Canada – Immigration Updates

Changes to Medical Exam Requirements

What has changed

Effective November 23, 2017, changes have been made to the list of countries for which an Immigration Medical Examination (IME) is required.

An IME is usually required for those individuals who:

  • apply to visit Canada for longer than six (6) months;
  • have spent more than six (6) consecutive months in the one (1) year period before they seek entry to Canada in a designated country for which a medical examination is required.

IRCC has updated the list of countries for which the IME is required. New countries for which an IME is required include:

  • Fiji
  • Singapore
  • Timor-Leste (previously not listed as a separate country)
  • Tunisia

Countries for which an IME is no longer required include:

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • French collectivity of Wallis and Futuna
  • Portugal
  • Seychelles
  • Surinam
  • Venezuela

The next revision of the list is scheduled to take place late in 2021. After the 2021 revision, changes are expected to take place every three (3) years.

Who is affected?

  • Individuals seeking entrance to Canada for longer than six (6) months
  • Individuals who have spent more than six (6) months in the one (1) year period before they seek entry to Canada in a designated country for which a medical examination is required

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

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Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal

What has changed

The federal and Manitoba governments have reached agreement on the renewal of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The MPNP renewal will be reorganized around four (4) new or revised application streams. Highlights from the changes include:

  • International Education Stream (IES) – Under the new International Education Stream (IES), international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting industry requirements will no longer be required to work for six (6) months before applying to the MPNP, thereby providing faster processing for those eligible for nominations.
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM) – Under SWM, MPNP will select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. Candidates with strong labour market attachments to Manitoba employers will remain a priority.
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO) – The Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO) is for international skilled worker applicants with in-demand skills and training and a high potential to establish strong labour market attachments to related occupations soon after arrival in Manitoba.
  • Business Investor Stream (BIS) – BIS allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba within the first twenty-four (24) months of arrival in Canada. Some highlights of program requirements include: Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government; Applicants must have a minimum of (3) years of full time work experience in the past (5) years either as an active business owner or working in a senior management role of a successful business to qualify; Applicants must have at least one-third (1/3) ownership to qualify for points; The minimum investment for business owners is $250,000 for businesses situated in the Manitoba Capital Region; and $150,000 if a business is situated outside of the Manitoba Capital Region; Applicants must have a minimum of $500,000.

Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba.

Who is affected?

  • Applicants to the MPNP

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.