March, 2020 - Part 2

Archive - March 2020

Manitoba sends invites to 222 candidates via latest PNP draw

Manitoba issues 222 invites in the latest invitation round

Manitoba issues 222 invites in the latest invitation round

Manitoba’s latest provincial nominee program draw was held on March 12, 2020. 222 immigration candidates, willing to migrate overseas to Canada, got invited. They are now eligible to go ahead and apply to get a provincial nomination to get permanent residency in Canada.

This was the 85th Expression of Interest (EOI) draw held under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The Canada immigration candidates were invited from the following 3 streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba (191 candidates invited)
  • Skilled Workers Overseas (13 candidates invited)
  • International Education Stream (18 candidates invited)

The invitees also included 17 Express Entry candidates. They received the invitations, also known as Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in this draw.

Express Entry deals with the applications for 3 main economic-class immigration programs of Canada:

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

A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is given to candidates eligible for Express Entry. The eligibility gets decided based on factors like

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Official language skill

Candidates who score the highest get invited to apply for permanent residency. This will be through Express Entry draws. This usually happens every 2 weeks.

Express Entry candidates get an extra 600 points to their total CRS score if they have a provincial nomination. This bonus effectively guarantees that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Express Entry candidates have to submit a separate EOI profile to the MPNP. This is necessary if they want to be considered for a Manitoba provincial nomination. They must also have eligible work experience in one of Manitoba’s in-demand occupations.

Manitoba’s Expression of Interest system

Immigration candidates should register an EOI with the MPNP to get invited to apply for a Manitoba provincial nomination. This will happen in the categories of:

  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba

An EOI is an online profile with a maximum rank of a score of 1,000. Points of a candidate are awarded for:

  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Skill in English or French
  • Connections to Manitoba

In this draw, the candidates invited under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba stream had a score of 496.

The candidate, invited from the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, who scored the lowest got 672 points.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas

The Skilled Workers Overseas Category lets the MPNP select and nominate skilled overseas workers. These workers are expected to help support Manitoba’s labor market.

It’s necessary that immigration candidates must have an established connection to Manitoba. This could be

  • Close family or friends
  • Previous education or work experience Manitoba
  • An invitation through one of the MPNP’s Strategic Recruitment Initiatives

To be eligible, the candidate needn’t be present in Manitoba while submitting the application.

The 13 candidates invited through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream got a direct invitation from the MPNP. This was under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

The 191 candidates invited through the category of Skilled Workers in Manitoba need to have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Manitoba employer.

International Education Stream

International students graduating in Manitoba, possessing in-demand skills may be invited under the International Education Stream. This stream includes 3 sub-categories:

  • Graduate Internship Pathway
  • Career Employment Pathway
  • Student Entrepreneur Pathway

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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Alberta Invited 150 Candidates in the latest Draw

Grenada opens a new route for investors to the USA

US via Grenad

US via Grenad

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is aimed at investors who wish to invest and work in USA. It’s been administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under this program, entrepreneurs can apply for permanent residence via green card in return for making stipulated investments. The entrepreneur’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 are also eligible to apply for a green card.

Under the program, the applicant must make a minimum investment of $900,000 in a commercial enterprise in the US. The investor should also plan to create or maintain at least 10 permanent full-time jobs employing qualified US workers.

The investment requirement in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) has been increased from $500,000 since November 2019 under this program. The investment requirement is from $1 million to $1.8 million for non-TEAs. These have significantly made the EB-5 visa an expensive affair for foreign entrepreneurs trying to work with the US.

Now, they have found a way of using Grenada as a pathway for entering the US. Grenada has an investment treaty (E-2 treaty) with the US. By applying under Grenada Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program, you can get a second citizenship. The investment required is either:

  • $200,000 as a non-refundable donation to Grenada’s National Transformation Fund, or
  • $350,000 in a real estate project approved by the government

The applicant is also needed to maintain the investment in property for at least 3 years.

Being a Grenada citizen, you will become eligible to apply for the E-2 investor visa of the US. This visa gives the Grenada citizen the right to work and live in the US. You only need to make a minimum investment of $150,000 in an enterprise. The applicant must own 50% of the enterprise and must be able to develop and direct it.

This provision of entering the US via Grenada this way has sparked interest in many entrepreneurs worldwide. It has also decreased people’s interest in the EB-5 visa. There are under 40% of world countries that have the kind of agreement that Grenada has with the US. Turkey is an example of such a country that gives a route to the US.

The processing time for Grenadian citizenship is typically 90 days. As many days are needed for the E2 visa too. This quick processing time is another reason for entrepreneurs to get attracted to this route to get to the US.

To add to the advantages of the route, the spouse of the visa holder can freely work in the US. It also covers dependent children below the age of 21.

There is a key difference between the EB-5 and E-2 programs though. The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa and gives the option to get citizenship via a green card. But E-2 is a non-immigrant visa and only allows the investor to live and work in the US. The E-2 visa cannot earn the visa-holder a green card.

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Travelers guided to caution about European trips

Europe trip cancel or not

Europe trip cancel or not

COVID-19 is affecting tourism and migration overseas. The movement of travelers across the world has been greatly affected by COVID-19. The outbreak is claiming lives around the world and is scaring a lot of otherwise willing travelers ready to make a trip. The immediate reaction of these concerned people is to cancel their trips abroad. This is applicable to every country, be it most or least affected.

96,782 cases were detected across the globe as on March 5, 2020. 3,308 of these cases have resulted in death. That leaves 53,975 cases of those who have recovered.

Also, 80,430 of the total cases have occurred in China alone. It was the center of the outbreak too. The second most cases were reported in South Korea – 6,088 cases.

The scare of the disease has clearly spread far more than the disease itself. It has caused people to consider canceling vacation plans to Europe too. But is it really necessary to cancel a trip to Europe now?

Check the facts

Except for Italy, every other EU/EEA member country has reported COVID-19 cases under 2000. When compared with the globally reported cases, this is just 2%. Hence, it may still not be necessary to panic.

Countries that have reported fewest number of cases in the EU/EEA include:

  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Finland
  • The Czech Republic
  • Portugal
  • Ireland
  • Estonia
  • Romania
  • Monaco
  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Liechtenstein

Out of the 114 people who have expired, 107 were from Italy.

Preventive measures are widely introduced in the European Union. These include activating the Civil Protection Mechanism. The member states of the EU are urged to collaborate more in the efforts to battle the disease by sharing virus-related data.

The border checks that were in place are now been tightened. The airports are giving away information on the virus and ways to prevent it. To top these up, the health workers are checking travelers for any possible symptoms of the coronavirus. Symptoms such as fever and cough are diagnosed thoroughly.

The move to keep Schengen Agreement

The European Union has still not considered COVID-19 as a compelling reason to suspend the Schengen Agreement. The Schengen Agreement is a treaty that caused the creation of Europe’s Schengen Area. The Schengen countries share their internal borders and do not need people to carry visas to travel across their borders. Border checks are also largely removed. It was signed on 14th June, 1985.

The thought behind this decision is that the Schengen countries don’t see a point in reintroducing border checks. They believe suspending the Schengen agreement won’t really cause a slowdown in the spread of the virus.

A meeting was held by the EU Commission in the last week of February 2020. In it, the EU Commission decided to devote an amount of €232 million to improve global preparedness, prevention, and containment of the virus.

Suggestions to travelers

If you are planning a trip to Europe, you are advised to avoid non-essential trips to the infected areas if –

  • You have an existing health condition viz. heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer and hypertension
  • Your journey is to an area where an outbreak has occurred
  • You are above 60 years of age (older people are found to be more prone)
  • Your immune system is weak

It’s best to avoid trips to a few areas that have registered outbreaks in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Spain. Also, while traveling to Europe, learn how much insurance coverage you can get against the disease during the trip.

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Alberta Invited 150 Candidates in the latest Draw

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates

Alberta held its latest Express Entry draw of 2020. This was Alberta’s 4th Express Entry draw in 2020. The invitees of this draw can apply for a provincial nomination for a permanent residence.

A total of 150 Express Entry candidates were invited by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this program was 300 points.

The immigration candidates in the AINP draw are not needed to have job offers in the Alberta province to be invited for nomination. However, it’s necessary to have their profiles in the federal Express Entry system pool.

There are 3 main economic class immigration programs that come under Express Entry:

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

The factors that are used to check eligibility of candidates for Express Entry include:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Official language skills
  • Age

Based on these parameters, the candidates are assigned a CRS score. It’s the highest-scoring candidates that get Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency. Express Entry candidates with Alberta’s provincial nomination get 600 CRS points added to their overall score.

The additional points thus earned guarantees the candidate’s receiving an ITA for Canadian permanent residency. So, a candidate with a score of 300 CRS points gets a provincial nomination, his/her CRS score gets increased to 900. That many points would be more than sufficient to qualify for an ITA in a forthcoming Express Entry draw.

Candidates were required to score 471 points to qualify for receiving an ITA in the latest federal Express Entry draw. To be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream, the candidates should be working in a job that supports Alberta’s priorities for economic development and diversification. Only then the candidate can get an invitation through the AINP stream.

The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations. Though job offers in Alberta are not compulsory, AINP gives priority to candidates with any of these:

  • A job offer, and/or work experience in Alberta
  • A degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution along with a valid job offer
  • A parent, child or sibling already living in the province

This year till now, Alberta has issued 651 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In 2019, the total number of invitations were 11,137 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

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COVID-19 creates more Chinese asylum seekers in Australia

Asylum requests

Asylum requests

The recent surge in Chinese asylum seekers arriving in Australia has raised concerns. There is also concern about the rise in racism in this context. It has started affecting Australia’s economy.

A 700% increase in asylum applications has happened since the introduction of online visa applications. Kristina Keneally is the shadow minister for immigration and citizenship. She recently spoke on this issue. She was speaking at the Law Council of Australia’s immigration law conference. She brought into notice that 7,304 Chinese nationals on tourist visas have claimed asylum. This has happened within a year of the government allowing the online application for visas.

The number is huge considering the count of asylum applications in March 2017. This was a year before the launch of the online application policy. Then, only 1,060 Chinese nationals had submitted asylum applications.

The result of the surge in asylum applications was the increase in backlogs. It also hit Australia’s migration system in terms of integrity. The overloading of migrants claiming asylum is today a menace to applicants and authorities.

Senator Kenneally also noted that more than 100,000 people who arrived in Australia by air claimed asylum. The concerning part is that 90% of those claims were illegitimate.

As per figures released in October last year, each day, nearly 80 people requested asylum after landing in an Australian airport. In this period, David Coleman, the then Immigration Minister, defended the immigration policy. He observed that the number of asylum requests by those reaching Australia by air had decreased by 12%. This was in comparison with the numbers from the same period in the previous year.

There is also a call for curbing the anti-Chinese sentiment created by the coronavirus outbreak. Kristina urged the Australian government to put more effort in this regard. She suggested taking inspiration from New Zealand. New Zealand Human Rights Commission had released a 2-step guide in the efforts to end racism based on the COVID-19 outbreak. It said “1. Sneeze into the crook of your elbow. 2. Don’t be racist and xenophobic.”

There is an increase in hostility and racist attacks on Chinese. It has affected the livelihoods of the Chinese community in Australia. It has thus damaged the Australian economy too.

In this context, Kristina announced that the Labor party will launch a petition in Chinatown. The petition will urge all Australians to stand against the ugly menace of racism.

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How to deal with visa application cancellation

What to do if visa cancelled

What to do if visa cancelled

The most basic requirement of any visa application is to give complete and true information. An applicant must answer all questions. There should not be incorrect answers given while filling visa applications.

A visa applicant would have to take part in interviews with

  • An officer
  • The Minister for Immigration (‘Minister’)
  • An authorized person
  • The Tribunal or the Immigration Assessment Authority.

During the interview, visa applicants must give correct information. Giving incorrect or wrong information can have consequences that can affect your chances of getting a visa.

A visa application can be cancelled if incorrect information is provided to the Department of Home Affairs. The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has the power to do so. This power is conferred to him under Section 109 of the Migration Act 1958. This section instructs the applicants the following:

  • Provide correct information in visa applications
  • Do not provide bogus visa documents
  • Notify the Department of any incorrect information of which the applicant becomes aware
  • Notify the Department of any changes in circumstances that is relevant to the application

An applicant may be unaware that the answers he/she gave during visa application were incorrect. But that need not stop the Minister of Immigration from cancelling his/her visa. This concept in section 100 of the Act was further analyzed in Sanaee (Migration) [2019] AATA 4506. There it was stated that an answer to a question is incorrect even though the person who answered or caused the answer didn’t know that it was incorrect.

It doesn’t matter what type of information has been falsely given. Regardless, a visa can be cancelled if it’s proven that the applicant has given incorrect information to the Department of Home Affairs.

Before the Department of Home Affairs cancels a visa, a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) is issued to the applicant. The applicant will then have the chance to respond within strict time limits. The applicant must produce necessary submissions and evidence on why the visa should not be cancelled. Hence, legal advice from a migration consultant like us can greatly help in such matters.

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Canada’s special steps for applicants from COVID-19 hit nations

Canada measures for S.Korea

Canada measures for S.Korea

Efforts are now being made by the Canadian immigration department to accommodate visa applicants from Iran, China, and South Korea. The special consideration for the people from these countries is offered in the context of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a good step for those who are trying for migration overseas to Canada.

The COVID–19 situation is disrupting the immigration process and causing travel restrictions. Hence, people from these countries are facing difficulty in complying with the necessary steps in the immigration procedure. These include giving photographs and fingerprints.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stretched the special measures implemented for China, on February 7. These steps were taken to include citizens of Iran and South Korea on February 29. As per the IRCC webpage, the special measures apply to the following types of applicants:

  • Iranian, Chinese or South Korean Nationals, or
  • People in Iran, China or South Korea, and
  • Those affected by travel restrictions or service disruptions related to COVID-19

The term “service disruptions” may be:

  • Closure of visa application centers, or
  • Disruption of services, or
  • Limited access to local government offices and businesses, or
  • Limited access to a panel physician who can do the immigration medical exam.

IRCC will also be able to help those in need of a permanent resident travel document to go back to Canada.

The immigration department will also still accept incomplete applications too. These will be from those who are applying for a work permit, visitor visa, study permit, or permanent residency.

Upholding Canada’s commitment to promoting immigration, IRCC stated that there will be no refusal of any application because of a lack of documentation. It has started to automatically give people an extra 90 days to complete the steps. If the documentations are done within that time, the applicant can complete the remaining steps. It is always advised to complete these steps at the earliest to avoid delays.

The biometrics deadline also comes under the additional 90 days provided. The instruction letter gives a 30-day deadline to complete this step. However, IRCC is giving an additional 90 days to those applicants affected by service disruptions.

IRCC has gone forward to issue special instructions. These are meant for work or study permit applicants, citizenship applicants, and permanent resident applicants. It is necessary for affected applicants to communicate with IRCC via the online web form.

Instructions for permanent resident applicants

In normal case

Those applying for permanent residency in Canada via Express Entry are normally instructed to submit applications within 60 days. The days are counted from the date of receiving their Invitation to Apply (ITA).

In the case of COVID-19 disruption

Considering the disruptions happening due to COVID-19, IRCC has relaxed its rules. IRCC will accept incomplete applications where such disruptions are not allowing applicants to produce necessary documents. The applicants must send a letter explaining the absence of documents from their applications. IRCC will then hold the application until further notice.

The applicants can submit the pending documents with the IRCC later using the web form. This form can be used by those who desire to take back their application. For such withdrawals done within 24 hours of submitting the form, refunds may also be claimed. But it’s necessary that the processing has not commenced.

Instructions to Canadian citizenship applicants

In normal case

Those who are expecting to miss any part of the citizenship application process must intimate IRCC. They should use the online form to explain the reasons for any misses. For any of the following events in the process, the applicant needs to contact IRCC within 30 days of missing the appointment.

  • Knowledge test
  • Retest
  • Interview
  • A hearing
  • Taking the Oath of Citizenship

In the case of COVID-19 disruption

While filling the online form, the applicant will tell IRCC when he/she returned from the affected country. In that case, an additional 30 days will be allowed to submit the most required documents. Another 45 days will be allowed for submitting medical opinion forms.

No circumstance does, however, waive for applicants the need to be physically present for a stipulated period to apply for citizenship. This period is at least 3 years of the 5 years preceding the date when they placed their citizenship applications. Extra days spent in virus-affected countries won’t be considered days in Canada.

Instructions for those restricted from coming to Canada (even with an approved permanent residency)

There may be those with approved permanent residency, who are unable to travel to Canada before their documents expire. They must use IRCC’s web form to explain their situation. Once they can begin to travel again, they must intimate IRCC via the online form. Thus, they will receive instructions on restarting the processing of their permanent residency applications.

Those with confirmation of permanent residency having already expired will receive the same instructions.

Instructions to temporary workers, students, and visitors who can’t leave Canada

Foreign nationals in Canada on a visitor visa can extend their stay by applying online. Those who are not studying or working anymore can apply to change their status to ‘Visitor’. The only requirement for this is that their study or work permit hasn’t expired.

While applying for an extension of stay in Canada, the applicant must explain to IRCC the reason to do so. If the visitor, study or work permit has expired within 90 days, he/she may restore the status. If the 90 –day period has passed, he/she may apply for a temporary resident permit.

Instructions by country

A visitor, permanent resident, work permit seeker or study permit seeker could be wanting to travel urgently to Canada. According to the country such an applicant belongs to, IRCC has the following instructions for them.

Iran

Permanent residents in Canada coming from Iran can submit a web form to IRCC for their permanent resident travel document. IRCC has instructions for filling the form like:

  • You must answer the question “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada?” in the form with “Yes”
  • Select “Turkey-Ankara” when it prompts you to “Choose the visa office processing your application”

There could be special circumstances requiring you to travel to Canada urgently. Then, email the Ankara visa office (ANKRA@international.gc.ca). The applicant will need to submit the application to the visa office by courier.

For a study permit, visitor visa or work permit to travel to Canada urgently

  • Apply online at the government’s webpage.
  • Then fill out a web form. There, explain the situation and request an urgent visa/permit processing.

To make sure it goes to the right office, IRCC has specific instructions:

Answer with a “No” the question “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada”.

China

In an exceptional situation an applicant from China can request for a permanent resident travel document to come to Canada. For such urgent application, the applicant must email the visa office in Beijing (beijing-immigration@international.gc.ca) The applicant will need to submit the application to the visa office by courier.

If you need a study permit, visitor visa or work permit to travel to Canada urgently:

  • Apply online at the government’s webpage
  • Then request to process your application urgently, to the visa office in Beijing. Send an email to the visa office in Beijing. Applications will be processed on a case-by-case basis

South Korea

Canadian permanent residents in South Korea can apply for a permanent resident document to travel to Canada via a web form. IRCC has specific instruction of filling the form like:

  • Answer “Yes” for the question “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada?”
  • Select “Philippines — Manila” when the form prompts to “Choose the visa office processing your application”

For urgent travel to Canada owing to exceptional circumstances, the applicant must email the visa office in Manila (MANILIMMIGRATION@international.gc.ca). The applicant will need to submit the application to the visa office by courier.

If you need a study permit, visitor visa or work permit to travel to Canada urgently:

  • Apply online at the government’s webpage
  • Then, fill out a web form. There, explain the situation and request an urgent visa/permit processing.

To make sure it goes to the right office, IRCC has specific instructions:

Answer “No” to the question “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada”.

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Canada – Job Opportunities in smaller cities

Canada PNP

Canada PNP

Job opportunities in smaller cities in Canada are available in great numbers through the provincial nomination program. Immigrants should opt for permanent residency through this program.  In keeping with the increasing applicants for immigration and popularity of the provincial nominee programs, the Government has apportioned additional nomination for the provinces annually. Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) is one of the most important pathways for permanent residency to Canada with over 200, 000 applications between 2019 and 2021. The PNP model has been successful with the percentage of new entrants to the larger cities going down from 85% to 70% in recent years.

Many of the large cities in Canada have launched their own program for nomination in their provinces depending on the skills that are in demand in their regions. They release their occupation lists of skills that are in demand and nominate those applicants who meet their eligibility criteria to settle down in their regions. These applicants are not required to meet the labour market needs. The popularity of the provincial nominee program has driven Ontario to launch a new Regional Immigration program in early 2020.

To promote regional cities, the Canadian government launched two programs. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and the Rural and Northern Immigration Program. It also plans to introduce a Municipal Nominee Program (MNP).

AIPP – is a pilot program for overseas inhabitants to work in the four Atlantic Provinces. These provinces are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The program enables immigrants to fill the labor shortage in these provinces

RNIP – is a community-driven program. This program means to bring skilled workers to rural communities. The program offers communities an opportunity to work with employers and offer employment to skilled workers.

Small cities preferred over larger cities

Smaller cities in regional areas offer affordable housing. The standard of living is comfortable. The government is propagating the advantages of building a life outside large cities. This will help immigrants to look at settling in the smaller cities as a positive option.

Job opportunities in many smaller cities in Canada

Job opportunities are good in smaller cities. The probability to find jobs is good as the unemployment rate is low.

The cost of living is very high in cities like Vancouver and Toronto. The average rent for a two-bedroom flat is $ 1800 and $ 1600. This is quite high even for a person earning well. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in regional Canada is more affordable. This will help those immigrants with lower salary save big on their accommodation.

Cost and standard of living

The cost of living is very high in cities like Vancouver and Toronto. The average rent for a two-bedroom flat is $ 1800 and $ 1600. This is quite high even for a person earning well. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in regional Canada is more affordable. This will help those immigrants with lower salary save big on their accommodation.

An immigrant will enjoy a superior standard of living in smaller cities than in bigger cites. Commuting time is less stressful as traffic is manageable. Immigrants can pursue activities that interest them. These cities offer recreational and cultural activities like those in Toronto and Vancouver. They can indulge in outdoor activities. This includes hiking, skiing, and interaction with other residents.  The communities are small and close-knit in the region.

Prospective immigrants should consider living in smaller cities. There are good job opportunities, affordable housing and a comfortable standard of living.

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Latest Canada Express Entry draw adds 3900 more to the invited

Canada Express Entry Third Draw

Canada Express Entry Third Draw

On March 4, 2020, a new invitation round was held in Canada through the Express Entry system. Invitations were issued to a total of 3,900 candidates in this round. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 471. The candidates were chosen from the most eligible of those willing for migration overseas to Canadian provinces.

This time, the cut-off score was increased by a point compared to the previous draw. That draw was conducted on February 19, 2020. It had a minimum score of 470.

In the draw conducted 2 weeks ago, 4,500 Express Entry candidates received ITAs (Invitation to Apply). It was the largest draw ever held by the Government of Canada.

Canada’s Express Entry system keeps and uses the profiles of candidates. It does it for 3 of the country’s main economic-class immigration programs namely:

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

The ranks given to candidates are based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). It considers factors such as education, age, language skills in English or French, and skilled work experience.

The ITA is received by a fixed number of the highest-ranked candidates. The invitation offers them a Canadian permanent residence. This is offered through regular draws from the talent pool. The time assigned for processing permanent residency applications is under 6 months. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works on this process.

Apparently, the government is issuing a larger number of invitations with each draw. This is to reach 85,800 ITAs, the target set for this year for new permanent resident admissions.

The draw of March 4th is the 5th of 2020. With this draw, the total number of ITAs issued this year comes to 18,700. February 24, 2020, at 06:02:57 UTC was the tie break applied in the March 4th draw. This means that every Express Entry candidate with a CRS score of 471 or above received an ITA.  Their profiles were entered in the Express Entry pool before Feb 24, 2020.

Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination were awarded an additional 600 points. This got added to their CRS score. They thus get to the forefront of the candidates’ lineup for an ITA. These 600 points were more valuable for the candidates who had lower CRS scores. They were yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.

Several provincial nominee streams linked to Express Entry have been active in the recent weeks. Many of these streams do not consider a candidate’s CRS score. They may otherwise only need CRS scores that are lesser than the cut-off scores in federal draws.

Over the past 2 weeks, invitations to Express Entry candidates have been sent from provincial nominee streams in

  • Alberta
  • Ontario
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
  • Prince Edward Island
  • British Columbia

The invitations are sent to candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

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Entrepreneur stream draw in Ontario invites 20 candidates

Ontario invites 20 in the first Entrepreneur draw of the year

Ontario invites 20 in the first Entrepreneur draw of the year

Ontario issued 20 invitations to candidates in the province’s entrepreneur immigration stream for the first time in 2020. This stream deals with the immigration process for entrepreneurs. The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream (OES) is for individuals from outside Canada looking to start a business in Ontario. They may even buy an existing business in Ontario.

The draw was conducted on February 26, 2020. ITAs (Invitation to Apply) were issued to candidates from Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). They scored between 136 and 200 points. Candidates who submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) between November 22, 2019, and February 14, 2020, were eligible for the draw.

Since the entrepreneur stream draw conducted on December 2, 2019, this was the first one in 2020. In the 2019 Ontario Entrepreneurship draw, 16 candidates were invited. They had a stipulated minimum score of 118.

The latest entrepreneur stream draw was also the third since the significant changes that were introduced on July 8, 2019. Here is a look at the changes introduced to the migration overseas requirements for entrepreneurs outside Canada.

Requirement Description    Before July 8, 2019 After July 8, 2019
Net worth for the proposed business inside GTA $1.5 million $800,000
Net worth for the proposed business outside GTA $800,000 $400,000
The minimum investment for the proposed business inside GTA $1 million $600,000
The minimum investment for the proposed business outside GTA $500,000 $200,000
Net worth for the proposed business involved in digital Communications or Information Communications Technology $800,000 $400,000
The minimum investment for the proposed business involved in Digital Communications or Information Communications Technology $500,000 $200,000
Business experience as an owner or senior manager 36 months within the last 60 months 24 months within the last 60 months

As part of the changes, Ontario also terminated the unpopular Corporate Stream. That stream was meant for international corporations. They would want to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business in Ontario.

The following is a brief of the more recent draws under Ontario Entrepreneurship stream:

Date Number of invitations Minimum score
Ontario Entrepreneur Stream: 2020 Draws
26-02-2020 20 136-200
Ontario Entrepreneur Stream: 2019 Draws
02-12-2019 16 118
20-09-2019 15 127
05-04-2019 22 112
17-01-2019 13 115

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream – Financial Requirements

Net Worth ·        A net worth not less than $800,000 if your business will be established in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Outside the GTA, the net worth needed is at least $400,000.

·        If your business is in either digital communications or ICT, the least net worth needed is $400,000 anywhere in the province.

Investment and Ownership ·        Invest at least $600,000 in an Ontario business and own at least 33% if the business is in GTA.

·        Outside GTA, you must invest a minimum of $200,000 and own at least 33%.

·        If your business is in either digital communications or ICT, you must invest a minimum of $200,000 and own at least 33% anywhere in the province.

Ontario Entrepreneur Stream – Non-Financial Requirements

  • In the past 60 months, you must have at least 24 months of full-time business experience. You must have worked as a senior manager or been the owner for the business.
  • You must create full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the proposed company:
    • 2 jobs if located inside the GTA.
    • 1 job if your business is located outside the GTA, or in either ICT or digital communications
  • If you are buying an existing business, you must visit Ontario to explore it. This must be done in the 12 months before your application.
  • You must have a minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) score of 4 in English or French.
  • For at least 75% of the time that you are managing the business, you must physically reside in Ontario.

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