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Canada’s new rules for foreign workers benefit them even more

Canada’s new foreign worker rules

Canada’s new foreign worker rules

Canada is not leaving any stone unturned to make it possible for foreign nationals to stay and work in Canada. The lenience has come to very convenient levels now. This shows in the new temporary policy. It benefits temporary residents in the country with job offers.

As per this policy that was announced last month, foreign nationals with valid status can apply for work permits with job offers from within Canada. The non-compliance with certain temporary residence conditions won’t lead to the work permit being denied. Also, former foreign workers who are eligible may be permitted to work, even with a pending decision on their work permit.

If the foreign national in Canada has a legal visitor status in Canada, he/she may apply for a work permit that is employer-specific. If not a legal visitor status, the candidate may even have an implied status.

They must have been physically present in Canada on 24th August 2020 and must not have left the country after that.

IRCC officers are to consider the expiry date of the time of authorized stay to be treated as the date of decision on the application submitted.

Also, temporary workers in Canada who have changed their visa status to “visitor” to stay back legally in the country during COVID-19 can work until they meet eligibility criteria like:

  • The candidate is a valid temporary resident as a visitor and has been physically present in Canada on 24th August 2020 and ever since
  • The candidate has held a valid work permit in the 12 months before the date of submission of their application for a work permit under the new policy even if the applicant is in Canada currently holding the status of a visitor
  • The candidate must have the intention to work for the employer
  • The candidate must work in a job specified by the LMIA or the LMIA-exempt employment offer that’s included in the application for work permit submitted under the new public policy
  • The candidate has applied to the IRCC using the webform for the interim authorization to work
  • The candidate has requested to make the work authorization applicable until a decision on work permit application is made

With the new system, the requirement for the applicant to have had left Canada and come back to activate the visa will no more be applied. This is to prevent COVID-19 being prevented.

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Statistics Canada gives out a positive message on immigrants

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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Good business is back in Australia, Subclass 188 recommenced

Australia recommences Subclass 188 visa

Australia recommences Subclass 188 visa

The Australian government has received appreciation from business houses for recommencing the Subclass 188 visas. This has shown how through immigration Australia has addressed the concerns of businesses and the needs of the economy.

The Subclass 188 visa or the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa is meant for those with business skills. If you are interested in doing business in Australia, this visa can help you by enabling you to:

  • Operate an existing business in Australia or a new one
  • Stay in Australia for a period of up to 4 years and 3 months
  • Bring your eligible family members along with you to Australia
  • Apply for a Subclass 888 visa, also called Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa by meeting stipulated requirements

With the recommencement of Subclass 188 visas, great support will be extended to Australian businesses and entrepreneurs who want to operate a business in Australia. The lack of availability of investment from domestic capital will now be countered. The Subclass 188 visa will attract international investors and entrepreneurs. This makes for an important proposition for the country to recover and advance economically in a post-pandemic era.

Companies like Atlas Advisors Australia has already seen a considerable increase from migrant investors boasting high net worth. They come from destinations like Hong Kong. Businessmen like these are rich and highly experienced entrepreneurs. They can bring great benefits to the Australian economy.

It only takes the right environment and support from Australia. It can create the best of collaborative opportunities arising from business migration overseas. That will mutually benefit Australia and its business migrants.

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IRCC services make a comeback to in-person mode in Canada

IRCC services to be back in in-person format

IRCC services to be back in in-person format

A list of immigration services that won’t be available virtually will now be gradually resumed in-person by IRCC on September 21, 2020. New protocols and procedures are being tested out by IRCC to this purpose.

The services that will be offered next week include:

  • Permanent Residence: PR-related services will be offered at IRCC offices in Quebec, Montreal, Ontario, and Etobicoke. Those who want to do their PR interview or pick up their PR card will get communication from IRCC via email to fix an appointment.
  • Citizenship: Citizenship hearings and citizenship knowledge re-testing will be conducted at the Vancouver Expo. This will be done for a select number of applicants. The appointments will be scheduled via email by IRCC.
  • Asylum: IRCC offices in Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Calgary will have asylum-related services resumed in a limited way. IRCC will fix appointments with clients via epost (Canada Post’s online service). Clients may need to provide their biometric information, collect/submit documents, or attend an interview. In case the pilot works fine, asylum services will be provided even in Etobicoke, Montreal, and Vancouver (Hornby).

The client appointments will be made based on factors like file status and location in Canada. Without scheduled appointments, no client will be provided in-person services.

IRCC will also start making biometrics appointments. This means, PR applicants in Canada in the queue to give biometric information will get a call from Service Canada in the coming few months to book an appointment. People coming from regions where there are more people waiting to give biometric information may have to wait longer. An example is the Greater Toronto Area.

As only scheduled appointments will be served at Service Canada centers, applicants must update any of their changed contact details using the IRCC webform. This is also applicable where a representative applies on the candidate’s behalf.

The safety measures followed at IRCC offices include:

  • The requirement for clients to complete a Health Canada self-assessment questionnaire prior to arriving at the center as per appointment
  • The requirement for clients to again answer the same questions after arriving at the office, so done to make sure they are permissible in the premises
  • The requirement for clients to maintain social distance, wear a mask, and follow signs that direct movement of people present in the premises
  • Rescheduling the appointment if a client seems ill

Immigration Canada services have been shut down on March 18, 2020, by IRCC as part of preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. All these months since, the immigration services have been offered in a virtual form.

Now that in-person services are going to start gradually, more services may be reopened in the near future.

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British Columbia chooses 407 new immigrants in PNP draw

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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

PR – Permanent Residence / Permanent Resident

Statistics Canada gives out a positive message on immigrants

Immigrant workers in Canada boost businesses

Immigrant workers in Canada boost businesses

Statistics Canada has some uplifting news for immigrants willing to arrive and work in Canada. It’s been found that there is a directly proportional growth in productivity with an increase in the number of immigrants.

The study done by Statistics Canada assessed the impact of immigration on productivity in Canadian companies. Individual firms were tracked over a period of time. Immigration’s impact on overall levels of productivity, business profits, and wages of workers were assessed.

The study results found that the share of immigrants working in a company can fluctuate at a rate of 15% increase to 15% in decrease. Moreover, it was found that there’s a positive relation between the rise in the proportion of foreign workers and the growth in the productivity of the business. A similar effect is seen in business profits and workers’ wages.

The longer the period used to measure changes, the larger the effect of immigration on productivity. A 10% increase in the proportion of immigrants was found to create a 1.9% increase in the productivity of the business. This is relatively small as Statistics Canada puts it.

But for individual businesses that experience a huge increase in the proportion of immigrant workers, a substantial contribution comes as a result.

The impact on the productivity of business was more significantly seen in the case of low-skilled/less-educated immigrant workers. This was evident when compared to high-skilled/university-graduated immigrant workers. The differences were noted particularly in industries that are technology-intensive and knowledge-based.

Businesses are largely found to take advantage of the fact related to immigrant workers. Immigrant workers are complementary to native workers. They bring the advantages of added skills and specialization. Thus, they contribute more to business expansion and effective division of labour.

Thus, Canada immigration opens up opportunities to skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers. That will ultimately help Canadian businesses reap benefits.

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British Columbia chooses 407 new immigrants in PNP draw

Canada helps immigrants in more ways than one to blend in

Canada Employment services

Canada Employment services

There are many barriers for new immigrants in Canada’s job market. These include credential recognition issues. Other barriers come as cultural or language barriers. These barriers could make it hard for newcomers to blend in with the local community. It can even affect their ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and employers. This could even create discrimination.

YES is one of the many employment centers in Toronto. It helps the underemployed and unemployed to get jobs in their fields of expertise. They also work with employers and educate them on the benefits of hiring immigrants. This helps in alleviating their prejudice towards foreign workers to a great extent.

Canadians are seeing the advantages of immigration Canada works on so dedicatedly. The immigrants plug the gaps in the labor market and contribute to population growth in Canada. Ensuring their access to jobs and their long-term success thus becomes necessary for the prosperity of Canada.

The OHRC has created the policy on removing the barriers in the Canadian experience. It outlines the human rights issues that follow the unequal access to opportunities to find jobs, based on foreign experience.

In the efforts to make the scenario better for international workers who work in Canada, it’s important for them to understand a few things that Canadian employers expect of them.

  • A Canadian-style resume is the first thing to make to get a better entry to get along with a Canadian employer. You will get tips on creating one on the Canadian government’s website, that lists the DOs and DON’Ts of resume writing. Visit this link.
  • The next step is to get your credentials right and honest. It will be good to get a credential evaluation done by the candidate so that he/she can be clear as to where their credentials will get accepted and where not. For example, if the employer insists on graduation done from a Canadian university or college, and you haven’t one, you may check if an equivalent degree will do. If not, you should look for other opportunities that favor you.

YES conducts free online workshops for immigrants regarding job interviews, resume writing, and more. Though these are focused on jobs in Toronto, such initiatives on a federal level could be explored and utilized.

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Facts about Canada to know before you leave

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YES – Youth Employment Services

OHRC – Ontario Human Rights Council

British Columbia chooses 407 new immigrants in PNP draw

British Columbia chooses 407 new immigrants in PNP draw

British Columbia chooses 407 new immigrants in PNP draw

In yet another PNP draw, BC invited 407 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. This draw was held on September 15, 2020.

The candidates who were issued new invitations came from the streams of EEBC and SI. The candidates belonged to the categories of International Graduate, Skilled Worker, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker.

The selected candidates had a minimum score ranging between 75 and 95 points.

The SI category represents semi-skilled and skilled workers who are engaged in occupations that are in high demand in BC. The EEBC category represents candidates having a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system. The system is the main pathway that skilled immigrants hoping to get PR in Canada chooses to use.

BC’s SIRS manages the BC PNP categories. If you want to apply via SIRS, you must first register an account with it. Then, based on factors like education, work experience, and proficiency in language, you as a candidate will get a score.

Candidates who score among the highest are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Candidates can apply when BC conducts another PNP draw.

Also, candidates who are registered with SIRS and managed by it must have a job offer from an employer in BC.

The federal government manages immigrant’s applications through its Express Entry system. These candidates are also given points based on factors like education, age, work experience, and language proficiency in French or English.

When candidates are invited under EEBC’s International Graduate and Skilled Worker categories, they get extra 600 points overtheir CRS score. They will most surely also get an ITA at a federal Express Entry draw if the they have already earned a nomination.

Express Entry draws are conducted once in 2 weeks. The BC PNP draws are weekly draws and up till now in 2020, 6,000 invitations have been issued to apply for a provincial nomination. The nomination could be earned through Tech Pilot draws or regular PNP draws.

The Tech Pilot candidates don’t need a job offer for a permanent, full-time job as is the requirement for most of the other categories under the British Columbia PNP. Nevertheless, candidates under the Tech Pilot must show a job offer that has at least a year’s duration and has at least 120 days left when applying for a provincial nomination.

Keep yourselves updated on the immigration draws held in Canadian provinces. Do not miss out on the opportunities to work In Canada.

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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

BC – British Columbia

EEBC – Express Entry BC

SI – Skills Immigration

SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

Saskatchewan welcomes 621 candidates in largest PNP draw

Saskatchewan welcomes 621 candidates in largest PNP draw

Saskatchewan welcomes 621 candidates in largest PNP draw

On September 15, 2020, Saskatchewan held its largest PNP draw since February 2020. It invited a total of 621 candidates who were skilled workers with experience in 3 tech occupations.

The SINP sent invites to candidates from the International Skilled Worker category under Canada immigration via 2 subcategories namely Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. Candidates belonging to both these categories had to submit EOI profiles with the SINP. The 3 tech occupations they were required to have work experience are:

  • NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 – Computer programming and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers

The candidates invited via the draw had credentials for educational assessment. They showed how foreign certificates, diplomas, and degrees compared to Canadian credentials.

The SINP selects the candidates using the EOI system. These candidates show the highest potential to succeed in the regional labor market. Candidates must show that they are committed to building a life in Saskatchewan. For this, they must showcase their education, work experience, age, connections to the province, and language ability.

After assessing the candidates on these parameters, the Saskatchewan PNP grants them a score out of 100 on the International Skilled Worker PAG. Candidates with the highest scores will get an invitation to apply for Saskatchewan’s provincial nomination.

68 was the minimum score needed in the draws held on September 15, 2020. This applies to both sub-categories. Those who got the minimum score and received invitation must have:

  • Connections in Saskatchewan, or
  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience, and
  • A CLB of 8

All others required a minimum score of 69.

Let’s give you a better picture of the 2 subcategories now.

The Occupations in-demand sub-category is for immigration candidates without a federal Express Entry profile. In this draw, there were 166 candidates from this sub-category, who were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

The federal Express Entry system is tasked with the job of managing immigration candidate applications for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs. These are FSWP, CEC, and FSTP.

In case the candidates in the Express Entry pool also submitted an EOI for Saskatchewan after scoring 68 on the SINP’s PAG, there’s a chance for them to have been invited in this draw.

EE candidates who received a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan are given extra 600 points towards their CRS score. This brings with it an effective guarantee that they will receive an ITA for Canadian PR in an upcoming federal EE draw.

Most EE draws invite candidates with scores in the 400s. The latest Express Entry draw issued invites for those with a minimum score of 472.

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Hard times, great plans from Canada for international students

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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

EE – Express Entry

PAG – Points Assessment Grid

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PR – Permanent Residence / Permanent Resident

Hard times, great plans from Canada for international students

Canada support international support

Canada support international support

Here’s how international students are served by Canada immigration to help them with study permits and obtaining PSWP.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started in Mid-March in Canada, the border was shut and travel restrictions imposed. This affected the arrival of foreign students to study in Canada. As of now, only the following categories of international students can enter Canada:

  • International students arriving from the US
  • International students who have the approval to get a study permit on or before March 18, 2020
  • International students holding a valid study permit

International students contribute much to the economic and social sectors of Canada. This makes them very important human resources that Canada takes great care and ensure a smooth immigration process. Among the measures taken for students under immigration, Canada has introduced a 2-stage study permit process. Students can also start studies online from their home countries. Students can cover up to 50% of their courses online and that time will be counted towards their eligibility for PGWP.

The current temporary policies regarding study in Canada for international students are as follows:

Study permits

The difficulty in procuring all the necessary documents required for Canadian permit applications has been rampant due to COVID-19. To solve this, IRCC implemented a 2-stage approval process. So, now international students can start with their fall semester online even before getting the final study permit. The current inability to produce other documents like biometric data may still be considered for the Canada study permit. This will constitute the first stage where most of the eligibility criteria will have been met.

In the second stage, the student will have submitted the pending documents within a stipulated time. Then the applications will be processed at the earliest and the student will get the study permit.

Once both the stages are completed and travel restrictions get eased, the student can travel to Canada and finish studies there.

PGWP program

So, what after a student completes a study program in a designated educational institution in Canada like a university or college? The student could get themselves a PGWP with a validity period of up to 3 years.

Before the pandemic crisis, overseas learning or distance learning could not count towards getting the student eligibility for PGWP. But now, IRCC has allowed the time spent on online learning to be counted for eligibility for PGWP.

The student must complete at least 50% of the Canadian study program in Canada. Only then he/she will be eligible for PGWP. Also, students who have joined 8 to 12-month programs that began in the fall, summer, or spring semesters of 2020 can apply for a PGWP though they did the whole study program abroad.

There’s yet another provision. Are you a student who joined a Canadian study program starting between May and September 2020, and who studies online until April 30, 2021? Have you graduated from more than one qualifying study program? Then you may combine the durations of study while applying for PGWP. But then, the 50% rule mentioned earlier will apply here too.

Students already in Canada

IRCC has good news for them. They will be eligible to get PGWP even if they must complete over 50% of the study program online. They can also reduce their studies to part-time or take a full break owing to restrictions imposed on learning in-class due to the pandemic.

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PSWP – Post-Study Work Permit

PGWP – Post-Graduate Work Permit

IRCC – Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

July 2020 data has immigration hard facts and numbers

Canada immigrants in July

Canada immigrants in July

The July 2020 figures give significant indications of the state of Canada’s permanent resident intake.

In July 2020, Canada brought in 13,645 new PRs, which in fact is 63% lower, compared to the figures in July 2019. In July 2019, Canada had welcomed 36,615 new PRs.

July is a month that usually registers a high volume of the immigrant influx in Canada. It’s in this summertime when immigrants prefer to enroll their children in schools. The academic year starts across Canada during late-August and early September.

Even comparing the July figures with June 2020 numbers, you will find that the volume was considerably lesser. In June 2020, Canada welcomed 19,200 immigrants.

As it can be naturally figured, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Canada immigration seriously. Flights are limited and travel extremely restricted. But in immigration Canada has shown great resilience and kept its immigration programs alive and active.

Due to the pandemic, even approved immigrants weren’t able to find flights available to bring them to Canada. Even in such a scenario, Canada has kept the opportunity open for some of the approved PR applicants to be eligible to immigrate to Canada, right now! This includes COPR holders who obtained it on or before March 18, 2020.

Here is a list of countries wherefrom new immigrants came to Canada in July 2020.

  • India – 3,195
  • China – 870
  • Pakistan – 640
  • Iran – 405
  • The USA – 405
  • France – 290
  • The UK – 225
  • Philippines – 865
  • Nigeria – 555
  • Egypt – 225
  • Morocco – 515
  • Algeria – 335
  • Cameroon – 220
  • South Korea – 205
  • Syria – 245

Canada immigration is working like a well-greased machine with clear goals the country is striving to achieve in the years to come. Canada’s Express Entry system is its flagship immigration mechanism that manages applications for economic class immigration.

On a year-over-year basis, IRCC has issued more Express Entry ITAs for PR.

Another immigration pathway, PNP, has been operating without fail through the pandemic period. It still is a major contributor to immigration from a provincial standpoint. It resolves the labor market issues by inviting more people willing to work in Canada.

Canada has the potential to bounce back into its old form soon after the pandemic is over.

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The provinces of Canada – Immigration and opportunities

Note:

PR – Permanent Resident/Permanent Residence

COPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residence

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

Long-stays in Russia; migrants to have digital documents

Russia electronic migration cards

Russia electronic migration cards

Russia has issued new instructions for long-staying foreigners in the country. They will now be required to carry electronic migration cards and submit fingerprints acting according to the wide-ranging immigration reforms Russia has introduced.

The period that qualifies as long-stay will be any stay of over 30 days. The data submitted by the foreigners would be used to create ID cards that have their information and their work permits.

Going by the new rules, foreigners can change the purpose of their stay without going across the border. They can also replace paper migration cards with electronic cards.

Any foreign national coming to Russia will now have to obtain digital visas. This includes even those who are eligible for visa waivers.

The new rules have been submitted to the civic chamber. It’s a consultative body that acts on the task of analyzing draft legislation. The submission of the new rules to the parliament is pending as yet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had, in 2018, instructed to ease the migration services and policy to offset the slump in Russia’s demography. Russia has adopted 8 immigration law reforms since then. The doubled naturalization in 2020 is proof of the reforms’ success. Russia is indeed looking forward to taking new steps to make migration overseas to the country a better process and experience.

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