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April 17, 2023 by Carly Perryman

Carly Perryman, paralegal for the Immigration Team at FH&P, recaps the latest Canadian Immigration news, ranging from Express Entry Draw updates to Post-Graduation Work Permit extensions as well as a potential strike that could cause processing delays.

Express Entry Draw April 12, 2023

On April 12, 2023, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) to candidates from all Express Entry programs. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) was 486.

More ITAs have been issued so far in 2023 than the whole of 2022. This supports the Immigration Levels Plan that outlines targets for permanent residents by 2025.

PGWP Extension available as of April 6, 2023

To help PGWP holders and keep them working in Canada, immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently announced a special measure effective April 6, 2023 to allow PGWP holders to apply for an 18-month open work permit extension. In order to do this, PGWP holders need to log in to their MYCIC account and Opt-In. The Opt-In function is a work permit extension application. Once submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation letter from IRCC with an application number and authorization to work while the application is being processed. Note that the window to ‘opt in’ is only open from April 6, 2023 to May 20, 2023. After that date, PGWP may still be eligible but will have to apply through the regular work permit extension application process.

Contact us to determine if you qualify for this extension as there are additional criteria to consider.

Expect Processing Delays Due to Potential Strike

Canada immigration applicants can expect delays in processing as result of an impending labour disruption. According to the IRCC website, “bargaining groups representing approximately 159,000 public servants may be in a legal strike position as early as mid-April”.

In the event of a strike, some IRCC will remain available such as online applications, paper applications to IRCC, and access to some emergency services. Other services will be partially disrupted, such as processing applications, in person appointments or events including citizenship ceremonies, contacting IRCC, consular citizenship and passport services, passport services in Canada.

Navigating the Canadian immigration system is complex. We are happy to help you with your Canadian immigration matter. Contact us today for a consultation!