Canada Immigration Update
Foreign Students - Online Study and eligibility for a Post-Graduate Work Permit: Students can now complete up to 100% of their Canadian education program online from outside Canada while remaining eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Time spent studying outside Canada between March 2020 up to December 31, 2021 will count towards the eligibility for and length of a future Post-graduate work permit. This allowance has been made in addition to other policies directly aimed at supporting and retaining foreign students in Canada in their pathway to permanent residence.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2021-covid-pgwpp.html
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Update: The demand for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program ("OINP") remains high. In 2020 The program had a total nomination allocation of 7600, which was met in November. The federal government granted an additional 450 nomination spaces to the OINP which were also met before the end of 2020. The OINP has many streams, including Employer Support Streams for High Skilled Workers and Foreign Students, streams for PhD and Masters students, Express Entry programs (Skilled Trades, Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams) as well as an Entrepreneur Stream. The new 'Expression of Interest' application system is expected to launch in Spring 2021.
To read more: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2021-ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-updates
Work without a work permit for Foreign Medical Students: On March 22, 2021, IRCC announced that certain eligible students in a health field at a school outside of Canada can request authorization to work in Canada without a work permit. Foreign nationals who have not yet completed the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and who are seeking to enter Canada for a short term medical elective or clinical clerkship at a medical teaching institution in Canada, and who will return to their foreign institution may be eligible. Relevant Programs of study include medicine (including dentistry) occupational and physical therapy, medical technology, nursing and other professions in human health care should be eligible for this program. Medical residents who have finished the MD are not eligible.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/foreign-workers/work-without-permit/authorization-work-without-work-permit-health-care-students.html
Extension of Travel Restrictions: Canada has extended the travel restrictions and Mandatory Isolation Order for all travelers seeking entry into Canada until April 21, 2021, including travelers from the U.S.. These restrictions may be extended at any time. Hotel quarantine requirements remain in place for non-essential air travelers to Canada. COVID-testing requirements remain in place for land borders and air travel.
To read more: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border