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Express Entry Draw August 19, 2020 #160 – CRS Score

By Ella BergquistAugust 19, 2020
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Express Entry Draw August 19, 2020 #156 The latest round of invitation for Express Entry Draw took place on August 19, 2020, which was the 160th Express Entry Draw. The draw offered 600 ITA to those with a cut-off score of 771. This draw was specifically towards candidates who qualify for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Candidates who […]

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Are Canada Spousal Sponsorship Processing Times Too Long?

By CaseyAugust 19, 2020
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Are Canadian spousal sponsorship applications taking too long to process? According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, sponsoring a spouse can take up to 12 months under normal circumstances. In many cases, this is seen as too long to wait to be reunited with a spouse. Kimberly Johnson, a Toronto woman, stated she’s waited close […]

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How to Cross the US/Canada Border During COVID-19 Closure

By Ella BergquistSeptember 21, 2020
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Canada and the US shut down their border March 21st only allowing trade, business, and temporary residents with valid visas to enter. The restriction to the border has been extended six times. The latest border closure has extended until October 21st, 2020. The border closure has definitely impacted both countries extensively but especially those who […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until the Election to Immigrate

By Sierra AlongiAugust 17, 2020
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We have heard that many immigration applicants interested in immigrating to the United States are waiting for the 2020 presidential election results to decide if it is the right choice for them. To the individuals that may think that is the wiser choice, there are a few reasons why we recommend immigrating before the election, […]

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No-Blank Policy for US Applicants

By Sierra AlongiAugust 12, 2020
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Last fall, the USCIS introduced another roadblock modification to the immigration system making it harder for foreign nationals to come to the US. It began rejecting applications unless every single field was filled in, even those that obviously did not pertain to the applicant which is called the No-Blank Policy. No-Blank Policy Immigration lawyers and applicants […]

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Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility for US Applicants

By Sierra AlongiAugust 9, 2020
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Self-sufficiency has long been an important principle to immigration law since our nation’s earliest immigration statutes. Since the 1800s, Congress announced that aliens are inadmissible to the US  if they are  unable to care for themselves without becoming  public charges. On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule regarding how they determine if someone applying for admission or adjustment of status […]

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Express Entry Draw August 6, 2020 #159 – CRS Score

By Ella BergquistAugust 6, 2020
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Express Entry Draw August 6, 2020 #159 The latest invitation for Express Entry Draw took place on August 6, 2020, which was the 159th Express Entry Draw. The draw offered 250 ITA to those with a cut-off score of 415. This draw was specifically towards candidates who qualify for candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades Program (Canadian […]

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Express Entry Draw August 5, 2020 #158 – CRS Score

By Ella BergquistAugust 6, 2020
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Express Entry Draw August 5, 2020 #158 The Express Entry Draw took place on August 5, 2020, which was the 158th Express Entry Draw. The draw offered 3,900 ITA to those with a cut-off score of 476. This draw had no specific program target. This was the first draw conducted in August. Canada is inviting thousands […]

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International Students: Studying in the US or Canada

By Ella BergquistAugust 4, 2020
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Pursing a college or post-graduate degree in a foreign country is an excellent way to expand your horizons. It provides you with a new look at a country and the opportunity for studying at excellent schools. You will demonstrate that you are adaptable and able to thrive in a culture other than your own. This […]

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For Newcomers: How to Find a Place to Live in Toronto

By Ella BergquistJuly 29, 2020
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Are you either looking to immigrate to Toronto or are new to Toronto and want to find a place to call home? Toronto has a reputation of having high rent prices but whether you’re looking for a luxury residence or somewhere to lay your head, there are many resources to help you find that place. […]

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Will Canada Make it Easier for People from Hong Kong to Move to Canada?

By Ella BergquistJuly 23, 2020
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Many Hong Kongers are seeking refuge from the ongoing protests within their country. Several Canadian groups are urging the Canadian government to allow refugees to immigrate to Canada to help those stuck in Hong Kong. Canada’s Rules for Hong Kong Citizens Unfortunately, even though immigration professionals have urged the Canadian government to change the rules […]

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Express Entry Draw July 23, 2020 #157 – CRS Score

By Ella BergquistJuly 23, 2020
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Express Entry Draw July 23, 2020 #157 The invitation for Express Entry Draw took place on July 23, 2020, which was the 157th Express Entry Draw. The draw offered 3,343 ITA to those with a cut-off score of 445. This draw was specifically towards candidates who qualify for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Candidates who have been invited […]

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Express Entry Draw July 22, 2020 #156 – CRS Score

By Ella BergquistJuly 22, 2020
Permanent ResidencyExpress Entry Draws

Express Entry Draw July 22, 2020 #156 The latest round of invitation for Express Entry Draw took place on July 22, 2020, which was the 156th Express Entry Draw. The draw offered 557 ITA to those with a cut-off score of 687. This draw was specifically towards candidates who qualify for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Candidates who […]

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Canada Extends Time for Temporary Residents Stay

By CaseyJuly 24, 2020

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Canada has announced an extension of the time temporary residents are allowed to stay in the country. Normally, visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada have up to 90 days after their temporary immigration status expires to apply to IRCC to reinstate it. The IRCC […]

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Common-Law Couple Separated at Border Due to Lack of Proof

By Sierra AlongiJuly 20, 2020
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When immigrating to Canada with your common-law partner, there are necessary requirements and proof that you must show to successfully cross the border together. Unfortunately, for some couples especially during these unpredictable times, lack of common-law partner proof has separated them. Canadian-American couple Stephen and Cathy were separated at the border in June 2020 because […]