March, 2019

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Ontario in Canada issues 361 invites in the latest draw

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ontario

Ontario has issued 361 invites through its Skilled Trades Stream in its latest draw. The draw was held on 21st March. The OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) issued 361 invitations to candidates who had submitted their EE profiles between 21st March 2018 and 21st March 2019.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of applicants for the below migration programs of Canada:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream nominates FSTC and CEC candidates in the EE pool who are currently living and working in the province. These applicants should have at least 1-year full-time work experience or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience in Ontario. The work experience has to be in any skilled trade listed on the NOC under:

  • Minor group 633
  • Major Group 72,73, or 82

To apply under Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream, an applicant has to meet all the requirements prescribed by OINP. However, a job offer is not mandatory to apply under this stream, as per CIC News.

Candidates who receive a nomination through the Skilled Trades Stream receive 600 extra points on their CRS score. Thus, nominated candidates are guaranteed an Invitation to Apply from the Express Entry System to apply for PR.

732 invitations have been issued through the Skilled Trades Stream by the OINP in 2019.

 

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PEI, Canada issues 150 invitations in its latest draw

Canada offers 21,200 PR invitations in the first quarter of 2019

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canada

Canada has issued 21,200 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for PR in the first quarter of 2019. The last Express Entry round for this quarter was conducted on 20th March. 3,350 invitations were issued in the March 20 draw which equalled the number of ITAs issued in the last 3 draws.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) in the latest EE round was 452. The score dropped by 2 points as compared to the previous round.

The tie-break method was used in this round too. The cut-off was 7th February 2019 before 6 am EST. Applicants who had submitted their EOIs prior to the cut-off date and time were considered in the draw. The tie-break method is used when more than 1 candidate has the same CRS score.

Canada has set the immigration intake target for 2019 at 81,400. IRCC has already issued 21,200 ITAs in 2019. A record number of ITAs were issued in 2018 at 89,800, as per CIC News.

The March 20 draw was the sixth draw of 2019. Overall, it was the 113th Express Entry Draw.

The Express Entry system came into effect on 1st January 2015. It manages applications to the Canadian economic migration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Some programs under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)are also aligned with the Express Entry system.

Stakeholders are anticipating at least 30 immigration draws for 2019. These draws are expected to issue no less than 80,000 ITAs. It is also anticipated that for most of these draws the CRS will remain under 460. IRCC would, thus, be able to ensure that they meet Canada’s immigration intake target for 2019.

 

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Know about the new DAMAs signed by South Australia

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south australia

South Australia has recently signed two new DAMAs (Designated Area Migration Agreement). Employers in the state would benefit from the same as they would be able to sponsor foreign workers under Subclass 482.

Employers in regional areas of South Australia often struggle to find skilled labour. Such employers would now have access to skilled workers due to the new DAMAs. The DAMAs will also provide employers access to a wider range of occupations. Sponsored employees will also receive a concession on their language and work experience requirements.

The South Australian DAMAs will utilize the labour agreement stream under the Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa (Subclass 482). Interested businesses would need to sign an agreement with the state government to be able to use the Subclass 482 Visa.

The DAMAs signed by South Australia are:

The Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement

This agreement will focus on high-tech growth industries in Adelaide, as quoted by SBS News. It will include Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Defence Space Technology.

South Australia’s Regional Workforce Agreement

This agreement focuses on the high-growth industries based out of the regional areas. The industries included are:

  • Forestry
  • Agribusiness
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Health and Social Services
  • Tourism and Hospitality

The major aims of the South Australian DAMAs are:

  • Provide a pathway to Permanent Residence to visa holders in most occupations
  • A wide range of occupations which reflect both semi-skilled and skilled labour shortages in the state. Also, there would be no caveats in the application.
  • Sponsored applicants will receive concession in their English language skills
  • Sponsored applicants will also receive concessions on salary for relevant occupations reflecting the market rates of SA. This is to ensure that the sponsored employees terms and conditions of employment are not abraded.
  • There would be an increase in the age limit for selected occupations

 

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Australia announces new visas to increase migration to its regions

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Australia has announced the introduction of Regional Visas to ease the congestion off its major cities. These new Visas aim to increase migration to the regional areas of Australia. Visa holders would need to complete a mandatory stay of 3 years in a regional area to be eligible for Permanent Residency.

Australian PM, Scott Morrison has announced that the annual immigration intake has been reduced to 160,000. The Govt. will reserve 23,000 visa spots for the new Regional Visas.

The Australian Govt. will also encourage international students to take up courses in regional areas of Australia. In a bid to attract more foreign students to regional Universities, Australia has announced 1000 scholarships of $15,000 each. These scholarships would be available to both domestic as well as international students willing to study in regional Universities. Another added bonus is that international students will get an extra year on their Post-Study Work Permit.

Population Minister, Alan Tudge, said that measures are being taken to ease the congestion in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The combined effect of reducing immigration levels, regional visas, and encouraging students to study at regional universities will definitely help achieve the same.

Mr Tudge also said that Regional Visa holders will need to meet the 3-year requirement. The Govt. will verify the same through ATO that the visa holder was actually employed there. The Visa holder will also need to submit evidence like electricity bills for those 3 years to prove that they have been residing in the regional area. Anyone who breaches the 3-year condition will not be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency.

Regional pathways, currently, require a minimum stay of 2 years to obtain Permanent Residence. However, the new announcement will add another year to it.

The number of visa places in the RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) has been increased from 6,000 to 9,000. The number of visa places for state and territory sponsored visas has been increased from 8,500 to 14,000, as per SBS News.

These visa holders will be prioritized and will have access to more occupations for Permanent Residence.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, clarified that Regional Visa holders would be able to move between different regions. However, they will need to work outside Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Gold Coast. In case they relocate from regional areas, they risk having their visa cancelled. The Govt. will set aside an extra $7 million to ensure visa holders comply with the requirements.

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Canada had the highest immigration intake in 2018 since World War I

Canada

Canada

Canada has recorded the highest immigration influx in a hundred years.

Canada added 71,131 migrants in the last quarter of 2018. There was an increase of 321,065 as compared to the previous years as per Statistics Canada. This was the largest immigration intake since 1913 when Canada welcomed 401,000 migrants. 2018 also saw the fourth largest immigration intake since 1852.

Canada crossed the half million mark for the first time since the late 1950s. There was also a surge in the number of temporary residents like foreign students. For an economy coping with an ageing population, it has been a welcome boost.

The surge in international immigration has led to an increase in employment opportunities. Most immigrants who come to Canada are of the working age. Thus, it also provides a much-needed boost to the workforce as well.

There was an increase of 425,245 including both permanent and temporary immigrants to Canada. The numbers also include international refugees. However, the number does not include the ones who have illegally arrived in Canada. Statistics Canada does not provide the number of refugees who arrived in Canada in 2018.

The increase in immigrants helped the population in Canada grow by 528,421 in 2018. This was the largest increase since 1950. As per Statistics Canada, the population in Canada grew by 1.4% in 2018. This was the fastest growth seen in Canada since 1990, as quoted by Bloomberg.

The increase in immigration numbers also helps make up for the slow natural population growth of Canada. Natural population increase is calculated as the number of births minus the number of deaths. Canada’s natural population increase dropped to 103,176 in 2018, which was the lowest since the late 1940s.

 

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Saskatchewan issues 138 invites in its latest draw

PEI, Canada issues 150 invitations in its latest draw

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island issued 150 invitation in its latest draw conducted on 21st March.

The 150 invitations were issued in the below categories:

  • PEI Express Entry
  • Business Impact: Work Permit
  • Labour Impact

PEI has issued 440 invitations for a provincial nomination this year.

131 invitations were issued through the Labour Impact and Express Entry streams. 19 invitations were issued through the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

Candidates who have received an invite through the EE and Labour Impact streams can now apply for a provincial nomination.

Entrepreneurs invited through the Business Impact category can apply to obtain a letter of support to the PEI PNP.

Candidates in the EE pool who want to apply for a PEI nomination need to submit a separate EOI with PEI PNP. The profiles are scored out of 100 on factors like work experience, education, language proficiency etc. Highest-scoring candidates are invited in monthly draws conducted by PEI PNP.

The PEI Labour Impact Category is not linked with the Federal EE system. It consists of 3 Expression of Interest-based streams:

  • Skilled Workers (In Canada and in PEI)
  • Critical Workers
  • International Graduates

Candidates applying under the Labour Impact category need to have a full-time offer of employment from the province.

Foreign entrepreneurs who wish to set up their business in PEI can apply through the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

The Business Impact Stream works on an EOI basis. The lowest-scoring candidate in the 21st March draw had a score of 110, as quoted by CIC News.

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Nova Scotia conducts its latest draw on 20th March

Nova Scotia conducts its latest draw on 20th March

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Nova Scotia conducted its latest draw for its EE linked Labour Market Priorities stream on 20th March. The NSNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program), however, did not specify the number of invitations issued.

The NSNP selects EE candidates who meet the province’s labour market needs through its Labour Market Priorities Stream. In the past, NSNP picked specific occupations like Accountants and Early Childhood Educators through this stream.

The 20th March draw extended invitations to those EE candidates who listed French as their first language. Eligible candidates had a score of CLB 7 or above in the French proficiency test. They also had to score at least CLB 5 or above on the English proficiency test as well.

Other eligibility requirements of the Labour Market Priorities Stream are:

  • Candidates should at least hold a Bachelors degree or a 3-year or more study program. The program could be from any University, college, or any other educational institute.
  • Should have submitted an online EE profile on or before 25th September 2018

Invited candidates need to submit their application for Provincial Nomination within 30 days of receiving the Letter of Interest. 600 additional CRS points are awarded to candidates who are approved for a provincial nomination.

The 20th March draw marked the 32nd International Day of La Francophonie. The province also launched the new Francophone immigration Action Plan on this occasion. The plan aims to encourage more French-speaking immigrants to migrate to the province of Nova Scotia.

3% to 4% of the population of Nova Scotia speaks French as their first language, as per CIC News. The new immigration plan will focus on attracting and retaining more French-speaking migrants in the province. It will also support these migrants to integrate into the community through its programs and services.

 

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83% of Canadian women participated in the labour market in 2018

Australia creates 2 new routes for foreign workers

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Australia has launched two new visa agreements to sponsor foreign workers. The Govt. feels that this will help the multicultural communities in the country.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, launched two new visa agreements. These are for aged care workers and religious institution workers.

The new visa agreement allows aged care facilities in Australia to sponsor overseas carers. These carers should have the requisite skills to care for the elderly in Australian communities. However, Aged Care Workers do not feature on the list of eligible occupations.

Mr Coleman said that there is a growing need for bilingual aged care workers. This is because the elderly with dementia often revert back to their native language. They also, quite often, lose the ability to speak in a second language.

The new visa agreement will allow Australian aged care facilities to sponsor foreign workers on the TSS or Employer Nomination Scheme Visa. The employers will, however, need to prove that they could not find a local Australian for the job.

Australia has launched a new occupation of Religious Assistant. Religious Institutions in Australia will have access to this occupation. It will help broaden the scope for sponsoring foreign workers. It will also expand the scope of the occupation of Minister of Religion. The new visa agreement will allow the sponsored employee to work in any senior profile in the country.

There are, currently, 23,000 Minister of Religions in Australia. Mr Coleman expects strong growth in the numbers in the coming years. The new visa agreement will help address the shortage of religious workers in Australia.

The new visa agreements will have the same salary and age concessions as the current visas. These arrangements will be effective from 11th March, as per SBS News. Both these visa agreements will offer a pathway to Permanent Residence.

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Is your occupation on the new SOL of Australia?

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Australia has released its new Skilled Occupation Lists on 11th March.

36 new occupations have been added to the Medium and Long Term Skill Shortage List (MLTSSL). 18 new occupations have been included in the Regional Occupation List (ROL). Changes have also been made to the Short Term Skill Shortage List (STSSL). 27 occupations have been removed from the STSSL.

Visa rules have been relaxed for farmers and sporting bodies, as quoted by SBS News.

These are the new occupations which have been added to the MLTSSL:

  1. Horse Trainer
  2. Software and Applications Programmer
  3. Multimedia Specialist
  4. University Lecturer
  5. Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
  6. Meteorologist
  7. Metallurgist
  8. Conservator
  9. Life Scientist nec
  10. Zoologist
  11. Microbiologist
  12. Marine Biologist
  13. Botanist
  14. Biotechnologist
  15. Biochemist
  16. Life Scientist (General)
  17. Hydrogeologist
  18. Geophysicist
  19. Environmental Scientists nec
  20. Environmental Research Scientist
  21. Environmental Consultant
  22. Food Technologist
  23. Chemist
  24. Engineering Professionals nec
  25. Petroleum Engineer
  26. Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)
  27. Economist
  28. Statistician
  29. Musician (Instrumental)
  30. Environmental Manager
  31. Footballer
  32. Tennis Coach
  33. Artistic Director
  34. Music Director
  35. Dancer or Choreographer
  36. Arts Administrator or Manager

The below occupations have been added to the ROL:

  1. Anaesthetist
  2. Dentist
  3. Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  4. Livestock Farmers nec
  5. Sheep Farmer
  6. Pig Farmer
  7. Goat Farmer
  8. Deer Farmer
  9. Mixed Livestock Farmer
  10. Dairy Cattle Farmer
  11. Beef Cattle Farmer
  12. Crop Farmers nec
  13. Sugar Cane Grower
  14. Mixed Crop Farmer
  15. Grain, Oilseed, or Pasture Grower
  16. Fruit or Nut Grower
  17. Cotton Grower
  18. Aquaculture Farmer

These occupations have been removed from the STSSL:

  1. Tennis Coach
  2. Anaesthetist
  3. Dentist
  4. Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
  5. Livestock Farmers nec
  6. Sheep Farmer
  7. Pig Farmer
  8. Mixed Livestock
  9. Dairy Cattle Farmer
  10. Beef Cattle Farmer
  11. Crop Farmers nec
  12. Sugar Cane Grower
  13. Mixed Crop Farmer
  14. Grain, Oilseed, or Pasture Grower
  15. Fruit or Nut Grower
  16. Cotton Grower
  17. Aquaculture Farmer
  18. Footballer
  19. Artistic Director
  20. Music Director
  21. Dancer or Choreographer
  22. Arts Administrator or Manager
  23. Library Technician
  24. Chemical Plant Operator
  25. Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
  26. Textile, Clothing, and Footwear Mechanic
  27. Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

 

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83% of Canadian women participated in the labour market in 2018

Canadian Women

Canadian Women

83% of Canadian women between the ages of 25 and 54 participated in the labour market in 2018. These women were either working or looking for work as per Statistics Canada. Data for the same was released by Statistics Canada to mark the International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8th March.

Women’s participation in 2018 is in stark contrast to 1950 when only 21% of Canadian women participated in the labour market. This number had increased to 75.9% by 1991.

There were several economic and demographic factors that coincided with the increased participation of women. Women, nowadays, have greater participation in higher education. Women today also tend to get married later than a woman earlier which further delays the childbearing stage. Also, divorces and separation have also increased making it necessary for women to work to support themselves.

At the provincial level, Newfoundland and Labrador saw the fastest growth in women participation. Between 2008 and 2018, the number rose by 5% to reach 81.6% in 2018.

Quebec came in second with the growth rate increasing by 3.9% to reach 86.7% in 2018.

Immigrant women who are between the ages of 25 and 54 had a participation rate of 77.7% in 2018. There was an increase of 2.3% between 2008 and 2018, as per CIC News.

The rate of women participation puts Canada ahead of the USA. The USA has a women participation rate of 75%. However, Sweden and Iceland are ahead of Canada with a participation rate of 88.7%.

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