Following the issuance of revised Ministerial Instructions in June 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada also revised its IMM 5612 Document Checklist, which is used for the initial filing of Federal Skilled Worker applications with the Central Intake Office. The language proficiency assessment was an expected addition to IMM 5612. However, what was not expected is the requirement that applicants also submit all documents listed on the specific visa office document checklist applicable to the consular post where the application will be processed.
Until recently, a work permit extension application (for a NOC 0, A, or B occupation), which required an approved Labour Market Opinion ("LMO"), could be filed concurrently with a pending LMO application. However, in July 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") posted a notice on its website indicating that concurrent filing would no longer be permitted.
During the past few months, the Province of Ontario has announced several changes to the International Student Category of Opportunities Ontario, its Provincial Nominee Program. Specifically, it has announced the creation of the International PhD Graduate Stream and the Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream.