On June 30, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 314 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Skills Immigration (SIBC) and Express Entry (EEBC) categories to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. These streams are intended for workers or international...

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will once again process online applications for visitor visas and electronic travel authorizations (eTAs), as of July 1, 2020. This move of IRCC is aimed at ensuring that future processing times aren’t significantly impacted and help expedite people’s travel...

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2020: I prepared a short question and answer on yesterday’s ICE Guidance on F-1 Students and virtual programs of studies: 1. If my university will offer 100% online classes in the Fall 2020 semester, will I be eligible for an F-1 visa? No....

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID-19, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). In March,...

On June 23, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 87 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issued ITAs to candidates under the Express Entry BC and...

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2020: On July 1, 2020, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would give applicants more time to respond to requests for evidence due to the COVID19 crisis. Previous Guidance Last March 2020, USCIS announced that it would give applicants an...

Washington, D.C., June 24, 2020: In response to funding shortages caused by a huge drop in visa applications, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is planning to furlough nearly 70% of its workforce. Under current law, USCIS raises funds for its operations from application fees that immigrants...