This is the first article in a new series we're doing here at Immigroup, where we focus on stories about Canadian immigration from around the internet, including some you might have missed. We hope you enjoy it. Read the full articles by clicking the links in the headers.


5. Private Sponsorship Appears to Help Refugees More

According to Greg Quinn, author of this Bloomberg article, data from StatsCan supports the conclusion that private sponsorship of refugees leads to slightly better average earnings in the 2014 tax year than government sponsorship. The data covers refugees who arrived between 2009 and 2014.

However, the article buries the lede a little as refugees who made it to Canada without government or private sponsorship did significantly better, on average, than sponsored refugees.

It's still unclear whether sponsorship could be the causal factor here, as it could very much be factors that led to these people seeking refugee status in Canada that have more of an effect on their abilities to find high paying jobs. However this is an interesting piece of information that suggests an area of future research about how Canada should mold its refugee policy. With the US thinking about copying our current policy, more information is definitely needed.


4. Federal Government Seeking Feedback on Global Skills Strategy

Technically published in November, we still thought it was worthwhile to note betakit's article about Canada's plans to open up both the work permit and investment immigration streams in 2017. Author Jessica Galang notes a number of major changes to Canadian immigration policy as part of the new Global Skills Strategy:

  • 2 week processing time standard for work permits
  • Exemptions from work permits for those working in Canada for less than 30 days
  • an "Invest in Canada" hub to attract foreign businesses.

All aspects of The Global Skill Strategy are designed to promote job creation in Canada and the attraction of more skilled workers to Canada.  The work permit changes will make it easier for Canadian businesses to employ temporary workers briefly and make it easier for those who are coming here for a while to get to Canada. The "Invest in Canada" hub will hopefully bring new money to Canada, to increase our tax base and create jobs.

Look for The Global Skills Strategy to launch in 2017.


3. Express Entry Draw #48: A Cause for Optimism Not Fear

From David Cohen's CIC News (the only must-read immigration news site in Canada) comes this thoughtful piece on the last Express Entry Draw for November, which saw a drastic drop in Invitations to Apply (ITAs) and a drastic increase in the points threshold, which alarmed many people.

But never fear, the article points out. This draw effectively cleared out any remaining candidates in the Express Entry pool with Provincial Nominations (now the only thing that can get you 600 points - essentially a lock for an ITA) meaning that now the average candidate, who doesn't have a nomination, can compete for one of those precious ITAs. As the article notes, the 48th draw actually means you will have a better chance of getting an ITA in the coming months than you did before they removed all the candidates with those 600-point nominations. This is big news if you are one of the candidates who has points above the average threshold of 492 points (513 points since Express Entry started) but doesn't have enough to compete with someone who gets 600 points from the province. 

So if your Comprehensive Rating System score is less than 500 points, this is great news. Look forward to an ITA in 2017.


2. New Parent/GrandParent Sponsorship System

This article in The Toronto Star by the Canadian Press' Stephanie Levitz highlights the major changes to the parent/grandparent sponsorship program. The article highlights the problems with the old "first come first served" process, the worst of which was courier companies charging as much as $400 for a "guaranteed" spot at the front of the line.

The article covers the essential points of the new system, which starts Tuesday, a lottery which will give applicants 30 days to register. In February, IRCC will invite randomly selected applications to submit applications for 10,000 parents and grandparents (double the total last year) to be sponsored for permanent residence in Canada. If an applicant doesn't receive an invitation, they can indicate a preference to be invited in 2018.

So there's less of a rush to get your application ready immediately this year, though competition will likely be as fierce as ever.


1. Immigration Year in Review

David Cohen's CIC News gives a month by month breakdown of all the changes in Canadian immigration policy, regulations and rules over 2016. The summary covers everything from the renaming of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to the continued integration of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) into Express Entry to the larger Express Entry draws of the autumn.

The article is a little too focused on Quebec immigration updates, as CIC News is based in Montreal, but it is still an extremely thorough and detailed survey of all the ups and downs in Canadian immigration this year. For us, it's the essential read for December 2016.

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