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Canada Super Visa: IRCC Increased Minimum Income Requirement

IRCC updated minimum necessary income requirement for Canada super visa. There has been around 2.7% increase as compared to previous income requirement. Sponsoring children or grandchildren need to meet this requirement for applying super visa to invite their parents or grandparents to stay with them in Canada for up to 5 years.

This new income requirement is effective from January 1 to December 31, 2022. Below are the new income requirements:

Size of Family UnitMinimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild)$26,620
2 persons$33,140
3 persons$40,742
4 persons$49,466
5 persons$56,104
6 persons$63,276
7 persons$70,448
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add$7,172

Canada Super Visa Income Requirement 2022

What is a Super Visa? 

A super visa is a temporary visa that permits parents and grandparents to live with their families in Canada. In addition, it enables multiple entries valid for ten years. Therefore, parents and grandparents who qualify for the super visa can stay in Canada for five years without renewing their status.

The distinctive element of a super visa is that it allows holders to remain in Canada for five years on each entrance. Conversely, 10-year multiple-entry visitor visas only provide a six-month status for each entry.

Super visa is great alternative to parents and grandparents program (PGP) which only invite limited numbers for permanent residency.

Source: IRCC

  • India Canada Latest News and Updates | Ongoing Diplomatic Issue

    This page enlists all the India Canada latest news and updates related to the ongoing diplomatic issue between the two countries.

    We (INC – Immigration News Canada) are updating this page in real-time, as the situation is unfolding with official verified updates from both countries.

    October 3 Update

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “We’re not looking to escalate; as I’ve said, we’re going to be doing the work that matters in continuing to have constructive relations with India through this extremely difficult time.”

    He also said, “It is important for us to have diplomats on the ground working with the Indian government there to support Canadians and Canadian families.”

    October 2 Update

    As per the Financial Times article on Tuesday, India has instructed Canada to repatriate 41 Canadian diplomats from India by October 10.

    India has stated that there should be 41 fewer Canadian diplomats there than there are now at 62.

    Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said earlier that there was a “climate of violence” and an “atmosphere of intimidation” against Indian diplomats in Canada, where the presence of Sikh separatist groups has frustrated New Delhi.

    PM Trudeau has continued his stand on allegations against India but has also said that they want to constructively work with the Indian government.

    Previous Updates

    September 25 Update

    According to reports, India will deregister more than a dozen owners of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards for spreading pro-Khalistan and anti-India propaganda.

    September 24 Update

    On September 24, 2023, Canada again updated its travel advisory for Canadians, asking them to exercise a high degree of caution.

    new India travel advisory

    September 23 Update

    We are only publishing or posting official statements as well as reactions in this ongoing India-Canada diplomatic rift.

    There was actually no official commentary from both sides on the weekend until September 24, 2023.

    September 22 Update

    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau continues his stand, asking India to work constructively to get to the bottom of this matter.

    PM Trudeau said, “Canada has shared the credible allegations that I talked about on Monday with India. We did that many weeks ago and we are there to work constructively with India. We hope that they engage with us so that we can get to the bottom of this very serious matter.”

    Morning update:

    Canadian government sources are saying that Canada is weighing a response to the visa suspension by India but has made no decision yet.

    It is being reported that India is making an effort to get the U.S. on its side by inviting Joe Biden to be the guest of honour at India’s Republic Day.

    Joe Biden has not yet accepted that invitation, but the Financial Times has reported that Biden did raise the Nijjar murder with Indian PM Narendera Modi directly when he met with him at the G20 Summit.

    CBC News reports that there were several efforts to talk to India even before Prime Minister Trudeau travelled to India and met with Modi at the G20 summit.

    Canada’s national security adviser, Jody Thomas, went there for four days in August and then again a couple of days before the G20.

    Canadian government sources are saying that contrary to what the Indian government is saying in public, Indian authorities have not denied these allegations in private meetings.

    Previous Updates

    September 21 New Canadian Update

    New Update: According to the latest report by CBC News, the Canadian government sources claim there is human and signal intelligence to back up the allegation, including messages between Indian officials and intelligence from an unnamed Five Eyes alliance member, but as of September 21, 2023, the Canadian government has not made the allegation public.

    The U.S. has now said some words as a sigh of relief for Canada, urging India to cooperate with the Canadian investigation.

    U.S. National Security Advisor Mr. Sullivan stated that the United States has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to work with Canada to apprehend those responsible for the gangland-style death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

    He also said, “We are in constant contact with our Canadian counterparts. We are consulting with them. We support the efforts that they are undertaking in this investigation and we have also been in contact with the Indian government.”

    Mr. Sullivan told reporters. “I firmly reject the idea that there is a wedge between the U.S. and Canada. We have deep concerns about the allegations and we would like to see this investigation move forward and the perpetrators held to account.”

    Morning Update:

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his stand on asking India to work with them in the investigation of Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s case and Indian involvement.

    Trudeau reiterated his government’s claim that it has “credible” intelligence that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was involved in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

    PM did not provide a definite answer on whether they will also stop processing Canadian visas in India.

    The Canadian government is decreasing personnel levels at its diplomatic posts in India, citing concerns for the safety of its employees as bilateral tensions remain high.

    The Department of Global Affairs also stated that it expects the Indian government to continue to protect its diplomatic staff.

    “In light of the current environment of heightened tensions, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our diplomats.”

    With some ambassadors receiving threats on various social media platforms, Global Affairs Canada is examining its personnel complement in India, according to Global Affairs spokesman Jean-Pierre Godbout.

    “As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily adjust our staff presence in India.”

    Mr. Godbout stated that Canada’s high commission, or embassy, in New Delhi, as well as Canadian consulates throughout the South Asian country, remain open.

    “In the context of respect for Vienna Convention obligations, we expect India to provide for the security of our accredited diplomats and consular officers in India, just as we do for theirs here,” he said.

    “Global Affairs Canada will continue to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of all our personnel, including locally employed personnel, as well as our operations in India. Decisions are made based on a variety of considerations, including an employee’s professional profile and personal circumstances.”

    Mr. Godbout refused to say how many Canadian employees are being reassigned from Canada’s embassies and consulates in India.

    September 21 New Indian Update

    The Indian High Commission and Consulate in Canada have temporarily halted processing visa applications for Canadians.

    This is due to ongoing security threats being faced by Indian High Commission and Consulate in Canada, causing disruptions in normal functioning

    An Indian government spokesman says this situation will be reviewed on a regular basis.

    Furthermore, the Indian government has informed Canada to have parity in its mutual diplomatic presence.

    The number of Canadian diplomats in India is very much higher than the number of Indian diplomats in Canada.

    Details are being worked out and India expects Canada to reduce its diplomatic presence in India.

    Our opinion on this latest update: It will be important to see the Canadian government’s response to India’s commentary on halting visas for Canadians.

    If diplomatic presence in India is reduced, then it will definitely affect the processing of Canadian visas for Indians, including study visas, visitor visas, work visas, and permanent residency visas.

    Stay tuned for the latest news and updates.

    September 20 Canadian update

    On September 20, Immigration Minister Marc Miller corrected his statement on date of Hardeep Singh Nijjar becoming a Canadian citizen, saying that Mr. Nijjar became a Canadian citizen on May 25, 2007.

    He said, “Mr. Nijjar became a Canadian citizen on May 25, 2007, earlier than I stated below. The error in dates is my responsibility to assume. Again, nothing justifies the killing of Mr. Nijjar.”

    Liberal Ministers face questions on the possible link between the Indian government and the June 2023 killing of Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, B.C.

    Indian update on September 20

    The Indian government issues a travel advisory for Indian nationals and Indian students in Canada, urging them to exercise the utmost caution in view of growing anti-India activities, politically-condoned hate crimes, and criminal violence in Canada.

    The advisory said, “Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant.”

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    They also asked Indian nationals and students from India in Canada to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites or the MADAD portal,

    Canadian update on September 19

    On September 19, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said they were not looking to provoke or escalate the situation with India but to encourage the Indian government to cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

    PM Trudeau also asked the Indian government to take things seriously in this matter.

    There was an ongoing viral question by people in Canada saying that Hardeep Singh Nijjar was not a Canadian citizen.

    In response to this, Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller first confirmed that Hardeep Singh Nijjar became a Canadian citizen on March 3, 2015.

    In an interview, Stephen Brown, CEO of the National Council for Canadian Muslims and Balpreet Singh, legal counsel for the World Sikh Organization of Canada, called on the Canadian Government to do four more things

    1. Immediate recall of Canada’s Ambassador
    2. Start the process to expel India’s ambassador to Canada
    3. Cease all discussions of trade negotiations with India
    4. Immediate banning of the RSS organization in Canada and the expulsion of all of its Agents from the country

    India’s First Response and September 19 update

    The Indian government released an official statement rejecting all the allegations made by the Canadian government.

    Canada India Latest News and Updates

    Furthermore, they also asked a senior Canadian diplomat in India to leave within the next five days.

    Canada India Latest News and Updates

    Situation Worsens on September 18

    The situation caught fire when Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced that they had expelled a top Indian diplomat from Canada.

    Canada also updated their travel advisory for India, asking Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” due to the threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country.

    Previously, this issue got viral when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced possible allegations against Indian interference in Canada, with already fumes around Canada-India relations at the G20 summit.

    On the first day of the House of Commons on September 18, he said that Canadian intelligence is actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the Indian government and the killing of Canadian citizen and Khalistani activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

    Diplomatic Commentary Began on September 10

    The Canada-India issue of Khalistani Sikhs has always been a topic of discussion, but the situation got highlighted at the September G20 summit in India.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the issue of Indian interference in Canada, especially in relation to the killing of Sikh leaders on Canadian soil.

    The situation was still good at that time, with the Canadian PM saying, “We recognize that India is an extraordinarily important economy in the world and an important partner to Canada.”

    Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar?

    Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a Sikh separatist from India who was active in the Khalistan movement. Nijjar was wanted by Indian authorities and declared a terrorist under India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after allegedly plotting the murder of a Hindu priest in Punjab. On June 18, 2023, Nijjar was shot and killed in British Columbia.

    How will the Canada-India issue affect immigration?

    The Canada-India issue may impact immigration between the two countries. It is advisable to stay updated with the latest news and official statements from the governments involved to understand the specific effects and any changes in immigration policies or procedures.

    India has already indicated that they are halting the visa processing for Canadians in Canada due to service disruption.

    Canada is yet to respond to this situation, but it does not seem to be in a position to halt visas for Indians.

    Is Canada suspending visas for Indians?

    As of now, Canada has not suspended visas for Indians. According to Canadian government sources, Canada is considering a response to India’s visa suspension but has not yet made a decision.

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  • Canada Sent 17,145 New PR Invites in PNP & Express Entry Draws in Sep 2023

    Canada sent out 17,145 new permanent residency invitations in the month of September 2023 through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.

    Compared to August 2023, Canada issued 7,575 fewer PR invitations in the month of September, with Ontario PNP sending only 2,677 invitations this time.

    Express Entry Draws

    The IRCC held five Express Entry draws in September, inviting 8,300 people to submit applications for permanent residence (PR).

    IRCC announced back-to-back ‘no program specified’ rounds of invitations for two consecutive weeks, issuing 6,200 ITAs.

    DateRound typeInvitations issuedCRS score cutoff
    September 28, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations600354
    September 27, 2023French language proficiency 500472
    September 26, 2023No Program Specified3,000504
    September 20, 2023Transport occupations1,000435
    September 19, 2023No Program Specified3,200531
    Express Entry draws September 2023

    Furthermore, IRCC also introduced category-based Express Entry draws for transport and agriculture/food occupations for the first time ever.

    Express Entry has issued a total of 86,048 invitations to apply for permanent residency so far in 2023.

    Click here for all the Express Entry draws.

    Ontario PNP Draws

    The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced six new provincial nominee program (PNP) rounds of invitations in the month of September.

    In these rounds of invitations, OINP issued a total of 2,677 invitations for permanent residency, with the majority of these going to the Human Capital Priorities stream.

    OINP Express Entry invitations

    OINP Express Entry streamsDateInvitationsCRS score rangeNotes
    Human Capital Priorities stream
    September 26, 20231,696350-462Targeted draw for healthcare-related occupations
    French-Speaking Skilled Worker streamSeptember 21, 202363348-434General draw
    French-Speaking Skilled Worker streamSeptember 7, 2023300308-434General draw
    OINP Express Entry draws

    OINP Expression of Interest Invitations

    OINP StreamDate issuedInvitationsScore range
    Masters Graduate streamSeptember 19, 202353741 and above
    PhD Graduate streamSeptember 19, 20237140 and above
    Entrepreneur stream
    September 25, 202310136 to 163
    OINP EOI Draws

    Click here for latest OINP Draws

    Quebec Arrima Draws

    The Quebec Arrima draws in the month of September sent out a total of 2,451 invitations to apply for permanent residency in two rounds of invitations.

    Quebec Arrima considered profiles having CLB level 7 in French and meeting the below-listed criteria in these draws:

    DateInvitationsCutoff ScoreDescription
    September 21, 20231,018579Targeted for 27
    September 7, 20231,433586
    Quebec arrima draws September 2023

    Quebec has already issued 14,791 invitations to apply (ITAs) in the 14 Arrima rounds of invitations this year.

    Click here for all the Quebec Arrima Draws.

    Manitoba PNP Draws

    The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) sent out 2,292 permanent residency invitations in four PNP draws in September, as listed below:

    September 29, 202342A special immigration measure for Ukrainians
    September 28, 20231,072Only for Skilled Workers Overseas category
    September 21, 2023620All the categories
    September 7, 2023558All the categories
    MPNP Draws 2023

    Click here for all the Manitoba PNP draws.

    British Columbia PNP Draws

    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out more than 834 permanent residency invitations during September 2023, as listed below:

    DateInvitationsDraw Type
    September 26, 2023204Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations
    September 19, 2023225General and targeted draws
    September 12, 2023183Targeted draws for Tech, ECE, Healthcare occupations
    September 6, 2023222General and targeted draws
    BC PNP Draws September 2023

    Click here for all the BC PNP draws.

    Alberta Express Entry draws

    Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) sent out only 476 invitations offering provincial nomination in four Express Entry draws in September, as listed below:

    DateInvitationsDraw selection criteriaCRS Cutoff
    September 26, 202318Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above311
    September 14, 2023142Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500301
    September 12, 202316Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above327
    September 12, 2023300Priority sector – Tourism and hospitality occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500383
    Alberta Express Entry draws – September 2023

    Alberta has issued a total of 3,487 invitations to apply in 37 Express Entry draws so far in 2023.

    Click here for all the latest Alberta Express Entry draws and processing update.

    Prince Edward Island PNP Draws

    Prince Edward Island PNP sent out a total of 153 permanent residency invitations in September in just one round of invitations in the Critical Worker stream to individuals working for a PEI employer with a minimum EOI score of 55.

    4 Business Work Permit Entrepreneur invitations were issued to profiles with a score of 80 or above.

    In total, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has issued 2,018 permanent residency invitations so far in 2023.

    How many invitations have the IRCC Express Entry draws issued in 2023?

    86,048 invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued in 31 Express Entry draws so far in 2023.

  • New Working Holiday Visa Draws Sent 2,281 Work Permit Invitations

    The new Working Holiday Visa rounds of invitations sent out 2,281 invitations to apply for open work permits over the last 2 weeks, as updated on September 29, 2023.

    14,833 spots are still available in the 2023 season for youngsters from 33 eligible countries under the Working Holiday Visa category of International Experience Canada (IEC).

    Additionally, 179 invitations to apply for closed work permits have been issued under the Young Professionals category of the IEC.

    Only 59 closed work permit invitations have been sent under the smallest category of IEC, the International Co-op (Internships).

    IEC 2023 has a processing time of 7 weeks, as per the most recent official update by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    This article enlists comprehensive details on:

    • the country-wise invitations extended in the past 2 weeks,
    • the total number of invitations issued in 2023 and annual Quota
    • number of candidates in the pool and available spots, and
    • the likelihood of obtaining an invitation in the upcoming week.

    Country-Wise Working Holiday Visa Invitations

    Sent in Last 2 Weeks
    Total Invitations
    in 2023
    In Pool
    IEC 2023
    Chances of receiving an invite next week
    Austria0277420168Very Low
    Belgium111,46811828950Very Low
    Chile244,7147,7051,4714,118Very Low
    Costa Rica62,0601,04161,150Very Low
    Czech Republic381,209202771,000Excellent
    France016,88515,2458812,700Very Low
    Hong Kong14741927200Very Low
    Japan968,334500226,500Very Low
    Korea Republic25113,188929298,500Excellent
    Latvia07937040Very Low
    Lithuania0398902185Very Low
    New Zealand932,971375322,500Excellent
    San Marino0402225Excellent
    Taiwan3186,2691,4804623,425Very Low
    United Kingdom59114,9382381,98910,000Excellent
    Working Holiday Visa invitations

    Country-Wise Young Professionals Invitations

    Issued In
    Last two weeks
    in 2023
    In Pool
    IEC 2023
    an invite
    next week
    Costa Rica32215998Excellent
    Czech Republic529622145Excellent
    France via Volontariat international en entreprise (VIE)1554968107600Excellent
    Spain via ICEX Vives01004350Excellent
    Young Professionals Invitations

    Country-Wise International Co-op (Internships) invitations

    Issued In
    Last two weeks
    in 2023
    in pool
    Chances of receiving an invite next week
    Costa Rica02022Excellent
    Czech Republic01045Excellent
    International Co-op Invitations

    What is a Working Holiday Visa Canada?

    Young people from 33 member countries can work and travel in Canada for any business thanks to the Working Holiday Visa for Canada program.

    It is intended to encourage cross-cultural interaction and provide foreign guests with options for temporary work.

    Throughout their visit, participants are able to work in a variety of capacities, which enables them to sustain themselves while travelling throughout Canada.

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  • Canada Added 700,000 New Temporary Residents in 1 Year

    On September 27, 2023, Statistics Canada unveiled the new data reporting number of temporary residents already in Canada on study permits, work permits, and asylum claimants.

    This demographic data reveals a nearly 700,000 increase in the number of temporary residents year-on-year as of the second quarter of 2023.

    We expect that this number could easily breach the 2.5 million mark by the end of 2023.

    No Clear Pathway For Permanent Residency

    These Canadian temporary residents (TRs) are facing uncertainty around options to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).

    More than 1 million work permit holders in Canada are looking for permanent residency options through Canada’s economic immigration options.

    However, the number of PR spots through these economic immigration are capped and quite less than number of these TRs in Canada.

    Temporary Resident TypeQ2 2023Q1 2023Q4 2022Q3 2022Q2 2022
    Total, asylum claimant256,958238,186217,925192,914177,281
    Work permit holders only1,001,479853,221766,690698,522599,810
    Study permit holders only 582,201559,428575,431537,581477,491
    Work and study permit holders273,850240,653227,937213,758189,862
    Other (mainly refers to family members living with permit holders)84,19173,83068,90063,97256,534
    Total Temporary Residents2,198,6791,965,3181,856,8831,706,7471,500,978

    Canada has set annual target for all the economic immigration program at 266,210 for 2023 with target of over 301,000 by 2025.

    Furthermore, these temporary residents have to compete with international talent for the same number of PR spots.

    Canada’s flagship program Express Entry has a specific category for individuals having Canadian Experience, but IRCC has not conducted any round of invitations specific for this category since 2021.

    So this increase in number of temporary residents across Canada is due to less conversion of TRs to PRs forcing them to extend their stay by enrolling in study programs or gettting LMIA based work permits from within Canada.

    Canadian government also introduced PGWP extension allowing internatioal students on a work permit after graduation to extend their status for another 18 months.

    In layman’s eyes, Canada already has enough temporary residents to fulfill permanent residency targets for next 6-7 years if they don’t invite anyone from outside Canada.

    However, Canadian immigration has now became more competitive with focus on giving permanent residency to individuals having experience in occupations with labour shortage, Francophones, and individuals with high level of education as well as 3-4 years of experience.

    Internationally, educational consultants have already started advising new international students to avoid Canada and choose other developed countries given the economic slowdown and uncetainty around permanent residency options.

    Province-Wise Number of Temporary Residents

    Ontario has the highest number of temporary residents close to 1 million among all the categories.

    ProvinceTotal Temporary ResidentsAsylum ClaimantsWork Permit HoldersStudy Permit HoldersBoth Work and Study Permit HoldersOthers (mainly refers to family members living with permit holders)
    British Columbia400,96411,384196,259138,43438,84816,039
    Nova Scotia45,79432520,71213,6199,0562,082
    New Brunswick27,45818813,8647,4764,6261,304
    Newfoundland and Labrador12,911736,0635,0171,186572
    Prince Edward Island9,953265,1923,702745288
    Northwest Territories5677490382012

    Canadian Population Crossess 40 Million

    Increase in temporary residents has also contributed to increase in overall Canadian population surpassing 40 million in July 2023.

    More than 75% of the population reside in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia with Ontario being home to half of it.

    Alberta recorded the highest percentage increase in population in 1 year as of July 2023.

    GeographyQ3 2023Q3 2022Year-on-Year Change
    British Columbia5,519,0135,356,2843.04%
    Nova Scotia1,058,6941,025,4453.24%
    New Brunswick834,691809,5683.10%
    Newfoundland and Labrador538,605531,5831.32%
    Prince Edward Island173,787167,1883.95%
    Northwest Territories544,97244,6850.64%
    Canadian population

    How much is the population of Canada?

    40,097,761 is the population of Canada as per latest official demographic data of Statistics Canada.

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  • New Express Entry Draw For Agriculture & Agri-Food Occupations Is Now Out

    Today, IRCC unveiled the new Express Entry draw, first-ever, for profiles with experience in agriculture and agri-food occupations.

    Below are the full details of the targeted Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations.

    • Number of invitations issued: 600
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 600 or above
    • Date and time of round: September 28, 2023, at 16:45:09 UTC
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 354
    • Tie-breaking rule: June 12, 2023, at 10:23:21 UTC

    With these new rounds of invitations, Canada will be able to attract the qualified people it needs, with a focus on applicants with expertise in the agriculture and agri-food industries, such as retail and wholesale butchers, farm supervisors, and agricultural service contractors.

    This new Express Entry round of invitations targets individuals with at least 6 months of experience in one of the below-listed occupations.

    82031 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

    • Example job titles:
      • Greenhouse supervisor
      • Grounds maintenance contractor
      • Groundskeeping supervisor
      • Horticulture workers supervisor
      • Interior plantscaping contractor
      • Landscaping contractor
      • Landscaping foreman/woman
      • Landscaping supervisor
      • Lawn care contractor
      • Nursery foreman/woman
      • Park maintenance supervisor
      • Tree service contractor

    82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors

    • Example job titles:
      • Artificial insemination service contractor
      • Crop harvesting service contractor
      • Farm foreman/woman
      • Farm supervisor
      • Feedlot foreman/woman
      • Hog operation supervisor
      • Livestock breeding service contractor
      • Poultry farm foreman/woman
      • Ranch foreman/woman
      • Vegetable farm foreman/woman

    63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale

    • Example job titles:
      • Apprentice butcher – retail or wholesale
      • Butcher – butcher shop
      • Head butcher – wholesale
      • Retail butcher

    Our Expectation from this new Express Entry draw

    We are expecting that the number of invitations may stay between 500 and 700, and the IRCC will be unveiling details of this draw tomorrow.

    With only 3 occupations eligible for the Agriculture and Agri-Food round of invitations, we expect to see the lowest CRS cutoff score ever among the category-based Express Entry draws.

    Canada maintains its commitment to attracting top talent from across the world and assisting in addressing the need for workers in agriculture and agri-food to boost the economy through the Agri-Food Pilot and category-based selection.

    By giving priority to inviting qualified immigrants with past work experience in agriculture and agri-food positions, Canada hopes to address the growing need for talent and staff in critical roles that progress the country’s farming and food processing industries.

    All The Express Entry draws – September 2023

    DateRound typeInvitations issuedCRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
    September 28, 2023Targeted for 3 Agriculture and Agri-food occupations600354
    September 27, 2023Targeted for profiles having
    level 7 in French
    September 26, 2023No Program Specified3,000504
    September 20, 2023Targeted for 10
    September 19, 2023No Program Specified3,200531
    Express Entry draws September 2023

    What is Express Entry?

    Express Entry system is Canada’s most popular and fastest way of geting Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) through one of the programs managed by this application management system.

    Individuals can immigrate to Canada through its Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and some parts of the Provincial Nominee Program.

    What are Express Entry category-based selections?

    On May 31, 2023, former Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser announced the introduction of a new procedure called category-based selection, which will allow qualified immigrants with work experience in 82 occupations to have better odds of becoming permanent residents filling in the existing labour market gaps in one of the below listed sectors:

    1. Healthcare Occupations
    2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
    3. Trade occupations
    4. Transport occupations
    5. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

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  • New IRCC Update Shows Surge In Canada Immigration Backlog

    The new IRCC update on Canada immigration backlog reveals a 5.25% increase in the backlog of applications under processing, as per data updated on September 26, 2023.

    Every month, IRCC updates this backlog data for the processing inventory they had at the end of the previous month. So this data is the most recent and accurate figure noted on August 31, 2023.

    Temporary residency application processing inventory has now decreased by 6.11% from 1,346,200 applications to 1,264,000 compared to the previous IRCC backlog update.

    Temporary residency applications within IRCC service standards dropped by 14.52%, with most of them converting into backlogs, with the temporary residency backlog number rising by 11%.

    Conversely, the backlog for citizenship applications has dropped drastically by nearly 11% as compared to the last update.

    Backlog number for permanent residency residency applications registered only 0.17% increase; although, there have been increase in the processing inventory by 2.3%.

    New IRCC Update On Processing & Backlog

    Application TypeOverall Processing 
    Inventory As of August 31
    Overall Processing 
    Inventory As of July 31
    Permanent Residence646,000631,5002.30%
    Temporary Residence1,264,0001,346,200-6.11%
    IRCC Processing inventory 2023
    BacklogPercentage ChangeWithin  
    Percentage Change
    Permanent Residence291,0000.17%355,0004.11%
    Temporary Residence493,00010.99%771,000-14.52%
    IRCC Backlog as of August 31
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    All The IRCC Backlog Updates in 2023

    Backlog Update
    In Backlog
    Total Applications
    Under Processing
    August 31, 2023844,7002,198,700
    July 31, 2023802,6002,274,600
    June 30, 2023801,0002,264,000
    May 31, 2023820,0002,248,000
    April 30, 2023809,0002,006,000
    March 31, 2023896,3002,017,700
    February 28, 2023910,4001,962,600
    January 31, 2023974,6001,944,500
    Canada Immigration Backlog – 2023

    What are the IRCC backlog projections by the end of 2023?

    The official IRCC estimates for 2023 predict that backlogs will continue to shrink month by month.

    The IRCC has released its official backlog forecasts to the end of October 2023 for the following categories of applications:

    20% backlog for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP via Express Entry) and Federal High Skilled, including Express Entry.

    Applications for citizenship and spousal sponsorship are backlogged by 19–24%.

    20% for work visas and 9% for study visas.

    34% for visas for temporary residence or travel.

    Please note that if the percentage is 20% or below, then IRCC is fulfilling the service standards for that particular application type.

    What is the difference between backlog data and IRCC Service Standards?

    Understanding the IRCC’s position on the distinction between service standard data and backlog data is crucial.

    As an illustration, it usually takes a year to complete an application for spousal sponsorship. If an application is being handled and the 12-month time limit hasn’t been reached, it is “NOT” considered to be in a backlog.

    IRCC will consider this as a part of regular processing instead. That spousal sponsorship application would only be considered backlogged if its processing time exceeded the 12-month mark.

    The immigration department intends to process 80% of the filed applications in accordance with these service standards.

    To learn more about the service standards of the IRCC, click this link.

    What is the latest update on the IRCC backlog in 2023?

    As of August 31, 2023, the IRCC was processing 2,198,700 applications for citizenship, immigration, and visas.

    The latest IRCC update on Canada immigration backlog reveals a 5.25% increase in the backlog of applications to 844,700 as of August 31, 2023, as compared to 802,600 as of July 31, 2023.

    The backlog for applications for citizenship and permanent residency decreases by over 5% per month, while applications for temporary residency rise by 4.27%.

    New IRCC Update on Canada Immigration Backlog

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  • New Ontario Express Entry Draw Invites 1,696 Profiles For PR

    Today, a new Ontario Express Entry draw sent out 1,696 invitations for permanent residency under the Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    Valid Express Entry profiles created between September 26, 2022, and September 26, 2023 with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 350 and 462 are receiving an invitation to accept provincial nominations from Ontario.

    Furthermore, this OINP HCP draw targeted profiles with primary experience in one of the 5 healthcare occupations listed below.

    • NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
    • NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    • NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    • NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
    • NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

    Provincial nomination increases the CRS score by 600 points, so, in simpler words, these profiles now have 45 days to accept the invitation and boost their CRS score.

    Invited profiles accepting this invitation will then have a total CRS score of 969–1038, making their selection guaranteed in the next IRCC Express Entry draw.

    OINP selects the profiles directly from the Express Entry pool of active profiles, usually having the destination province set as Ontario.

    There is no separate process to apply to receive a PNP invitation in the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream, but you need to meet the HCP eligibility criteria.

    OINP HCP Eligiblity Criteria

    Must have

    • A valid Express Entry profile under Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).
    • Education level equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s or higher (Candidates outside Canada must have equivalent Education Eredential Assessment (ECA).
    • CLB level 7 or higher in the English or French proficiency test. Click here for the CLB-level equivalency chart for IELTS/CELPIP/TEF/TCF.
    • Enough settlement funds to support yourself and your dependent family members. You can prove this with a bank statement, ongoing employment in Ontario, or a job offer in Ontario.
    • Intention to live in Ontario, which can be proved by one or more things listed below:
      • Employment in Ontario
      • job offer or applying for or interviewing for jobs in Ontario
      • study enrollment in Ontario
      • leasing or owning property in Ontario
      • visiting Ontario
      • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships in Ontario

    Ontario Express Entry Draw 2023 summary

    OINP Express
    Entry Stream
    InvitationsCRS Score
    Human Capital Priorities stream14,091350-516
    French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream1,490250–516
    Skilled Trades stream7,512291–489
    OINP Express Entry Draw 2023 Summary

    All The OINP HCP Draws 2023

    DateInvitationsCRS score range
    September 26, 20231,696350-462
    August 11 – 16, 20232084473-516
    August 16, 2023751473-495
    July 20, 2023902458-462
    July 20, 2023159458-462
    July 6, 2023748479-485
    May 8, 20232,349427-482
    May 5, 20231,863475-482
    March 10, 2023815479-489
    March 8-9, 2023822469-489
    February 2, 20231,127481-489
    February 2, 2023775476-489
    All the OINP HCP Draws 2023

    When was the latest OINP Express Entry draw?

    The latest OINP Express Entry draw was on September 26, 2023, which invited 1,696 Express Entry profiles with a CRS score between 350 and 462 and experience in one of the below-listed 5 Healthcare occupations:

    NOC 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
    NOC 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
    NOC 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    NOC 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
    NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

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  • New Report On International Students in Canada

    Today, Canadian Senate members issued a report describing ways to improve the integrity of the program for international students in Canada.

    While the survey reveals that international students benefit Canada’s economy as well as its social and cultural landscape, there are a slew of integrity challenges inside Canada’s international student program.

    The report emphasizes, “While the Canadian government is being forthright about the highly competitive nature of the permanent residence application process, it could do more to be forthright about the immigration benefits of studying in Canada.”

    National review of the financial sustainability of DLIs

    The report suggests that the Canadian post-secondary education sector is too vulnerable because of its reliance on foreign students for funding.

    If there are any future downward “shifts in global international student trends” away from Canada, or if there are any “diplomatic disputes” that reduce international student enrollment in this country, Canada could be negatively impacted.

    Greater oversight on DLIs including private colleges

    This report suggests that oversight of Canada’s educational institutions could positively impact the lives of international students in this country by ensuring DLIs across the country work tirelessly and constantly to provide international students with a “positive on- and off-campus experience.”

    This is because such scrutiny can result in pro-student policies such as requiring DLIs to demonstrate how they will assist international students in finding housing and jobs, as well as handle other settlement difficulties such as mental health.

    According to the Senate report, “DLIs that do not meet the standard should be subject to losing their ability to welcome additional international students.”

    Raise awareness among international students

    As mentioned above in the section about education brokers, enrolling in PGWP-ineligible programs is a major issue for international students.

    To that end, the research contends that the Canadian government at all levels can do a better job of informing students about which programs are and are not eligible for a PGWP.

    This is significant because “strong motivation exists among international students to obtain PGWPs and permanent residence” after graduation.

    Housing supply for international students

    This recommendation, which necessitates an initial discussion about educational institutions’ ability to support themselves financially outside of international student enrollment, requests that the federal government take the following steps to ensure adequate international student accommodation:

    • Obtaining federal statistics on student housing is critical for making educated decisions.
    • Creating a dedicated funding stream for postsecondary institutions to develop affordable housing choices for students is part of the National Housing Strategy.

    According to the report’s authors, DLIs, as the initial point of contact for many international students in this country, and the Canadian government both need to do a better job of informing international students about their rights regarding housing, employment, and sexual abuse.

    Because many of these infractions occur and go unreported due to a lack of understanding, informing students of their rights and what they can do if they are a victim of these issues will help mitigate future concerns.

    National policy approach for temporary resident to permanent resident paths

    When expressed clearly, this type of national strategy can help limit disappointment among international students while also informing them of the realities of Canadian permanent residence (PR), namely that there are a much smaller number of PR spots in Canada than students may have been told when planning their studies and life in Canada.

    National policy on international student settlement assistance

    This report, like the other national policy suggestion, highlights various advantages of implementing the same method with settlement help for international students. These are some examples:

    • Better care for international students and a better overall experience
    • Addressing the issues raised earlier in the report
    • Providing a means to better educate and prepare international students for life as permanent citizen in Canada
    • Recommendations from the federal government

    Nationwide linguistic standard for DLI entrance

    Standardizing how DLIs convey admission standards will reduce uncertainty among international students and assure more success–both academically and otherwise–when they arrive to Canada.

    Following in the footsteps of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a uniform baseline for international student admission standards could be helpful to all stakeholders.

    Improve the LOA verification process

    This report recommends that IRCC strengthen the verification process for Letters of Admission (LOAs), as this would “strengthen the integrity of the international student program while also saving trouble and resources down the line,” such as IRCC spending time and other resources on court proceedings and deportations later on.

    According to the research, this process can be accelerated by utilizing current technology, such as those presently available in the private sector.

    Amending IRPA and IRPR to further control the conduct of education agents

    A fresh look at reforming Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) can help introduce federal policies to regulate the conduct of unsuspecting and desperate students by overseas education agents and post-secondary institutions.

    This research, for example, advises that “stronger penalties, such as fines and the revocation of DLI status, should be considered for those who violate” new policy measures enacted following the reform of IRPA and Canada’s IRPR.

    Look at further regulations governing international student tuition

    Increased regulations in this situation, according to the report, should take into account factors like lowering the cap on tuition increases for international students.

    This is in line with the report’s first recommendation because it is only possible to do so by reducing DLIs’ reliance on international student fees to pay for operational costs.

    Increase education agent restrictions and sanctions

    To the same extent as recommendation 10, other provinces and territories should follow Manitoba’s lead in adequately regulating foreign educational agents/international student recruiters.

    Manitoba’s International Education Act outlines a variety of measures that govern behaviour and penalties placed on parties who demonstrate poor behaviour, including fines and a code of conduct that can serve as a teaching tool for Canada’s other provinces and territories.

    Will there be a cap on international students in Canada?

    Four members of Canada’s Senate released a report on improving the international student program in Canada and clearly ruled out any question of putting a cap on international students coming to Canada.

    Click here to view full report.

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  • New Express Entry Draw For 10 Transport Occupations Is Out Now

    Today, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC), announced the first transport Express Entry draw as part of its new category-based selection.

    This round of invitations emphasizes applicants with transportation experience, such as commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers, to help the industry attract the competent talent it requires across the country.

    • Number of invitations issued: 1,000
    • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,000 or above
    • Date and time of round: September 20, 2023 at 14:04:14 UTC
    • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 435
    • Tie-breaking rule: June 17, 2023 at 06:44:01 UTC

    The Express Entry system in Canada is now customized to provide a simplified and fast pathway for those with significant subject expertise.

    Canada aspires to fulfill the increasing demand for talent and fill essential positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and advancement by prioritizing the invitation of qualified newcomers with work experience in transportation occupations.

    This targeted Express Entry draw is focused on profiles with at least six months of experience in one of the below-listed 10 occupations.

    10 Occupations eligible for Transport Express Entry draws

    1. 93200: Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
      • Example titles: Aircraft assembler
      • Aircraft assembly inspector
      • Airframe assembler
      • Bench and structural assembler
      • Bench fitter mechanic – aircraft assembly
      • Rigger – aircraft assembly
      • Wing tank mechanic – aircraft assembly
    2. 73300: Transport truck drivers
      • Example titles: Bulk goods truck driver
      • Dump truck driver
      • Flatbed truck driver
      • Heavy truck driver
      • Logging truck driver
      • Long haul truck driver
      • Moving van driver
      • Shunt truck driver
      • Tow truck driver
      • Tractor-trailer truck driver
      • Transport driver
      • Truck driver
    3. 72604: Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
      • Example titles: Chief rail traffic controller
      • Marine traffic regulator
      • Rail traffic controller
      • Train operator
    4. 72603: Engineer officers, water transport
      • Example titles: Chief engineer – water transport
      • Engineer officer – water transport
      • Fourth engineer – water transport
      • Marine engineer officer
      • Second engineer
      • Third engineer – water transport
      • Tugboat engineer
    5. 72602: Deck officers, water transport
      • Example titles: Coast Guard vessel first watchkeeping officer
      • Coast Guard vessel navigation officer
      • Coast Guard vessel watchkeeping officer
      • Deck officer – water transport
      • Ferryboat master
      • Master mariner
      • Ship first mate
      • Ship pilot
      • Ship second mate
      • Ship third mate
      • Ship’s captain
      • Ship’s mate
      • Tugboat captain
    6. 72601: Air traffic controllers and related occupations
      • Example titles: Air traffic controller (ATC)
      • Airport air traffic controller
      • Enroute air traffic controller
      • Flight dispatcher
      • Flight service specialist (FSS)
      • Instrument flight rules air traffic controller
      • Terminal air traffic controller
      • Visual flight rules air traffic controller
    7. 72600: Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
      • Example titles: Air pilot
      • Captain – air transport
      • Check pilot
      • Chief flying instructor
      • Chief pilot
      • Co-pilot
      • Flight engineer
      • Flying instructor
      • Helicopter pilot
      • Pilot instructor
      • Relief pilot
      • Second officer – air transport
      • Test pilot
    8. 72404: Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
      • Example titles: Aircraft gas turbine engine technician
      • Aircraft hydraulics mechanic
      • Aircraft inspector
      • Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) (except avionics)
      • Aircraft mechanic
      • Aircraft repair and overhaul inspector
      • Aircraft repair shop inspector
      • Aircraft structural repair technician
      • Aircraft systems inspector
      • Aviation mechanical component shop technician
      • Certified aircraft technician
      • Flight test inspector
    9. 72403: Railway carmen/women
      • Example titles: Rail vehicle mechanic
      • Railway car inspector
      • Railway carman/woman
      • Railway carman/woman apprentice
      • Streetcar and subway car mechanic
    10. 70020: Managers in transportation
      • Example titles: Bus company manager
      • Distribution manager – logistics
      • Flight operations manager
      • Freight forwarding manager
      • Marine superintendent
      • Rail operations superintendent
      • Railway freight manager
      • Traffic manager – transportation
      • Transport department manager
      • Transportation manager
      • Urban transit system manager

    Canada confirms its commitment to attracting top global talent and assisting in meeting the economy’s need for transportation workers through category-based selection.

    These category-based selection rounds, as well as general and program-specific invitation rounds, will continue throughout the year.

    Things to Watch out

    It will be important to see the size of this Express Entry draw targeted for transport occupations since it will determine the CRS cutoff score.

    We are expecting the CRS cutoff score to be between 350 and 400, similar to what we saw in targeted trades draw.

    Furthermore, it will be interesting to watch out to see if IRCC will be holding other targeted draws as well as the no program specified draw since there hasn’t been any round of invitations since August 15.

    What is Express Entry?

    Express Entry is an online system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

    It is a points-based system that ranks candidates based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.

    The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws conducted by the Canadian government.

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  • New Ontario-OINP Draw On Sep 19 Sent Out 608 PR Invitations

    On September 19, 2023, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program-OINP draw issued 608 invitations to apply for permanent residency (PR) in general draws under two different streams.

    537 invitations have been sent under the Masters Graduate Stream to all the Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with a score of 41 and above.

    Furthermore, 71 invitations to apply are issued under the PhD Graduate stream to all the EOI profiles with a score of 40 and above.

    Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles created under the above mentioned streams between November 22, 2022, and September 19, 2023, were considered for the OINP draw today.

    Summary of OINP Draws today

    StreamInvitationsScore range
    Masters Graduate Stream53741 and above
    PhD Graduate Stream7140 and above
    OINP Draws – September 19

    Invited candidates will now have 14 days to submit their application in support of the information mentioned in their Expression of Interest profile to get permanent residency (PR) in Ontario.

    Reiterating our suggestion for Canada permanent residency aspirants in times of increasing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores in Express Entry draws.

    Rather than purchasing LMIAs or running payrolls, international students seeking PR in Canada can enroll in a Masters degree at one of the qualifying universities, which will:

    • boost their academic performance for future career opportunities
    • offer them the right to remain in Canada as students, and
    • offer a significantly better chance of obtaining permanent residency.

    Because no job offer is required for the OINP Masters Graduate Stream, it is better to spend your money developing your career profile rather than buying employment offers/LMIAs/Payrolls.

    OINP Masters Graduate Stream Draws 2023

    DateInvitationsScore range
    September 19, 202353741 and above
    August 30, 202377244 and above
    August 1, 202375548 and above
    June 6, 20231,17546 and above
    April 4, 202375252 and above
    January 25, 202369244 and above
    OINP Masters Graduate Stream Draws 2023

    All The OINP Draws 2023

    OINP’s Expression of Interest has issued a total of 12,954 invitations for permanent residency so far.

    The Masters Graduate stream is the largest stream, bagging nearly 4,683 invitations, followed by the Foreign Worker stream with 4,032 invitations so far.

    OINP StreamsNumber of Invitations
    Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream4,032
    Employer Job Offer: International Student stream2,963
    Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream807
    Masters Graduate stream4,683
    PhD Graduate stream420
    Total 2023 EOI invitations12,905
    OINP Expression of Interest Streams Summary 2023

    When was the last draw for the Ontario PNP?

    The most recent draw for the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was on September 19, 2023, which sent 608 invitations to apply for permanent residency under the Masters Graduate Stream and PhD Stream.

    Latest Ontario-OINP Draw Sent Out 608 Invitations For PR

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