The end of an era - the closure of CPC-Vegreville

by Rekha McNutt

If you have not already heard, the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Vegreville, Alberta, is now closed. All applications that were previously processed at CPC-V will now be processed in nearby Edmonton, AB. It is vitally important to ensure your application is being submitted to the correct office. The consequences of not doing so could be catastrophic in terms of maintaining your status.

You can check the new mailing address information here.

As always, we are happy to assist with any immigration matters if you need! Just contact us!

No more 4-year cap for Foreign Workers

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that, effective immediately, the 4-year cap on work permits for NOC B, C and D occupations no longer applies. The rule was first imposed in 2011 and resulted in an incredible amount of hardship on thousands of foreign workers who were subject to the bar.

Full text here: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1168949&tp=1

New Operational Bulletin for certain students refused their post-grad WPs

On September 27, 2016, Minister John McCallum established a public policy to facilitate the issuance of three-year open work permits, the restoration of Temporary Resident status and waive related fees for a group of former international students who were denied Post-Graduation Work Permits between September 1, 2014 and March 15, 2016 because they completed the majority of their coursework by distance learning in their final program of study.

To be eligible for consideration under the public policy, applications for a fee-exempt three-year open work permit (from inside or outside of Canada) and applications for restoration of status (if applicable) must be made by March 17, 2017.

For full details, OB 631 can be found here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2016/ob631.asp