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4/16/2021 |
  • Most Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders are no longer required to have their OCI cards re-issued each time they obtain a new passport.
  • Exceptionally, those with OCI cards issued before the cardholder turned 20 years old only need to obtain a re-issued OCI card once when they obtain a new passport after reaching 20 years of age.
  • There are new requirements for OCI cardholders to notify the government when they obtain a new passport up to 20 years of age, after reaching 50 years of age, and for OCI cardholders married to Indian citizens or other OCI cardholders.
  • The relaxed OCI card re-issuance rules reduce the administrative burden of having to apply for a new OCI card and indicate the government’s relaxed approach following recent restrictions for OCI card holders.
4/15/2021 |
  • The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced new pathways to permanent residence for essential workers and international graduates who are currently in Canada and actively contributing to the Canadian economy.
  • Eligible applicants will be able to submit applications from May 6, 2021 through November 5, 2021 or until all spots are filled, for a maximum of 90,000 new permanent residents.
  • Also, additional permanent residency streams will be launched for French-speaking or bilingual applicants in May, under the same eligibility requirements. These will not be subject to a quota.
  • Eligible foreign nationals will have an additional route to transition to permanent residence in Canada.
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