February, 2021- Part 2

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Golden visa – Your ticket to stay long in the UAE

Abu Dhabi Golden visa – find out if you are eligible

Abu Dhabi Golden visa – find out if you are eligible

If a long-term residence in the UAE is your plan, the UAE Golden Visa could be your best option. It was implemented in 2019 by the UAE as part of a new system for long-term residence visas.

This visa works along with the premise of enabling foreigners to live, study, and work in the UAE without the need for a national sponsor. The visa holders can also have 100% ownership of their business on the mainland of the UAE.

The Golden visa is issued for terms of 5 and 10 years. The visa is subject to the automatic renewal.

If the introduction to the Golden visa interests you, let’s see who is eligible for the visa. To start with, the Golden visa is granted to the following categories of people:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Bright students with promising capabilities in science
  • People who are either researchers or those with specialized talents in various fields of knowledge and science

Who’s eligible for a 10-year Golden visa?

If you are any one of the following, you are eligible to apply for a Golden visa valid for 10 years:

  • Those who invest at least AED 10 million in public investments which may be:
    • A minimum deposit of AED 10 million in an investment fund in the UAE
    • Investing at least AED 10 million to establish a company in the UAE
    • Having a share of at least AED 10 million as a partner in a new or an existing company
    • Having a minimum total investment of AED 10 million in all areas specified, agreeing to invest not more than 60% of the total investment in sectors except real estate
  • Those who possess specialized talents who may be:
    • Creative people in art and culture accredited by the Ministry of Culture & Knowledge Development
    • Scientists who held the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence, or who are accredited by Emirates Scientists Council
    • People with exceptional talents with patents or published scientific research that came in a journal of a world class
    • Inventors with a patent of value, adding to the economy of the UAE and has patents approved by the Ministry of Economy
    • Executives owning an internationally recognized company in a leading stature or holding a high achievement and position academically
    • Doctors and specialists who satisfy at least 2 of the following requirements:
      • Certificates of appreciation or an award in the field where the applicant wants to work
      • D. from one of the best 500 universities in the world
      • Scientific books or published articles in distinguished publications related to the applicant’s respective field of work
      • Contribution to major scientific research in the applicant’s respective field of work
      • Membership in an organization related to the applicant’s field of work
      • A Ph. D. besides a professional experience of 10 years in the applicant’s field of work
      • Specialization in UAE’s priority areas

Who’s eligible for a 5-year Golden visa?

If you are any one of the following, you are eligible to apply for a Golden visa valid for 5 years:

  • Investors in a property in the UAE if:
    • The investor invests in a property valued at not less than AED 5 million
    • The money for investment does not come from a loan
    • The property invested in is retained for at least 3 years
  • Entrepreneurs who have a project running currently with a minimum of AED 500,000 as capital investment or those who possess the approval of an accredited business incubator in the UAE
  • Outstanding students including
    • Those with at least 95% grade in private and public secondary schools
    • University students within and outside the UAE with a distinction of at least 3.75 upon graduationLearn about the UAE’s Golden visa

If you want to apply for a Golden visa, you can do it online.

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Tips for responsible Canadian visa applicants

All-online courses no bar for Canada’s PGWP anymore

New rule on PGWP eligibility for foreign students

New rule on PGWP eligibility for foreign students

The eligibility requirements for PGWP are getting further relaxed, thanks to the new decisions made by Canada. Now, an international student who completes his/her post-secondary study program completely online will be eligible for PGWP after graduation.

So, after a study in Canada for graduation, an international student will be eligible for PGWP, the open work permit with 3-year validity. This ends the rigid rule for PGWP eligibility that had refused to consider online learning as a valid study method in the context of the permit.

So, it’s going to cheer up foreign students willing to study in a Canadian university and go on to work in Canada. On the other hand, this new move by the Canadian government will ensure that they won’t lose skilled students, educated in Canadian courses, from becoming active workers contributing to the country’s economy and society.

Canada couldn’t have possibly found a better way to convey the message that the country wanted international students to study in Canada and stay on in the country as resourceful individuals helping the nation grow.

The last announcement before this one about PGWP was that it can be renewed for an additional 18 months. The PGWP holders only needed to apply for another open work visa for 18 months.

The new measure is applicable to international students who are enrolled in a study program that’s eligible for PGWP. The foreign students will have started the study program in a semester between spring 2020 and fall 2021.

Are you a student who was in the program in March 2020? Then the new measure applies to you also.

The experience gained by a PGWP holder can be a real asset while applying for a Canada PR visa via immigration pathways such as Quebec Experience Program, Express Entry, and PNP.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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Saskatchewan issues invites to 541 new immigration candidates

Note:

PGWP – Post Graduate Work Permit

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

Newfoundland and Labrador in need of more migrants

Canada Newfoundland and Labrador needs more immigrants

Canada Newfoundland and Labrador needs more immigrants

Did you know that Canada’s Newfoundland clearly needs more new immigrants? The news is that Newfoundland & Labrador are trying to attract and keep new immigrants. This is to solve its issues like declining population can be solved.

Canada immigration and its provincial scopes were priority topics in provincial election campaigns. All parties competing in the election have promised to meet high immigration targets.

The highlight of solutions suggested to improve the fall in immigration to the province was that the province had to offer more job opportunities to immigrants. As important was the need to help newcomers integrate into the local community. For this, even the natives of the region had to play a significant role. Their cooperation and appreciation will motivate more immigrants to arrive in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Also, in view to bring about long-term retention of migrants, the province has to teach students in educational institutions about cultural sensitivity, oppression, and racism.

Immigrating to Canada to Newfoundland & Labrador

You have 2 ways to immigrate to Canada to Newfoundland & Labrador: The NLPNP and AIPP.

NLPNP is a pathway for immigration candidates under the categories of international graduates, skilled workers, international graduate entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs.

AIPP, a fast-track immigration program, work for employers in Canada’s Atlantic provinces, helping them to find and recruit foreign workers. These provinces include Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Workers can be recruited under AIPP without employers having to obtain an LMIA.

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Note:

NLPNP – Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

AIPP – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

LMIA – Labor Market Impact Assessment

Tips to manage money matters as a Canada PR

How to manage your finances as an immigrant to Canada

How to manage your finances as an immigrant to Canada

If you are a new migrant to Canada, among your major concerns will be how to manage your finances while staying in the country. One of the important conditions for immigrating to Canada is to have sufficient money to meet your expenses.

So, it becomes essential for you to find a way to manage payment expenses like rent, keeping a debit/credit card, groceries, money transfers, and depositing cheques among many others.

For your need to stay on and settle well in Canada as a Canada PR, you will need to learn some important facts about banking and finance in Canada. So, without any more delay, here we go!

The banking system in Canada

If you want to start a bank account in Canada, you will need to provide:

  • Passport or another document as identification
  • Your Social Insurance Number (if you got one)
  • Immigration papers
  • Address proof

In certain banks like Scotiabank, you can even use a referral from an existing customer in good standing instead of address proof. For immigration proof, you may use:

  • A temporary residency permit
  • Your COPR
  • Study/work permit

Banks like Scotiabank even allows you to open an investment account online. You can do this prior to arriving in Canada. This can however be done if you are eligible to make your banking simpler.

Once you arrive in Canada, you can open an chequing account you can operate everyday at a branch of the bank. There are many aspects and even differences from the banking system that you are used to that you need be aware of about the Canadian banking system.

Canadian banks

5 major banks and some online banks, smaller community banks, and credit unions constitute the banking scene of Canada. Knowing your specific needs as to handling finances will help you choose the type of bank to be a customer of.

Details like the fees charged for services and services provided must be well acquainted with so that you won’t overspend on transactional and monthly fees. In Canada, it’s commonly seen that people keep 2 types of accounts: a chequing account and a savings account. The chequing account can be used to meet recurring and regular expenses like bills. Its transaction fees are lesser or you will get some free transactions granted every month.

Keeping a certain minimum balance in the account could lead to waiving of monthly fees. Savings bank has lower interest rates. This type of account is meant mainly for keeping your savings. If you are interested, try a tax-free savings account where you can save a fixed amount of money annually besides investing it in ways to earn tax-free interest.

Managing money in the household

After banking comes budgeting at home. This is a lot about planning, paying, investing money. Your options include RRSPs, TFSAs, and RESPs. Getting started early on with a financial plan will make affairs pretty perfect for you once you get a Canada PR visa.

Credit and debt

Your handling of credit and debts strategically can lead to your building wealth in time. Credit scores aren’t transferable between countries in Canada. So, your credit score in Canada will have to be built from scratch. If you want to start building credit, start with a credit card and mobile phone. You may, nevertheless, access credit even without a credit history in Canada in a facility some banks like Scotiabank gives.

As for taking debt, be sure that what you are taking is manageable for you. It will need you to be cautious and smart with making your choices.

Safety in financial matters

Let’s be real. Scammers and frauds are everywhere; even in Canada. As a beginner and entirely new to the Canadian banking system, you will be their favorite target. But remember that no bank or financial institution will ask you over call for your card numbers or personal information. Always cross-check with the bank before you reveal any information.

Be thoroughly knowledgeable about who is renting you an apartment or offering you a job.

Remember, it’s COVID time and even otherwise your necessities that need money will need you to be careful and alert to stay safe and resourceful to stay on in Canada. Stay alert, stay smart, and enjoy your life in Canada.

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Canada ropes in 654 candidates that provinces need

Note:

COPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residence

RRSP – Registered Retirement Savings Plan

TFSA – Tax Free Savings Account

RESP – Registered Education Savings Plan

Manitoba has invited 296 candidates in its latest PNP draw

Manitoba PNP Draw Feb 12 invited 296

Manitoba PNP Draw Feb 12 invited 296

On February 12, 2021, Manitoba invited 296 immigration candidates in its latest PNP draw. This third draw held by MPNP in 2021. This draw has brought the province’s total invitations to 786 immigration candidates in 2021.

This draw invited international graduates and skilled workers through the Canada immigration streams of:

  • International Education stream
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas

The following is how LAAs and minimum EOI scores have been distributed among candidates of different streams:

Immigration stream Number of LAAs Minimum EOI score
International Education 33 NA
Skilled Workers Overseas 23 676
Skilled Workers in Manitoba 240 514

Express Entry candidates received 20 LAAs in total.

Express Entry is the main pathway for immigrants to arrive in Canada as skilled workers to work in Canada, in its provinces. The Express Entry system manages an application from any Canada PR visa applicant. The applicant profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on factors such as age, work experience, education, and skills in the English or French language.

When you are nominated by a province through a PNP draw, your CRS score increases by 600 points. That guarantees that you will get an ITA in the next federal Express Entry draw coming up, which enables you to take a lead and apply for a Canada PR visa.

If you have registered an EOI with the Mantioba PNP you could get an LAA via the Skilled Worker Overseas or Skilled Worker Manitoba immigration streams.

Like the CRS in Express Entry, Manitoba also assigns a rank for every profile out of 1,000 points considering the factors considered in CRS along with the connections of the applicant in Manitoba.

It’s through its immigration streams that Manitoba gets skilled workers to meet its labor market needs. To get an invitation under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category, a candidate will require an offer for a full-time job from a provincial employer.

If you are an international graduate who has completed your education in Manitoba can get an LAA under the International Education stream. However, for that, the candidate will have to demonstrate themselves having in-demand skills.

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Saskatchewan issues invites to 541 new immigration candidates

Note:

MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

LAA – Letters of Advice to Apply

EOI – Expression of Interest

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PR – Permanent Resident

Canada holds a surprise draw, sends an amazing 27,332 invites

Canada invites 27,332 Express Entry candidates in historic Saturday draw

Canada invites 27,332 Express Entry candidates in historic Saturday draw

Have you been expecting the Canadian government to make a statement on meeting its high immigration targets for 2021-2023? Now it has! On February 13, 2021, IRCC held a Saturday immigration draw that invited 27,332 new immigration candidates from the Express Entry stream. This was a surprising event that accentuated the ambition to reach the high bar of Canada immigration that the Canadian government is trying to achieve.

This draw was unique in that since the launch of Express Entry draws in 2015, this was the largest number of immigrants invited to apply for Canada PR. The highest number of immigrants that were invited before this was 5,000.

Another surprisingly unique feature of this draw was that it asked for a minimum CRS score as low as 75 to be eligible for an invitation. So, in effect, IRCC invited almost all the candidates who met the criteria for eligibility under the CEC program.

For immigration Canada has a huge goal of 401,000 new immigrants per year for the 2021-2023 period and beyond. So, since 2020 was almost wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is doing all it needs to do about boosting its immigration levels.

Canada invited only CEC immigration candidates in the February 13 draw. The reason is that most of them are right now residing in Canada. They will get through the Canada PR visa process easier than those living overseas.

By setting the CRS score bar lower than before, IRCC is luring those immigration candidates with low scores to take up their chance by entering the Express Entry pool. This, they achieve by focusing on CEC and PNP candidates, choosing them over FSTP and FSWP candidates. However, this is a temporary shift of priorities and doesn’t mean that FSTP and FSWP candidates will lose out.

There’s a fat chance that soon, just like CEC candidates, FSTP and FSWP candidates too will be invited to immigrate as Canada needs immigrants in large numbers now. So, skilled workers, wherever they are from, in whichever stream they belong to, have hopes to be realized for sure when it comes to Canada immigration.

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Saskatchewan issues invites to 541 new immigration candidates

Note:

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

Saskatchewan issues invites to 541 new immigration candidates

Saskatchewan invites 541 new immigration candidates

Saskatchewan invites 541 new immigration candidates

Saskatchewan held its latest PNP immigration draw on February 11, 2021, in which 541 new immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR.

SINP invited candidates via the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories. 344 candidates of those invited came from the Express Entry category and 197 came from the Occupations In-demand category.

SINP conducts PNP draws to nominate immigration candidates who possess the necessary skills required for Saskatchewan’s labor market. The ECA of invited candidates was done. These candidates also required a minimum EOI score of 72 under the EOI points grid of the SINP. This score is determined based on factors like education, age, work experience, connections in Saskatchewan, and proficiency in English or French.

Candidates are invited to work in Canada if they possess work experience in one of the 89 eligible jobs. These include occupations like:

  • data scientists
  • sales managers
  • electrical & electronics engineering
  • advertising & marketing managers
  • technologists & technicians

The Occupations In-demand category is for candidates without a federal Express Entry profile. The sub-category is meant for highly skilled workers who have experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan. These candidates don’t have a job offer in the province.

To apply for Canada immigration via this sub-category, foreign candidates must create an EOI profile via SINP’s online application system.

The Express Entry sub-category is linked with the federal Express Entry system. The Express Entry system manages immigration applications from candidates who apply under Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs namely FSWP, CEC, and FSTP.

The candidates who took part in this draw had created their profiles in the Express Entry system along with creating EOI profiles for Saskatchewan. This makes them eligible for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

Upon getting a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan, these candidates get 600 extra CRS points. This added to their base CRS score will guarantee them a chance to receive an ITA in an upcoming federal draw.

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Computer programmers will now be qualified for H-1B visa

Note:

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

SINP – Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program

ECA – Educational Credential Assessment

EOI – Expression of Interest

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

Computer programmers will now be qualified for H-1B visa

USCIS rescinds Trump era guidance on H-1B visas for computer programmers

USCIS rescinds Trump era guidance on H-1B visas for computer programmers

Computer programmers looking to work in USA have good news as the H-1B cap season is going to begin. The USCIS will be, with immediate effect, rescinding a Trump era memo issued in 2017. The memo had raised doubt on whether computer programmers are qualified for H-1B visas.

The guidance memo of 2017 was issued while the executive order for “Buy American, Hire American” led to many REFs and denials. The cancellation of this 2017 guidance came after a decision made in the Innova Solutions vs Baran case in December 2020. The court concluded that the decision of USCIS to deny the H-1B petition was arbitrary.

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British Columbia welcomes 74 new candidates in a Tech Pilot draw

Note:

USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

REF – Requests for Evidence

Canada ropes in 654 candidates that provinces need

Canada invites 654 new immigration candidates

Canada invites 654 new immigration candidates

On February 10, 2021, Canada held an Express Entry draw in which 654 Express Entry candidates were sent ITAs to apply for Canada PR. The minimum score prescribed by IRCC for these candidates was 720.

In this draw, only those candidates who received a provincial nomination via PNP draw were invited. These candidates had 600 additional CRS points which set their CRS cut-off high for this draw.

The CRS minimum score set in this draw was 21 points lower than what it was in the PNP-specific invitation round that was conducted on January 20, 2021. The Express Entry system, which manages 3 federal immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP determines the ranking of the profiles submitted with the system. This is done by taking into account factors like age, work experience, education, and proficiency in the English or French language.

The CRS points are awarded to an individual or a couple. These candidates are not required to have any experience of doing work in Canada or need a job offered in Canada. Nevertheless, a job offer could fetch them some extra points.

The candidates who have received their ITAs in this draw can file a complete application for a Canada PR visa. If the application is accepted, the candidate will proceed to settle in Canada. Then they will apply for a PR Card.

This draw applied the tie-breaker rule taking August 14, 2020, at 6:51:00 UTC as the timestamp. This means that whoever got 720 points or more and had submitted their profile before the date and time in the timestamp got ITAs.

In 2021, Canada is expected to invite 401,000 new immigrants. 108,500 immigrants of the total number will come through an immigration program managed by the Express Entry system.

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British Columbia sends invites to 8 new foreign entrepreneurs

Note:

ITA – Invitation to Apply

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

PR – Permanent Residence

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

Ontario’s best efforts to keep its population flourishing

Northern Ontario needs 162,000 new immigrants
Northern Ontario needs 162,000 new immigrants

Northern Ontario needs 162,000 new immigrants

The next 2 decades are considered crucial for Ontario, the most populated province in Canada. The province will need many more resourceful people to maintain a healthy workforce. This was stated in a report that the federal government has funded.

Canada immigration has a lot to do with achieving the sort of demographic increase. This is besides the need to retain all people currently in the province and bring in about 8,100 more people every year for the next 2 decades. This is essential to maintain the healthy ratio of dependents to workers in the province.

Now, here are some more numbers to show how important it is to get more people into the province to keep the province alive and prospering. Northern Ontario will need about 1,700 new people annually for the next 2 decades. This will be necessary to get to the expected dependents to the working-age population ratio by 2041. That’s a lot of people needed to work in Canada in Ontario.

Luckily, or more out of need, over 300 people from close to 100 organizations have hatched a plan to grow the population of northern Ontario. The drop in the number of working-age adults in the population as a percentage of the whole is quite concerning these days.

Immigration, as before, is a solution that has come out as the best in the opinion of experts. Ontario is now trying to find the solution through OINP’s Regional Immigration Pilot. The federally-operated RNIP is another program Ontario works on. It includes many communities of Ontario.

There’s also the effort put in to stop people from migrating outside of Ontario. The challenges lie where international students don’t stay back in Ontario after their study in Canada, and motivating people to migrate to northern communities in Ontario.

So, an action plan has been made that has both short, medium, and long-term recommendations.

Short-term recommendations

  • Increase collaboration of existing marketing efforts with enhanced targeting for impact maximization. It also aims to stretch scarce dollars. The action plan includes:
    • Advertising tourism to international students
    • Providing tourists post-secondary information
    • Give information about settling in Ontario to travelers
    • Provide information on the community for Indigenous populations
  • Practice improved interconnectivity along with consistent messaging to pass the information on online platforms. This includes social media.
  • Put fewer restrictions on pre-arrival service and support for foreign students by federal and provincial governments.
  • Grant greater access to the existing services, particularly in remote, rural communities.
  • Introduce tourists, new residents, investors, and students to local cuisine and residents.
  • Recruit young people to organize committees to improve marketing reach and its effectiveness at low to zero cost.
  • Report core measures regularly and publicly.
  • Improve access to programs and services via efforts at cross-program education and create an online asset map.
  • Increase education and training, more so in rural areas, on how to fund programs and go about their implementation.

Medium to long-term recommendations

  • Develop shareable and re-usable tools, viz. multi-language videos, basic marketing materials, and high-quality online experiences that are interactive
  • Invest in interactive engagement and consistent messaging
  • Make subsidized or free legal advice available for international immigrants via phone
  • Create a single point of contact for those trying to move to a community or a region
  • Expand the mandate of PNN to include skilled trades to fill gaps in service delivery
  • Improve reach to affordable housing
  • Develop an inventory of assets that would include space available for alternative uses and purposes, viz. kitchen facilities and training centers, legion halls, faith-based space, and green space that are shareable
  • Sell “micro-experiences” which could create links between tourism and the expansion of business
  • Make junkets for foreign students in the summer if not on weekends to bring them out of the narrow limits of the distance they walk to their institutions and more rural communities
  • Train them on basic data skills intended for individual users who might be overwhelmed about using larger databases like Statistics Canada provides that allow them to develop and update key measures for in-house solutions in their organizations
  • Facilitating report generation flexibly on a common platform where organizations can save their own research and run it whenever they need
  • Create new training programs at university and college attached to identified gaps in the system
  • Create a pool of people to give support to other communities in drafting funding requests and grant applications

The push initiated by the report on Ontario’s demographic needs gels well with the commitment of the Canadian government to boost immigration Canada gives top priority to.

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Note:

OINP – Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

RNIP – Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

PNN – Professions North/Nord