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Saskatchewan holds PNP on March 26th invites 205 candidates

Latest Saskatchewan draw invites 205

Latest Saskatchewan draw invites 205

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)are very much happening in Canada immigration these days. Saskatchewan held a new draw on March 26, 2020. It invited 205 immigration candidates. They could now apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) specified that the candidates needn’t have a job offer to be selected. But they needed a work experience of one year in an eligible occupation. The job should be related to their field of study.

Like Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba have also held PNP draws recently. This was after immigration Canada announced its special measures owing to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020. These draws add up to the federal Express Entry draw conducted on March 18, 2020. That draw selected only provincial nominees.

Candidates were invited via Saskatchewan’s PNP draw under the Occupations In-Demand subcategory. They had Educational Credential Assessments. They either studied at a post-secondary institution in the province or had a close family member in Saskatchewan.

Among the 71 occupations to which candidate was selected in this round included:

  • College instructors
  • Corporate sales managers
  • Medical laboratory technologists

The candidates also had to file an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile to the SINP.

Saskatchewan’s EOI system lets the province to select potential candidates from among immigrants. These candidates have the ability to thrive in the prairie province. Interested candidates have to create an EOI profile. They will be assessed on the basis of their

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language skills
  • Connections to the province
  • Age

These features of eligibility demonstrate their capacity to settle in Saskatchewan.

The candidates are then given a score out of 100. SINP’s International Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid is what the score is based on.

The candidates who score high are then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination. The nomination will grant them Canadian permanent residence.

The minimum score required in the latest draw was 75.

About SaskatchewanPNPs

The total number of candidates invited this year so far by the SINP is:

Occupations In-Demand candidates 1124
Saskatchewan Express Entry 845
Total candidates 1969

Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category is linked to the federal Express Entry system. The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates. These candidates belong to Canada’s most prominent economic-class immigration programs namely:

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

Candidates having Express Entry profiles need to create EOI profiles intended for Saskatchewan also. It’s necessary to get considered for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan get 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This applies at the federal level. Thus, they are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

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Australia’s immigration processes are right on track

Skillselect Australia report 2020

Skillselect Australia report 2020

Let the pandemic scare not let your spirits down. The immigration activities in Australia are going on schedule!

The latest invitation round of SkillSelect’s immigration process was conducted on March 13, 2020. At this stage of the immigration process, applicants are invited to live and work in Australia. the invitation is based on their skill assessment results.

The skill assessment is an immigration procedure. In it, the applications with Expression of Interest (EOI) from individuals are scrutinized. The scrutiny is done by a skill assessing authority. The skill assessing authority is an organization. It checks if the applicant’s skills and qualifications match the required standards of a relevant occupation.

In the latest round, invitations were issued by SkillSelect in the following numbers:

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – 1,750
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored – 300

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) is for workers invited through after assessment.New Zealand citizens are also eligible. They have the required skills to live and work anywhere in Australia permanently. With this visa, you can work and study anywhere in Australia. It also allows you to sponsor your relatives eligible for Australian permanent residence. The visa could also lay the path to your becoming an Australian citizen.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) allows you to stay in Australia for 5 years. You can live, work and study in designated areas of the country. It also lets you travel to and from the country unlimited times.

The number of invitations sent to clients for them to apply for visa and their respective points earned is as shown below:

Points No. Of invitations for Subclass 189 No. Of invitations for Subclass 491
85 0 48
90 1311 131
95 341 71
100 67 44
105 20 6
110 9 0
115 0 <5

It is customary in this program that clients who get the highest ranks by points are invited to apply for the relevant visa. If more than one client has equal points, their time of reaching their points will decide the order of invitation. This will be specific to the subclass involved.

The stipulated minimum points for each subclass are:

Visa subclass Minimum points Latest date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 90 29/01/2020 – 6:37pm
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – (Family Sponsored) 85 05/02/2020 – 3:56am

Due to the high demand for the immigration streams, certain occupation groups were given pro-rata treatment. This will ensure that the availability of invitations across the program year. Subclass 189 gets the priority in the allocation, followed by Subclass 491. These occupations are:

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points Latest date of effect
189 2211 Accountants 95 19/06/2019 11:45pm
189 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries, and Corporate Treasurers 95 31/01/2020 07:12pm
189 2334 Electronics Engineer 90 29/01/2020 04:49pm
491 2334 Electronics Engineer 85 15/01/2020 1:58pm
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers 90 18/11/2019 1:36pm
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 08/12/2019 3:13am
189 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 90 07/01/2020 3:08pm
189 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 90 29/01/2020 6:37pm
491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 04/02/2020 1:28pm
189 2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 29/01/2020 1:19pm
491 2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 12/03/2020 10:39am

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COVID-19 triggers restrictions for foreigners in Australia

COVID-19 triggers restrictions for foreigners in Australia

Foreigners in Australia

Foreigners in Australia

Immigration Australia is bracing hard times with tough decisions to take on the COVID-19 pandemic. In this effort, the country has closed its borders to all travelers and foreigners from entering the nation. The decision applies to all those who aren’t permanent residents. The move is expected to effectively slow down the spread of COVID-19.

The decision comes with good reason. About 80% of Australia’s cases have their origins in travelers who returned to the country. The people who have been in contact with them also have been causing the spread of the virus. Currently, there are more than 800 cases of COVID-19 infection in Australia.

The border closure has been in effect from 21:00 March 20, 2020, local time. The closure has turned down travel plans of many and affected many families. The situation has put millions of temporary visa holders in Australia in trouble too.

Foreigners in Australia are trying to cope with the situation. It becomes necessary for them to follow the measures taken by the Australian government. The implication these measures bring to migration overseas must be learned.

For foreigners trying to leave Australia

There’s a highly volatile situation owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. Flight cancellations and rerouting may increase in the coming days. Hence it would become necessary to plan your flights without delay when it is available.

It is also necessary to learn about the restrictions the respective countries of origin are imposing on travelers returning there. E.g. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued advisory to UK citizens. They should stay informed about the guidelines issued by governments in Australia and the UK.

For foreigners who want to stay

Australian government has clarified that foreigners who are staying in Australia with a valid visa can continue to do so. The only necessity is to comply with the requirements specified for such visa holders to stay back. This includes terms like having a job in Australia. Applications for new visas or extending existing visas must be submitted well within the stipulated time.

In this situation of crisis, it will be necessary to check whether the expiry date is coming close. They must reapply before validity lapses.

In the special circumstance owing to COVID-19, Australia is allowing foreigners to apply to waive the “no further delay” condition. This clause, commonly applied on temporary and backpacker visas, prevent them from getting renewed. But it’s essential to apply for such a waiver.

To stay back in Australia after the expiry of the visa, the foreigner must apply for a Bridging Visa. This will help you stay back legally until your application for a new visa is approved.

The Australian government has clarified that proper assessment of a visa application will be done. This will be based on the COVID-19 enhanced border measures and the applicant’s individual circumstances.

Students who have study requirements to fulfill can opt to apply for an exception. Such permissions will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

For those who are coming from outside Australia

Those who are outside Australia will not be allowed to travel to the country until the travel restrictions are in place. In the present scenario, the duration of the restrictive orders is not known. Those who are now in Australia and planning to leave the country and return will also not be allowed to do so.

If a traveler with a temporary visa has not yet returned from the foreign country, he/she will need to re-apply after the restrictions are lifted. As of now, only a permanent resident of Australia is allowed to re-enter the country. Such a person is advised to contact the office that granted visa when he/she is able to travel.

For those who stay in Australia

There is a concern raised by the Labor opposition and migration advocates over the fate of temporary employees. Those doing temporary work in Australia could face a difficult situation. They foresee a possible disadvantage for temporary work visa holders staying in Australia. This stems from the possibility of them losing their jobs and consequently losing out on the eligibility to stay back.

These are hard times faced by the nation with serious economic issues. Finding job replacement will hence be hard for these temporary workers. Many of them will also lose access to subsidized medical treatment or welfare benefits.

In a call for more support, the migration advocates are making appeals to the stakeholders. Already, few supermarket chains have offered more shifts for international students. Australia’s agricultural and farming sector is currently trying to influence Canberra. The aim is to extend the visas of seasonal workers and working holidaymakers.

Foreigners seeking help in Australia

Countries like the UK are already advising people to follow instructions and directions posted on Australia’s immigration website. The website informs everything on visa rules and changes in immigration.

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Canada Express Entry – 3,232 CEC candidates fit for PR

Canada issues 3,232 invitations in the latest CEC-specific draw

Canada issues 3,232 invitations in the latest CEC-specific draw

Second time in Canada immigration history, since 2015, an Express Entry draw was conducted for the Canada Experienced Class (CEC). The draw took place on March 23, 2020. It invited those who have at least a year’s work experience in Canada in the 3 years before applying. The candidate must have experience in skilled jobs from Canada to apply for Permanent Residence. These job areas are:

  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
  • Professional jobs (skill type A)
  • Managerial jobs (skill level 0)

The candidate’s work experience can be in one or more of these areas.

Invitations to Apply (ITA) were sent to 3,232 candidates. They now could apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. The draw is an exercise meant to choose skilled applicants from a pool of talented workers. It helps them and their families to settle down in Canada.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) needed to qualify for invitations were set at 467 this time. The CRS is relevant in a point-based system that Canada follows. Immigrants need to earn a stipulated score that is based on factors like:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Skill in English and French

The cut-off score of the latest draw was 3 points lower than the lowest cut-off score of 2020 so far. This is considering an all-program Express Entry draw. That cut-off score was 470.

CEC is one among the 3 federal high skilled immigration programs. The other two are the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. With CEC, the country recognizes the best of the skilled workers already contributing to the Canadian economy. The draw is an opportunity for them to earn their highly desired Permanent Residence.

The tie-breaking rule applied to this draw was based on the profile status on November 25, 2019, at 14:00:35 UTC. Under this rule, if more than one candidate gets the least score, the cut-off is based on the date and time of their submitting Express Entry profiles. In the latest draw it meant that CEC candidates with the following scores must have received ITAs:

  • Candidates who scored above 467
  • Candidates who scored 467 and submitted profiles to Express Entry pool before November 25, 2019

Canada has high admission targets for all its Federal High Skilled immigration programs in 2020-2021. The Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is hence expected to hold more draws. These will be larger and will happen in the coming weeks and months more frequently.

If Express Entry candidates have a provincial nomination, they will get an additional 600 CRS points. This will effectively ensure them receiving an ITA for Canadian Permanent Residence.

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France acts on COVID-19 crisis, suspends all types of visas

France cancels visas

France cancels visas

In a decision motivated by safety concerns over COVID-19, France has announced that it has decided to stop the issue of visas. This includes visiting visas, diplomatic visas and other types of visas. This will be implemented in all its embassies and consulates around the globe. This is in view of the potential situation spurred by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

A notice was published by the French government. It stated that the issuance of visas will be suspended until further notice. These will include Schengen visas too.

The French government’s statement expressed concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It was stated that to address the grueling concern, the country is suspending all types of visas. These include visas for both the short-term and long-term stays in France. Applications for tourist visas and other visas for which appointments have already been made are also canceled.

The French President, Emanuel Macron stated that the country is now engaged in a health war. He emphasized the gravity of the situation. He was in the first line of leaders of EU member states to confirm the unanimous decision EU states had taken to combat COVID-19. The decision was to suspend travel between European and non-European nations for no less than a month.

He declared that the borders of European Union states and the Schengen nations will be closed. All travel between these and other countries will be suspended for a month. He also announced that all French citizens must remain indoors at their homes for 2 weeks. Punitive action was declared for those who broke the order. He also declared that the second round of local elections that were scheduled for March 22, 2020, would be postponed.

He also announced that electricity, gas, rent payments and water bills will also be suspended in this time of crisis. The French government is doing its best to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Calling for nationwide cooperation, the government is bracing all odds to come out successful, surviving a hard time.

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IGP 2021 is open, Australians can work with the government

Indigenous graduate

Indigenous graduate

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway (IGP) leads to a rewarding career in the Australian Government. Through IGP a graduate can work in Australia with a prestigious work profile.

IGP is an important initiative of the Australian government. It’s aimed at increasing the number of indigenous graduates across the Commonwealth. These graduates are coordinated by the Australian Public Service Commission. The commission does it in partnership with Commonwealth Government agencies. They participate in the initiative.

The IGP is a recruitment process that is consistent with the

  • Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016-2019 (Commissioner’s Directions)
  • Public Service Act 1999

They are centrally coordinated, targeted, and culturally safe, with end-to-end solutions. A pool of eligible candidates is provided to the participating agencies. These candidates are those who have undergone a rigorous assessment process.  Through the process, they are found suitable for employment as a graduate.  They come under the classifications of APS 3 and APS 4.

The Australian Public Service (APS) Work Level Standards for APS level classifications create a consistent platform to classify jobs. They are structured to make a clear differentiation between the duties and responsibilities. This differentiation is at each level of classification.

The applications for IGP 2021 are now open. A single application can connect the candidate with a broad range of opportunities. These opportunities are present across the Australian Public Service and Commonwealth agencies.

Each agency will present the candidate with the opportunity to undertake challenging work. The candidate will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the Australian community. The opportunities will be available in fields including

  • Health & community services
  • Education
  • Immigration and infrastructure
  • Defense

IGP is looking for graduates holding any degree. The degree must be completed between January 2016 and January 2021. The candidates are expected to have fresh thinking, multi-disciplinary perspectives, and innovative ideas.

The IGP offers the following benefits:

  • An inclusive, robust and culturally safe assessment method
  • Targeted marketing facilitated to indigenous graduates
  • The access to holistic, detailed reports of assessment for suitable candidates
  • A cost-effective, centralized assessment model
  • Culturally appropriate guidance and support for program managers
  • A profile of the Commonwealth as an employer of choice within the indigenous community

The candidate must have a great interest in working with the Australian government. The candidate will have to apply his/her qualifications, knowledge, and experience to do the work.

Applications from people with disabilities are greatly encouraged. They will be offered practical support. This includes making reasonable adjustments. The adjustments will make sure that they can equally participate in the selection.

To be an eligible candidate for 2021 Indigenous Graduate Pathway the candidate must be:

  • An Australian citizen
  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Eligible to get a valid Australian Government security clearance
  • At least holding an undergraduate degree from a recognized Australian university. This could be an equivalent overseas institution. The course must have been completed between January 2016 and January 2021

The key steps to the opportunity

Presenting your story

There are 2 steps involved in this process:

Submit application

The candidate can complete the application form along with the documents

  • Current resume
  • The most recent academic transcript
  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage

Undergo online testing

The candidates who complete the application stage as stipulated have the chance to complete online assessment tests.

Meet, Greet, Yarn

Candidates may be invited to take part in a Yarning Circle group interview. The candidate may also take part in a ‘Meet and Greet’ with APS and Commonwealth agencies. These agencies participate in the process. Attendance in person is a must.

Interview

After the assessment process, the candidate will be invited to attend an interview. The interview aims to discuss the candidate’s suitability for the position offered. It will also discuss the candidate’s preferences. A report prepared from the assessments will be shared with all participating agencies.

Appointment offer

Based on the Assessment Report, the participating agencies will contact the candidate. This will be to discuss the offers and employment conditions in better detail.

Any Australian citizen you know who may be unaware of the position can be helped with information about this opportunity.

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COVID-19 safety measures

COVID-19 safety measures

To make Canada immigration a safe and fruitful experience, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is taking necessary measures. These measures are taken at different levels. IRCC too has issued instructions to travelers and officials.

Canada’s exceptional measures are aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Canada is doing its best to help immigrants and travelers as they are affected by service disruptions.

Many policies have been announced by the federal government in this context.

Restrictions on foreign travel to Canada

Canada announced its decision to close its borders to those who are neither Canadian citizens nor Canadian permanent residents. This announcement was made on Monday, March 16, 2020. The immediate family members of Canadians, U.S. citizens, diplomats, and aircrew members will be exempted in this regard.

The federal government is yet to form its decision on the return of Canadians or Canadian residents who are currently overseas. These involve those who have valid visas for study and work.

There are no border restrictions on cargo and transportation of goods. Regarding passengers who take flights, airlines have been given clear instructions. They must check all passengers boarding flights for COVID-19 symptoms. Only those who are checked and cleared will be let to fly to Canada.

From March 18, 2020, only 4 Canadian airports will be open for international flights. These airports are:

  • Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport

This measure, for now, will not affect flights from the US, the Caribbean, Mexico, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. It also won’t affect domestic flights in Canada.

Special measures by IRCC

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released new instructions for officials and immigrants. These instructions were issued on March 15, 2020. IRCC announced that it will cancel all citizenship tests and retests, citizenship ceremonies, and itinerant service trips indefinitely.

All possible steps are being taken to help those who are applying for permanent residence, Canadian citizenship, or temporary residence. This is considering their difficulty due to disruptions to services owing to the COVID-19 related situation.

In-person refugee claim appointments and in-person permanent resident landing appointments will remain closed until April 13, 2020.

IRCC has also stated that no visa application will be refused if they are in progress or has non-compliance issues. These applications in progress are at IRCC offices abroad in case-processing centers and within the domestic network. Their processing will continue, though some delays will have to be put up with.

Applicants with special circumstances will continue to get faster processing. The discretion of relevant officials will suffice for it. These officials are:

  • The Migration Program Manager of the responsible IRCC office
  • The manager of the responsible processing office in Canada

IRCC may also ask for more documents needed to process new applications for immigration and citizenship. The documents may include biometrics, passports, police certificates, and medical exam result sheet. These could also include documents issued by authorities in South Korea, China, and Iran.

A request letter will be sent by immigration officers when additional documentation becomes necessary. The applicant can respond to the letter in 90 days. If the applicant fails to produce additional documents on time, he/she will be given an extra 90 days to respond. This is irrespective of the biometric instruction letter saying that applicants have 30 days to give biometric information.

Extended time for permanent residence applications

Additional days are allowed to those unable to complete and submit a permanent residence application before the deadline. This could be even 90 extra days.

If an applicant submits an incomplete application within the 60 days’ deadline, they must furnish an explanation. They must explain the absence of the required documents. Upon giving all associated fees, they could get their deadline extended for an extra 90 days.

Even those are eligible for extended deadlines who hold confirmation of permanent residence or PR visas. They need to inform IRCC about their situation using the web form.

Chinese nationals must take another medical exam if their previous one has expired or is nearing expiry. The special measures announced by IRCC would be extended to people who are Chinese nationals, residents of Iran and those from South Korea.

Temporary residents allowed to apply for extensions

Foreign nationals in Canada with their temporary residency nearing expiry may apply for an extension. This will help them to keep their status in Canada. They must apply online, conform to all requirements and pay the necessary fees.

The people whose extension applications are in progress will get an implied status. It will let them stay in Canada until a decision on their application is made.

Cancellation of Citizenship ceremonies and knowledge test

Canada is canceling all citizenship ceremonies, knowledge testing and retesting events temporarily. A date is yet to be fixed for these events. Those who are affected by the cancellations will be given a new date and time in the weeks to come.

Under the present circumstances, IRCC is taking measures to help every case of concern. It is considering urgent processing on a case by case basis. Those who want their case to be treated as urgent can contact the Canada immigration department via their email.

IRCC has also decided to reschedule missed appointments regarding citizenship. This involves interviews, oath ceremonies, hearings, and knowledge tests and retests. The applicants need to notify IRCC upon their return to Canada. The responsible offices are already instructed to reschedule the event within a reasonable time. This is necessary to avoid stretching of processing time. Applicants will get a new notice, which will be treated as their first notice, to appear for the processing. Officers will give applicants an extra 45 days upon their return to Canada.  This will help them to comply with requests for Medical Opinion forms.

An important fact to remember is that applicants must still meet the physical presence requirements. Extra days spent in South Korea, China, or Iran won’t be counted as valid days in Canada.

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With COVID-19 threat, Oman decides to cancel tourist visas

Oman cancels tourist visas

Oman cancels tourist visas

With the coronavirus outbreak affecting global migration overseas, every country is taking precautions to safeguard its population. Working in this direction, Oman has suspended all tourist visas for a month. This preventive measure against the coronavirus will start from March 15, 2020.

This significant decision was taken after a special committee’s meeting was convened. The committee was set up to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19. It discussed various aspects of dealing with controlling the pandemic and took decisions to:

  • Stop issuing tourist visas for all countries
  • Suspend all kinds of sports activities
  • Stop all non-class student activities. Necessary further procedures may be implemented later as required upon the update of the pandemic data
  • Stop the entry of cruise liners to ports of the Sultanate
  • Limit court session attendance. The parties concerned only will be allowed to be present
  • Ban serving shisha at licensed outlets like lounges, coffee shops, and restaurants

The committee also recommended people not to travel abroad in non-essential cases. The implementation of preventive measures at places of worship was also taken up for decision. Such measures will also be extended to cinema halls and family gatherings.

On March 14, 2020, the Sultanate also announced the suspension of studies at all educational institutions for a month. The drastic measures are expected to work effectively in tackling the global pandemic.

Omani officials have stated that people who are currently in the country could still extend their visas. Only the approved visas of those yet to enter Oman will not be allowed from March 15, 2020.

A grace period of 30 days is allowed for UAE residents after a visa has expired. The grace period was offered by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). In this grace period, no fines will be imposed.

Tourists will get a grace period of 9 days after which a fine of Dh360 and further penalties of Dh100 will be imposed. These are applicable for the 30-day tourist visas upon their expiry.

Compared to visa renewal fees at a GDRFA office, the renewal costs are cheaper at the border. At the GDRFA, the visa renewal fee is Dh750.

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Canada’s grand immigration plan reveals a great future

canada immigration

canada immigration

Canada immigration never ceases to amaze with its plans to welcome more immigrants into the country. Now, Canada has announced on March 12, 2020, its plan to welcome over one million new permanent residents in the next 3 years.

The target was revealed in the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan of the Federal government. Canada is moving ahead with its immigrant-friendly approach. It is gradually increasing its immigration levels. The timebound but definite plan will give stakeholders the time to plan as needed to support a larger population.

The increase in the immigrant population has been clearly seen for years now. From 320,000 newcomers in 2018, the immigrant population increased to 341,000 in 2019. In 2020, Canada is yet again targeting the admission of 341,000 immigrants. Canada PR immigration is not showing any signs of going down!

Canada’s aim for 2021 is to welcome an additional 351,000 immigrants. The country has already set a target of 361,000 immigrants in 2022. The plan is so effective that it apparently gives the country the scope to invite up to 390,000 immigrants in 2022.

This is the first time such information about the immigration plan has been made available in public. Hence, there is a lot of significance attached to it. This announcement follows the practice of multi-year immigration level plans that was reintroduced in 2017. Before that, the first attempt at it had been disrupted by the recession.

The multi-year plans help stakeholders forecast the steps necessary to support the economic and social integration of new immigrants. Urban planners are a typical example of the beneficiaries of these plans.

Canada has always been appreciative of the role of immigrants in their economic and social scenes. High levels of immigrant influx will help the country reduce the effects of negative factors. These factors include fiscal pressures, low birthrate, and an aging population.

It’s estimated that 9 million Canadians will reach retirement age in another decade. This scenario puts Canada in a position to depend largely on immigrants. Immigrants will help maintain a robust economy and workforce.

The relevance of the economic class

58% of the newcomers in Canada come under the economic class. They arrive through programs like Express Entry programs, Quebec’s programs, and Provincial Nominee Programs. There are other federal streams too such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). The economic class of immigrants contribute the most to the country’s growth. In this class, the country’s target is expected to rise by nearly 10,000 immigrants annually.

In 2022, the Canadian government is targeting an increase in PNP admissions by 20%. The country is only planning to invite more immigrants through various pilot programs. The aim is to welcome 5,200 immigrants under pilots like Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. The number of immigrants taken in under these pilots is expected to nearly double by 2022.

The AIP targets are kept stable by the Canadian government at 5,000 immigrants. The AIP is also set to become a permanent program.

The immigrant intake levels of Quebec’s program are yet to be determined for 2021 and 2022. The federal government will consult with Quebec considering the major immigration system reforms the province is currently taking up.

Besides these, 26% of immigrants will be accepted under the family class. 16% constituting the remaining immigrants will be admitted on humanitarian grounds. For the next 3 years, the immigration levels target is set at 91,000 new immigrants. The humanitarian and compassionate stream of immigrants will hence register the least growth.

Observing Canada’s immigration levels

Canada’s immigration levels have touched historical standards with 300,000 immigrants. The high levels are also attained on a per-capita basis. The country is now welcoming 0.9% of its population in immigrants. Comparing it with the US can help assess its enormity. The US recently welcomed an average of 1 million immigrants annually. But it only makes up 0.3% of its population.

By Canada’s per capita intake, at the peak of its intake, it welcomed 401,000 immigrants which were 5.3% of its population. The same rate in today’s terms would be an intake of 2 million immigrants.

Canada supports its high standards of living with an increase in immigration levels. The country’s aging population is threatening to weaken its labor force. The rising fiscal costs on healthcare will put an adverse effect on its economic growth. With young immigrants coming into Canada, there will be a steady supply of workers and consumers and hence taxpayers.

With the kind of announcement made by Canadian authorities today, there will be a boost in immigration effectively facilitated. Eventually, this could break the threshold of 400,000 new immigrants. The country is ready to welcome nearly 3.5 million immigrants this decade. This is a big jump from 2.8 million immigrants in the period of 2010-2019.

A summary of 2020-2022 immigration levels plan

  2020 2021 2022
Federal High Skilled 91,800 91,150 91,550
Federal Business 750 750 750
Economic Pilots 5,200 7,150 9,500
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 5,000 5,000 5,000
Provincial/Territorial Nominee Program 67,800 71,300 73,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business 25,250 To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 195,800 203,050 212,050
Spouses, Partners and Children 70,000 70,000 70,000
Parents and Grandparents 21,000 21,000 21,000
Total Family 91,000 91,000 91,000
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 18,000 20,000 20,500
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted 10,700 10,950 11,450
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored 20,000 20,000 20,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 1,000 1,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 49,700 51,950 52,950
Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 4,500 5,000 5,000
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 341,000 351,000 361,000

The Canadian government will table its next immigration levels plan by November 2020. This will have the target for 2023.

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Electrical Engineers can now find many paths to enter Canada

Electrical Engineers Canada

Electrical Engineers Canada

Skilled workers who come to work in Canada arrive to take up different job profiles. Electrical engineers are one of those jobs. Now, electrical engineers can reach Canada via multiple pathways. This depends on Canadian employers who are ready to accept rightly qualified candidates.

Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NOC 2133) are counted in the top 10 Express Entry job categories. They are admitted by the specific occupation. It’s also among the 29 most sought jobs under the BC PNP Tech Pilot. This means that foreign electrical engineers who migrate to Canada can do so in many ways.

The electrical engineers arriving in Canada have their duties defined. They may do all or some of these as required by their employers.

  • Design electrical and electronic components, circuits, equipment, and systems
  • Conduct research into the design, operation, feasibility, and performance of:
    • Electrical machinery and components
    • Electrical generation and distribution networks
    • Instrumentation and control systems
    • Electronic communications
    • Components
    • Equipment
  • Prepare material cost and timing estimates for electrical and electronic equipment and systems
  • Prepare design specifications and reports for electrical and electronic equipment and systems
  • Conduct micro or nanodevice simulations of new electronic devices and products developed
  • Develop maintenance and operating standards for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
  • Conduct process modeling, characterization, and integration of new electronic devices and products developed
  • Supervise and inspect the installation and modification of electrical & electronic systems and equipment
  • Supervise and inspect the testing and operation of electrical & electronic systems and equipment
  • Prepare contract documents for construction or maintenance
  • Evaluate tenders for construction or maintenance
  • Investigate electrical or electronic failures
  • Supervise technicians, technologists, programmers, analysts and other engineers

Competitive salaries are offered to electrical engineers in Canada. For the most experienced professionals, $125,000 to $130,000 is offered upon getting established at work. Entry-level workers can earn salaries from $65,000 to $70,000. The salaries also depend on the city one works in. Cities like Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary could offer larger pay.

Electrical Engineers coming to Canada are eligible to make an Express Entry for Electrical Engineer Canada Residency. For this, they need to have the right skills, qualifications, and experience in their country of origin.

Some of the titles under which Electrical Engineers may work in Canada are:

  • Analog amplifier design engineer
  • Overhead electrical distribution engineer
  • Avionics engineer
  • Technical services electrical engineer
  • Broadcasting professional engineer
  • Antenna engineer
  • Electrical power scheduling engineer
  • Audio engineer – electricity and electronics
  • Electrical distribution engineer
  • Chief electrical engineer
  • Electrical power systems design engineer
  • Chief electronics engineer
  • Circuit design engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Design and development engineer – electrical and electronic systems
  • Electrical energy transmission planning engineer
  • Chief engineer – electric power
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Chief engineer – radio and television broadcasting
  • Digital circuit design engineer
  • Displays and controls design engineer
  • Electrical and electronics research engineer
  • Underground electrical distribution engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical equipment engineers
  • Electrical distribution planning engineer
  • Electrical network engineer
  • Electrical process control engineer
  • Electrical power systems service engineer
  • Electrical systems planning engineer
  • Electrical systems protection engineer
  • Electronics test engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Electronics research engineer
  • Instrumentation engineer
  • Meter engineer
  • Instrumentation and control engineer
  • Metrology engineer
  • Line construction engineer
  • Electrical research engineer
  • Low voltage equipment engineers
  • Microelectronics engineer
  • Radar engineer
  • Radio and television broadcasting design engineer
  • Radio and television broadcasting systems design engineer
  • Process instrumentation engineer
  • Protective relay engineer
  • Roadway lighting design engineer
  • Rural electrification engineer
  • Radio research engineer
  • Research engineer – nanoelectronics
  • Satellite antenna engineer
  • Television systems engineer
  • Signal engineer
  • Spacecraft electronics engineer
  • Satellite instrumentation engineer
  • Electrical energy transmission engineer

Electrical Engineers can apply for a work visa under the NOC category of 7251 too.

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