January, 2021

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Saskatchewan invites 502 new immigrants in its latest PNP draw

Saskatchewan invites 502 new immigrants in its latest PNP draw

Saskatchewan invites 502 new immigrants in its latest PNP draw

On January 21, 2021, Saskatchewan held a PNP draw that invited new immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR.The 502 Candidates invited by SINP belonged to the category of International Skilled Worker. They belonged to its sub-categories of Occupations In-demand and Express Entry.

The distribution of invitations sent among candidates according to sub-categories was as follows:

  • Express Entry – 189
  • Occupations In-demand – 313

Candidates invited to work in Canada had work experience in one of the 79 occupations specified by the province. The province used the EOI system to pick candidates with great potential to be successful in the province’s labor market. These candidates must demonstrate that they are committed to living in Saskatchewan. For this, they are required to showcase their education, work experience, age, language skills, and connections to the province.

The selection of candidates by SaskatchewanPNP is done based on the ranking given to their profiles out of 100 on the Points Assessment Grid of the International Skilled Worker category. The highest scorers are issued ITAs for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

The candidates invited in this draw had their EOI profiles with the SINP. Every candidate required to get a minimum score of 77 on the Points Assessment Grid.

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British Columbia issued invites to 195 new immigration candidates

Note:

PR – Permanent Residence

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program

EOI – Expression of Interest

ITA – Invitation to Apply

Canada sent invites to 4,626 new immigration candidates

Canada sent invites to 4,626 new immigration candidates

Canada sent invites to 4,626 new immigration candidates

On January 21, 2021, IRCC held an Express Entry draw issuing 4,626 ITAs for Canada PR to candidates of the CEC class. The CRS cut-off score prescribed for candidates in the draw was 454.

With regular draws inviting Express Entry candidates, IRCC is on track to achieve its Immigration Levels Plan target for the 2021-2023 period. Canada is expecting around 110,000 new Express Entry immigrants annually to reach the country. The country is well aware that these immigrants who are skilled and resourceful will be instrumental in rebuilding and strengthening the country’s economy.

To participate in the Express Entry immigration draw, a candidate has to first check which of the 3 immigration programs suit them best: FSTP, FSWP, or CEC. Then the candidate can add their profile to the Express Entry pool by submitting it via IRCC’s website. In the pool, they get ranked by CRS and score them based on education, age, work experience, and language proficiency in English/French.

These candidates could be sent ITAs for a Canada PR visa based on the CRS cut-off requirements and the policy goals of IRCC.

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British Columbia issued invites to 195 new immigration candidates

Note:

IRCC – Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

PR – Permanent Residence

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

British Columbia issued invites to 195 new immigration candidates

The BC PNP draw was conducted on January 19, 2021

 

The BC PNP draw was conducted on January 19, 2021

Bringing the total number of new immigration candidates invited to the province to 448, British Canada invited 195 new candidates in its latest immigration draw on January 19, 2021. The invitations were issued to candidates from EEBC and SI streams.

The invites went to the following categories of candidates:

  • International Graduate
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entry Level & Semi-Skilled

The minimum scores for this immigration draw fell between the range of 80 and 106.

The EEBC stream helps candidates with a valid profile in the Express Entry system to succeed in Canada immigration. Express Entry is the main pathway that skilled workers from around the world take to get a Canada PR visa.

The SI stream caters to those semi-skilled and skilled workers who work in occupations that are in high demand in BC.

All categories under British Columbia PNP are managed by SIRS. For candidates to apply via SIRS, they must first register an account where after they get ranked based on factors like work experience, education, and proficiency in the English language.

The highest-scoring candidates get invited when BC holds its PNP immigration draw.

The minimum scores required for different categories involved in this latest draw were as follows:

Express Entry BC

  • International Graduate – 103
  • Skilled Worker – 106

Skills Immigration

  • International Graduate – 96
  • Skilled Worker – 96
  • Entry-level and Semi-skilled – 80

Some occupations were excluded from the purview of this draw due to the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of certain businesses and economic sectors in BC.

Those who get nominated in this draw will receive 600 extra CRS points which will ensure them an ITA in an upcoming Express Entry draw. Express Entry draws are conducted bi-weekly as it has been happening even when COVID-19 was impacting the nation’s immigration sector.

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Canada’s immigration performance in 2020 – the numbers are out!

Note:

EEBC – Express Entry British Columbia

SI – Skills Immigration

PR – Permanent Residence

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

SIRS – Skilled Immigration Registration System

Quebec makes electronic applications compulsory from Jan 26

Quebec Experience Program applications can now be submitted online

Quebec Experience Program applications can now be submitted online

From Jan 12, 2021, applications for the Quebec Experience Program can be submitted electronically via the Arrima platform. Applications for PEQ, widely known as the Quebec Experience Program, can be submitted via the Arrima platform along with paying the fees and downloading the documents required.

As was informed by Quebec, applicants can file paper-based applications only till January 25, 2021. Any applications filed after that date will have to be submitted online as Quebec will no longer accept paper applications.

This is a change that is similar to what was prescribed for the Quebec Foreign Student Program. The applicants to this program are also required to file their applications via the Arrima platform from January 26, 2021.

The MIFI has also made it mandatory that the documents required for 3 more immigration pilot programs are done electronically. These 3 new immigration pilots will be for those who work in Canada in the sectors of food processing, health, and computer.

In 2021, Quebec is expected to bring in close to 47,500 newcomers. In 2020, the target was 44,500 newcomers, which wasn’t met. The shortfall in Canada immigration to this province will be made up this year.

Most of Quebec’s new immigrants are expected to arrive via the province’s economic immigration programs.

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Nova Scotia extends help to univs in distress, grants funds

Note:

PEQ – Programme de l’expériencequébécoise

MIFI – Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration

Canada’s geared up for an amazing revival from the COVID crisis

Immigrants needed to fill Jobs as Canada’s economy recovers

Immigrants needed to fill Jobs as Canada’s economy recovers

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination widely happening in Canada have emboldened projections of economic surge later this year. This will naturally create a huge demand for skilled immigrants to arrive for work in Canada by filling the vacant jobs available in the country.

The positive encouraging economic forecast was done by the Conference Board of Canada. The Conference Board firmly expects that in the next 2 years employment will rise by 801,000 in 2021 and 499,000 in 2022. In fact, the Conference Board has found that Canada has already seen the recovery of 2.4 million jobs of the 3 million jobs lost due to the pandemic.

The growth of the economy is expected to be slow initially in early 2021 but will pick pace in the second half of the year. The availability and wide administration of vaccines will have a very positive impact on Canada’s economic growth.

The Board’s GDP forecast for 2021 is 5.3% and for 2022 is 3.5%. The large number of jobs that will be made available with the economic growth in Canada will motivate foreign nationals to go for Canada immigration. International students who are looking to work after their study in Canada will seek Canadian work permits after their graduation from Canadian institutions.

In 2021, the Conference Board is expecting an addition of 238,000 jobs in the 3rd quarter and 226,000 jobs in the 4th quarter. Most of these jobs are expected to be in industries that are most affected by COVID-19 like food services, hospitality & accommodation, recreation, and air travel.

On the immigration front, Canada has already set an ambitious target of 401,000 new Canada PRs in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023. This indicates the prospect going to be available to international migrants to have many more opportunities to immigrate to Canada on a Canada PR visa.

A rise in investment in real estate is another emerging development that will improve substantially in 2021, going further up in 2022. Even retail sales have started to pick up and revive from the COVID-19 situation.

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All invites under the PGP program 2020 sent out by IRCC

Note:

PR – Permanent Resident

Trudeau hands the latest immigration mandate letter to Mendicino

The letter outlines the intended immigration plans and policies

The letter outlines the intended immigration plans and policies

The latest immigration mandate letter provided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It affirmed that immigration will remain central to the economy and society of Canada.

The immigration mandate letter is the main policy document for Canada immigration. The document is given by Trudeau to Marco Mendicino, the Canadian immigration Minister. The document communicates the outline of the goals regarding immigration that the PMwants IRCC to follow while his government is in power.

Improving IRCC’s application processing times and Canada’s Immigration Levels Planwere among the key issues that were addressed in the letter. The immigration mandate letter came out just after the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. The Plan has a target of over 400,000 new immigrants per year.

The latest immigration mandate letter supplemented the one that Trudeau had issued to Mendicino in 2019. This mandate letter added new goals that were necessary considering the COVID-19 pandemic. The key points on the priority mentioned in the letter were:

  • Keep on welcoming new immigrants to support the Canadian economy’s growth and recovery of the country after COVID-19. For this, the pilot programs are expanded to welcome refugees via economic-class streams of immigration. The family reunification has to be sped up. The improvement of regional pilot programs has also to be done.
  • Keep on implementing measures to provide pathways for Canada PR. This is meant for those who provided healthcare in care homes for the long-term, facilitated access to medical facilities, or actively performed other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Keep on working with the colleagues in the cabinet for the protection of the health and safety of Canadians. This count while managing the entry points at the ports of Canada. It has to be done with responsibility and compassion.
  • Identify more pathways for permanent residence for TFWs.
  • Work with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development& Disability Inclusion to safeguard vulnerable workers affectedby the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, secure people to work in Canada filling thelabor requirements in food processing and farming sectors.
  • Keep on working with the provinces and territories of Canada to provide settlement support to new immigrants which includes training in the French language.

The resolve of the Canadian government to continue working on the country’s immigration system as best as possible even with the challenge of COVID-19 reflects in the mandate letter.

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Why should a low CRS score not dishearten you?

Note:

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

PR – Permanent Residence

Canada needs to up its efforts to bring down processing times

CERC urges IRCC for faster visa processing

The CERC has urged the Canadian government and IRCC to reduce the processing times of applications of skilled workers willing to work in Canada. The delay in processing itself is affecting Canada’s capability to resume its normal staffing levels, which is essential at this point of time.

The major delays CERC detected were with the processing delays of Canada immigration visas and work permits. This is making a huge impact on the Canadian employers who are suffering from a shortage of skilled personnel that largely comes through immigration.

CERC has also urged IRCC to expand its processing and review teams to do away with piling backlogs in visa applications.

CERC’s report also cites the need to ensure a uniform effort to be made for applications at any level of processing. While applications submitted in October 2020 and early November 2020 are being processed, many applications filed prior to that are in backlog.

The Ottawa province has been particularly affected by this scenario. CERC, along with pitching for greater transparency, raised the need for creating a Trusted Employer Program. The Program will help Canadian employers get the benefits of an efficient system of application processing. These employers are even ready to get faster access to skilled migrants by paying a premium. As of now, the processing time of TFW applications is about 4 months.

It was also recommended by the CERC for Ottawa to improve its technological abilities to facilitate tracking and accessing information on application updated to the minute.

The inputs to CERC’s inferences and recommendations came from companies and organizations that came from the sectors of:

  • Manufacturing and Manufactured Products
  • Technology
  • Government / Health Care / Education
  • Construction / Engineering Services
  • Natural Resources

The report of the survey that CERC based its observations and recommendations prompted the body to call on Ottawa to waive the need for immigrants to give biometrics. This, they meant for immigrants who came from countries where VACs are currently closed due to COVID-19. Action has been taken already by the federal government on this advice.

The exemption on biometric information of TFWs that has already been implemented involves those who work in jobs in fields like:

  • Agricultural & agri-food
  • Truck drivers
  • Healthcare

This exemption is followed now by a waiver on biometrics for Canada PR applicants.

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Note:

CERC – Canadian Employee Relocation Council

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

TFW – Temporary Foreign Worker

Canada sent invites to 374 new immigration candidates

Latest Canada Express Entry draw invites 374

Latest Canada Express Entry draw invites 374

On January 20, 2021, Canada conducted its third Express Entry immigration draw of 2021 and invited 374 PNP candidates. The minimum score required of the chosen candidates was 741.

Skilled workers find Express Entry as the main Canada immigration pathway. These candidates participate in immigration draws for Canada PR. The average number of new immigrations annually expected by Canada under the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 is 110,000. Express Entry is the main immigration channel that invites applications from skilled workers for programs like FSTP, FSWP, and CEC.

Express Entry features a 2-step process. In the first step, eligible candidates will upload their profile to IRCC’s website. These profiles get added to an Express Entry pool where they are ranked by CRS based on factors like age, education, work experience, and language skills in English/French.

In the next step, IRCC holds Express Entry immigration draws bi-weekly and issues ITAs for Canada PR to candidates who get the highest CRS scores. Upon receiving an ITA, the candidate can go ahead and apply for a Canada PR visa to IRCC.

If a candidate is nominated for immigration by a Canadian province, he/she will get an additional CRS score of 600 points. This will guarantee that the candidate will come up on top among those issued an ITA in an upcoming Express Entry draw.

The requirement for skilled candidates can occur in any province of Canada where skilled workers are needed to meet the labor market needs. PNP helps provincial Canadian employers to find the best candidates from the Express Entry pool of profiles.

Canada has maintained its immigration draws on the federal and provincial levels even while COVID-19 was creating a great deal of strain in operations. Canada considers immigrants as vital to reviving its economy post-COVID-19.

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COVID-19 readiness plan now compulsory for DLIs in Canada

Note:

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

FSTP – Federal Skills Trades Program

FSWP – Federal Skills Worker Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

The biggest brands by brand value in 2020

Global Brands in 2020

Global Brands in 2020

After being aware of the global market’s situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic one could wonder which companies have kept their brand value and business intact and growing in 2020. Learning the market position of brands in the world will also help you decide which companies to work for if you are skilled and qualified. These companies could open up opportunities for you to work overseas and settle in a foreign country.

Before learning about the most valuable brands in the world of 2020, you need to know the method of assessing brand value. The brand value of a company is a combination of the role of the brand, its financial forecast, and its brand strength. This is not very different from how you assess countries before you choose migration overseas.

So, let’s see which brands are on top in terms of brand value as of 2020.

Brand Net value
Apple $323 Billion
Amazon $201 Billion
Microsoft $166 Billion
Google $165 Billion
Samsung $62 Billion
Coca Cola $57 Billion
Toyota $52 Billion
Benz $49 Billion
Mc Donald’s $43 Billion
Disney $41 Billion
Intel $37 Billion
Facebook $35 Billion
IBM $35 Billion
Cisco $34 Billion
Nike $34 Billion
Louis Vuitton $32 Billion
SAP $28 Billion
Instagram $26 Billion

The fastest rise in brand value happened to Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify. PayPal had a 48% growth in 2020. YouTube and Tesla are among the brands that had phenomenal growth in 2020.

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COVID-19 readiness plan now compulsory for DLIs in Canada

COVID-19 readiness plan now compulsory for DLIs in Canada

COVID-19 readiness plan now compulsory for DLIs in Canada

DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan are the only educational institutions that international students are allowed to come to join in Canada with exemption from border restrictions. This significant provision related to Canada immigration ensures that the incidence of COVID-19 is kept under control in Canada.

Those with a study permit or have the approval for such a permit can come to study in Canada in these approved DLIs. The students must be coming to Canada for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose.

The approved COVID-19 readiness plan of DLIs will constitute:

  • Protection to the health and safety of all students and the community around
  • Description as to how they will manage the compulsory 14-day quarantine period for international students, covering transportation arrangements to the location where students are quarantined
  • Information and support to international students about
    • how they can procure the essential items like food and medication during the quarantine
    • staying healthy while in Canada
    • health insurance

Any queries on a school’s COVID-19 readiness plan will be made directly with the school.

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