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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…
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IRCC: Post-graduation work permit program (PGWP) update

The IRCC has released new guidance on January 28th for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. Clarifications have been made for post-graduation work permit (PGWP) applicants residing in Quebec.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2021-covid-post-grad-work-permit.html

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IRCC: Accessibility at citizenship ceremonies update

The IRCC has released new guidance on January 28th for the current citizenship ceremonies restrictions, including:

  • links to the audio versions of the oath of citizenship and the ordering instructions for the braille version of Discover Canada to help clients with the oath taking at a citizenship ceremony.
  • information about when a citizenship officer should use the Accompanying Person Declaration and Interpreter’s Oath form.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2021-accessibility-cit-ceremonies.html

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IRCC: Temporary residence update

The IRCC has released new guidance on February 1st for the current Ministerial Instructions for temporary residence applications until September 30, 2021.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/updates/2021-ministerial-instructions-temporary-residence.html

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IRCC: Program delivery update

The IRCC has released new guidance on January 25th for the examination and issuance of study and work permits for foreign nationals in Canada who received an approval of their application outside of Canada.

For more information:https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational…

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Co-op Work Permit

The IRCC has released new guidance for study permit holders impacted by COVID-19 who wish to do a co-op work placement under the heading “Co-op Work Permit.” It adds information on possibilities for doing work placements overseas if the student’s school and employer agree, as this type of work does not require a work permit.

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational…

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COVID 19 Testing/Negative Results Requirement

It is now a legal requirement for all air passengers five years of age or older to be tested and receive a negative result for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travelling to Canada from another country.

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

For more details: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/12/pre-departure-covid-19-testing-and-negative-results-to-be-required-for-all-air-travellers-coming-to-canada.html

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Policy for Workers from Trinidad and Tobago

IRCC has announced a temporary public policy has been put in place to help agricultural workers from Trinidad and Tobago who are stranded in Canada due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions in their home country.

For more information.
(Please link “For more information” to https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/public-policy-stranded-worker… )

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Holidays

With the holidays looking a little different this year, it is time to get creative and still make this most of this amazing time of year!

The news started to come in mid-November that our amazing town Santa Parade was cancelled, the Craft Shows, the Lighting of the Trees by townhall and even the Lighting of the Vessels. These events draw many people from surrounding communities and it was simply too risky to go ahead with them. I don’t know who was more disappointed; my 8 year old daughter or me! I was so looking forward to showing our incredible students some of our town’s Christmas traditions.

Typically, the festivities start the last weekend in November and carry us through to Christmas. Lunenburg is an exceptionally wonderful place during the holidays.

So how do you make Christmas still special when everything has changed? You make new traditions and alter the old ones! You can still walk around, or drive by, the beautifully lit trees by town hall. You can still stroll the waterfront and see the amazing Bluenose II lit up, as well as other boats, trees and more. You can still grab a hot chocolate and go for lights drives and see over 115 lit up homes in Lunenburg in just 30 minutes! Yes, we counted. You can still sing carols and spread cheer. Christmas isn’t over…you just have to look a little harder.

When my daughter’s choir couldn’t go ahead with their annual performance, she asked if she could just sing, all by herself, at the bandstand in town. So one evening, in our matching Christmas pajamas, we belted out Christmas songs for anyone who wanted to listen. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”-Buddy the elf

So this year, whether you are near or far, find new ways, or slightly adjusted ways, to celebrate this magical time of year. You may have to try a little harder, look a little harder, but there is so much to be grateful for…so much to celebrate. So much kindness and joy to spread.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jackie

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New restrictions will come into force at on Thursday, Nov. 26, and continue for two weeks until midnight Dec. 9, with a possibility of extension.

Eurocentres Atlantic Canada will remain open in an online and in-person format while adhering to the new restrictions thoroughly.

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