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Bridging Work Permits - NEW!

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has just announced that as of December 15, 2012, permanent resident ("PR") applicants can obtain open work permits to bridge the gap while their PR applications are being finalized.

Individuals who have filed in the following categories can take advantage:
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)Canadian Experience Class (CEC)Provincial Nominees (PNP)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) To be eligible, individuals with pending applications in one of the above 4 categories must meet the following criteria:
The foreign national is currently in Canada;They have valid status on a WP that is due to expire within 4 months; They have received a positive eligibility decision on their PR application under one of the Economic Class programs above, meaning:FSW: the “Ministerial Instructions” status has been set to “Met” or a positive Final Determination of Eligibility letter/ e-mail has been sent. PNP: the “Eligibility EC-QC/PNP” status has been set to “Pa…

Refugees - Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs)

December 15, 2012 is the magical date by which the new refugee reforms roll out. The whole process will see dramatic changes, from the moment a person files a refugee claim, to the hearing, and any appeals that follow.

One of the changes coming is expedited processing, and a lack of appeal, for people from Designated Countries of Origin. The government just released this list of countries today, consisting of 27 countries (25 of which are in the EU):

AustriaBelgiumCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandItalyLatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsPolandPortugalSlovak RepublicSloveniaSpainSwedenUnited KingdomUnited States of America
This list can be amended by the government at will.

What does this mean? Well, if you are a National of one of these countries, and come to Canada to make a refugee claim, then this is what you face:
claim will be heard by the IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board) within 30-45 days depending on whether the claim was m…