Canada Immigration Update
International Students can now work full time during the school term
On Friday, October 7, 2022, The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that restrictions on eligible work hours for post-secondary students will be lifted from November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023. This is a change allows students in Canada to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the school term.
Students and their employers are reminded that it is critical to stay compliant with their status as a student, specifically to be engaged in full-time studies. While this change will allow students to gain valuable work experience in Canada, it is important to understand that work experience gained while a full-time student will not qualify an applicant to apply for Permanent Residence under the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry).
To Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2022/10/international-students-to-help-address-canadas-labour-shortage.html
Artificial Intelligence Helping to Process Study Permit and Visitor Record Extensions
IRCC has launched a pilot program to process in-Canada study permit extensions using Artificial Intelligence. The pilot program is intended to allow for approvals but won't be used to refuse study permits (these will continue to be referred to an immigration officer).
On October 12, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada furthered these efforts by including advanced analytics to help officers better process visitor records.
There are many benefits that come with a shift in technological advancements; however, it is important to remember that although artificial intelligence (AI) is intended to alleviate the strain on the system, IRCC officers will still make the final decision on approving or refusing an application.
To Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/automation-visitor-records.html
Immigration Medical Examinations Are Now Valid for 5 Years-
IRCC has announced a new temporary public policy extending the validity of foreign nationals medical examinations for five (5) years.
This exemption applies to foreign nationals who:
- Have a new or pending application for permanent or temporary residence or permanent resident visa made from inside Canada.
- Have Completed an immigration medical exam within the last 5 years and poses no risk to public health or safety.
Applicants eligible under this temporary policy must provide their unique medical identifier number from their previous exam when submitting their new application.
To Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/2022-foreign-exempt-ime.html