. This draw was not specified toward a certain program (all programs). The draw offered: 5,500 ITA 490 cut off score (CRS) All Programs This is the second Express Entry draw […]

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Express Entry Draw January 11, 2023 #237 – CRS Score

By CaseyJanuary 18, 2023
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Canada Express Entry Draw January 11, 2023 #237 The latest Express Entry Draw took place on November 23rd, 2022, which was the 236th Express Entry Draw. This draw was not specified toward a certain program (all programs). The draw offered: 5,500 ITA 507 cut off score (CRS) All Programs This is the first Express Entry draw […]

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CDC Announces Negative COVID Test Will Be Needed for Those Traveling to the US from China, Hong Kong and Macau

By CaseyJanuary 5, 2023

The US CDC announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. All travelers aged 2 and older must be tested no more than two days before departure and show a negative test result to the operating airline, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, […]

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International Experience Canada (IEC) is Now Accepting Applications for the Year 2023

By CaseyDecember 29, 2022
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The pools for the 2023 season of International Experience Canada (IEC) were opened for new candidates on December 19th. Candidates who are eligible to participate in IEC 2023 can now create their profile online. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced at a press conference in Banff that the International Experience Canada (IEC) program will begin on […]

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Canada Extends Work Permits for Family Members of Temporary Foreign Workers

By CaseyDecember 29, 2022
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The slow pace of Canada’s economic growth has made it difficult for business owners, particularly those in the tourism industry, to find the workers they require. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, announced that Canada is extending work permits to family members […]

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US Immigration Changes in 2022: Year in Review

By CaseyDecember 21, 2022
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According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), nearly a million immigrant adults were naturalized as American citizens in the fiscal year 2022, the third-highest annual tally in US history. Naturalizations have reached a 14-year high, a year after President Biden directed federal agencies to promote naturalizations by removing bureaucratic barriers in the citizenship process, […]

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9 Canadian Immigration Changes in 2022: Year in Review

By CaseyDecember 19, 2022
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In the year 2022, many significant immigration changes occurred in Canada. We have seen a growth of visas being applied for following the pandemic, and Canadian immigration is vastly increasing. Canada has welcomed a record number of immigrants in 2022! The most significant events in Canadian immigration in the last year are discussed below. Canadian Visa Changes and New […]

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New Work Opportunities for Canadian and Italian Youth

By CaseyDecember 7, 2022
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On November 14, 2022, the Canadian government announced a new Youth Mobility Agreement with Italy to expand employment opportunities for Canadian and Italian youth. This agreement allows Canadian and Italian youth to apply for international work and travel opportunities through the International Experience Canada Program. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 […]

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Belinda Maraj

Our experience with the team at VisaPlace has been absolutely amazing. Special thank you to Nadia Bakhtiari whom we had the pleasure of partnering with. Nadia was attentive, empathetic, knowledgeable, professional, friendly and accessible. She provided guidance and kept us in the loop every step of the way. We were so impressed with the professionalism and exceptional client experience from VisaPlace that we partnered with them for both our PR application and our citizenship application. Thank you VisaPlace and thank you Nadia!

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We were switched legal teams 3 times within our time there.( This was not our doing) We weren’t impressed at all with the service almost all the way through our experience. Our review would have been 1 star. The response time was awful. To get in contact with our attorney was so difficult. And not thorough. Almost at the end, when we were almost ready to file, we got switched again, but this time, we are thankful. The attorney we got then was Andrew Diamond. He is fantastic and the reason for the 5 star rating. This is his rating. He was phenomenal. Absolutely amazing and prompt with response time and very knowledgeable, thorough and so helpful. We couldn’t have asked for better. Thank you Andrew for all you did for us!

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Arash Sorkhabi

I’m satisfied with the expertise and professionalism with which my case was managed and handled. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the firm for its support. Although it has been a long process time due to Covid, Nadia has always been one of the first people to guide me step by step through the path during this stressful and unprecedented time. I strongly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking legal counsel.

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Sarb walia

I am thrilled to share that , We have just got our Permanent residence status under humanitarian and compassionate category. It was great experience to get professional service from visaplace. All team members very knowledgeable, hard worker, polite and professional. Special thanks to Yasmeen Ali, who always guide me through out processs. Its not easy task to get positive output in HM Category. I am highly recommend visaplace for any kind of immigration needs.

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Shannon Wilde

Applying for my E2 Visa was so overwhelming for me. As soon as I engaged VisaPlace all that worry and stress was gone. They guided me through the entire process and set me up for success! I would 100% recommend using them for any of your Visa Needs.

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Julia Rood

I reached out to VisaPlace kind of on a whim, knowing that I needed to apply for permanent residency in order to stay with my spouse and our two cats. They were immediately and incredibly responsive, and almost instantly made me feel that I was dealing with professionals who cared about my case.

I reached out to them August last year, and today got the confirmation that my permanent residency has been approved. The people I worked with in VisaPlace stuck with me through the whole process, answering any questions and assuaging any fears that I had about the process, my application, or what I needed to do. Even when my anxiety made me snappy (I apologized immediately!) they handled my case and me with professionalism and compassion. Immigration is a stressful, scary process. I wanted professionals who knew the ins-and-outs so that I had the best chance of being able to come to Canada.

And now, I get to stay in Canada with my partner of nearly 10 years, and I couldn’t be happier. I would absolutely recommend this service to anyone who wants immigration help! A big thank you, especially, to Alejandra and Nadia for handling my case. I’m so lucky to have had your help!

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Sanjida Prima

Had a great experience working with the people at VisaPlace for a Permanent Residency application! The team I dealt with (Nadia B., Krisztina T., Mansi S.) was extremely knowledgeable, prompt and handled the case with care. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone in need!