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Saskatchewan releases results of recent draws in October 2020

Saskatchewan October 2020 draws results

Saskatchewan October 2020 draws results

The results of 2 recent PNP draws held by Saskatchewan are out. These draws were held on October 7 and October 21, 2020.

On October 7, 2020, Saskatchewan issued ITAs to candidates under the Express Entry category. On October 21, 2020, SINP issued ITAs to immigration candidates under its Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry categories.

A total of 618 received ITAs from Saskatchewan on October 21, 2020. They were invited to apply for a provisional nomination for PR. Out of the 618, 340 candidates were sent invitations under the Express Entry category. The lowest-ranked candidate was required to have a score of 78.

In the October 7 SINP draw, 455 Express Entry candidates were sent ITAs, and they needed a minimum score of 70 points.

In 2020 as yet, 3,040 candidates have received invitations under the Express Entry category. An additional 3, 018 candidates got ITAs under the Occupations In-Demand category.

In total, 6,082 SINP candidates successfully received ITAs this year so far.

Eligibility

To get invited, candidates must have submitted a SINP EOI profile. While submitting profiles, candidates must show that they have the ability to settle in the Saskatchewan province. The candidates are also evaluated based on factors like education, age, work experience, connections in the province, and language proficiency in English.

Candidates are given a score out of 100 on the Points Assessment Grid for the International Skilled Worker EOI system. Candidates who get the highest scores get an ITA to apply for a provincial nomination. They can use it to submit their application for Canada PR to IRCC.

Candidates must show a minimum of a year’s work experience. They however don’t need a job offer from the Saskatchewan province to be eligible for invitation. The work experience must be in a skilled occupation that’s connected to their education.

Candidates who are successful in both draw rounds must have submitted an Educational Credential Assessment to the province. This will prove that the candidate’s educational qualification can be compared to Candian standards.

About SINP Express Entry category

SINP Express Entry is a category connected to the federal Express Entry system. The Express Entry system manages applications from overseas workers for FSWP, FSTP, and CEC. If eligible for the SINP as well as any of the 3 Express Entry programs, the candidate may get invited for a provincial nomination from the province of Saskatchewan.

The invitation can be used to apply for a provincial nomination to Saskatchewan. The provincial nomination certificate that the candidate receives henceforth can be uploaded to the Express Entry profile, which will earn them 600 extra points towards their CRS score.

About SINP Occupations In-Demand category

This category is applicable to Canada immigration candidates without an Express Entry profile. This program is intended to invite immigration candidates with work experience in jobs that have labor shortages in Saskatchewan.

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Note:

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PR – Permanent Residence

Latest BC PNP draw sends invites to 354 skilled immigrants

BC PNP draw 354 invites

BC PNP draw 354 invites

British Columbia held a PNP draw on October 27, 2020, issuing 354 ITAs through the Skills Immigration and EEBC streams.

Candidates were issued ITAs under the sub-categories of Entry-level & Semi-skilled, International Graduate, and Skilled Worker. The minimum score required of the candidates who got selected was as follows:

  • Express Entry BC
    • International Graduate – 93 points
    • Skilled Worker – 92 points
  • Skills Immigration
    • International Graduate – 94 points
    • Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled – 75 points
    • Skilled Worker – 93 points

BC holds weekly draws via the province’s various PNP categories and the streams under them. The largest PNP draw of 2020 held by BC as yet was held on September 29, 2020. In that draw, 450 ITAs for a provincial nomination were issued.

For candidates to apply for Skills Immigration or EEBC categories, they must first create a profile online under BC PNP’s SIRS. The applicants’ profiles are evaluated and given a score based on factors like work experience, education level, employment location, and language proficiency in English.

Upon approval, the provincial nomination the candidate gets can be used to apply for Canada PR. This is done with the IRCC under the PNP.

Those candidates who get a nomination from BC will be granted 600 extra points towards their CRS score. These candidates are in effect guaranteed an ITA in an upcoming federal EE draw.

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Two new immigration pathways to be launched by Alberta

Note:

BC – British Columbia

PR – Permanent Residence

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

EEBC – Express Entry

SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

Two new immigration pathways to be launched by Alberta

2 new immigration paths for Alberta

2 new immigration paths for Alberta

International students who study in Canada graduating from Alberta post-secondaries will now get 2 new options to immigrate to Canada.

AINP is launching 2 new pathways for Canada immigration. This move is meant to motivate international graduates to open businesses in the province of Alberta. Such new businesses are expected to create new high-payingjobs. Such businesses will contribute to the diversification of the economy.

The IGE stream will start functioning from October 26, 2020, and will run on an EOI system. A PNP under this program will be meant for an international student graduating from Alberta post-secondaries. The stream is now open to EOI submissions.

The assessment of the submissions will be done by AINP. Then these submissions will be ranked with points assigned. Candidates who rank highest will get invitations to place a Business Application.

Only the candidates who receive a request or invitation to apply will be able to access the AINP portal and start the business application process. However, getting a request doesn’t guarantee that applicants will get Canada PR.

Another stream that Alberta will launch will be the Foreign Graduate Start-up stream. This will be initiated in January 2021. This stream will be meant for international student graduates from the bestUS colleges and universities willing to start a business and settle in communities in Alberta.

Eligibility for IGE immigration stream

  • The candidate must be immigrating to Alberta with the intention of establishing a new business or buy an existing one.
  • The candidate must have at least 34% ownership in the company.
  • The business type proposed mustn’t be on Alberta’s ineligible businesses list.
  • The candidate must have full-time work experience of at least 6 months. This can be a combination of owning and actively managing the business.
  • The candidate’s work experience could include an equivalent amount of experience with a business accelerator, business incubator, or entrepreneurship program courses.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 2 years’ full-time education in Alberta. This must be with a diploma or degree from anyof Alberta’s designated post-secondary institution.
  • The candidate must have a PGWP that’s valid for at least 2 years at the time of submitting EOI.
  • The candidate must also need a minimum CLB score of 7 in all areas of English or French proficiency.
  • The candidate’s business should have an economic benefit to Alberta. This will be achieved via factors like an investment, job creation, and developed intellectual property.

The candidate will also have an advantage if aged between 21 and 49 years of age. Another factor that can prove to be an advantage to the candidate is if the candidate’s common partner or spouse have immediate family living full-time in Alberta. It will increase the candidate’s chance to get selected.

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IGE – International Graduate Entrepreneur

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

AINP – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

PR – Permanent Residence

PGWP – Post Graduate Work Permit

Ontario’s latest draw adds 21 to entrepreneurs invited in 2020

Ontario entrepreneur draw invite 21

Ontario entrepreneur draw invite 21

In the latest PNP draw held by Ontario on October 26, 2020,ITAs were issued to 21 entrepreneur candidates to apply to the entrepreneur stream. The OINP issued ITAs to those candidates who scored EOI points from 142 to 200.

The candidates who received ITAs didn’t have to contact the program. They will receive 2 emails from OINP. One will have login information and the other will have instructions to complete the application.

Eligible candidates who didn’t get an ITA in this draw has the chance to get invited for 12 months from the date of submitting it.

With this entrepreneur draw, the 5th one of this year, the total number of entrepreneurs invited this year comes to 112.

Eligibility requirements

Area Net worth required now Net worth required earlier Required investment now Required investment earlier
Toronto area $800,000 $1.5 million $600,000 $1 million
Outside GTA $400,000 $800,000 $200,000 $500,000

The candidate must have 24 months of business experience as a senior manager or owner within the past 60 months.

Minimum requirements for getting nominated

Through the entrepreneur stream, those who are looking to start a business in Canada can begin one in Ontario or buy an existing business in the province. Upon getting selected the successful applicant will get asupport letter for temporary work permit. This can be used to establish a business in Ontario.

The support letter is based on a performance agreement. It also depends on whether the entrepreneur meets the job creation and investment targets given in the agreement. If yes, they stand a chance to be nominated for Canada PR.

The entrepreneurs must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a nomination from Ontario, once the business is established:

  • The entrepreneur must demonstrate a CLB 4 level or the equivalent of official language proficiency.
  • The entrepreneur must be physically present in Ontario for 75%of the period in which they are establishing their business in Ontario. This is called the performance agreement period.
  • The entrepreneur must be actively involved in the daily management of business activities.

Nominees must also continue to adhere to the conditions of the performance agreement. This includes the information provided in the business plan and EOI within 20 months of arriving in Ontario.

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PR – Permanent Residence

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

CLB – Candian Language Benchmark

New RNIP immigration stream now for North Bay in Canada

North Bay gets own RNIP stream

North Bay gets own RNIP stream

More parts of Canada are coming to adopting plans to improve Canada immigration on a provincial and regional level. On October 21, 2020, North Bay, Ontario became the 11th Canadian community to launch its own RNIP stream. That leaves only Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as the only community to launch this program.

Currently, there are 12 participating communities in the pilot. Located just 3 hours’ drive north of Toronto, North Bay is a city that is home to more than 50,000 people.

Its diversified economy includes mining, health, and tourism sectors that perform strongly. Besides these sectors, education is also a key area that performs well. The city has many post-secondary institutions.

RNIP is a new initiative of IRCC that is meant to partner with communities outside Canada’s main population centers. The program attracts immigrants who will best contribute to each community.

To be eligible to apply to any community, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have at least a year’s experience at work in the last 3 years, with the exception of some international students and graduates.
  • The applicant must have a minimum level of proficiency in English or French.
  • The applicant must have at least a high school diploma.
  • The applicant must have the means to support himself/herself and the immediate family members.
  • The applicant must have been offered a permanent, full-time job in the participating community.

The job offered must be at a skill level that’s either a level up/down or the same as the NOC that matches the work experience possessed by the applicant.

The factors that will help an applicant to gain an edge during selection include:

  • The experience of living in rural or northern communities
  • Stronger knowledge of Canada’s official languages
  • Friendship or family ties with someone residing in North Bay
  • A history of living in North Bay or currently living there
  • History of studying in a post-secondary institution in North Bay
  • Working in an in-demand job in North Bay

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RNIP – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

NOC – National Occupational Classification        

Now apply online to sponsor family members in the UAE

UAE sponsorship application online

UAE sponsorship application online

Now you can avoid visiting a typing center to apply for an entry permit in case you have a plan to sponsor your family in the UAE. The ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) has an app that UAE residents can use to request an entry permit for their dependents seeking entry into the country.

The application can be made by visiting ica.gov.ae or via the ICA app. Apart from the entry permit, the UAE resident can also apply for a status change or make a request to get the visa stamped. All these are services are accessible online.

The following are the steps in applying for an entry visa for family members if you are a UAE resident willing to sponsor them.

  1. Download the ICA app or visit ica.gov.ae to create a username and password. If you have UAE PASS credentials, they can be used.
  2. Submit the following documents by uploading color copies in jpg or pdf format, to open a sponsor file:
    1. Sponsor’s Emirates ID copy
    2. Copy of the sponsor’s passport and visa page
    3. Salary certificate (if you work in a free zone or a government sector) or Labor contract (if you work in the private sector)

The registration fee is Dh255.

  1. Apply for an entry permit. For this, go to the link “Residence Permit Issuance Service”. Then upload the following documents:
    1. Copy of Emirates ID
    2. Copy of passport and visa page
    3. Attested certificate of marriage with legal translation
    4. Salary certificate or Labor contract
    5. Copy of Ejari or tenancy contract
    6. Attested birth certificate, with legal translation
    7. Photographs of dependents with white background
    8. Copy of dependent’s passport

Pay the fees (Dh306) after submitting the application.Then you will receive the permit via email.

  1. Apply for a status change online, you will need to submit the following documents along with the application:
    1. Copy of the current tourist visa or copy of the confirmation of cancellation
    2. Copy of new entry permit

Pay a fee of Dh 559 for this step.

  1. Appy for your medical fitness test (applicable to those aged over 18 years), Emirates ID, and health insurance (with is mandatory for Dubai and Abu Dhabi visa holders).
  2. Apply online for a request to get the visa stamped. The following documents must be submitted along with the application:
    1. Copy of the entry permit
    2. Copy of your passport copy with visa page
    3. Copy of change status
    4. Copy of Ejari or tenancy contract
    5. Copy of marriage certificate with legal certification
    6. Copy of marriage certificate (both country’s attested)
    7. Copy of birth certificate
    8. Copy of birth certificate with legal translation

In case you want the permit urgently, you can visit an immigration department. There, you can get the visa stamped at the department on the spot. It will only cost an additional Dh100 to get this service.

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ECA and the importance of validating qualifications in Canada

Where to get Educational Credential Assessment

Where to get Educational Credential Assessment

Canada attracts skilled workers from all over the world. People who are willing to work in Canada and settle in the country finds great value in its varied opportunities. It won’t be an overstatement that skilled workers qualified in a wide range of disciplines can land in suitable occupations in Canada.

In case you are a skilled worker applying for a work permit under the federal Express Entry program, while applying, it’s necessary to undergo an ECA.

ECA is a procedure used to verify the validity of your foreign diploma, degree, or certificate and its equal status to a Canadian qualification. Once ECA is issued the ECA report and the reference number must be included in the Express Entry profile.

Only the principal visa applicant needs to have an ECA. The family members of the principal applicant needn’t have an ECA. However, if the principal applicant’s spouse has a post-secondary degree, that applicant can claim additional CRS points if they receive an ECA.

Where to get an ECA from?

IRCC accepts ECA issued at designated organizations approved for the same. Here’s the list of those organizations with the dates on which these organizations were designated:

  • International Credential Evaluation Service – 6th August 2015
  • Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies – 17th April 2013
  • World Education Services – 17th April 2013
  • Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies – 17th April 2013
  • International Credential Evaluation Service – 6th August 2015
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada – 17th April 2013
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service – 6th August 2015
  • World Education Services – 17thApril 2013
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada – 17th 2013
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service – 6th August 2015

Documents needed for ECA in Canada immigration

The following documents have to be submitted along with an ECA application form. The fee charged is CAD$530. The documents needed are:

  • Transcripts
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Licencing Statement
  • Statutory Supporting Documents if required
  • University Degree or Diploma Certificate

ECA is mandatory in all PNP immigration draws. Before receiving an ITA, the ECA for language proficiency test and Canada immigration test must be completed. The reports of those tests must be included in the PNP profile.

At the same time, ECA isn’t necessary for Quebec. Instead, the applicant’s credentials can be submitted with the Ministry of Immigration, Frenchisation and Integration. Or else the applicant must certify from his/her University Registrar so as to claim points towards education requirements.

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CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

Nova Scotia holds latest PNP immigration draw on Oct 22

Nova Scotia PNP

Nova Scotia PNP

On October 22, 2020, Nova Scotia issued ITAs to an undisclosed number of Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The NSNP released the eligibility criteria for Express Entry candidates. The candidates invited in this draw have obtained the chance to get a provincial nomination via the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities stream. These candidates required to have a primary occupation as interactive media developers and computer programmers.

They also need to provide letters of reference issued by their employers. This is to prove that they have 3 or more years of full-time or equivalent experience in part-time jobs. This experience must have been gained within the 5 years preceding the date of application.

They must also have a minimum of a year’s experience doing work in Canada. The occupation included will have a NOC skill level of B, A, or O.

A CLB score of 7 in all language abilities is required for the eligible candidates. Also, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or must have completed a post-secondary program of a minimum duration of 3 years.

When candidates apply, they must include copies of their:

  • Proof of education
  • Language test result

The last date to apply for the provincial nomination is 11:59 pm on November 21, 2020.

Nova Scotia’s Labor Market Priorities stream issues ITAs to Canada immigration candidates who are skilled enough to meet the needs of the province’s labor market. In the last PNP draw from Nova Scotia ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidate possessing experience in the automotive industry.

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Note:

NSNP – Nova Scotia Nominee Program

NOC – National Occupational Classification

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark     

Canada’s job market recovery from COVID-19 better than the US

Canada vs USA job market recovery

Canada vs USA job market recovery

Canada’s job market recovery from COVID-19 compared with that of the US is now observed to be faster and better. Even though both countries are yet to come out of the COVID-19 crisis, for whatever improvement has been made, the competition between both countries has been quite close.

But looking at the June levels of recovery, one can see that Canada has inched ahead of the USA. This trend was assisted by the reduction in the number of cases in Canada, while new cases increased in the US.

Job additions

In June 2020, Canada added 952,900 jobs simultaneously to the easing of travel restrictions. Canada’s growth in job creation was at 378,000 in September 2020.

The US registered a job addition of 4.8 million jobs in June 2020, and 661,000 in September 2020. While reading this statistic, the fact that US has close to 9 times the population of Canada has to be considered.

No. of COVID-19 deaths

The total death from the pandemic reported in the US was 220,000, while Canada had 201,000 deaths. The death rate per million in the US is 670, while the same is 265 in Canada.

The method of calculating employment rate is different in Canada and US. When Statistics Canada adjusted the employment rate data for the US method, Canada had 2.7% lower points in September 2020 compared to February 2020. The same reduction in employment rate was 4.5% in the US.

The better scenario that could be seen in the case of the US could be attributed to the lesser impact of the summer wave of the pandemic felt in some parts of the country.

The overall numbers in job growth could also have been influenced by the variation in the statistical treatment of temporary layoffs vs worker absence. The difficulty in collecting employment data owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has also been a factor of influence in determining the job growth trend.

Added to this is the fact that the rate of response to Canada’s Labor Force Survey is much lesser from 2019. At the same time, even after an initial fall in responses from the US Current Population Survey, there has been a rebound in the later stages of the pandemic.

Canada’s job market recovery has been stronger and has covered more scope. 11 out of 15 industries in Canada are considerably closer to levels before the pandemic. These industries include scientific and technical services, education, and utilities.

At the same time, in the US, none of the industries has been able to recover like it happened in Canada. But it should be noted that the speed at which industries like warehousing, transportation, and construction have returned employment has been more rapid than Canada’s.

But Canada immigration has offered much better policies like encouraging parents to come back into the workforce and parental leave programs. Policies like paid vacation have helped keep affected Canadians engaged with their employer during the pandemic.

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New rule opens way for foreign students to study in Canada

Canada allows foreign students can join DLIs with COVID plan

Canada allows foreign students can join DLIs with COVID plan

International students wanting to study in Canada has good news. Canadian schools that have a readiness plan can now start to take in new study permit holders as of October 20, 2020.

Before October 20, 2020, only international students who had a valid Canada study visa as of March 18, 2020, could travel to Canada to join their schools. This means that irrespective of the date the study permit was received by the student, DLIs can accept international students. DLIs include universities, colleges, and other government-approved educational institutions.

Requirements for international students

  • The student must have a letter of introduction or valid study permit Canada issues. It must show that the student is approved for a Canada study visa.
  • The student must be attending a DLI that has a COVID-19 readiness plan that’s approved by its territory or province.
International students can travel categorized as essential travel. When international students arrive in Canada, their trip to Canada will be considered as essential travel and hence allowed.

A student’s travel to Canada won’t be treated as essential if:

  • The student’s study program has been suspended or canceled
  • The student is entering Canada for any reason other than studies

The eligible students entering Canada will have to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Students will join DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan. Only DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan can welcome new international students. The plan must be approved by their territory or province.

A COVID-19 readiness plan should describe how the institution will manage the compulsory quarantine period for students. This will include details of the arrangements for transportation to the quarantine location assigned for the student.

The DLIs will also have to give information and provide support to the students about how they can access the items they need. This includes medicine, food, and health insurance.

Complete support for international students. International students always have the option of approaching their schools directly in case they have any queries on their readiness plans.

IRCC has allowed only students attending approved DLIs to travel to Canada. In time, more institutions will be added to the list of approved DLIs. In every update of the approved DLI list, Canada will remove those DLIs that no longer adhere to the public health requirements from the respective territory and province.

Check the government list for approved DLIs. As of today:

·        All post-secondary DLIs in Quebec

·        39 post-secondary DLIs in BC and Alberta

·        10 Manitoba schools

·        13 schools in New Brunswick

·        3 schools in Newfoundland and Labrador

·        14 schools in Ontario

·        5 schools in PEI

·        7 schools in Saskatchewan

·        1 school in Yukon

Post-secondary schools not approved to reopen to international students include Nunavut, Nova Scotia, and northwest territories.

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DLI – Designated Learning Institutions

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada