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International students can receive COVID-19 vaccines while in Canada

Languages Canada have confirmed that international students in Canada have access to COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of their province of residence.

Students are encouraged to follow their province’s registration procedure and book themselves in to receive the vaccine.

Whether you are already in Canada or due to arrive in the coming months, ACLA students will have access to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada; another important step in our path to recovery and in keeping students and Canadians safe.

For the full Languages Canada press release.

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TITLE: Definition of unaccompanied minor

A new Order in Council (OIC) was published on March 19, 2021, which specifies that only those less than 18 years of age (regardless of province of point of entry or final destination) and not accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older, are exempt from the requirement to complete a 3-night, government-authorized hotel stay upon arrival in Canada.

The OIC came into effect on March 22 and will be valid until at least April 21, 2021. Below are the most relevant sections:

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IRCC: Processing of applications resumes

The IRCC, on April 12th, has announced that Visa applicants should start collecting supporting information as they resume processing of applications in progress.

As most IRCC offices, Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world,
and application support centers (ASCs) in the United States have
reopened, many applicants can now provide the supporting documents
needed for IRCC to process their application.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/supporting-information-applic…

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IRCC: Extension to Visitor Work Permits during COVID-19

The IRCC, on March 29th, has announced that a temporary public policy that allows visitors to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave Canada will be extended to August 31, 2021. The criteria will also be modified to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada.

It is effective from April 1, 2021.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/extension-public-policy-visitors-apply-work-permits.html

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IRCC: Survey for Refugees

The IRCC, on March 25th, has announced that they will be inviting privately sponsored refugees from the Group of Five and Community Sponsorship streams to participate in a survey. Participants will be selected at random and will be contacted online and in some cases by telephone.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/refugee-survey-private-sponsorship-program.html

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IRCC: Retention of biometric information

The IRCC, on March 19th, has announced that due to an issue with systems, some people’s biometric data has been held for longer than the stated retention period. Those affected have been contacted.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/email-letter-sent-retention-biometrics-information.html

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Languages Canada Study Safe Corridor – TRAVEL SAFE registration platform upgraded

The Languages Canada Study Safe Corridor – TRAVEL SAFE
registration platform has been revamped and offers a more streamlined,
user-friendly experience for international students booking their Canadian safe arrival and quarantine package.

The new platform allows users to view hotel details, as well as
student and companion package pricing, before beginning the registration process. Additionally, a French version of the registration website is now available!

For more information: https://www.languagescanada.ca/en/blog/blog/improved-study-safe-corridor-travel-safe-registration-platform

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IRCC: Changes to the pre-removal risk assessment for Belarus

The IRCC has released new guidance on February 19th for the amendment of the pre-removal risk assessment for those coming into Canada from Belarus.

For more information:https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/pre-removal-risk-assessment-b…

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Government Guidance: Entering Canada by Air (February 2021)

The Canadian Government has released the above infographic to help guide newcomers to Canada through the process of entering during COVID-19.

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IRCC: Thousands of skilled workers invited to stay permanently in Canada

Approximately 27,300 workers with Canadian experience received an invitation on the 13th of February to apply for permanent residence. These workers fall under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of the Express Entry pool.

For more information:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/skilled-workers-in-canada.htm…