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Canada penalizes employers violating the TFWP rules

Last year, Canada imposed fines totalling $2.7m on 194 employers for non-compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) rules.

These rules include meeting Labour Market Impact Assessment requirements and keeping records for six years. Between April 2022 and March 2023, 116 employers faced penalties of $1.54m due to non-compliance.

Penalties can go up to $100,000 per violation and reach $1m annually.

The average fine increased to $28,836 in 2024. In 2023, compliance was observed in over 95% of the 2,100+ inspections carried out.

#TFWP, #foreign_workers, #LMIA

IRCC cannot handle the surge in immigration record requests

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not made significant strides in improving immigrants' information accessibility concerning their applications, which has had ramifications for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The surge in information access requests has become a critical issue despite IRCC's strategy to manage the escalation.

The report indicates that access requests have increased by more than double since the fiscal year ending in March 2018. CBSA experienced a 130% rise between 2020 and 2023, while IRCC fielded over 180,000 requests during 2022-23 and 2023-24.

The Office of the Information Commissioner has been forced to reallocate its resources to accommodate the uptick in complaints.

The operations division of IRCC is cited for not tackling the underlying issue. However, IRCC maintains that it has measures in progress to address the large number of requests.

#IRCC, #CBSA, #statistics, #Access_to_information_and_privacy

IRCC updates Express Entry candidates’ proof of funds requirements for 2024

On May 3, 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued updated requirements for Express Entry proof of funds for 2024. These updates, which are based on 50% of the low-income cut-off totals, are a regular occurrence.

Express Entry candidates in the pool can easily adjust their settlement funds in their profiles to meet the new requirements before May 27, 2024, when the changes take effect. Proof of funds is mandatory for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

However, applicants with a valid job offer and work permit for Canada are exempt from providing proof of funds for FSWP and FSTP. Additionally, candidates in the Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category are not required to provide proof of funds.

The amount of settlement funds required depends on the number of family members in the applicant's household. Per the IRCC website, acceptable proof of funds includes official letters from banks or financial institutions.

#Express_Entry, #IRCC, #proof_of_funds, #FSWP, #FSTP, #CEC, #updates

Canada to reopen Parents and Grandparents Program this month

zThe Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is scheduled to reopen this month, with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) poised to issue invitations to potential sponsors.

Beginning May 21, 2024, IRCC will contact potential sponsors. The department aims to randomly select 35,700 individuals from the pool who submitted an interest-to-sponsor form in 2020 to receive 20,500 complete applications.

This marks a significant increase of 5,500 invitations compared to the 2023 intake, reflecting Canada's growing demand for family reunification.

For those who did not submit an interest-to-sponsor form in 2020, their parents and grandparents can still visit Canada for an extended period by applying for a super visa.

This visa allows for stays of up to 5 years at a time, with the option to extend their visit while in Canada.

#PGP, #parents_and_grandparents, #ITA, #IRCC, #family_sponsorship

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