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February 4, 2023

Express Entry Draws 2023

With the start of 2023, Canada has been conducting Express Entry draws almost back to back and inviting more candidates than before, hinting at a great year for candidates.

Let's take a look at the 2023 Express Entry draws:

Express Entry Draw #240: February 2, 2023

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • 3,300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued
  • Lowest CRS score: 489

Express Entry Draw #239: February 1, 2023

  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • 893 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued
  • Lowest CRS score: 733

Express Entry Draw #238: January 18, 2023

  • No program specified
  • 5,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued
  • Lowest CRS score: 490

Express Entry Draw #238: January 11, 2023

  • No program specified
  • 5,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued
  • Lowest CRS score: 507


Are you qualified to apply under Express Entry? Contact us today and book your free case evaluation to find out!

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November 10, 2022

McLean’s 2023 University Rankings

McLean has been collecting and analyzing wide-ranging data on Canadian universities for the past 32 years, making it one of the most reliable sources for researching rankings of Canadian universities in different categories. This year, they have presented 2023’s top universities in the Medical Doctoral, Comprehensive and Primarily Undergraduate categories. 

For the past three decades, the rankings provided by McLean’s have helped many students to choose their educational path wisely. MacLean’s assessment of the institutions is based on five main criteria: 

  • Students: By collecting data on the success of post-secondary students winning national academic awards.
  • Faculty: By calculating the number of faculty members who have won major awards over the past five years, as well as the success of faculty in securing research grants from SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR. 
  • Resources: By calculating the amount of money in the general operating budget per full-time-equivalent student. For example, the budget allocated to library services and acquisitions like electronic resources. 
  • Student Support: By examining the percentage of the budget spent on student services as well as scholarships and bursaries. 
  • Reputation: By soliciting the views of the people in a position to form opinions about how well universities are meeting the needs of students. This information is gathered from McLean’s reputational surveys. 


#1 Ranked University in Medical Doctoral: McGill University

McGill University in Montreal has managed to keep its top spot among universities offering a broad range of Ph.D., research, and medical programs. McGill’s global cachet attracts students from all around the world. The campus has big plans to invest in new research facilities and has taken some action in its equity, diversity and inclusion strategies. 

Among Medical Doctoral Universities, McGill is followed by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, ranking 2nd and 3rd among Canada’s best universities.


#1 Ranked University in Comprehensive: Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser University in Vancouver holds the number one spot among universities with significant research and a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. In this category, the University of Victoria, also in Vancouver, holds the 2nd and the University of Waterloo holds the 3rd place this year.


#1 Ranked University for Primarily Undergraduate: Mount Allison

Mount Allison University, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, is a Canadian undergraduate liberal arts university. Mount Allison has been recognized by McLean’s annual university rankings as the top primary undergraduate university in Canada 23 times in the past 32 years. UNBC and Saint Mary’s University have been ranked as the second and third-highest-ranked primary undergraduate Canadian universities. These universities primarily focus on undergraduate education, with fewer graduate and postgraduate programs. 


McLean has also ranked the best universities for Education, Engineering and Nursing programs, with University of British Columbia ranked as number one, University of Toronto ranked as the second best in all three categories. University of Alberta holds the third place for Education and Nursing, while University of Waterloo was ranked the third best university for Engineering in Canada. 


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November 10, 2022

Canada introduces new immigration plan levels for 2023, 2024 & 2025

IRCC introduced the New Immigration Level Plan on November 1st, 2022. The Immigration Level Plan shows the number of immigrants Canada plans to accept over the next three years, and the new level plan shows that Canada is set to welcome 500,000 new immigrants in 2025. 


Canada has set its plan to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023. However, this number will rise to 485,000 new immigrants in 2024 and, eventually, to 500,000 immigrants in 2025. Canada’s main goal is to grow the economy, reunite families and offer asylum to refugees in the upcoming years. 


These numbers had broken the all-time immigration record in Canadian immigration history. Before 2015, Canada welcomed 260,000 immigrants annually until the Liberal government took power and increased the number of immigrants. The targeted number was increased to 340,000 right before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and despite the travel restrictions, Canada exceeded its immigration target and welcomed 405,000 new immigrants. 


With nearly one million job vacancies and an ongoing labour shortage, Canada has increased its immigration targets. 


Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) are the two primary programs that allow applicants to apply for permanent residency through the economic class. 


Express Entry programs will target 82,880 applicants in 2023, 109,020 in 2024 and 114,000 in 2025. This includes principal applicants, their spouses and dependents. 


On the other hand, in 2023, 105,500 applicants will be invited to apply for their permanent residency through PNP programs and 110,000 in 2024 and 117,500 in 2025. Making PNP the lead admission program for economic-class immigrants. 


After the economic class programs, family class sponsorship will be the second largest pathway toward Canadian permanent residency. Under the family class program, applicants are sponsored for permanent residence by a spouse, parent or their children/grandchildren. Canada plans to welcome 80,000 new immigrants annually under the Spouses, Children and Parents program. The Parents and Grandparents Program will also raise its target to 28,500 in 2023, 34,000 in 2024 and 36,000 in 2025. 


With the number of targeted immigrants increasing in most programs, the refugee and humanitarian class targets are set to decline in the upcoming years. Canada is set to welcome 76,000 refugees in 2023 and 2024, but this number will decrease in 2025 to 72,750 refugees. The humanitarian class target will also decline from 16,000 immigrants in 2023 to 8,000 in 2025.


If you would like to plan ahead and check your eligibility for Canadian Immigration through any of these programs, you may book your free case evaluation with one of our immigration experts to get started.

October 11, 2022

NEW Update: Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program is specifically designed for eligible Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents in becoming permanent residents of Canada. This is a draw-based program and usually opens once a year. 


Many have been waiting for new details on the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program intake for 2022, and the wait is finally over. On October 11, 2022, it was announced that 23,100 invitations to apply will be sent to potential sponsors who submitted their interest to sponsor in 2020 and are still in the pool. IRCC’s goal is to accept 15,000 applications. 


There are currently 155,313 potential sponsors in the pool who all submitted their interest to sponsor forms in 2020. If you are one of these potential sponsors in the pool of 2020, make sure to check your email inbox regularly, as invitations are expected to be sent within the next two weeks.  


If you receive your invitation to apply, you must submit two applications: one for becoming a sponsor and the other for your parents’ or grandparents' permanent residency. These applications must be submitted together at the same time by 11:59 PM EST, December 24, 2022. 


NOTE: Keep in mind that IRCC will send the invitations to apply to those who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020. Do not file an application if you are not invited to apply, or your application will get rejected, and the sponsor application fee might not be refunded. 


Moreover, since only half of the submitted applications will be accepted, we strongly recommend you seek professional assistance from an immigration professional for preparing and submitting your application. If you have been invited to apply, our team at Moshiri Immigration can assist you with preparing the required documents and guide you through the steps of this application. If you would like to know more about this process, you may contact our office and book your free case evaluation today!

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October 11, 2022

Special measure for Afghan refugees to be sponsored to Canada

Private refugee sponsorship can be done through a group of five, community, or sponsorship agreement holders (SAH). To sponsor a refugee under the group of five or community sponsorship program, it is a requirement for the refugee to have valid refugee status in their country of residence — meaning that UNHCR or the foreign government has accepted their refugee claim. As part of the application, a refugee status determination (RSD) document must be submitted to prove that the applicant is a recognized refugee. 


However, to facilitate the private sponsorship of Afghan refugees to Canada, IRCC has introduced a special measure waiving the requirement to have valid refugee status in a country other than Afghanistan. This special measure will apply to cases submitted on or after October 17th, 2022, and it will remain in effect until October 17th, 2023 or until IRCC reaches the limit of 3,000 applications — whichever comes first. 


Although this requirement has been waived for a limited time, extensive documentation still needs to be submitted as part of these applications, and other factors will be considered to determine the refugee's eligibility. For example, the refugee must be outside Afghanistan and meet the definition of a Convention refugee or Country of Asylum refugee. 


Before applying to sponsor an Afghan refugee through a group of five or a community sponsorship program, ensure you meet the sponsorship requirements by the IRCC, and that the refugee also meets the requirements. 


If you would like to learn more about the private sponsorship program, you may find more information by clicking here.

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October 11, 2022

New Changes to off-campus working for international students

International students studying in Canada are legally authorized to work off campus, part-time, for 20 hours per week. This policy allows students to support themselves financially while staying focused on their studies when classes are in session. However, on October 7th, 2022, the Immigration Minister, Mr. Sean Fraser, announced a new temporary measure for international students to be able to work more hours for a limited time.  


Canada hosted over 620,000 international students in 2021 and processed 452,000 study permit applications in the first eight months of 2022, making the country one of the leading destinations for international students


Canada is currently facing a historical unemployment rate of 5.2 percent as of September 2022; this new temporary measure aims to reduce the country’s labour shortage by authorizing international students to work more than 20 hours per week. At present, there are nearly one million job vacancies that need to be filled. This temporary measure will be effective from November 2022 until December 31, 2023. Foreign nationals who have submitted their study permit applications as of October 7th, 2022, will also be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week once they receive their study permits. 


Working in Canada can be very beneficial for international students as it not only helps them to support themselves financially but also helps them gain Canadian experience, build a network and help them plan their careers.


If you wish to study in Canada, you may book a free case evaluation to assess your eligibility. 

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