March, 2019

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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

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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Australia creates 2 new routes for foreign workers

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australia

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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sol

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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Saskatchewan issues 138 invites in its latest draw

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

In its latest draw held on 6th March, Saskatchewan issued 138 invitations through its PNP. 70 invites were issued through the Express Entry sub-category. The remaining 68 were issued through the Occupations In-demand category.

To apply for the Saskatchewan’s Occupation In-demand category, applicants need to submit an online EOI. This subcategory is not related to the Federal Express Entry Program. For the Occupations In-Demand category, it is mandatory for candidates to have relevant work experience. The work experience should be in any occupation on the In-Demand Occupation List of Saskatchewan.

Eligible applicants are scored on the basis of their education, age, work experience and language skills. Eligible applicants are then placed in a pool of their respective categories. High-ranked applicants are then selected in regular draws. Selected applicants are then issued an Invitation to Apply for a provincial nomination.

The lowest-ranked candidate in the Express Entry sub-category in the 6th March draw had a score of 67. In the Occupations In-demand sub-category, the lowest-ranked candidate had a score of 81.

The previous draw was held by Saskatchewan on 27th February. 83 Invites were issued in this draw, as quoted by CIC News.

In 2019, SINP has issued 515 invitations through its Express Entry sub-category till date. The Occupations In-Demand sub-category issued 302 invitations in 2019 so far.

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Quebec will prioritize applications of workers already living in the province

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quebec

Francois Legault, Quebec Premier, said that the Govt. will prioritize 3,700 applications of workers already living in the province.

On 7th February 2019, the CAQ Govt. had introduced Bill 9 which called to terminate all pending QSWP applications. These were all paper-based applications which were submitted before Quebec introduced the EOI system in August last year. However, a few days ago, a judge granted a 10-day injunction against Quebec to continue processing the QSWP applications.

Mr Legault said that candidates will still have to submit an online EOI. Even the ones who are already working in Quebec will need to submit an EOI through the Arrima portal. However, their EOIs will only be processed after Bill 9 has been passed into law.

Marie Rinfret, Ombudsperson of Quebec, had criticized the Govt.’s move to dismiss all pending 18,000 QSWP applications. She said that 18,000 applications added up to around 45,000 applicants including spouses and children. 6,000 out of these applications were already living in Quebec on temporary visas. She also said that the move to dismiss applications lacked empathy.

Rinfret also said that applications which are not prioritized should be refunded their language and application fees. She also said that the applicants should be given an apology letter signed by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s Immigration Minister.

Jolin Barrette, at the time of introducing Bill 9, had said that the new EOI system is better suited to meet Quebec’s labour demands. The EOI system will help the Govt. select skilled workers as per the skill shortage in various regions of the province.

Jolin-Barrette also said that dismissing pending applications was important to focus on selecting applicants who had applied through the Arrima portal. The new EOI system aims at reducing the QSWP processing time from 36 months to 6 months, as quoted by CIC News.

 

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Canada celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program

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canada

Canada celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program in Fredericton. Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister, along with many newcomers gathered to celebrate this milestone at Downtown Fredericton.

The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program allows groups and organizations to sponsor refugees. They can thus help the refugees migrate to Canada.

Matt Decourcey, MP of Fredericton, said that these programs play an important role in a province struggling with a labour shortage. He said that provinces like New Brunswick do not have enough labour to fill in jobs. Hence immigrants are important to the economy of such provinces.

Ahmed Hussen called the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program “unique”, as quoted by CTV News. He also said that many countries are now trying to replicate this Canadian program.

In 2018, Canada welcomed the most number of refugees than any other nation in the world. This is all because of programs like this.

Programs like these open up a lot of opportunities for migrants. Migrants get the opportunity to integrate into Canadian society and contribute to the country’s economy.

Mahmoud Alhallak came to Canada in 2017 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program. He says that Canada is a great place to be. Canadian people are extremely polite, friendly, and supportive.

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Quebec to continue processing SWP applications backlog

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quebec

A Superior Court Judge in Quebec, Canada has ordered the state government to continue processing Skilled Worker Program applications. The Govt. wanted to cancel the processing of 18,000 pending SWP applications.

The ruling was made by Justice Frederic Bachand. He granted a 10-day long injunction in response to immigration lawyers calling the move to stop processing “illegal”.

The provincial government of Quebec had earlier proposed to terminate all QSWP applications submitted prior to 2nd August 2018. As per the Bill 9 legislation, the termination of processing was to be effective immediately.

Simon Jolin-Barrette, Immigration Minister of Quebec, said that the govt. will honour the Superior Court’s ruling. He also said that Quebec will continue processing SWP applications till Bill 9 is passed into law by the National Assembly.

The injunction was requested in the name of Seeun Park by AQAADI. Seeun Park was a nurse from South Korea whose application for a CSQ was one of the affected ones.

Under the QSWP, candidates must obtain a CSQ before applying for a Canadian PR. AQAADI requested the court to direct the Govt. to continue processing SWP applications till Bill 9 was passed into law. AQAADI told the court that the situation was urgent and would affect 18,000 applicants and their dependents.

As per CIC News, other groups like the Conseil du Patronat and the Canadian Bar Association have also raised concerns about the Govt.’s move to dismiss the backlog.

The Quebec Govt.’s move to dismiss the backlog has been criticized by many. The move has been called unfair keeping in mind the amount of time applicants had to wait for a visa decision. Also, many applicants were already living in Quebec as temporary residents.

The Quebec Govt. has said that applicants will now need to submit an online EOI. As per the earlier proposal, the Govt. wanted to cancel those applications which were made when the QSWP accepted paper-based applications.

The Immigration Minister said that cancelling the application backlog was necessary to expedite the QSWP. The EOI system will help Quebec bring down the current processing times of QSWP from 36 months to 6 months.

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