5 Reasons For A Canada Citizenship Application Rejection

5 Reasons For Your Citizenship Application Rejection
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After acquiring permanent residency of Canada, most immigrants focus on obtaining Canadian citizenship to integrate in the Canadian community. Furthermore, Canada has one of the powerful passports in the world and Canadians enjoy perk of visiting many countries visa-free. 

However, for many reasons, your citizenship application may be rejected. This article delves into the 5 most frequent causes of application rejection and what you can do to prevent them.

Not meeting the physical presence requirements

To become a Canadian citizen, applicants must have spent at least three of the five years, or a total of 1,095 days, before submitting their application. 

However, many candidates incorrectly believe that the required time period to maintain their permanent resident status (730 days) is the same as the period needed to become a Canadian citizen (1095 days)

To precisely calculate and satisfy your citizenship time requirements, calculate the number of days you spent in Canada. 

If you arrived in Canada as a temporary resident and were physically present, you may be able to claim your time towards citizenship physical presence requirements. 

Every day you spend in Canada as a temporary resident before becoming a permanent resident counts as a half day, up to a maximum of 365 days. 

As a result, to receive the maximum 365-day credit, you must be physically present in Canada as a temporary resident for 730 days within your eligibility period.



Failure to provide tax records 

In Canada, filing taxes is a requirement, and prospective citizens must have done so for the previous three years to apply for citizenship.

The simplest way to evidence your tax records is to give IRCC authorization to contact CRA to verify you have submitted your taxes and meet the requirement.  

Or you may provide your other personal records proofing that you have been filing taxes. Failure to provide evidence of your tax records may result in refusal. 

Unable to pass the citizenship test 

The Canadian citizenship test may not be as easy, so don’t take the test lightly. Instead, give yourself enough time to learn and prepare for the test. 

Typically, the exam includes twenty multiple-choice and true/false questions covering Canada’s history, geography, economics, government, laws, and symbols. To pass, candidates must get at least 15 correct questions, equating to a 75% or better score. 

However, if you do not pass the citizenship test, IRCC will schedule you for a second try, provided you meet all the other requirements. 

If you fail the second time, IRCC will reject your application if you don’t pass the oral hearing, which will be held to test your expertise.

Nevertheless, not all is hopeless. You can reapply for citizenship, but you’ll have to retake the test. 

Lacking evidence of language proficiency

To be given Canadian citizenship, you must achieve Canadian Language Benchmarks Level 4 (CLB 4) or more in speaking and listening.

Since people typically have to pass a language test to become permanent residents, this shouldn’t be difficult. However, the result of this language test should be on file, even if it has expired.

You can use the same results to demonstrate your language proficiency. 

If not, you will have to provide additional documentation to demonstrate that you meet the CLB 4 requirements, which may cause your application to be delayed.

Skipping the citizenship ceremony

All applicants who are 14 years or older must attend the Oath of Citizenship for Canada. But many people might not realize that you must be physically present in the country to do this.

The government has allowed virtual ceremonies for COVID, but the applicant must be in Canada. 

If you are traveling or unavailable to attend the Oath of the Citizenship ceremony, you can reschedule for a later date. 

Lastly, if your citizenship application is denied, the immigration letter that follows should explain why in detail. You can reapply for citizenship based on that if you’ve resolved the problem that caused your initial application to be denied.

However, the good news is that no time has to pass before you can resubmit your citizenship application. 


  • Third IEC 2023 Draw Sent More Than 7,100 New Invites

    International Experience Canada – IEC 2023 sent more than 7,100 invites in the third round of invitations for the week ending January 27, 2023.

    More than 6,526 invites were sent under the Working Holiday category. Currently, there are 26,667 applicants from 32 countries in the Working Holiday pool.

    More than 342 invitations went to the Young Professional category, while the International Co-op (internship) category received greater than 253 invites.

    So far, IEC 2023 has sent around 19,000 invitations in three draws held this year. As on the January 15 IRCC processing update, the current season of IEC has a processing period of 7 weeks.

    This page lists the countries that have received invites as of January 27, 2023.

    1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday

    Invited profiles under Working Holiday category get an open work permit allowing to work for nearly any business in Canada.

    This is the category for you if you:

    • have no job offer
    • would like to work for more than one company in Canada
    • would want to work in more than one area and make money so that you may travel
    CountryInvitations issued
    week ending 27
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Andorra3125
    Australia319247Unlimited
    Austria181050
    Belgium6748519
    Chile206,451To Be Announced
    Costa Rica588861
    Croatia29251
    Czech Republic3841796
    Denmark2916308
    Estonia10790
    France2,6368,5895,063
    Germany01,498To Be Announced
    Greece2514102
    Hong Kong1413125
    Ireland4333389,292
    Italy111931,405
    Japan2745,677244
    Korea Republic1,5002,0012,617
    Latvia6315
    Lithuania192698
    Luxembourg2273
    Netherlands6851222
    New Zealand113822,119
    Norway20115
    Poland4628485
    Portugal59211,602
    San Marino3125
    Slovakia3034219
    Slovenia1271
    Spain12383456
    Sweden219548
    United Kingdom5293843,363
    Total6,52626,66730,359

    3. Young Professionals Category

    In the Young Professionals category, invited applicants get an employer-specific work visa.

    For this category, applicants need to have:

    • a valid job offer from Canadian employer that helps to advance professionally.
    • to work for the same employer in the same place.
    CountryInvitations issued
    week ending 27
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia75Unlimited
    Austria0159
    Chile45152To Be Announced
    Costa Rica11150
    Croatia0018
    Czech Republic97105
    Estonia009
    France1751091,768
    Germany0102To Be Announced
    Greece1040
    Ireland66139
    Italy1012172
    Latvia007
    Lithuania10114
    Luxembourg0010
    Netherlands86143
    Norway0013
    Poland3299
    Portugal30194
    Slovakia18320
    Slovenia0015
    Spain38129
    Sweden0095
    Switzerland1710166
    Taiwan7732
    Total3424503,207

    3. International Co-op (Internship)

    An employer-specific work visa is issued in the International Co-op (Internship) category. This category is for you, if you

    • are a post-secondary student with a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada;
    • will complete this work placement or internship to finish your studies; and
    • will work for the same company in the same area throughout your stay in Canada.
    CountryInvitations issued
    week ending 27
    Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia00Unlimited
    Austria0019
    Chile21To Be Announced
    Costa Rica005
    Croatia005
    Czech Republic005
    Estonia005
    France2491823,411
    GermanyTo Be Announced41To Be Announced
    Greece0010
    Ireland0147
    Italy0248
    Latvia002
    Lithuania005
    Luxembourg009
    Norway005
    Poland003
    Portugal0050
    Slovakia005
    Slovenia005
    Spain0049
    Sweden0020
    Switzerland2248
    Taiwan039
    Total2532323,765

  • Know Canada Weekly Earnings In All The Provinces

    On January 26, 2023 – Statistics Canada released latest data for average weekly earnings in Canada. They also released the industry-wise and province-wise weekly earnings data.

    Overall average weekly earnings in Canada increased by 4.2% to $1,180.21.

    The job openings fell in six provinces, with Newfoundland and Labrador losing the most (-35.3% to 5,500), followed by Manitoba (-26.5% to 20,600), and New Brunswick (-21.8% to 11,500).

    Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta had lower proportionate drops, while the number of job openings in the remaining provinces remained stable.

    Below listed are the industry-wise and province-wise weekly earnings in Canada and all the provinces.

    Industry-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    IndustryAverage Weekly Earning
    Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction2362.28
    Utilities2068.42
    Professional, scientific and technical services1634.13
    Management of companies and enterprises1570.68
    Information and cultural industries1567.12
    Finance and insurance1556.47
    Public administration1527.13
    Construction1468.27
    Wholesale trade1413.46
    Forestry, logging and support1376.38
    Real estate and rental and leasing1300.33
    Manufacturing1261.16
    Transportation and warehousing1248.94
    Educational services1171.70
    Health care and social assistance1033.25
    Other services (excluding public administration)993.70
    Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services967.36
    Arts, entertainment and recreation713.90
    Retail trade700.82
    Accommodation and food services469.85

    Province-Wise Weekly Earnings in Canada

    ProvinceAverage Weekly Earnings
    Nunavut1579.90
    Northwest Territories1579.40
    Yukon1352.38
    Alberta1277.78
    Ontario1203.64
    Newfoundland and Labrador1178.30
    British Columbia1177.45
    Saskatchewan1149.77
    Quebec1124.11
    New Brunswick1076.99
    Manitoba1076.52
    Nova Scotia1031.80
    Prince Edward Island994.16

    Which Canadian province has the highest weekly earnings?

    Alberta has the average weekly earnings of $1,277.78 followed by Ontario at $1,203.64, Newfoundland and Labrador at $1,178.30, and British Columbia at $1,177.45.

    How much is the weekly earnings in Canada?

    Canada has the average weekly earnings of $1,180.21 as per latest data by Statistics Canada released on January 26, 2023.

    How much is the weekly earnings in Ontario and British Columbia?

    Ontario has the weekly earnings of $1,203.64, while British Columbia has average weekly earnings at $1,177.45

    How much is the weekly earnings in Quebec?

    Quebec has an average weekly earnings of $1,124.11

    Source: Statistics Canada

  • Here Are Most Common Canada Immigration Options In 2023

    Canada is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for people who want to move countries. And, righteously so.

    There are so many benefits of living in Canada, including a better lifestyle and education.

    So, if you are someone who wants to move to Canada, but are not sure how to, you are in the right place.

    Canada plans to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. Due to its labor shortage, Canada relies heavily on immigration.

    Also, in 2021 and 2022, Canada already set a new annual permanent resident record. And, it aims to break the records again in the next couple of years. 

    Each person has their own unique profile. So, based on that you should choose the way that best suits you.

    There is no one simple way to move to Canada. However, since the immigration targets are higher now, it is the best time to state your immigration journey. 

    This article lists all the ways you can move to Canada in 2023.

    Express Entry (EE)

    Express Entry(EE) is the fastest and most popular way to move to Canada. This program lets skilled foreign nationals live and work in Canada.

    If you apply under this program, you can get permanent residence in Canada as soon as six months.

    Moreover, by 2025, Canada plans to invite half a million newcomers. Most of these immigrants will be through one of the three streams of Express Entry:

    Also, with the recent launch of the new NOCs (2021), 16 new occupations now qualify for Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Examples of a few occupations are- truck drivers, nurses, teachers,s and so on. 

    To apply under EE you must first be eligible under one of Canada’s above three federal streams. After which, you need to create an online profile.

    This profile is scored by Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You get an invitation to apply if you are among the highest-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool.

    Meeting the CRS cut-offs can be a little difficult.  However, just by being in the pool of candidates, you could be nominated for permanent residence by a province. 

    The cost of immigrating through Express Entry is typically about $2,300 CAD for a single applicant. If you are moving as a couple, it could be around $4,500 CAD.

     Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada

    Another common way of moving to Canada is through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

    Canada aims to welcome 117,500 new immigrations through PNPs by 2025. Each province and territory has many nominee programs.

    So, the only economic stream bigger than Express Entry in 2023 is the combined force of Canada’s PNPs.

    All programs have their own unique eligibility criteria. For instance, some programs need you to have a connection to the province to apply for nomination.

    Furthermore, you might need a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to qualify. In some programs, however, overseas candidates are invited if they are able to meet the needs of the province’s labor market.

    Listed below are the PNP programs for each province- 

    Each PNP has its own processing time. Once you receive a nomination, you need to apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

    Parts of the PNP also fall under the Express Entry. So, each of the provincial programs mentioned above has specific streams for the federally-operated selection system.

    The cost of applying through a PNP is usually the same as Express Entry. However, there might be some additional fees, depending on the province.

    Certain provinces don’t charge a fee to process PNP applications But some like, Ontario, can charge up to $1,500 CAD.

    Business Immigration

    If you own a business or know how to manage a business, you can move here through a federal or provincial business immigration program.

    Canada plans to welcome 3,500 newcomers through business programs in 2023. These programs usually require a high investment.

    The amount depends on the program you are interested in. listed below are the three common ways you can move to Canada through a business – 

    1. Start-up visa: One of the most popular routes to Canada for business-minded individuals is the Start-Up Visa. To apply for this, you need to have a  qualifying business or a business idea.

    Then, applicants need a designated angel investor group, venture capital fund, or business incubator to support this.

    Lastly, applicants must prove their language ability to live in Canada. Under this visa, you can move to Canada on a work permit.

    During this period you can establish your business here. After which, you can apply for permanent residence.

    However, you need to be actively involved in the management of the business within Canada. 

    2. Provincial Business Programs: Most provinces in Canada have their own entrepreneur programs. These programs fall under the respective Provincial Nominee Programs.

    You can check the requirements of these programs and apply under the Provincial Business Program. 

    3. Self-Employed Programs: You can also move here through the Self-Employed Programs. The federal Self-Employed program is for people who have some prior self-employment experience.

    Moreover, you should want to and be able to make some contribution to the cultural, artistic, or athletic life of Canada. Quebec also has a self-employed program.

    As part of this program, applicants create their own jobs by practicing a profession or pursuing a commercial activity.

    Family Sponsorship

    Canada’s immigration policy emphasizes family reunification. Families in Canada are able to sponsor their relatives to come to Canada.

    So, if you have a qualifying family member who is a PR or citizen of Canada, this might be the easiest way for you to move to Canada.

    The cost of sponsoring a relative is around $1,135 CAD. However, if the sponsor lives in Quebec, additional charges might apply. 

    There are many programs that help PRs and citizens to bring their families here. The two major categories under this program are- 

    Spouses, Partners, and Children: Canada combines spouses, partners, and children in its Immigration Levels Plan. And aims to welcome 78,000 such newcomers in 2023.

    In the spouse and partner stream, you can sponsor your partner from outside or within Canada. This is through the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class.

    Moreover, while you wait for your application to be processed, you might qualify for a work permit. The applications take about 12 months to process from start to finish.

    For a child to be sponsored, they have to generally be under 22. Also, they should not have a partner or spouse of their own.

    Children over the age of 22, must prove that they cannot support themselves financially because of a mental or physical condition.

    Or, that they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22. 

    Parents and Grandparents: Sponsoring parents and grandparents in Canada operate on a lottery system. A sponsor can declare their interest in a pool.

    These applications are drawn at random and issued an invitation to apply. This steams has drawn controversy in the past.

    This is because it is mostly oversubscribed. This pool has not opened for new sponsors since 2020.

    However, three batches of sponsors have been invited to apply since then. IRCC might move to open a new window for the submission of interest to sponsor forms in 2023 soon.

    Alternatively, PGP prospective applicants can apply for Super visa to bring parents and grandparents to Canada.


  • New IRCC Temporary Policy For Spousal Open Work Permit Eligibility

    Starting on January 30, 2023 – The IRCC will temporarily extend open work permit eligibility to spouses and dependent children of most work permit holders at all skill levels.

    This temporary policy was initially announced by Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser on December 2, 2022.

    As announced, phase 1 of this new temporary policy will now come in effect beginning January 30.

    PhaseEffective Date
    Phase 1 – allows family members of employees who come to Canada to apply for an open work visa through the high-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.January 30, 2023
    Phase 2 – Following consultations, the legislation will be expanded to include family members of employees from the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.To be decided
    Phase 3 – Consultation with agricultural partners and stakeholders will be conducted to examine the practical viability of expanding the measure to cover family members of agricultural employees.To be decided

    Before this temporary policy, spouses were only eligible for a spousal open work permit, if the principal applicant worked in a high-skill occupation, defined under TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

    However, now spouses will be eligible for open work permit if the principal applicant is working in any occupation under TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.

    IRCC shared eligibility and ineligibility under this new spousal open work permit temporary policy as mentioned below.

    Who is eligible?

    Spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child of a work permit holder is eligible, if the work permit holder in Canada:

    • works in a job of any TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) category (0 to 5), or
    • have an open work permit such as PGWP (post-graduation work permit holder) at all skill levels, or
    • are permanent resident applicant under economic class currently holding a valid work permit

    Who is not eligible at this time?

    Spouses and dependents of work permit holders in TEER 4 or 5 jobs are not eligible at this time, if the work permit holders are currently working:

    Children qualify as dependants if they are:

    • unmarried or don’t have a common-law partner, and
    • less than 22 years of age

    Children aged more than 22 years can also qualify as dependants only if they are:

    • unable to support themselves financially because of a physical or mental condition, and
    • rely on their parents for financially since before they were 22

  • Canada Immigration Backlog Drops To 918,300

    Finally, the Canada immigration backlog drops below 1 million. As per new updated IRCC data, overall backlog has now reduced to 918,300.

    Additionally, 1.055 million applications are still being processed within IRCC service standards. This number has increased from 1.02 million since November 30 data.

    The backlog has been continuously reducing since September 30, 2022 as follows:

    DateBacklogTotal Applications
    Under Processing
    December 31, 2022918,3001,973,800
    November 30, 20221,086,2002,111,400
    October 31, 20221,202,7902,239,700
    September 30, 20221,322,5002,610,700

    Overall, there were 1.97 million applications that were being processed at IRCC. This data has been updated by IRCC today and is true as of December 31, 2022.

    IRCC minister confirmed that backlog data is different from service standard data.

    For example, if spousal sponsorship specifies a processing period of 12 months, an application that is being processed within 12 months is “NOT” a backlog. Rather, it will be classified as standard processing.

    However, if it surpasses the 12-month service requirement, it is referred to as a backlog.

    It should be noted that IRCC’s goal is to complete 80% of applications within service standards. Click here to view the category-wise IRCC service standards.

    Application TypeOverall Processing InventoryBacklogWithin Service Standards
    Citizenship301,00085,000216,000
    Permanent Residence620,800361,300259,500
    Temporary Residence1,052,000472,000580,000
    Total1,973,800918,3001,055,500

    Below are the category-wise Canada Immigration backlog projections by IRCC

    1. Federal High Skilled Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2289%
    Feb 2292%
    Mar 2298%
    Apr 2299%
    May 22100%
    Jun 22100%
    Jul 2299%
    Aug 2290%86%
    Sep 2268%72%
    Oct 2245%59%
    Nov 2231%46%
    Dec 2222%20%
    Jan 2320%
    Feb 2320%
    Mar 2320%

    2. Provincial Nominee Program (Express Entry) Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2256%
    Feb 2255%
    Mar 2254%
    Apr 2251%
    May 2247%
    Jun 2245%
    Jul 2243%
    Aug 2242%39%
    Sep 2240%35%
    Oct 2242%31%
    Nov 2242%28%
    Dec 2241%20%
    Jan 2340%
    Feb 2339%
    Mar 2338%

    3. Spouses, Partners and children applications Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2234%
    Feb 2232%
    Mar 2230%
    Apr 2229%
    May 2227%
    Jun 2227%
    Jul 2226%
    Aug 2225%24%
    Sep 2225%23%
    Oct 2224%22%
    Nov 2224%20%
    Dec 2224%19%
    Jan 2324%
    Feb 2324%
    Mar 2324%

    4. Citizenship Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2246%
    Feb 2245%
    Mar 2242%
    Apr 2240%
    May 2239%
    Jun 2237%
    Jul 2234%
    Aug 2231%31%
    Sep 2231%30%
    Oct 2228%29%
    Nov 2227%27%
    Dec 2228%26%
    Jan 2326%
    Feb 2325%
    Mar 2324%

    5. Study Permits Backlog

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2242%
    Feb 2234%
    Mar 2227%
    Apr 2232%
    May 2231%
    Jun 2230%
    Jul 2231%
    Aug 2238%39%
    Sep 2231%42%
    Oct 2226%33%
    Nov 2227%31%
    Dec 2233%33%
    Jan 2336%
    Feb 2333%
    Mar 2323%

    6. Work Permits Backlog

    **As per IRCC, approximately 73% of work permits applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2248%
    Feb 2251%
    Mar 2229%
    Apr 2223%
    May 2226%
    Jun 2228%
    Jul 2228%
    Aug 2234%29%
    Sep 2227%35%
    Oct 2223%49%
    Nov 2228%55%
    Dec 2226%60%
    Jan 2358%
    Feb 2347%
    Mar 2330%

    7. Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Visitor Visa Backlog

    **As per IRCC, approximately 20% of temporary resident visa or visitor visa applications are from the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel.

    MonthBacklog (Actual)Backlog (Projected)
    Jan 2270%
    Feb 2274%
    Mar 2255%
    Apr 2255%
    May 2256%
    Jun 2271%
    Jul 2267%
    Aug 2271%68%
    Sep 2274%71%
    Oct 2274%70%
    Nov 2270%67%
    Dec 2270%66%
    Jan 2377%
    Feb 2376%
    Mar 2373%

    Source: IRCC official website


  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for Canada Immigration

    Most immigration and visa programs for Canada require a police clearance certificate commonly known as PCC or just police certificate.

    A PCC is a simple statement that you need to get from the police. It states if you have a criminal record/charges against you or not.

    The purpose of this certificate is to assure that you are not a security risk to Canada. IRCC needs to know that you have not been involved in any criminal activity.

    However, if you have a criminal record, IRCC will assess your admissibility on the basis of this certificate.

    If the immigration officer feels that you with your past criminal activity pose a danger to Canada, they may deny your entry. 

    PCC can usually take around a month or more depending upon your country of birth/citizenship/long stay.

    So, it is always advisable to apply it proactively to avoid unnecessary delays in processing.

    This article lists everything you need to know about getting a police certificate.

    When do you need a PCC for Canada immigration?

    Most immigration programs in Canada require you to provide a police clearance certificate. Furthermore, you may also need a PCC for Canadian Citizenship.

    If you are applying for a PR through any category (Express Entry, International Experience Candidate, or Provincial Nominee Programs) you need this certificate.

    Every person aged 18 or over needs to prove that they are not criminally inadmissible. Furthermore, Any family member applying with the primary applicant also needs a certificate.

    Also, spousal sponsorship also needs a police certificate. 

    So, anybody planning to come to Canada permanently or for a long period of time needs this certificate.

    What should the police certificate include?

    Each country has a different police verification certificate. However, your certificate must include- 

    • Logo of the authority
    • Date of issue
    • A clear subject line that shows it is a police clearance certificate, judicial record extract, good conduct certificate, or similar
    • Statement attesting lack of criminal record or list of offences
    • Seal/sign of the official authority.
    police clearance certificate india from canada

    If your police certification is in another language, you must also provide an official/certified translation of the document and an affidavit with your application.

    Where to get your police certificate from?

    You need to get the certificate from the country of current residence (if outside Canada) and from each country you have resided in for more than 6 months since your 18th birthday.

    The process of getting this differs from country to country. Click here to know “How to get a police certificate” depending upon your country of citizenship.

    In some countries, this certificate is also called a judicial record extract or even a good conduct certificate.

    So, it is important to ensure that the police certificate you are getting is accepted by CIC. 

    Also, if you’re unable to get a police certificate from your country, you’re responsible to show why you can’t get one.

    To prove that you can’t get a police certificate, you must:

    • show proof that you requested a police certificate from the correct authorities and
    • write a letter explaining all the efforts you have taken to get one

  • IEC 2023: Second Draw of The Year Sent 7,118 New Invites

    International Experience Canada – IEC 2023: IEC 2023 sent 7,118 in the second round of invitation for the week ending January 20, 2023.

    6,370 invitations were sent under the Working Holiday category of IEC. There are currently 22,114 candidates in Working Holiday pool from 32 countries.

    398 invites went to Young Professional category and 350 to international Co-op (internship) category.

    Last week, the first round of invitation of IEC 2023 sent whopping 11,490 invitations. IEC current season has a processing time of 7 weeks as of January 18 IRCC processing update.

    This article enlist the Countries with invitations issued as of January 20, 2023.

    1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday

    The type of work permit you get for Working Holiday is an open work permit.

    This lets you work for almost any employer in Canada.

    This category is for you if you:

    • don’t have a job offer
    • want to work for more than one employer in Canada
    • want to work in more than one location
    • like to earn some money so that you can travel
    CountryInvitations Issued This Week (Jan 16 – 20)Total Invitations (IEC 2023)Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Andorra01125
    Australia4151,470214Unlimited
    Austria11761250
    Belgium8932745519
    ChileN/AN/A5,955To Be Announced
    Costa Rica52880561
    Croatia16380251
    Czech Republic8932629796
    Denmark256019308
    Estonia1331590
    France1,6212,8049,7645,063
    GermanyN/AN/A1,283To Be Announced
    Greece3812012102
    Hong Kong3412211125
    Ireland6391,9552819,292
    Italy162542591,405
    Japan3861,1361895,677
    Korea Republic1,2002,2202,7552,617
    Latvia642515
    Lithuania1291291298
    Luxembourg110173
    Netherlands8132342222
    New Zealand170547762,119
    Norway8242115
    Poland4823527485
    Portugal82222431,602
    San Marino00225
    Slovakia16016024219
    Slovenia417171
    Spain19051782456
    Sweden235814548
    United Kingdom7252,6043443,363
    Total6,37016,14422,11435,792

    2. IEC 2023 Young Professionals

    The type of work permit you get in the Young Professionals category is an employer-specific work permit.

    This category is for you if

    • you have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development
    • you’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada
    CountryInvitations Issued This Week (Jan 16 – 20)Total Invitations (IEC 2023)Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia10227Unlimited
    Austria02059
    ChileN/AN/A133To Be Announced
    Costa Rica528290
    Croatia23018
    Czech Republic17639105
    Estonia1209
    France2087231161,768
    GermanyN/AN/A91To Be Announced
    Greece165280
    Ireland7275139
    Italy16699172
    Latvia0207
    LithuaniaN/A9114
    Luxembourg00010
    Netherlands14486143
    Norway12013
    Poland419399
    Portugal1101194
    SlovakiaN/A16220
    Slovenia00015
    Spain5403129
    Sweden210095
    Switzerland84814166
    Taiwan939432
    Total3981,2884213,207

    3. IEC – International Co-op (Internship)

    The type of work permit you get in the International Co-op (Internship) category is an employer-specific work permit.

    This category is for you if

    • you’re a student registered at a post-secondary institution
    • you have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada
    • you need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies
    • you’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada
    CountryInvitations Issued This Week (Jan 16 – 20)Total Invitations (IEC 2023)Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia000Unlimited
    Austria11019
    ChileN/AN/A1To Be Announced
    Costa Rica0005
    Croatia0005
    Czech Republic0005
    Estonia0005
    France3431,1551663,411
    Germany
    N/A36To Be Announced
    Greece00010
    Ireland24047
    Italy02048
    Latvia0002
    Lithuania0005
    Luxembourg1309
    Norway0005
    Poland0203
    Portugal00050
    Slovakia0005
    Slovenia0005
    Spain02049
    Sweden00020
    Switzerland25248
    Taiwan1209
    Total35011762053,765

    Source: IRCC


    IEC 2023
  • IRCC Doubles PR Quota For Out-Of-Status Construction Workers In GTA

    Today, IRCC announced doubling the Permanent Residency (PR) quota, for the out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport and Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville made this announcement today, on the behalf of IRCC Minister Sean Fraser.

    Out-Of-Status Construction Workers pilot program was initially announced in 2019 with allocation of PR spots to 500 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    Today, IRCC extended and expanded, doubling its scope to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the GTA.

    GTA for this pilot program consists of City of Toronto and the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, York. This pilot is currently open until January 2, 2024.

    Eligibility For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program?

    Applicants with significant work experience in construction occupations in the GTA, family members in Canada, and a referral letter from the CLC.

    Furthermore, they have no reason for being inadmissible other than overstaying their visa and working without authorization.

    You can apply for permanent residency under this governmental policy, if you:

    • have entered Canada as a temporary resident but currently have no status
    • live in Canada and have been here for at least 5 years
    • have worked a minimum of 4,680 hours in these 5 years (1 full-time job OR 1 or more part-time jobs OR a combination of full-time and part-time work)
    • have family in Canada (mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin)
    • be referred by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
    • be otherwise admissible to Canada

    List of Eligible Occupations For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program

    • NOC 72010 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    • NOC 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • NOC 72012 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    • NOC 72013 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    • NOC 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    • NOC 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    • NOC 72101 – Tool and die makers
    • NOC 72102 – Sheet metal workers
    • NOC 72103 – Boilermakers
    • NOC 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    • NOC 72105 – Ironworkers
    • NOC 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
    • NOC 72200 – Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    • NOC 72201 – Industrial electricians
    • NOC 72202 – Power system electricians
    • NOC 72203 – Electrical power line and cable workers
    • NOC 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
    • NOC 72205 – Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    • NOC 72300 – Plumbers
    • NOC 72301 – Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    • NOC 72302 – Gas fitters
    • NOC 72310 – Carpenters
    • NOC 72311 – Cabinetmakers
    • NOC 72320 – Bricklayers
    • NOC 72321 – Insulators
    • NOC 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    • NOC 72021 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    • NOC 72022 – Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    • NOC 72023 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
    • NOC 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
    • NOC 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • NOC 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • NOC 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • NOC 72403 – Railway carmen/women
    • NOC 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • NOC 72405 – Machine fitters
    • NOC 72406 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
    • NOC 72410 – Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    • NOC 72411 – Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators
    • NOC 72420 – Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    • NOC 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
    • NOC 72422 – Electrical mechanics
    • NOC 72423 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    • NOC 72429 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
    • NOC 72500 – Crane operators
    • NOC 72501 – Water well drillers
    • NOC 72999 – Other technical trades and related occupations
    • NOC 73100 – Concrete finishers
    • NOC 73101 – Tilesetters
    • NOC 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    • NOC 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
    • NOC 73111 – Glaziers
    • NOC 73112 – Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    • NOC 73113 – Floor covering installers
    • NOC 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    • NOC 73310 – Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    • NOC 73311 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
    • NOC 73400 – Heavy equipment operators
    • NOC 73401 – Printing press operators
    • NOC 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    • NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers

  • Canada Study Permit – Know How to Address Gaps In Study!

    A lot of students want to study overseas because of a prosperous future. And, when we talk about studying abroad, Canada is one of the leading choices for most students.

    People who want to study in Canada need a study permit. It lets you study at some of the most prestigious educational institutions in Canada.

    There is no age limit for getting a student visa in Canada. However, you need to be accepted into a recognized educational institution.

    Sometimes students take a break from studies in their home country, but then decide to pursue higher education.

    This could be because of any reason – working, traveling, health or family. And it is okay to do so.

    The good news is that having a study gap does not hinder your chance of being accepted into a Canadian college. 

    However, if you have a study gap, you need to create a timeline in chronological order to explain it. So, you must keep track of all the key dates and events during that time.

    You will need this to explain your situation to the officer. Make sure that you have all the required documents that can explain your gap.

    Examples of these could be job letters, medical records, or travel tickets. 

    3 Common reasons for study gaps

    There are many reasons why you could have a study gap. Listed below are three common reasons as well as how to deal with them – 

    Medical Problems

    Medical problems are unavoidable. This includes any illness or a serious accident. Taking a break because of them is considered completely legitimate.

    Firstly, because it may not be possible for you to do anything during this time. Secondly, you may not be able to travel abroad.

    Also, treatment is often more affordable in the home country. You can apply for a permit once your health has returned to normal. 

    Remember that you need to prove your medical issues by providing a letter from your doctor. You must present the associated health certificates and medical reports to justify the gap. 

    Working

    A lot of you may decide to work for a while after your 12th standard or graduation. And this is perfectly fine. Working can provide you with valuable experience.

    This can further help you in your studies. Moreover, some graduate programs in Canada require you to have a certain amount of work experience to be eligible for the program.

    To justify this, you need to have proof of your work experience. Payslips and letters of experience can help you do so.

    Make sure that the visa officer understands your professional and academic trajectory.

    Family issues

    Family problem is another unavoidable issue that can cause a study gap. During such emergencies, you often have to drop everything to look after your family.

    An example of this may be the death of a close one. Or taking care of an aging family member. This makes it really difficult to concentrate on studying.

    Officers know and understand that such things happen. All you need to do is be honest with them. Provide all the information that you can.

    If you have any documents that explain the situation like a death certificate, have them ready. Also, you should be prepared to justify how exactly the event disrupted your studies in your application.


  • First IEC 2023 Round Of Invitations Sent 11,490 New Invites

    International Experience Canada – IEC 2023 Open Pools: IEC 2023 sent 11,490 invitations in the first round of invitation to applicants for the week of January 9, 2023.

    9,774 invitations were sent under the Working Holiday category of IEC. There are currently 23,425 candidates in Working Holiday pool from different countries.

    This article enlist the Countries with invitations issued as of January 13, 2023.

    Furthermore, these countries have 80%-99% chances of invitation in the round of invitations next week.

    As per IRCC, these chances of invitation rating is affected by several factors, including the number of candidates who have:

    • accepted their invitations,
    • declined their invitations,
    • not yet responded to their invitations,
    • let their invitations expire, or
    • withdrawn their profiles.

    1. IEC 2023 Working Holiday

    The type of work permit you get for Working Holiday is an open work permit. This lets you work for almost any employer in Canada. This category is for you if you:

    • don’t have a job offer
    • want to work for more than one employer in Canada
    • want to work in more than one location
    • like to earn some money so that you can travel
    CountryInvitations issued Until January 13, 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Andorra1125
    Australia1,055312Unlimited
    Austria65960
    Belgium23871592
    ChileN/A5,349To Be Announced
    Costa Rica2376066
    Croatia2211262
    Czech Republic23777856
    Denmark3515326
    Estonia181099
    France1,1839,9586,232
    GermanyN/A1,099To Be Announced
    Greece8232130
    Hong Kong8826147
    Ireland1,3165289,704
    Italy3801281,515
    Japan7502856,005
    Korea Republic1,0203,3933,384
    Latvia36520
    LithuaniaN/A123To Be Announced
    Luxembourg9074
    Netherlands24263280
    New Zealand3771362,255
    Norway166119
    Poland18738520
    Portugal140671,661
    San Marino0025
    SlovakiaN/A153To Be Announced
    Slovenia13172
    Spain327162593
    Sweden3514559
    United Kingdom1,8795933,855
    Total9,77423,42539,436

    2. IEC 2023 Young Professionals

    The type of work permit you get in the Young Professionals category is an employer-specific work permit. This category is for you if

    • you have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development
    • you’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada
    CountryInvitations issued Until January 13, 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia125Unlimited
    Austria2059
    ChileN/A121To Be Announced
    Costa Rica30490
    Croatia1219
    Czech Republic4614117
    Estonia119
    France5151881,899
    GermanyN/A74To Be Announced
    Greece36140
    Ireland206140
    Italy5314178
    Latvia207
    LithuaniaN/A9To Be Announced
    Luxembourg0010
    Netherlands3410152
    Norway1114
    Poland153101
    Portugal91194
    SlovakiaN/A16To Be Announced
    Slovenia0015
    Spain355133
    Sweden8195
    Switzerland407172
    Taiwan30936
    Total8905503,350

    3. IEC – International Co-op (Internship)

    The type of work permit you get in the International Co-op (Internship) category is an employer-specific work permit. This category is for you if

    • you’re a student registered at a post-secondary institution
    • you have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada
    • you need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies
    • you’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada
    CountryInvitations issued Until January 13, 2023Candidates In PoolAvailable Spots
    Australia00Unlimited
    Austria0120
    ChileN/A0To Be Announced
    Costa Rica005
    Croatia005
    Czech Republic005
    Estonia005
    France8122643,664
    GermanyN/A33To Be Announced
    Greece0010
    Ireland2148
    Italy2049
    Latvia002
    LithuaniaN/A0To Be Announced
    Luxembourg2110
    Norway005
    Poland203
    Portugal0050
    SlovakiaN/A0To Be Announced
    Slovenia005
    Spain2049
    Sweden0020
    Switzerland3249
    Taiwan119
    Total8263034,013

    Source: IRCC


  • Here Are 10 Canada Jobs With Highest Pay For 2023

    Randstad released a list of the top 10 highest paying jobs in Canada for 2023 on January 4, 2023. The Randstad is a global employment agency as well as Canada’s largest recruiting partner.

    Below are the best-paying jobs with chance of higher earnings potential. These jobs can pay up to $130,000 depending upon the level of job.

    10 highest paying jobs in Canada

    1. Full Stack Developer

    Entry-level full-stack developers typically earn $75,000 per year, with most experienced full-stack developers earning up to $130,000 per year.

    As per Randstad, there has never been a greater need for full-stack developers, and that demand will only increase further.

    2. Financial Analyst

    Financial analysts salary ranges between $80,000 to $120,000. This occupation continue to be in high demand, and typical salaries have grown in recent years. 

    Experienced financial analysts help businesses succeed by detecting trends in financial data and aiding senior management in making sound decisions.

    3. HR Manager

    In Canada, the average yearly income for a human resources manager is $83,00. Entry-level HR manager salaries start at $80,000 per year.

    However, the most experienced personnel earn up to $110,000 per year.

    Human Resources professionals can expect a high earning potential, career security, and growing compensation.

    4. Millwright

    Millwrights are one of the fastest-growing crafts, and their demand will increase as more complex manufacturing equipment is utilized.

    They are in high demand and have swiftly risen to the top of the skilled crafts pay scale.

    Millwrights can make $50,000 as an entry-level position and $95,000 as a senior role.

    5. Production Supervisor

    Production supervisors start at $65,000 and may earn up to $100,000 for more senior positions. The pay for Production supervisors is steadily increasing.

    Demand for production supervisors is not projected to decrease, since the manufacturing industry has witnessed a significant growth in demand in recent years.

    6. Executive Assistant 

    The career prospects for executive assistants is improving, with numerous new job postings popping up around the country.

    Executive assistant salaries in Canada range from $60,000 to $96,000 per year on average.

    7. Solution Architect

    As businesses develop their information technology networks, the need for solution architects grows, and the position is becoming more popular.

    Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia are the top-paying provinces for Solution Architects.

    Salary ranges for solution architects can vary from $84,000 to $130,000.

    8. Forklift Operator 

    Forklift drivers are needed around the country to stack, transport, and inventory products in warehouses and fulfilment centres.

    A forklift operator’s pay ranges from $40,000 to $58,000. Forklift drivers are in high demand, and their wages have climbed in tandem.

    9. Electrical Engineer

    Starting salaries for Electrical Engineers typically range between $80,000 and $100,000. They are in high demand across Canada with more average pay in Calgary, Ontario, and British Columbia.

    Electrical engineers with five to 10 years of experience may earn up to $115,000 on average.

    Electrical engineers that work in energy and manufacturing often earn the highest wages.

    10. Construction Project Manager

    Pressures on the housing market and the demand for new business structures imply that building project teams will be busier than ever.

    Construction project managers are paid extremely well. The salary might be $100,000 or more per year depending on the location of the work.


  • Canada Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – Know How It Works

    The Canada Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) permits employers to employ temporary foreign workers (TFW) when locals such as Canadians and permanent residents are unavailable.

    These employers may hire TFWs from participating countries between January 1 and December 15 for a maximum of 8 months, provided they can offer the workers 240 hours of work in 6 weeks or less.

    Learn more about the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, who can apply, the application process and more below. 

    Who can apply for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)?

    To be eligible for this program, worker must be from participating countries. Furthermore, work activity must be on-farm primary agriculture and production must be in specific commodity categories.

    Participating countries 

    You must be a national of the following countries to participate in this program: 

    • Mexico
    • Caribbean countries of:
      • Anguilla
      • Antigua and Barbuda
      • Barbados
      • Dominica
      • Grenada
      • Jamaica
      • Montserrat
      • St. Kitts-Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      • Trinidad and Tobago

    National commodity list

    • Apiary products
    • Fruits, vegetables (including canning/processing of these products if grown on the farm)
    • Mushrooms
    • Flowers
    • Nursery-grown trees including Christmas trees, greenhouses/nurseries
    • Pedigreed canola seed
    • Seed corn
    • Grains
    • Oil seeds
    • Maple syrup
    • Sod
    • Tobacco
    • Bovine
    • Dairy
    • Duck
    • Horse
    • Mink
    • Poultry
    • Sheep
    • Swine

    How to apply for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program? 

    Each foreign government has its method of recruiting and selecting employees. The governments of participating countries will:

    Recruit and choose the workers and ensure employees have the essential documentation

    Have to maintain a pool of qualified workers, and assign representatives to help the workers in Canada

    The government of participating countries are also responsible to ensure selected workers are:

    • experienced in farming
    • at least 18 years of age
    • able to satisfy the:
      • Canadian immigration laws, and
      • laws of the worker’s home country

    Pay your application fees

    Your fee amount and payment options depend on the location you are applying from. In addition, you may also need to pay for biometrics. 

    To learn more about the fee amount and how to pay, refer to this IRCC link. First, enter where you are applying from and the type of application you are submitting. Then, select the best fit options from the drop-down menu, and hit “Get payment instructions.”

    Working with other employers 

    While in Canada, it is possible that you may need to work on more than one farm and have different employers. However, you do not need a new work permit to work for different employers. 

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that you will not be asked to work for a different employer on another farm without your consent. 

    Remember that if you are on an employer-specific work permit, you can only work for the employer listed on your work permit. Moreover, before you apply for this program, your employer must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

    Use National Occupation Classification 2021 

    With the implementation of the new TEER system, IRCC has updated to use the latest version of the National Occupation Classification (NOC), which is NOC 2021. 

    As a result, if you have on or after November 16, 2022, ensure that you use the NOC 2021 codes. Nevertheless, if you submitted your application before November 16, you can continue using the NOC 2016 in your application. 

    For more information of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, check out IRCC’s official page.