On April 22, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 26 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Entrepreneur Stream (OINP:ES). Expressions of Interest (EOIs) received and scored by the OINP:ES between November 22, 2019 and April 17, 2020 were eligible for consideration for this...

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2020: Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation on Thursday which temporarily suspends immigration to the United States for 60 days. The full text of the Proclamation can be found here : whitehouse.gov The proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23,...

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020: The White House has still not released the Executive Order suspending immigration to the U.S. The President first announced this new measure by Tweet on Monday evening — apparently without prior coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS and...

Washington, D.C., April 20, 2020: President Trump by Twitter announced his intention to adopt an executive order that temporarily suspends all immigration to the United States. Observers expect the executive order to be signed on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The President ostensibly is using this measure...

April 15th, 2020 Canada is increasing immigration processing fees, effective April 30, 2020. These increases are in accordance with percentage increases in Canada’s Consumer Price Index, and will be reviewed again in two years’ time. The following fee increases will take effect on April 30: Fees for principal applicants...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its historical processing time webpage which confirms that average I-526 processing times have dropped from an average of 19.8 months in FY 2019 to 12.6 months so far in FY 2020 (Oct. 1 to Jan. 31). USCIS...

Ottawa, April 10, 2020—With the current travel restrictions in place, most foreign nationals are prevented from entering Canada, with some exemptions. With these restrictions, Canada is suspending processing of non-essential visitor visa applications. This allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to focus resources on critical...

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2020: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated...