February, 2021- Part 4

Archive - February 2021

New report says immigrants’ entry wages highest in 2018

Median entry wage for immigrants reached record level

Median entry wage for immigrants reached record level

An interesting finding has come up about the earnings of immigrants in pre-COVID times in Canada. The report from Statistics Canada that was released on February 1, 2021, says that the median wage paid to new immigrants who came to work in Canada was at an all-time high in 2018.

The increase in median entry wages progressed and climaxed in 2018 when it came to $30,100. It had jumped from $26,500 in 2017 and was the earnings of immigrants who entered Canada in 2016.

Nevertheless, the median entry wages for Canadians stood higher at $37,400. Those who arrived in Canada with a Canada study visa and work visa earned the highest median wages. It came to $44,000. Those who held only Canada work visa had a median wage of $39,100 at its highest point.

Among the socio-economic factors that determined the high wages earned by immigrants included work experience before Canada immigration, proficiency in English/French language, and immigration category.

The fact that many immigrants earned higher entry wages stems from the reason that they had completed their study in Canada or had enough work experience before they came to Canada. Refugees who turned into immigrants also had similar advantages.

These immigrants could settle easier and better into the Canadian environment and were paid for being the better choice in more ways than one for Canadian employers.

High entry wages were also determined by the country the immigrants came from. Economic immigrants from the UK, the USA, and Brazil earned the highest median wages even a decade after their arrival in Canada.

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Ontario welcomes skilled foreign workers in its latest PNP draw

British Columbia issues 216 invites to new skilled candidates

The PNP draw was held on February 2, 2021

The PNP draw was held on February 2, 2021

On February 2, 2021, British Columbia conducted a PNP draw. It invited 216 new immigration candidates from different categories. International graduates and skilled workers were invited through the categories of Skills Immigration and EEBC.

208 skilled workers and 8 entrepreneurs were invited through the PNP draw. The cut-off scores for subcategories of EEBC category were:

  • International graduate – 100
  • Skilled worker – 104

The invited candidates must have had their profiles submitted with IRCC’s Express Entry system. These candidates who received nominations from BC will get 600 extra CRS points that will guarantee them to receive ITAs for Canada PR in an upcoming Express Entry immigration draw.

The cut-off scores for the 3 Skills Immigration subcategories were as follows:

  • International graduate – 98
  • Skilled worker – 98
  • Entry-level & Semi-skilled – 79

Several occupations have been excluded in recent times from the scope of BC’s weekly PNP draws due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include several sales and service jobs.

In 2021, 740 invitations have been issued by the British Columbia PNP.

For a candidate to apply for categories of EEBC or Skills Immigration, he/she must start by creating a profile via the online portal of BC PNP. The candidate must thus get registered under SIRS.

The factors that are considered to give the candidates scores include work experience, education level, job location, and proficiency in English.

Understanding the Skills Immigration stream

For eligible foreign workers who already have an offer to a job in BC, Skills Immigration is a pathway to get Canada PR. Under the SI stream, there are 5 categories namely:

  • Skilled Worker — For those who have many years of experience in a skilled job and have received a job offer
  • Healthcare Professional — Meant for nurses, psychiatric nurses, physicians, or allied health professionals holding job offers in one of 11 occupations deemed eligible who may apply for this category
  • International Graduate — Meant for workers who have done graduation from an eligible Canadian college or university in the last 3 years
  • International Post-Graduate — For holders of Masters or Ph.D. from eligible post-secondaries in BC in the applied, natural, or health sciences who may apply for this category without having a job offered
  • Entry-Level & Semi-Skilled Worker — Meant for workers at the entry-level or semi-skilled workers working in hospitality, tourism, trucking, or food processing, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled positions working and living in BC’s Northeast Development Region

Except for Entry Level & Semi-Skilled worker, the other 4 categories are aligned with Express Entry.

Understanding the Entrepreneur streams

BC invited candidates to its Entrepreneur stream, issuing 8 invites stipulating a cut-off score of 122. This stream will invite established entrepreneurs to start a business or buy a business in BC and run it. The assessment of candidates under this stream takes into consideration factors like the business plan, education, net worth, business experience, and the amount they are planning to invest.

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Alberta welcomes 100 new candidates for CRS as less as 360

Note:

EEBC – Express Entry British Columbia

SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

PR – Permanent Residence

SI – Skills Immigration

Ontario welcomes skilled foreign workers in its latest PNP draw

Ontario PNP invites 283 new skilled workers

Ontario PNP invites 283 new skilled workers

On February 2, 2021, Ontario invited 283 new immigration candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination.

The CRS score requirement for these candidates was in the range of 466 to 467. OINP invited candidates who were possibly eligible for the Express Entry HCP stream. The HCP PNP offers skilled foreign workers the chance to get a Canada PR as they settle in Ontario. The skills that these immigrants bring along with them will meet the labor market needs of Ontario.

The following are the occupations in which the invited candidates required to have at least a year’s experience with proof in:

  • NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing & public relations managers
  • NOC 0122 – Banking, credit & other investment managers
  • NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers
  • NOC 0125 – Other business services managers
  • NOC 1112 – Financial & investment analysts
  • NOC 1111 – Financial auditors & accountants
  • NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
  • NOC 4163 – Business development officers & marketing researchers & consultants
  • NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

As these candidates are getting nominated by Ontario, their profiles in the Express Entry system will get 600 extra CRS points. This will guarantee that they will get an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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Canada’s provincial immigration draws in Jan 2021 – A look-back

Note:

PR – Permanent Residence

OINP – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

HCP – Human Capital Priorities

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

Alberta welcomes 100 new candidates for CRS as less as 360

Alberta invites 100 candidates in Jan 28 draw
Alberta invites 100 candidates in Jan 28 draw

On January 28, 2021, Alberta’s AINP conducted a PNP that invited 100 new immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. These were Express Entry candidates holding a minimum CRS score of 360. These candidates were eligible to apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

The chosen candidates had their immigration profiles in the Express Entry system that manages applications of potential immigrants trying to move to Canada under economic streams including FSTP, FSWP, and CEC.

These applicants put up their profiles with IRCC and get ranked by CRS. The CRS scores are based on factors like education, work experience, age, and language skills in English or French. If the candidate gets a nomination from a Canadian province, for being a great talent to work in Canada to meet the needs of the province’s labor market, his/her CRS scores will get an additional 600 points. That’s enough to ensure he/she will get an ITA in the next federal Express Entry draw.

Like this PNP draw, there are draws happening all around the year at regular intervals at the provincial level that aligns itself with the Express Entry system. The chosen candidates will have experience in a relevant occupation that plays an important role in developing and diversifying the province’s economy.

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Canada’s provincial immigration draws in Jan 2021 – A look-back

Note:

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

ITA – Invitation to Apply

FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

Canada’s provincial immigration draws in Jan 2021 – A look-back

All-in-one-Canada-PNP-update---Jan-2021

All-in-one-Canada-PNP-update---Jan-2021

The year 2021 started with the challenges for Canada immigration, carried over from 2020. Canada planned its immigration strategies well and executed them with determination.

Canada kept holding the Express Entry and PNP draws at regular intervals and has been reducing the qualifying score requirement for new immigration candidates. The PGWP holders were granted an option to apply for another open work visa valid for 18 more months. This also gave employers in Canadian provinces and territories the chance to retain skilled foreign workers on PGWP without having to worry about their open work visa expiring.

Also, the PNP draws conducted in the provinces revealed a plethora of job opportunities, especially in key areas, for those willing to work in Canada. The performance of immigration at the provincial level has been highly contributory to achieving the high immigration level targets set by Canada for 2021-2023.

Let’s check out the major PNP draws that were conducted by Canada in January 2021.

January 28, 2021 – Manitoba issues 218 invites

MPNP issued 218 Letters of Advice to international graduates and skilled workers. The following was the distribution of invites among the Manitoba PNP streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 178 LAAs (Minimum score 518 points)
  • International Education – 23 LAAs
  • Skilled Workers Overseas – 17 LAAs (Minimum score 681)

January 26, 2021 – British Columbia issues 81 invites

BC PNP issued 81 invitations to skilled foreign workers in this Tech Pilot draw. The minimum score for candidates in all streams of British Columbia PNP was 80. The streams involved were:

  • Skilled Immigration
    • International Graduate
    • Skilled Worker
  • EEBC
    • International Graduate
    • Skilled Worker

January 21, 2021 – PEI invites 211 new immigration candidates

PEI held this PNP draw, its first this in 2021, inviting 211 candidates belonging to the skilled worker and entrepreneur categories. The number of invites sent to candidates under each category was as follows:

  • Business Impact – 15 invites (Minimum score 80 points)
  • Labor Impact/Express Entry – 196 invites

January 21, 2021 – Saskatchewan invites 502 new immigration candidates

Saskatchewan conducted an EOI draw in which candidates were incited from 2 immigration streams. The number of invites sent to each stream was as follows:

  • Occupation-in demand – 313 invites
  • Express Entry – 189 invites

The minimum score requirement for each stream was 77 points.

January 19, 2021 – British Columbia invites 195 immigration candidates

British Columbia held a PNP draw that invited 195 immigration candidates. Candidates were chosen from 5 BC PNP categories namely:

  • Skilled Immigration
    • International Graduate – Min. Score 96
    • Skilled Worker – Min. Score 96
    • Entry Level/Semi-skilled – Min. Score 80
  • EEBC
    • International Graduate – Min. Score 103
    • Skilled Worker – Min. Score 106

January 19, 2021 – Nova Scotia invites financial officers

In this draw, Nova Scotia targeted financial officers via the Labor Market Priorities stream which is linked to Express Entry. The candidates chosen were required to have a minimum of 4 years of experience under NOC 1114 (Other Financial Officers). These candidates also had to have CLB 9 or above in all abilities.

January 14, 2021 – Manitoba invites 272 immigration candidates

Manitoba invited 272 immigration candidates via the MPNP streams namely:

  • International Education – 29 LAAs
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba – 236 LAAs – Lowest rank = 461
  • Skilled Workers Overseas – 7 LAAs – Lowest rank = 722

January 13, 2021 – Ontario invites 146 immigration candidates

146 new candidates were invited via the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream that’s linked with Express Entry. The candidates had CRS scores between 456 and 467. The qualified candidates had a minimum CLB 7 in French and CLB 6 in English.

January 13, 2021 – Ontario issues invite to 338 candidates

NOIs were sent via the Express Entry Skilled Trades stream. The CRS scores required ranged from 434 to 460 points.

January 12, 2021 – British Columbia issues 80 invites

Invites were sent to international graduates and skilled workers in this Tech Pilot draw. The minimum score for all streams involved was 80. The streams involved in the draw were:

  • Skilled Immigration
    • International Graduate
    • Skilled Worker
  • EEBC
    • International Graduate
    • Skilled Worker

January 8, 2021 – Alberta invites 50 immigration candidates

Alberta invited 50 new immigration candidates in a PNP draw with CRS scores as low as 406. Since June 17, 2020, this was the first Express Entry draw conducted by Alberta via AINP.

January 7, 2021 – Saskatchewan invites 385 immigration candidates

The candidates belonged to the following categories:

  • Occupations In-demand – 237 invites – Min. Score 71
  • Express Entry – 148 invites – Min. Score 71

January 5, 2021 – British Columbia invites 168 candidates

This was British Columbia’s first PNP draw of 2021. The categories from which candidates were selected are as follows:

  • Skilled Immigration
    • International Graduate – Min. Score 95
    • Skilled Worker – Min. Score 95
    • Entry-level & Semi-skilled – Min. Score 77
  • EEBC
    • International Graduate – Min. Score 99
    • Skilled Worker – Min. Score 99

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Note:

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

LAA – Letters of Advice to Apply

BC – British Columbia

EEBC – Express Entry BC

EOI – Expression of Interest

AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

NOI – Notification of Interest

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

Quebec invites 95 immigration candidates in latest draw

Quebec holds first Arrima draw of 2021

Quebec holds first Arrima draw of 2021

On January 26, 2021, Quebec issued invites to 95 immigration candidates to apply to be selected under the RSWP. The selected candidates had EOI in Arrima, Quebec’s online portal for registration.

The candidates invited to this draw belonged to 2 categories. In the first category, there were candidates who had a valid offer for employment. In the second category, there were candidates who were in Quebec already as a consular officer, a diplomat, or a UN representative if not a representative of an inter-governmental organization operating in Quebec. The people included in the draw could also be staff members of any such official body since these jobs are also included under Quebec Immigration Regulation’s Section 26.

Under the RSWP candidates must first file an EOI via Arrima. The submission is then reviewed by MIFI. Then invitations are sent to those who meet the criteria based on Quebec’s labor market needs.

The immigration processes and criteria are different from Canada’s immigration programs.

About Arrima

Arrima, which was introduced in 2018, was created to manage the pool of applicants for RSWP. Its online application intake system simplifies the process that was based on a first-come, first-served criterion.

Candidates of at least 18 years of age must as the first step, create an EOI profile in Arrima. After this, they are placed in a candidate pool. Then the most qualified candidates are chosen based on criteria including those that are required specifically to meet the labor market requirements of Quebec. The chosen candidate will also have great potential to integrate into the native society in Quebec.

The invited candidates can apply for Canada PR within a limited time. In that time, the completed immigration application must be filed along with required fees paid and needed documents also submitted.

After this, the immigration ministry looks through the application and gives it a score with the use of the RSWP selection grid. The score is assigned based on factors like age, education level, work experience, and language skills.

Candidates who get a passing score on the selection grid will get a CSQ. This document certifies that a candidate has received approval for PR by the province. Those who hold the CSQ can apply for a Canada PR visa. All that remains then will be a medical check and a screening for criminal admissibility.

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Note:

EOI – Expression of Interest

RSWP – Regular Skilled Worker Program

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

CSQ – Certificat de sélection du Québec

PR – Permanent Residence