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Express Entry Draw, The Latest News


Express Entry Draw: January 22, 2020 In the last Express Entry draw that took place on January 22, 2020 3,400 candidates were invited to submit their applications for permanent residence in Canada. Following the regular pattern, this draw took place exactly 2 weeks after the previous one on January 8, 2020. The number of candidates remained at the same level of 3,400, which means that there is a significant number of high-scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool right now. This time, candidates with a CRS score of at least 471 were invited to apply. That’s a 2-point [...]

Express Entry Draw, The Latest News2020-01-27T15:41:14-05:00

Canada Ends the “Designated Country of Origin” Concept


DESIGNATED COUNTRY OF ORIGIN In a news release on May 17, 2019, Ottawa announced the end of the Designated Country of Origin practice. Let’s look into why is that important and what will be different for refugee claimants since the practice is ended. Effective May 17, 2019, all countries are removed from the list of the Designated Countries of Origin (DCO). The list was first introduced back in 2012 and concerned about the treatment of refugees. The list included 42 countries, including most European countries, the Unites States of America, Israel, Australia, the United Kingdom etc. Countries on the [...]

Canada Ends the “Designated Country of Origin” Concept2019-05-23T20:59:48-05:00



British Colombia Immigration News Skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs have been invited to submit an application to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in early August, following draws that took place on August 2 and August 9. The invited candidates are now in a position to submit their BC PNP provincial nomination application through one of the enhanced sub-categories aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system. When these candidates receive a BC PNP nomination certificate, they will receive 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent [...]


In North America, Canadian Cities Lead the Way in IT


Canadian Cities Lead The Way In IT In 2018 According to a recently released report by CBRE Group, Toronto has added most technology jobs in the last five years and boasts the fourth best tech talent market in Canada and the US. Between 2012-2017, Toronto added 82,100 technology-related jobs, beating out even the San-Francisco Bay Area! Ottawa ranked 13th, followed by Montreal (14th) and Vancouver. Over the five-year period ending 2017, Montreal added 22,300 jobs, Vancouver added 16,100, and Ottawa added 9,700 jobs. In comparison to 2017, Toronto ranked two spots higher, manifesting strong job growth and the highest ratio [...]

In North America, Canadian Cities Lead the Way in IT2019-05-08T12:38:20-05:00

Immigrate To Canada Through Quebec Express Entry


QUEBEC EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM Quebec Express Entry was just a matter of time until the program will launch. In March, the Government of Quebec announced plans to implement a new Expression of Interest system modeled after the federal Express Entry Program. This is great news for everybody who wants to immigrate to Quebec or are in the process of doing so. Those who immigrated to Quebec within the last 10 years remember that the process was really challenging, to say the least. It was largely paper-based and utilized the first-come, first-served application process. It means that you could have spent [...]

Immigrate To Canada Through Quebec Express Entry2019-11-11T08:08:55-05:00

Children Under 22 Now Considered Dependents


Children Under 22 Are Considered Dependents As of October 24, 2017, children under the age of 22 are considered as dependents on all immigration programs, including for economic migrants and refugees. For the past three years, only children under the age of 19 were considered as dependents. Children who are 22 years of age or older, but who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition, will continue to be considered dependent children. The age limit change will not be applied to applications submitted before October 24, 2017. The government of Canada believes that a [...]

Children Under 22 Now Considered Dependents2019-04-14T21:43:36-05:00

Jane Katkova receives a Brilliantly Minded Women Award!


Our own Jane Katkova, the Principal Counsel & Founder of the Firm, has become a recipient of the Business Growth & Leadership Award by Brilliant Minded Women Foundation. Why Jane? Jane Katkova has always had a keen interest in helping people, following a tradition established in her family. A humanitarian at heart and an immigrant herself, she chose to build a career in helping people migrate to Canada. In 1995, she established a boutique immigration law consultancy firm, Jane Katkova & Associates, in Toronto. After 20 years of practice with a 98% success track record, Jane Katkova-Brown secured a reputation [...]

Jane Katkova receives a Brilliantly Minded Women Award!2019-08-13T11:14:20-05:00

Canada Extends Its Immigration Targets Into 2021


Canada Extends Its Immigration Targets Canada does not cease to bring good news to all those willing to immigrate to Canada and call Canada its new home. In a recent release, the Canadian government increased its immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 and extended its multi-year immigration levels plan to include 2021. Overview So, between 2018 and 2021 Canada plans to accept 1.3 million new permanent residents through various economic, family, refugee and humanitarian immigration categories. According to the new 2019-2021 plan, the admission targets will grow annually to reach 350,000 in 2021. 2019 targets were increased from 330,000 to [...]

Canada Extends Its Immigration Targets Into 20212019-04-14T05:42:02-05:00