Canadian Immigration Newsletter for Immigrants, Future Immigrants, and Supporters of Immigrants

- by Russ Weninger, Immigration Lawyer

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5-Nugget Friday (December 2, 2016)

1. I, along with other speakers, will be giving a presentations in Banff on Tuesday evening December 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and in Calgary at the Kerby Centre on Saturday morning December 10th from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. My topic will be on paths to permanent residence for foreign workers. If you wish to register to attend the Calgary event, please contact Magno at, or contact Robert at If you wish to attend the Banff event, please contact Rene at           

2.  After the recent IRCC revamping of the Express Entry points allocation formula, another draw was held and 559 invitations were issued. Only Provincial Nominee Program applicants were invited to apply, and the lowest scores accepted were 786. I don't think much should be made of this. We are approaching the end of 2016, and will likely have a better sense of what constitutes a competitive point score in early 2017. 
3. If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student travelling home for the holidays, you should be aware that you may need a visitor visa to re-enter Canada if you are not from a visa-exempt country. If you are from a visa-exempt country, but are not from the United States, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization to re-enter Canada. Make sure your travel visa or Electronic Travel Authorization is up to date before attempting to return to Canada.    
4.  If you're a foreign worker and you're being charged a fee by an immigration consulting company to help you find a job, you should be aware that such a practice is illegal in many provinces. A recent court case from BC upheld the notion that businesses should not be charging workers to find them employment, regardless of whether those workers are foreigners or Canadian citizens.   
5. I recently found this article about countries with the most powerful passports. Canada didn't make the list, but I suspect Canadian passports are towards the top of the heap in terms of passports that provide visa-free access to other countries.    

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