July, 2019

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80,000 tech jobs created by Toronto in the last 5 years

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toronto

Toronto features in the top 3 cities for technology workers in Canada and the USA. CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report rated 50 cities in Canada and the US on 13 aspects like job growth, tech supply etc. 

San Francisco Bay Area in the US ranked 1st while Seattle in the US came in 2nd. 

Toronto was placed on the 3rd rank ahead of New York, Washington and Austin. 

Toronto also took the top spot for “Brain Gain”. 80,100 tech jobs have been created by Toronto between 2013 and 2018. At 54% increase, Toronto had the largest growing tech talent pool among the reviewed cities. 

Toronto has created the same no. of jobs as the San Francisco Bay Area in the recent 5 years. 

The tech sector in Canada has been growing rapidly in recent years. This has increased the need for access to more foreign tech workers. The Federal Govt. and many provincial governments have stepped up their immigration programs to bring in more tech workers. 

The largest source of tech professionals and skilled workers in Canada is the Express Entry Progam. 

The below occupations were the ones to receive the most number of invites in 2018: 

  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers 
  • Software Engineers and Designers 
  • Information System Analysts and Consultants 

The Express Entry program, however, does not invite candidates based on occupation. Candidates scoring the highest CRS scores are issued ITAs for Canadian Permanent Residence. 

Tech workers who are scoring less than the current Express Entry cut-off could benefit a lot from a provincial nomination. Obtaining a provincial nomination adds 600 more points to your CRS score. 

Many PNPs have launched tech-specific immigration programs. Ontario is the most recent one to join the bandwagon. 

Ontario recently conducted the very first tech draw and invited 1,623 EE candidates. One does not need a job offer to qualify for Ontario’s tech draw. 

Several tech occupations have been added by Manitoba to its in-demand list. 

Saskatchewan has added Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers to its high-demand list. 

British Columbia’s tech pilot has also been issuing invitations to tech workers through regular draws. 

Tech Companies and high-skilled overseas workers can also make use of the Global Talent Stream. Since its inception in 2014, the GTS has welcomed more than 24,000 skilled workers to Canada. The processing time under the GTS is as less as 2 weeks, as per CIC News.  

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Canada conducts another large EE draw with 3600 invites 

 

Canada conducts another large EE draw with 3600 invites

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travel visa

Canada conducted the latest invitation round of the Express Entry program on 24th July. The draw invited 3,600 candidates with the lowest CRS score being 459. 

In comparison to the 10th July draw with a cut-off of 460, this draw saw a 1 point drop in the cut-off. 

The latest draw was the second consecutive one to see 3,600 invitations. Both these draws have increased the size by 250 ITAs as compared to the draws held between 30th January and 26th June. All the draws between January and June invited 3,350 candidates or less, as quoted by CIC News. 

The 24th July draw also saw a drop in the cut-off score. There was a 2-week gap between the last draw and this one which could be the reason for the drop in CRS Scores. 

The time gap between draws is an important factor that affects the cut-off score. The lesser time between two draws does not let the Express Entry pool to replenish itself with high-scoring candidates. 

Another important determinant of the cut-off score is the size of the draw. With the increase in the draw size, even candidates with a lower CRS score manage to get an invitation. 

IRCC has issued 49,000 Invitations to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence so far in 2019. 

Canada, under its Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan, has increased the admission target for 2019 to 2021. Hence, it is possible that 2019 may exceed the record-breaking 89,100 ITAs of 2018. 

Many provincial nominee programs linked with the Federal Express Entry Program have also been active in the recent weeks. Express Entry linked provincial nomination streams of Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have issued invitations to EE candidates. 

The very first tech draw for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream was held on 12th July. 1,623 candidates with experience in 6 tech-occupations were invited for a provincial nomination. The CRS score of the invited candidates ranged between 439 and 459. 

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The UAE now issues a 6-month Visit Visa

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uae

The UAE has announced that you can now get a 6-month multiple-entry Visit Visa. A spokesperson for the FAIC said that you can get this visa by applying to the Ministry of Interior. The 6-month Visit Visa can also be renewed for another 6 months. 

The following categories of people can apply for the 6-month Visit Visa: 

  • Investors 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Talented professionals 
  • Outstanding students 

This 6-month multiple-entry visa is available to all those who are eligible for the long-term Residence Visa of the UAE. 

This longer duration Visit Visa will allow entrepreneurs and investors to explore the local markets of the UAE. It will also help them start their documentation process for their Residence Visas. 

This new facility will be available as a public service and applicants do not need to sign in for the same. 

UAE Govt. officials are currently processing the Visit Visa applications. The UAE Cabinet had announced long-term (5-year and 10-year) Residence Visas for selected expats on 1st May. The 6-month Visit Visa announcement came as a follow-up to the same. 

6-month Visit Visa holders will be treated at par with residents by the UAE. These Visa holders can obtain Emirates ID cards to begin and finish their investment procedure. They would also be able to complete any other transaction that might be necessary to obtain a Residence Visa. 

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements of the long-term Residence Visa would then be able to obtain the same. 

A committee comprising of Govt. Ministries and Authorities are currently reviewing the submitted Visit Visa applications. The Committee will decide which applications meet the eligibility criteria, as quoted by The Gulf News. 

The UAE has not declared any specific quota for the 6-month Visit Visa. Any number of visa applications will be accepted as long as the applicants meet the visa conditions. 

3 new visa services were announced by the FAIC on 15th May: 

  • Investors may get a 6-month multiple-entry Visitor Visa to complete the requirements of the Residence Visa for investors 
  • Outstanding students and Entrepreneurs can get a 6-month multiple-entry Visitor Visa 
  • Talented professionals may get a 6-month single-entry Visitor Visa to complete Residence Visa formalities 

Since the announcement of the new Visit Visa, the UAE has received more than 6,000 applications in the first fortnight. 

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You will need lesser investment now for the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream

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ontario

Effective from 8th July 2019, Ontario has significantly lowered the net worth and investment required for the Entrepreneur Stream. Candidates with lesser business experience can also apply under this stream now. 

The largest province in Canada, Ontario, hopes to attract more foreign entrepreneurs with these new changes. The new changes will also make the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream more competitive as compared to other provincial entrepreneur programs in Canada. 

The new changes to the Ontario Entrepreneur Stream are as below: 

Requirement 

Before 8th July 2019 

After 8th July 2019 

Net worth for the proposed business inside the Greater Toronto Area  $1.5 million  $800,00 
Net worth for a proposed business outside the Greater Toronto Area  $800,000  $400,000 
Net worth for proposed business in ICT or Digital Communications  $800,000  $400,000 
Min. investment for proposed business inside the Greater Toronto Area  $1 million  $600,000 
Min. investment for proposed business outside the Greater Toronto Area  $500,000  $200,000 
Min. investment for proposed business in ICT or Digital Communications  $500,000  $200,000 
Business Exp. as owner or Senior Manager  36 months in the recent 5 years  24 months in the recent 5 years 

 

The new revisions to the Entrepreneur Stream have been recommended as part of the state budget of Ontario. There was a period of public consultations for these recommendations which had ended on 30th May. 

Since these changes are applicable from 8th July, those who have submitted an EOI and are awaiting an invite before this date are not eligible. 

To become eligible under the new rules, you need to submit a fresh EOI. Only then will you be considered in future draws. 

Candidates who have received an invite before 8th July will still fall under the old rules. 90 days is given to candidates who have been invited by Ontario to submit a provincial nomination application. 

Ontario has also terminated its Corporate Stream, as per CIC News. This stream was aimed at international corporate establishments which wanted to expand into or buy a business in Ontario. 

 

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180 EE candidates invited in the latest Alberta draw

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canada

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) conducted the latest draw on 5th July. 180 Express Entry candidates were invited in this draw with the lowest-ranked candidate scoring 425. 

The Alberta Express Entry Stream nominates eligible applicants from the Express Entry Pool. Invited candidates can then apply for a provincial nomination which earns them an extra 600 on their CRS score. 

To apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream, you do not need an offer of employment. It is also not mandatory to have previous work experience in Alberta. 

However, it is important that a candidate can demonstrate “strong ties” with the province. It is also mandatory for eligible candidates to have relevant work experience in a high-demand occupation in the province. However, Alberta has not released any such list of high-demand occupations. 

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program gives importance to candidates who: 

  • Have previous work experience or a job offer from Alberta 
  • Have completed a post-secondary degree from an educational institution in Canada and also have a job offer 
  • Have a parent, child or sibling who is an Alberta resident 

17 invitation rounds have been conducted by the AINP in 2019. It has issued 3,996 invitations so far this year. 

The minimum cut-off of 425 was the highest so far for an Alberta Express Entry invitation round. However, the cut-off is still much lower than the current Federal Express Entry cut-off, as quoted by CIC News. 

4 Alberta Express Entry invitation rounds have been conducted where cut-off has been as low as 300. 3 invitation rounds had a cut-off of 301 points while 1 had a cut-off of 302 points.  

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What are the criteria for sponsoring your family in the UAE?

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uae

The only criterion to sponsor your family in the UAE is income, announced the Federal Authority for Identity and EmiratisationThe minimum income requirement is at least Dh 4,000 if you do not have company-provided housing and Dh 3,000 if you have accommodation provided by your Company. 

As per the FAIE, both male and female residents can sponsor their family in the UAE. The family includes your spouse, children under 18 and unmarried daughters. You may, however, only be allowed to sponsor your family provided you meet the income threshold.  

As per the Council of Ministers’ Decision No. 30 of 2019, the FAIE has extended its services, as quoted by The Gulf News. 

Earlier this month, the Cabinet has decided to amend the regulations for foreign expats to sponsor their family. The Cabinet has done away with the earlier rules which allowed only a few specific “professions” to sponsor their family members. As per the new sponsorship rules, income is the only criterion to sponsor your family members in the UAE. 

The new sponsorship rules will provide better family stability. It will also help to enhance social cohesion. The new rules will also help attract more skilled workers to the country, believes the FAIE. The new rules will provide better professional and personal life balance for foreign workers in the country. 

 

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Canada announces a new PR pilot for agri-food workers

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agri farm canada

Canada paves a new pathway for Permanent Residence for migrant workers in the agri-farm sector starting in 2020. 

The new Agri-Food Pilot will initially run for 3 years. The Pilot aims to retain non-seasonal, experienced foreign workers who have a job offer from Canada’s agri-foods and agriculture sector. 

The agri-food industry exported products worth $66.2 billion in 2018. The industry also supports 1 out of every 8 jobs in Canada. However, industries like mushroom production and meat processing are facing a labour crunch. 

At present, migrant farm workers come to Canada only through the TFW (Temporary Foreign Worker) program. There are only limited work permits available through the TFW Program. It also has no provision for Permanent Residence. 

The following industries and occupations are eligible under the new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: 

  • Meat Processing 
  • Retail Butcher 
  • Industrial Butcher 
  • Food Processing labourer 
  • Harvest labourer for all year greenhouse crop production and mushroom production 
  • General farmworker for all year greenhouse crop production, livestock raising or mushroom production 
  • Specialized workers for livestock and Farm Supervisor for processing meat, all year greenhouse crop production, mushroom production or raising livestock 

The new Pilot will accept 2,750 primary applicants each year. Including family members, Canada could welcome well over 16,500 new PRs in the 3-year time the pilot would run. 

The eligibility requirement for this new pilot for agri-food workers are: 

  1. Should have at least 12 months of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in the TFW program in Canada. This work experience should be in any one of the eligible occupations for this pilot. 
  1. Demonstrate language proficiency of at least CLB 4 in either English or French 
  1. Should have completed high school or higher 
  1. Should have a full-time, non-seasonal job offer from Canada (outside Quebec). The salary offered should be at or above the prevailing wage. 

More details about this new immigration pilot will be made available in early 2020, as per CIC News. 

 

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Ontario invites 1600 EE candidates in the first tech draw

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canada

The first tech draw of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program was held on 12th July. 1623 Express Entry candidates with a score range between 439 and 459 received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination. 

The invited candidates had created their online EE profiles between July 12, 2018, and July 12, 2019. 

The announcement to hold tech draws was made by OINP earlier this month to support the labour needs of the tech sector in the province. Canada has some major tech-hubs in places like Waterloo, Toronto and Ottawa. Toronto created more tech jobs in 2017 than the San Francisco Bay Area in the USA, as per the CBRE Group. 

The OINP conducts the tech draws under its Human Capital Priorities Stream. A job offer from Ontario is not mandatory to apply under this stream. 

To be eligible for the tech draws of the OINP: 

  1. You should have a valid EOI in the Express Entry pool 
  1. Your EOI should have been created either under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class 
  1. You should meet all the requirements of the Human Capital Priorities Stream 
  1. You should have minimum of 1 year continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time work experience in any one of the occupations below: 
  • 2147-Computer Engineers 
  • 0213-Computer & Information Systems Managers 
  • 2172-Database Analysts & Data Administrators 
  • 2175-Web Designers & Developers 
  • 2174-Computer Programmers & Interactive Media Developers 
  • 2173-Software Engineers & Designers 

 

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Canada to expand the pilot to link skilled refugees with PNP

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canada

Speaking on the occasion of “World Refugee Day”, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that Canada could admit more refugees. It could do so by channeling skilled refugees through Canada’s economic migration programs. 

Mr. Hussen also said that he would like to expand the pilot that links skilled refugees to various PNPs in Canada. The pilot which was launched last year links skilled refugees from the Middle East and East Africa with existing PNPs. 

The Economic Mobility Pathways Project is modeled on the US-based Talent Beyond Borders. TBB has registered a number of refugees from Jordan and Lebanon, a third of whom have undergraduate degrees. 40% of these refugees are competent in English. The registered refugees with TBB belong to a number of fields like IT, Engineering, Health Care, Education and Accounting. 

The EMPP is run by the IRCC in partnership with the following: 

  • RefugePoint 
  • Talent Beyond Boundaries 
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

The EMPP refers eligible refugees registered with the UNHCR to PNPs of the following provinces: 

  • Ontario 
  • Manitoba 
  • Nova Scotia 
  • Newfoundland & Labrador 
  • Yukon 

Refugees who successfully obtain a provincial nomination can proceed to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. 

The EMPP also evaluates various challenges that these refugees may face while migrating via economic migration programs. 

So far, only a few refugees have been admitted into Canada through the EMPP. Mr Hussen would like to change that, as quoted by CIC News. 

As per a report by UNHCR, Canada has resettled more refugees in 2018 than any other country in the world. 28,100 refugees were taken in by Canada and resettled across 25 countries in 2018. 

The number of refugees who were granted Canadian citizenship increased to 18,000 in 2018 from 10,000 in 2017. 

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EE candidates with CRS as less as 300 get invited by Alberta

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alberta

Alberta in Canada had its latest invitation round on 21st June for its PNP stream aligned with the Express Entry. It issued 262 Notifications of Interest to candidates from the EE pool with CRS as less as 300. 

The Alberta Express Entry Stream gives an opportunity to even low-scoring EE candidates to apply for Canadian PR. This is one of the major advantages of this stream. 

Successful candidates who obtain a provincial nomination get 600 extra points. This significantly increases their CRS score which in turn gets them an Invitation to Apply from the EE pool. 

The 21st June Alberta draw had a cut-off score of 300. This is remarkably lower than the cut-offs in any Express Entry draw that have been held in 2019. The lowest cut-off in 2019 has been 332 which was seen in the 15th May invitation round. However, this invitation round catered exclusively to the Federal Skilled Trades Class applicants. The lowest cut-off in an all-programs draw in 2019 has been 438. 

A candidate who has relevant work experience in any occupation which contributes to the economic progress of Alberta eligible for the Alberta EE Stream. However, there is no such list of occupations which has been released by the Govt, as per CIC News. 

You do not need to have any previous work experience in Alberta to apply under the Alberta EE Stream. It is also not mandatory to have a job offer from the province to apply under this stream. 

However, priority is given by the provincial Govt. to any candidate who: 

  1. Has previous work experience or a job offer from an employer in Alberta 
  1. Has completed a post-secondary degree in Canada and has obtained a job offer 
  1. Has a parent, child or sibling who is currently a resident of Alberta 

The number of invitations issued by Alberta has reached 3,816 so far in 2019. 

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