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Hire international students? Now, that’s a thought!

Montreal National | In fall 2016, there were over 33,000 international students enrolled in post-secondary education in Greater Montréal (MEES, 2017), and the number of students attending university went up 10% in fall 2017 (BCI, 2017). That spells opportunity for Montréal businesses. In its new video, I Choose Montréal features Montréal-area employers who consistently leverage…

Get Ready for Expanded Biometric Requirements

From July 31st, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be expanding the collection of biometrics to all applicants between the ages of 14-79. Start dates for the requirement vary depending on the applicant's nationality.

Weed the North

The Canadian Parliament has recently passed legislation legalizing some possession of cannabis (marijuana) and also to increase the punishment for driving under the influence. These laws will come into effect on October 17, 2018 and will have harsh penalties for permanent residents and foreign nationals who have DUI or possession of "illicit" cannabis.

New Medical Inadmissibility Changes

In April 2018, the Minister announced important new changes to the medical inadmissibility policy. Individuals and their dependants who apply for permanent residence under most applications in economic categories, some humanitarian and compassionate categories, and some family sponsorship categories such as parents/grandparent sponsorships, are still required to pass medical admissibility.

Immigration Options for Skilled Individuals

As immigration options become more restricted in the United States and Europe, Canada remains one of the most open immigration systems for skilled individuals in the G7.