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New Rules For Canada Immigration 2017

Canada is considered as an immigrant friendly country, where most of the immigration aspirants prefer to move and obtain permanent residency. Canada has been in news for last couple of years not only for its immigration policies, but also due to its innovative immigration plan and immigration rule amendments.
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Immigration Rule Changes Announced in Express Entry for 2017

The federal government of Canada is committed to make immigration smooth for the new immigrants coming to Canada through different immigration programs. Towards the end of year 2016 the government has announced several key changes in immigration rules of popular express entry system of Canada. All these changes were announced at year end to make immigration hassle free for the immigrants in the year 2017.

Let’s take a look at the key immigration rule changes announced by the government on November 19, 2016.

  • Period for Submitting Visa Application extended

The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the time period for submitting the duly filled Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) visa application, once an applicant has received Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the IRCC for the same. The period to submit visa application on receipt of ITA is now 90 days. Earlier it was 60 days only.

  • Restructuring of Point System in Express Entry

The CRS point allocation for the Canadian employment offer has been revised by the IRCC. Earlier flat 600 CRS points used to be allocated by IRCC for the job offer from Canada, however, now, the points will be allocated based on the category of job offer. Moreover, a few Job offers without LMIA will also get the points, i.e.

  1. Skilled Workers in Canada on a NAFTA work permit or
  2. Individuals who are in Canada as Intra-Company transferee

The points for Canadian job offer will now be allocated as follows:

  1. 200 points will be allocated for the in group 00 category occupations as per National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  2. 50 points will be allocated for other job offers.
  • Express Entry Points to International Students in Canada

Apart from this, IRCC will also allocate express entry points to the International students in Canada help them apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Other Key Immigration Rule Amendments in 2016

Here are the key immigration rules changes announced by the government in 2016:

  • Elimination of ‘Four in, four out’ Rule

The IRCC has eliminated the ‘Four in, four out’ rule that deny certain temporary foreign workers to stay in Canada, once their employment contract is over. Such temporary skilled workers will now be able to stay in Canada and apply for Canadian PR.

  • Changes Announced in Family Reunification process

The processing time for Family Reunification has been reduced by the government to 12 months from 24 months. This will benefit thousands of family sponsored visa applicants, who earlier used to wait 2 years for their visa processing.

The application intake period of Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) of Canada has also been modified by the IRCC. The sponsors of PGP visa will now get 30 days window to show their interest in the program through an online form. Earlier PGP intake was based on ‘first come first served’ basis.

  • Conditional Permanent Residency rule Eliminated

Conditional Permanent Residency provision applicable to certain Sponsored Spouses has now been removed by the government in 2017. This rule used to make the cohabitation requirement of two years obligatory for certain sponsored spouses.

Need assistance to decode the Canada Immigration Rules in 2017 and Apply for visa in Canada?

In case you require assistance from a certified Canada immigration expert to understand the Canada immigration rule changes, or for applying the Canadian Visa in 2017, you may contact Visas Avenue. Visas Avenue is a registered Visa Consultancy Service for Canada Immigration and PR Process. It every year helps hundreds of applicants to acquire the permanent residency, work, study and tourist visa for Canada.

To discuss your immigration eligibility or immigration plan, you may call the Visas Avenue expert on contact nos. 011-48447777, 011-46194650 (Delhi), 040-42467777 (Hyderabad), 080-46668222 (Bangalore) and Mumbai(022-26813600). Alternatively, send your enquiries via email to Visas Avenue email id- to get quick response from the qualified Immigration Specialists.


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