April, 2020

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How to be an immigrant entrepreneur in Canada

Canada immigrant entrepreneurs

Canada immigrant entrepreneurs

Canada immigration welcomes immigrants into various streams through different immigration programs including Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs. Besides welcoming workers, students, and visitors, the country also lets entrepreneurs arrive and start a business.

If you are a willing investor who either wishes to start a new business or buy an existing business in Canada, you will be welcomed in the country. Immigrant investors and businessmen are seen as potential contributors who can benefit the country’s economy. Such entrepreneurs and investors will create more jobs for Canadians and hence enrich the Canadian economy.

In Canada, if you want to start a new business, you can apply for a startup visa. The country offers a Startup Visa program that aims at entrepreneurs who are immigrants. These immigrants possess the skills and capability to build a business in Canada. Such business shall be

  • Innovative
  • Able to create jobs for Canadians
  • Capable to compete globally

If you can get support from any of the stipulated designated organizations, you can set up a business in Canada. These organizations could be:

  • Angel investor groups with whom you must get a minimum investment of $75,000
  • Venture capital funds with whom you must get a minimum investment of $200,000
  • Business incubators who must take you into one of their programs

You can be an eligible candidate for a startup program if you

  • Meet the language requirements
  • Have a qualifying business
  • Bring enough money to settle in Canada
  • Get a letter of support from a designated organization

Immigration Canada’s business immigration category has an Entrepreneur Visa. A candidate can be eligible for this visa if he/she has a minimum net worth of $300,000. He/she must also be willing and be capable to establish, invest in, or buy a business in Canada capable of creating employment.

Upon qualifying for the Entrepreneurial program, you and your immediate family will be eligible for permanent residence. This will be possible under the Federal Program. The candidates can live anywhere in Canada except Quebec. Under the Entrepreneur Program, you must establish or acquire a minimum of 33.33% in a Canadian business that’s in good stature. You must also actively manage the business that will create a minimum of one new job for a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Recently, Ontario conducted its Entrepreneur draw, a clear indicator that Canada needs international entrepreneurs to come, settle, and establish new businesses. If you are an entrepreneur, Canada is a destination to go for.

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Nova Scotia calls for foreign workers who know French

Nova Scotia invites

Nova Scotia invites

Nova Scotia has invited skilled workers through the Labor Market Priorities stream of Canada immigration on April 27, 2020.

The expected qualifications for candidates invited for applying for permanent residency are:

  • CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) score of at least 8 in French and 6 in English
  • Having French as their first official language
  • A valid Express Entry number
  • A bachelor’s degree or a 3-year program completed at a college, university, technical school or trade school
  • Having met the minimum criteria to be taken into the pool

It’s not yet disclosed how many candidates were sent Letters of Interest (LOI) and the minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score) required of them was.

It’s the CRS score that determines the eligibility of a candidate in an Express Entry draw to be invited to an offer of Permanent Residency. Express Entry candidates with provincial nomination get 600 points added to their basic score. This fetches them the effective guarantee of an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Candidates who received a Letter of Interest (LOI) in this draw have 60 days to submit their filled applications to NSNP. As per Immigration Canada rules, they also need to submit copies of their proof of education and language test results.

The following are the professionals invited in the draw:

  • Social workers and nurses
  • Financial auditors
  • Accountants
  • Early childhood education workers

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Manitoba reaches out to 132 candidates through its latest draw

USCIS updates its law on false claims as citizen

USCIS update

USCIS update

The menace of imposters and false status claims plague even the US immigration. In the efforts to curb them the country has taken precautionary and preventive measures. Lately, new updates to the policy towards false citizenship claims have been released.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States, is a component of the Department of Homeland Security.

The USCIS updated the Policy Manual to align with the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision in Matter of Zhang taken as a precedent. The Zhang case was about a Chinese national who had a permanent residence in the US, posing as a US citizen. He had obtained naturalization in an unlawful manner, without complying with and qualifying in the required procedure.

The law requires every foreigner to be careful about his/her US immigration status and must know the consequences of false claims. Under the law, a fraudulent foreigner (alien) will be declared and treated as inadmissible and deportable. This will be applied to him/her if he/she represents himself/herself as a citizen of the US to get some benefit under federal law, state law, or immigration law.

The only grounds that was produced against the inadmissibility was when

  • Each parent of the alien was or is a citizen of the US
  • The alien has been a permanent resident before attaining the age of 16
  • The alien believed to be a US citizen in a reasonable manner while claiming to be one

A waiver to the law concerning an alien’s inadmissibility may be applied for if:

  • The alien applies for an adjustment of his/her status
  • The alien applies for asylee/refugee status
  • The alien is an applicant for legalization
  • The alien is a registry applicant
  • The alien is a special immigrant juvenile seeking adjustment of status

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EU plans a comeback from the lows of a pandemic

EU plans a comeback from the lows of a pandemic

EU restore travel

EU restore travel

From closure to revival, world countries are hoping to come back from the punishing times of COVID-19 sooner. EU has been the center of the pandemic for the past couple of months. After a hard time of collective efforts by the EU states to contain and eradicate the pandemic, it has started to chart a course back to normalcy.

As large sums of economic losses have lashed the EU countries, a coordinated and determined comeback is inevitable. Of course, the first step of this will be opening the borders between the EU states and then beyond. This will mean transportation will start again between borders, of which air travel will be a major part.

Interstate transport, just like migration overseas, has a great deal of economic and social relevance. But again, as the pandemic is still lurking all across the world, great care and caution along with great discipline will mark the success of any plan.

EU’s Transport Commissioner, Ms. Adina Valean, has let the word out that the guidelines for lifting travel restrictions will be set out by mid-May. The exit strategy thus announced will nevertheless be adopted by EU member nations considering each of their health statuses then.

The important factor in the whole comeback exercise will be the harmonious participation of the EU member countries. The major practical measures prescribed for every individual while traveling will include social distancing, hygiene, disinfection, and wearing protective equipment like masks. These will be extremely important in the case of air travel.

Ms. Valean has not disclosed any date for putting the plan into action. She has been more concerned about how EU member nations will coordinate working in tandem. She thinks rightly that without a commonly agreed plan and harmonious execution, the results will be pretty much a backlash on the health and political fronts.

There is a consensus however among the EU states that the Schengen area and its borders remain closed till September. They are of the view that to open it before that will not be a wise move. The French President Mr. Emanuel Macron is a major supporter of this suggestion. He supports keeping the Schengen area closed for non-EU citizens and residents until September.

So, when EU finally gets back on its feet and tourism programs and immigration process resume, you will find a new experience and a new call from the EU.

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How the spotlight is shifting to Canada in immigration

Manitoba reaches out to 132 candidates through its latest draw

Manitoba draw

Manitoba draw

Keeping Canada immigration going, Manitoba conducted its provincial nomination draw on April 23, 2020. In the event, 132 candidates were invited to apply for provincial nomination. Their provincial nomination will come with Permanent Residence. The candidates were all selected from Manitoba’s Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. It included 7 Express Entry candidates too.

The draw on April 23 issued invitations to candidates in the streams of

  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • Manitoba’s Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • International Education

In these categories, 1,808 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA) has been sent to immigration candidates as yet in 2020. The Manitoba draw started in April 2014. The latest draw was the 88th one since then.

Express Entry stream

Express Entry is the most identified stream in immigration Canada. The candidates who come from this stream are given ranks according to a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The score is given based on criteria like education, age, work experience, and language skills.

Candidates who score the highest will get invitations for permanent residence in Canada. With a provincial nomination, a candidate will add 600 points to his/her original CRS score. That will give an effective guarantee to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Express Entry candidates who got a provincial nomination from Manitoba via this draw had a valid Express Entry ID and a job seeker validation code.

Skilled workers in Manitoba stream

The Skilled Workers in the Manitoba stream provides a way to Permanent Residence for temporary foreign workers in the province. It’s applicable also to international graduates of Manitoba post-secondary institutions.

The eligible candidates need to be working in Manitoba. They must have a permanent job, employed full-time as appointed by an employer in the province.

The lowest-ranked selected candidate in the latest draw in this stream had a score of 489 out of 1,000.

Skilled workers overseas

Candidates selected under Skilled workers overseas stream got directly invited through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This can include overseas recruitment activities organized by MPNP. It’s often done in association with employers from Manitoba.

Manitoba’s EOI scoring system is used to rank the candidates of this stream. In the latest draw, these candidates needed a score of 714 or more to be eligible for an LAA.

International education stream

This stream has candidates with some in-demand skills invited through the draw. The sub-categories involved in this stream are:

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

The number of LAAs issued to each of these streams were as follows:

Skilled Workers in Manitoba 93 LAAs
Skilled Workers Overseas 25 LAAs
International Education 14 LAAs

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26 candidates invited to Ontario in latest entrepreneur draw

Ontario Draw

Ontario Draw

Lately, international entrepreneurs got an opportunity to arrive in Canada. Immigration Canada has had its latest Entrepreneur draw by Ontario on April 22, 2020. This draw had 26 Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued to candidates. These Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) candidates were invited as they were eligible with scores in the range of 132 to 200 points.

The eligible candidates in this draw had submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) between 22 November 2020 and 17 April 2020. This was second in the category of Entrepreneur draws conducted by Ontario in 2020. The first one was conducted on 26 February 2020 in which 20 candidates were invited. Their maximum score was 136. The range of scores that made the candidates of February 26 draw eligible was 136 to 200.

With regard to the Ontario Entrepreneur stream, some changes were introduced in July 2019 in the context of Canada immigration requirements. These included:

  • Reduction of net worth required from $1.5 million to $800,000 for businesses inside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • Reduction of net worth required from $800,000 to $400,000 for those outside the GTA
  • Reduction in minimum investment requirement from $1 million to $600,000 for businesses inside the GTA
  • Reduction in minimum investment requirement from $500,000 to $200,000 for those outside the GTA
  • Reduction of business experience required 36 months within the last 60 to 24 months within the last 60

Financial requirements Ontario of Entrepreneurship Stream

Net Worth

  • In case the proposed business will be in the GTA, the minimum net worth should be $800,000.
  • If the proposed business will be outside the GTA, the minimum net worth should be $400,000.
  • The proposed business is in either digital communications or IGT with a minimum net worth of $400,000 anywhere in the province.

Investment and Ownership

  • The investor should Invest at least $600,000 in an Ontario business.  The entrepreneur must own at least 33% of the business if it’s in GTA.
  • The proposed business should be either in ICT or digital communications. There should be an investment of at least $200,000. The entrepreneur should own a minimum of 33% in the business, be it located anywhere in the province.
  • If the business is outside GTA, the entrepreneur should have a minimum of $200,000 as an investment and should own at least 33% of the business.

Non-Financial requirements of Ontario Entrepreneurship Stream

  • The entrepreneur must create two full-time jobs for Canadian permanent residents or citizens in the company in the proposal if situated inside the GTA.
  • For a business situated outside the GTA or a business that’s into either ICT or digital communications, the entrepreneur must create one full-time job.
  • The entrepreneur must have at least 24 months’ experience in full-time business in the past 60 months. He/she must have been holding a position in the capacity of an owner or a senior manager.
  • The candidate must have a minimum CLB 4 in English or French.
  • The entrepreneur must make a visit to explore Ontario in the 12 months before submitting the application. This is applicable when the entrepreneur is buying an existing business in Ontario.
  • The candidate must be physically present in Ontario for a minimum of 75% of the time he/she is managing the business.

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How the spotlight is shifting to Canada in immigration

USA Canada immigration compare

USA Canada immigration compare

There’s a learning curve you can develop from observing the way 2 amazing countries are handling immigration in these days of COVID-19 crisis. These countries are Canada and the USA.

It’s clear that Canada immigration has earned more kudos than any other country in all probability in keeping its immigration activities going. The USA has, on the contrary, enforced restrictions at the border but scored way less when it comes to lifting the hopes of aspiring migrants.

The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, has from the beginning expressed his distaste for a large number of immigrants entering the country. Upon the COVID-19 scenario, he has been forthright in suspending immigration to the US. The latest news says he has stopped issuing resident visas (Green Card) to migrants.

Canada, for more reasons than one, has done its best to keep the immigration Canada process open throughout the pandemic crisis. Skilled immigrants have been invited through immigration programs such as Express Entry draws. The prospects that migrants are seeing in Canada is boosting Canada’s future capabilities. The credit also goes to the country’s welcoming purpose-oriented policies. It outshines the more protectionist and closed approach of the US to immigration.

When the US President went ahead in great length to ban travel as part of his anti-immigration agenda, Canada benefitted from it. For migrants the world over, Canada seemed a perfect destination. It had all the infrastructure and opportunities they could look for. This is true about every sector, be it education, employment, business, travel, or residency.

Rather than looking at immigrants as a problem, Canada looked at them as key contributors to economic revival and stability. This has been envisaged before COVID-19, today, and for the future.

From limiting cross border travel to citizens and permanent residents and their immediate family members, Canada extended its exemptions. After March 26, 2020, Canada exempted all work permit holders and study permit holders who had got approval before March 18, 2020. The workers were meant for agriculture and food-based industries.

In the days after Canada started with lockdown, the federal government conducted 6 Express Entry draws. 11,270 invitations were sent. These candidates got invited through Provincial Nominee Programs and Canadian Experience Class streams.

Draws have continued at the provincial level. Provinces that conducted draws include Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. They all have been issuing invitations since March 15, 2020.

Besides Canada work visa, the country is also showing a promising scenario for business start-ups. The Start-up Visa Program targets entrepreneurs talented enough to innovate. They are linked with Canada’s private sector investors who will help them in establishing their businesses.

These start-up entrepreneurs will also be offered permanent residence. They may also apply for a work permit with the support of their designated Canada-based angel investor, business incubator, or venture capital fund. This would be before they qualify for permanent residence, with their business up and running.

Silently and confidently, Canada is thus empowering itself to grow into a hub of opportunities that the world will look up to.

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91 tech workers invited in British Columbia Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia tech pilot

British Columbia tech pilot

British Columbia (BC) has conducted yet another Tech Pilot with its BC PNP Tech Pilot on April 21, 2020. It’s yet another event that offers the opportunity to get to Canada PR immigration.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is conducted by British Columbia immigration officials to speed up the processing of candidates immigrating to Canada. These candidates take up Canada immigration to reach British Columbia to work in key technology occupations. These occupations are in high demand in the province.

Invitations are sent to candidates who seek work in any of the 29 occupations listed in the BC technology sector.

In the draw on April 21, invitations were sent through 4 streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). For all these streams, the minimum score prescribed was 85. The streams involved were:

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduate

A total of 91 invitations were sent to eligible candidates in the draw.

The BC Tech Pilot opens up a great opportunity for technology workers with competent skills to work in Canada and find their footing in the country. The following requirements are stipulated by BC PNP Tech Pilot for candidates:

The 29 occupations that are considered under the BC PNP Program are:

NOC Code Job Title
131 Telecommunication carriers’ managers
512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
213 Computer and information systems managers
2134 Chemical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2175 Web designers and developers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2173 Software engineers and designers
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
2282 User support technicians
2281 Computer network technicians
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5122 Editors
5121 Authors and writers
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5224 Broadcast technicians
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators

 

Invitations Given

January

February

March

    April

Subclass 189 (Independent Visa)

1000

1000

1750

       50

Subclass 491 (Family Sponsored)

300

500

300

       50

Total

1300

1500

2050

      100
Applicants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments in March 2020.
Subclass 190 (State Sponsored) — In March 2020

1015

Subclass 491 (Regional Sponsored) — In March 2020

763

Total           1778
Applicants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to the end of March 2020.
Skill Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

8546

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)

2199

Total 10745

 

The candidate who gets a provincial nomination will effectively get selection under the Canada Express Entry System. An additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points will be added to the current score.

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Alberta makes CRS scores lesser with every draw

Alberta draws in April CRS

 

Alberta draws in April CRS

Decreasing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores have been making Canada immigration attractive at federal and provincial levels. While this is a good time for skilled aspirants to chart their route to Canada, it’s also helping Canada immensely. The need for skilled workers in different provinces of Canada is keeping the process going even during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Canadian province of Alberta has been a major player in the provincial immigration scene. In April 2020, the province had conducted 2 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws in which the minimum CRS score required was in the 300s range. This has been a major motivating point for those who desire to work in Canada and settle there.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) conducted PNP draws recently on April 1 and April 14. In the April 1 draw, 120 candidates were invited for a provincial nomination. The required CRS score was 381. In the April 14 draw, 200 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta. In that draw, the CRS score required came down to 353 points.

The candidates of the April 1 draw were required to have their profile in the federal Express Entry pool. They didn’t need a job offer to be eligible to get invited.

A provincial nomination will fetch the candidate an additional 600 CRS points to the current score. They will hence get a guaranteed Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence in Canada. This will be applied in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

With Express Entry, Canada manages applications for 3 federal immigration programs namely:

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

After COVID-19 prevention measures were implemented in Canada on March 18, the Express Entry draws have been inviting specific categories of candidates. These candidates belonged to the Canadian Experience Class and those who got a provincial nomination as through the Alberta PNP system.

Candidates in Alberta Express Entry Stream must have work experience in certain job categories. These occupations align with Alberta’s priorities of diversification and economic development. Priority is given to candidates who have:

  • a degree earned from a post-secondary institution in Canada along with a valid job offer,
  • a job offered and/or work experience in Alberta, or
  • a parent, sibling, or child already residing in Alberta

Until now in 2020, the province has given out 1,207 invitations, which all went to Express Entry candidates. Things are getting real better these days in this scene as is indicated by the lower CRS score seen with every new draw.

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Latest round of Canberra Matrix invites 171 applicants

Canberra Matrix Draw

Canberra Matrix Draw

If you are interested to work and live in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Canberra, you will have to qualify in the scoring system used by ACT. As one of the most happening cities of Australia, many migrants come to the country through immigration Australia’s work or resident visa.

Canberra is a big favorite of these migrants as it offers amazing opportunities for a great life in terms of:

  • High-quality education
  • Amazing employment
  • Affordable housing
  • Multicultural environment

Foreign skilled workers arrive in Canberra, like any other state or city in Australia, through nominations. These workers would be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence. The nomination requests are sent to the federal immigration authority. This body is the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Any of the 2 categories of visas is dealt with here namely the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 or the Skilled Work Regional (Provincial) Subclass 491.

The most recent Canberra Matrix round took place on April 21, 2020. 171 applicants were invited in the round to apply for state sponsorship. They came under the ACT 190 nomination class. All Matrix submitted had 95 to 70 points.

There were no invitations issued In the ACT 491 Nomination. This was because of the presence of sufficient Subclass 491 applications in the queue. These applications are slated to be taken up in the May 2020 monthly allocation of Subclass 491 nomination places.

Under Skilled Nominated Subclass 190, nominated skilled workers can live and work in Australia with permanent residence. They can work and study at any place in Australia. They can also sponsor relatives eligible for permanent residence in Australia. The visa holder may eventually become an Australian citizen.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provincial) Subclass 491 is a provisional visa. It’s meant for skilled workers planning to live and work in regional Australia. With this visa, they can stay in Australia for 5 years. They are permitted to work, live, and study in a regional area designated in Australia. They are also allowed to travel to and from the country any number of times. The only condition is that the visa must not have crossed its validity period.

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