May, 2020

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Quebec introduces new reforms to QEP, 2 new pilot programs

Quebec acceptance cert

Quebec acceptance cert

The Quebec government has announced reforms to the Quebec Experience Program (QEP). There will also be 2 new pilot programs launched.

The QEP provides a permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers who have stayed in Quebec. This program works on a fast track basis.

The latest reforms have 4 objectives:

  • Strong program integrity
  • French-language proficiency to facilitate economic and social integration
  • More efficiency in the selection process to meet the province’s labor market needs
  • Better integration into the labor market

The work experience requirements for temporary foreign workers and international students who come to study in Canada will be increased now under the QEP.

A temporary foreign worker (TFW) will need to get a minimum of 36 months of full-time work experience. This shall be in the 48 months before their application for permanent residence.

The existing TFWs with a valid work permit Canada will be accommodated into the new scenario with a smooth transitional process.

International students will now need either 12 or 24 months of work experience in Quebec to be eligible for the QEP. Students who earn a university degree in Quebec or a Quebec diploma of college studies will need 12 months of work experience in Quebec.

These jobs must fall within the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 0, A, and B.

International students who earn a Quebec diploma of professional studies will now need 24 months of work experience in Quebec in NOC 0, A, B, and C level jobs.

Also, spouses of principal applicants under the QEP must demonstrate spoken knowledge in French when the new reforms take effect.

Completion certificates of advanced intermediate level French courses issued by Quebec’s educational institutions will not be admissible as proof of knowledge of French any longer under the new reform.

In a bid to treat Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and QEP candidates equally, the application processing time will be extended from 20 days to 6 months.

There will be 2 new immigration pilot programs that Quebec will be introducing under the new reform. These will be for tech workers and nurse’s aides.

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191 Express Entry candidates invited by Alberta in PNP draw

Alberta PNP Draw

Alberta PNP Draw

Alberta conducted an Express Entry draw on May 13, 2020. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) sent invites to 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 to be eligible to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the province of Alberta.

Those who receive NOI will have a chance to get a provincial nomination from Alberta. Such a nomination will add 600 points to their original CRS score. That will in effect guarantee them that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

To keep foreigners away as much as possible in this time of COVID-19 scare, Alberta is preferring candidates who are already residing and working in the province.

Alberta is also offering flexible terms to PNP candidates who are unable to submit all the documents required with the application due to COVID-19 disruptions. The AINP will accept documents’ copies. If the candidate satisfactorily fulfills the necessary requirements, their file will be kept on hold for 60 days.

To immigrate to Canada via the Alberta PNP, a candidate must create a profile in the Federal Express Entry System.

They also must have experience of working in an eligible job that supports the province’s priorities like economic development and diversification.

Considering the COVID-19 preventive measures imposed by Canada, the candidates have to meet certain criteria to get a nomination:

  • The candidate must be presently working in Alberta (including work from home)
  • The candidate must have a Canada work permit authorizing them to work in their current occupation
  • He candidate must have a full-time paid eligible job that meets the provincial minimum wage. It must also exceed the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements

Applications of the following persons will be put on hold for 60 calendar days:

  • Candidates who were working full time before the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Candidates who are working in a regulated occupation unable to meet licensure requirements

So far this year, 1,598 invitations have been issued to Express Entry candidates.

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Saskatchewan’s immigration invites for 252 new candidates sent

Saskatchewan PNP

Saskatchewan PNP

Saskatchewan conducted its latest draw on May 28, 2020, inviting 252 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR immigration.

The invites we sent by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The chosen candidates were from the International Skilled Worker category. They were selected through 2 sub-categories namely:

  • Occupations in-demand
  • Express Entry

This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was aligned with Express Entry. It was first of such from Saskatchewan since Canada imposed border restrictions owing to COVID-19.

To be eligible for an invitation in the draw, candidates from both sub-categories had to have submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles with the SINP.

Using the EOI system, the SINP selects the candidates with the highest potential to thrive in the prairie province.

Candidates demonstrate their commitment to building a life in Saskatchewan by showcasing their:

  • Education,
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Language ability
  • Connections to the province

Based on these factors the candidates are given a score out of 100 on the international Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid. Those who get the highest scores will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan.

The May 28 draw stipulated a minimum score of 78 for both sub-categories.

Out of the total 252 invitations, 127 went to candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool.

Such Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination from the Saskatchewan province will have 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This gets them to be invited to apply for permanent residence in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

The remaining 125 of 252 invitations sent went to candidates in the Occupations In-demand sub-category. This sub-category applies to those candidates without a profile in the federal Express Entry pool.

These candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. A provincial score of 78 was needed for them to get chosen for the invite.

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440 is the new rock bottom with Canada’s May 28 draw

Canada’s call for immigrants to bring 385 candidates to the country

canada latest draw

canada latest draw

Immigration Canada witnessed another Express Entry draw by Canada that invited candidates who had already got a provincial nomination.

On May 27, 2020, the date of the draw, 385 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued.

With the provincial nomination that the candidates received, they got 600 additional points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This additional score led to the minimum CRS score requirement to shoot up to 757 from the otherwise 157 points for this draw.

Of the PNP only draws held since the preventive measures for COVID-19 have been implemented by Canada, this was the sixth one. These measures were imposed on March 18, 2020.

The tie-break rule applied in this draw with the date and time of April 27, 2020, at 10:19:01 UTC being stipulated. So, candidates with 757 or more as CRS score who submitted their profile on this date got an ITA in this round.

With Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holding targeted draws with unpredictable timelines, the frequency of these draws could be either days or hours apart.

Even if there are travel restrictions in place in Canada, more ITAs have been issued in 2020 compared to the same time in 2019. Till and including May 27, 2020, 38,585 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a permanent residence this year.

The federal government manages Canada immigration. Through the Express Entry system, the Canadian government manages immigration applications for 3 economic class programs namely:

  • Canadian Experience class
  • Federal Skilled Trades
  • Federal Skilled Worker

The eligible candidates for any of these programs will submit their profile into the Express Entry pool. There, these candidates are granted CRS score based on:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Experience
  • French or English Language skills

The highest-ranked candidates get invited to apply for permanent residence via regular Express Entry draws.

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British Columbia’s latest draw calls 133 new tech workers

Start-ups cut a path to permanent residence In Canada

Canada new PR Startup visa

Canada new PR Startup visa

There’s an interesting development now seen in Canada immigration. There’s a steady increase in the number of new permanent residents making an entry into the country via Canada’s Start-up Visa program.

A jump from 250 immigrants arriving this way in 2018 to 510 new permanent residents in 2019 is clearly showing a positive trend in the making. The Start-up Visa program offers qualified immigrant entrepreneurs with permanent residence in Canada.

The number of immigrants taking advantage of this program has been showing a steady increase over its last 5 years.

The program that was conceived as a 3-year pilot program became one of the permanent solutions to the question “how to immigrate to Canada?” in 2018.

The private sector investors in Canada find this program a good source of innovative entrepreneurs. These investors help the immigrants set up their start-up businesses in Canada.

Before qualifying for a permanent residence, these start-up entrepreneurs arrive in Canada with a Canada work visa. They will have the support of their designated investor based in Canada.

The types of private sector investors can be classified into:

  • A designated angel investor, who must invest a minimum of $75,000 into the qualifying business. A candidate is permitted to qualify with more than one investment made by angel investor groups, bringing the total investment to $75,000.
  • A designated venture capital fund that must invest a minimum of $200,000 in the qualifying business. A candidate is permitted to qualify with more than one commitment from designated venture capital funds. Thus, the total investment will be brought to $200,000.
  • A designated business incubator must take the applicant into its business incubator program.

Candidates owning a qualifying business must get a Commitment Certificate and Letter of Support from a designated entity. This is to prove that they have enough settlement funds. The candidates must also be proficient in English or French. Their minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level required is 5.

Though the candidate would start his/her work in the business by applying for a short-term work permit, they can in time apply for a permanent residency. The candidate will qualify for this when:

  • He/she has incorporated and conducted business in Canada
  • He/she has owned a minimum of 10% of the rights to vote in the business
  • There’s no other party allowed to hold 50% or more of the voting rights in the business.

4-6 months is the time required to get a commitment certificate or letter of support from a designated entity for a viable start-up business.

Upon receiving the letter of support, the candidate can apply for permanent residence. It will take another 18 months to get a PR visa issued.

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British Columbia’s latest draw calls 133 new tech workers

BC PNP Tech pilot Draw

BC PNP Tech pilot Draw

A Tech Pilot draw was conducted by British Columbia (BC) on May 26, 2020. 133 immigration candidates were sent invites to submit applications for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.

This adds another draw that brings in skilled tech workers through immigration Canada. BC is known for conducting tech draws as the province has a concentration of tech companies that offer good job opportunities.

The British Columbia PNP invitations were sent to candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories.

The minimum score stipulated for candidates in both categories was 80.

BC uses its Tech Pilot draws to invite skilled tech workers from abroad. Valid job offers are made in any of the 29 technology jobs that are in high demand. These occupations with their NOC codes are as follows:

  • 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 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
  • 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • 5122 Editors
  • 5121 Authors and writers
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 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)
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 0131 Telecommunication carriers’ managers

EEBC candidates are required to have their profiles under the federal Express Entry system and BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

If an Express Entry candidate gets a provincial nomination, it will add 600 points to his/her Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It will guarantee the candidate that he/she will get an invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Candidates of the Tech Pilot must obtain a job offer with a work span of at least a year. There must also be a minimum of 120 days left in the candidate’s job tenure at the time the candidate submits his/her profile to BC.

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EU states come together with plans to restore free travel

11 European countries

11 European countries

The desire of EU citizens to be able to travel free again amongst the EU states is getting closer to fulfillment. EU countries are coming together to discuss the process of resuming free travel and tourism in the EU as the COVID-19 cases have shown a decline lately.

The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Austria, Malta, Croatia, Italy, Greece, and Germany met this week via video conference. They discussed a coordinated approach to restore travel and free movement in the European Union.

This free movement is an essential aspect of the European project. Keeping this in perspective, the ministers in the conference reiterated the common goal of all kinds of travel in Europe. This includes professional, private, and educational travel.

This was envisioned based on the values of proportionality and the absence of discrimination.

Guidance published by the European Commission on May 13, 2020 to restore and reboot transport and tourism from 2020 was welcomed by the ministers. They agreed on several principles.

The ministers also agreed that it’s essential that EU citizens return home safely as they travel freely across the EU. To this aim, it was urged that EU states should coordinate closely. They should gradually lift restrictions and quarantine regulations.

Another major factor is the restoration of transport across borders. Considering the matching of the epidemiological conditions between any two states is a must for this. It will help stop any further spread of the pandemic across borders.

The ministers also called on private actors in tourism and tourism companies. They were asked to take reasonable precautions in the coming weeks to ensure the safety of travelers as free travel is restored.

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Nova Scotia PNP welcomes nurses to work in the province

Nova Scotia invites nurses

Nova Scotia invites nurses

Another Canada PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw was conducted by Nova Scotia on May 22. It invited nurses to apply for a provincial nomination for Permanent Residence (PR) in Canada.

The Nova Scotia PNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program) has chosen candidates with at least 3 years of experience working as a registered psychiatric nurse. The job is identified as NOC 3012 in Canada’s National Occupational Classification index.

Besides, the candidate is also required to have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 in French or English in every language ability.

Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree were chosen in the draw if not those who completed a post-secondary program of a minimum span of 3 years.

Copies of the following documents are required of the candidates while applying for the provincial nomination:

  • Language tests
  • Proof of education

The proof of education will include an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization. This applies when the diploma or degree was obtained at a foreign institute.

If candidates want to be considered for Nova Scotia’s provincial nomination through the Labor market Priorities stream, they must have their profiles in immigration Canada’s federal Express Entry system.

The candidates invited by Nova Scotia through this PNP draw have 60 days to complete and submit their application for a provincial nomination.

If they get a provincial nomination from the province, it will add 600 points to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. That will effectively guarantee them the chance to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an upcoming Express Entry draw.

The CRS score is a ranking that is given to the profiles of candidates that are in the federal Express Entry pool. It’s awarded on the basis of factors like:

  • Education
  • Age
  • Work experience
  • Language skills

The higher the score, the greater their chance to get selected to receive invites.

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West Kootenay starts own processing of applications

West Kootenay starts own processing of applications

Kootenay opens application

Kootenay opens application

The West Kootenay region consists of towns including Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson, and Trail.

Lately, through the RNIP (Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot), West Kootenay has launched its application process. This will help candidates who work in Canada and employers.

Working in the same course as Canada immigration at the federal level, the British Columbia region, including West Kootenay, focuses on language skills rather than community criteria. Wages offered and an intention to live in the region are among other criteria.

West Kootenay has also published an extensive points grid. It gives the applicants a score not exceeding 100. The top scorers get invited for nomination.

For principal candidates and their common partner or spouse include:

  • Language ability
  • Age
  • Driver’s license
  • Job offers
  • Family connections
  • Time spent in West Kootenay

With the RNIP, the region will empower its local economy and effectively work towards the development of the workforce.

West Kootenay is one of the 9 communities that have started their own application processes with RNIP.

RNIP Employer Criteria in West Kootenay

To be eligible in West Kootenay RNIP, the employee must:

  • Not be violating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and/or employment standards of the province.
  • Be based in West Kootenay, being eligible to give job offers that are genuine.
  • Stand with proof of the efforts made to recruit a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Not request or accept any kind of payment in exchange for giving a job offer.
  • Offer wage the offer of employment that meets or exceeds $22/hour and must be above or within the range of wages for the occupation. Candidates who are working and/or residing in the West Kootenay region right now since the last 6 months will be exempt from this. But their wage/job offer must offer a pay between $17/hour and $21.99/hour.
  • Have operated in the West Kootenays for at least 2 years or have made a business investment of a minimum of $200,000 in the West Kootenay region.

RNIP Community Candidate Criteria for West Kootenay

To be eligible in West Kootenay RNIP, the candidate must:

  • Intend to live in West Kootenay.
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4 or higher, in French or English.
  • Have completed a Candidate profile on the West Kootenay website.
  • Have a wage offered that is or exceeds $22/hour and must be above or within the range of wages for that occupation. Candidates who are currently working, studying, and/or residing for a minimum of 6 months till now in the community will be exempt from this wage requirement. This will be so if their wage/job offer is between $17/hour and $21.99/hour.
  • Meet the federal eligibility criteria.

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Prince Edward Island stays strong with 3 draws since COVID-19

Manitoba PNP draw sends out invites to 99 candidates

Manitoba PNP Draw

Manitoba PNP Draw

Immigration Canada had another Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held by Manitoba on May 21, 2020.

Invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence were sent to 99 immigration candidates.

The invitations got issued by the Manitoba PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) to candidates in the streams of:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 72 invites
  • Skilled Workers Overseas – 15 invites
  • International Education – 12 invites

So far this year, Manitoba has issued 2,030 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAA), which is simply called ‘invitations’.

The draw on May 21 was Manitoba’s 90th PNP draw counting from the time the program started in April 2014.

9 LAAs were sent to candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system.

These candidates from the Express Entry are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It’s calculated considering factors like work experience, education, age, and language skills.

Candidates who are top scorers will get invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. They can apply through draws that are regularly conducted from the Express Entry pool.

Candidates who get provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points upon their CRS scores. With that the candidates will be effectively guaranteed to get Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Those who got a provincial nomination from Manitoba via this latest draw will be given a job seeker validation code.

International Education

Graduates from Manitoba with some high-demand skills have the chance of being invited under the International Education stream.

The 3 sub-categories this stream are:

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

12 LAAs were sent out to candidates who came under this stream in the latest draw.

There wasn’t a minimum score stipulated for Expression of Interest (EOI).

Skilled Workers Overseas

The candidates selected from this stream were invited directly via a Strategic Recruitment Initiative. This includes MPNP’s overseas recruitments. It’s in most cases associated with employers in Manitoba.

A candidate under this stream needed a score of 613 or above to become eligible for an LAA.

Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Temporary foreign workers in Manitoba and international graduates from post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba who are eligible to use this stream as a way to get Canada Permanent Residence.

An eligible candidate will have work in Manitoba doing a full-time permanent job with the employer.

The lowest-ranked candidate chosen under this stream had scored 485 points in this draw.

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