Best Canadian Province for Families

Canada is a vast country with 13 provinces, each with specific features and needs. Nunavut and Quebec are the only provinces that do not have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Selecting a province to live in Canada can be based on the likelihood of obtaining a provincial nomination. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia are the provinces that have various PNPs. Each province has different nomination programs with specific requirements based on the demands of the province. Manitoba offers three primary pathways to gain a provincial nomination: Career Employment Pathway, Graduate Internship Pathway, and International Student Entrepreneur Pilot. Saskatchewan offers four PNPs: International Skilled worker Category, Saskatchewan Work Experience Category, Entrepreneur Category, and Farm Owner and Operator Category. New Brunswick falls under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and has its own Express Entry Stream, Skilled Workers’ Stream, and Entrepreneurial stream. Newfoundland and Labrador shares many PNP categories with New Brunswick and also has an International Graduate Category and an International Graduate Entrepreneur Category. Prince Edward Island is part of Atlantic Canada and falls under the AIPP, and it also has the Prince Edward Island Critical Workers Stream and the Skilled Workers Outside Canada Stream. Nova Scotia has the most PNP categories, and like the other Atlantic provinces, it has an entrepreneur, International Graduate, International Graduate Entrepreneur, and Skilled Worker Streams. Nova Scotia also has two Express Entry Streams, Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry, and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. Finally, the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream exclusively picks candidates from the national express entry pool if their skills fill the needs of the Nova Scotia job market.


New Visa Freebie for Minors in Ireland


Re-entry visa requirements for minors have been suspended with immediate effect and until further notice. The new rules apply to children under the age of 16 who are resident in Ireland. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with legal permission to reside in Ireland. The adult accompanying the child must also provide appropriate documentation to prove they are the legal parent, or guardian, of the child in question. Persons seeking to travel under this policy should first consult their airline to confirm that boarding will be allowed. An airline may be unwilling to board a minor without a visa and cannot confirm that boarding will be possible. Then, it is advised that the minor applies for an entry visa, which will be processed free of charge.



New Rules in Ireland for UK Nationals and Relatives


The rights of UK nationals residing in Ireland will remain unaffected post-Brexit, and the Common Travel Area (CTA) still applies to them. Hence, they can continue to access healthcare, social services, travel, live, work, and study freely without requiring any documentation under the Withdrawal Agreement.

However, separate arrangements have been made for non-EEA family members or dependents of UK nationals living in Ireland. These family members can use EU Treaty Rights under the EU Free Movement Directive and hold a valid Irish Resident Permit based on that. As a family member, they can continue to reside, work, and study in Ireland but will be required to exchange their current valid Irish Resident Permit card for a new one through the card exchange program administered by the Immigration Service of the Department of Justice. Applications for this program will be made through the online renewal system, and the processing of applications received before the end of the transition period will continue even if a decision is not made until after Brexit.

Furthermore, there will be no changes for UK nationals who plan to relocate to Ireland post-Brexit, and their rights will still be protected under the CTA. However, a new scheme will be introduced for UK nationals who arrive in Ireland after Brexit and wish to bring their non-EEA family members.