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British Columbia invites 173 in the first draw of 2020

British Columbia in Canada conducted its very first draw of 2020 on 7th January. The British Columbia PNP invited 173 candidates for a provincial nomination for Canada PR. Invites were issued under the Express Entry and Skills Immigration streams. 

To apply under the Express Entry-British Columbia category, you must have a valid EOI in the Express Entry Pool. 

The Express Entry Program is the primary route for skilled immigrants to gain a Canadian Permanent Residency. Candidates who are successful in obtaining a provincial nomination can add 600 additional points to their CRS scores. The added points guarantee an invite for Canadian Permanent Residency in the subsequent draws. 

Skilled and semi-skilled candidates who have work experience in an occupation in demand in British Columbia can apply under the Skills Immigration stream. 

To be considered for a provincial nomination, both Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates must register through British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Registration System. Eligible candidates receive a score based on factors like a job offer, location in British Columbia, salary, education, language skills etc. 

The minimum cut-off score in the 7th January draw was between 85 and 105. 

Here are the results of the 7th January draw: 

Date  Category  Minimum cut-off score  No. of invitations issued 
7th January 2020  EEBC-Skilled Worker  110  173 
SI-Skilled Worker  100 
EEBC-International Graduate  105 
SI-International Graduate  103 
SI-Entry Level & Semi-Skilled  85 

 

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Canada increases settlement funds requirement for 2020

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You will now need to show more funds to qualify for a Canada Permanent Residency. Candidates applying under the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Program need to show settlement funds when applying for Canadian PR.  

Settlement funds refer to a certain amount of savings that you must have to take care of yourself and your family in Canada. 

The settlement funds requirement for the FSWP and the FSTC categories have been increased for 2020. 

When applying under the Canadian Experience Class, you do not need to show settlement funds. 

The minimum amount that you need to show when applying for a Canadian PR depends on your family size. 

You can include the following family members when applying for a Canadian PR: 

  • The principal applicant 
  • The spouse or partner 
  • Their dependent children 
  • The dependent children of the spouse 

Married applicants must include their spouse and dependent children in their PR Visa application. They must include them even if they are already Permanent Residents or citizens of Canada. Even if they are not accompanying the principal applicant to Canada, they must be included in the PR Visa application. 

Here is the table of settlement funds needed for 2020: 

No. of family members  Funds requirement (in CAD) 
1  $12,960 
2  $16,135 
3  $19,836 
4  $24,083 
5  $27,315 
6  $30,806 
7  $34,299 
Each additional family member  $3,492 

Canada revises the settlement fund requirement every year. Even though the difference may be nominal, it is still vital to maintain eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residence. 

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Which are the best three PNPs for Canada PR in 2020?

Canada aspirants are quite familiar with the Provincial Nominee Programs. Getting a provincial nomination can put you on the fast track to a Canadian Permanent Residency. 

There are almost eighty different pathways to Canadian PR. The Provincial Nominee Programs allow provinces in Canada to select candidates that meet their eligibility requirements and labour needs. 

Many PNPs in Canada are aligned with the Federal Express Entry Program. A successful provincial nomination gets a candidate an additional 600 points on their CRS score. This multiplies the chances of getting an ITA for Canadian Permanent Residency. 

There are more than 400,000 jobs vacant in Canada. The country has, hence, increased the PNP intake target to 67,800 in 2020. 

Which are the best PNPs for Canada PR in 2020? 

1. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 

There are more than 200 occupations available under this PNP. Aspiring immigrants who are not scoring enough points to qualify through the Federal Express Entry Program may find it easier to succeed through this PNP. 

The eligibility requirements for this PNP are: 

  • You should have at least one year of work experience in any one occupation on the in-demand occupation list of Saskatchewan 
  • You should have completed at least post-secondary level education 
  • You should be proficient in either English or French 

2. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) 

Toronto in Ontario is a major tech hub in Canada and offers several job opportunities in the tech sector. The OINP offers several categories through which skilled workers and business owners can migrate to Canada. The most popular among these categories is the Human Capital Priorities Stream. 

To be eligible under the Human Capital Priorities Stream, you should have a CRS score of over 400. Candidates who are proficient in French can apply for a provincial nomination through the French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Candidates who have work experience working in an eligible trade occupation in Ontario can apply under the Skilled Trades Stream. 

3. Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) 

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program offers several options to skilled workers, entrepreneurs and international graduates to settle in Canada. 

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is aligned with the Federal Express Entry Program. There are two categories under this program-Category A and Category B. Category A is for candidates who have an offer of employment from Nova Scotia. Category B is for candidates who have relevant work experience in an in-demand occupation in the province. 

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British Columbia and N&L have the highest job growth in Oct

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British Columbia and N&L recorded the highest job growth in October, according to the new Labour Force Survey. 

Canada created 443,000 new jobs between October 2018 and October 2019, as per Statistics Canada. 

The Labour Force Survey showed that there was no change in the national employment rate. It remained steady at 5.5%. Canada scrapped 1,800 net jobs which caused the overall employment to fall slightly in October. In comparison, there were large employment gains in both August and September. 

British Columbia created 15,000 new jobs in October. It had the lowest unemployment rate among all provinces in Canada at 4.7%. 

2,700 new jobs were created by Newfoundland and Labrador in October. 

The employment level and unemployment rate remained largely steady in all Canadian provinces. 

Employment increases for workers over 55 

There were 31,000 more jobs for workers aged over 55. The unemployment rate for such workers was 4.7%, dropping by 0.2%. 

Between October 2018 and October 2019, the number of jobs for workers over 55 increased by 4.6% to 187,000. 

There was a decrease of 29,000 jobs in October for male workers between 24 and 54 years. Compared to October 2018, however, there were 94,000 more jobs for this group in October 2019. 

There was no major change in the employment level for female workers between 24 and 54 years. 

There was also no change in the jobs created for workers between 15 and 24 years. 

Increase/decrease in employment industry-wise 

Construction and Manufacturing saw a drop in employment levels in October. There were 21,000 fewer jobs in Construction in October and 23,000 in Manufacturing. 

Most of the job losses in Manufacturing happened in Ontario. The job losses in Construction, on the other hand, were spread across five provinces. The maximum number of job losses happened in Quebec and Ontario. 

20,000 new jobs were created in Public Administration in October. The most job growth happened in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Jobs in the Public Administration industry reported an increase of 7.6% with 73,000 new jobs as compared to October 2018. 

There were significant employment gains in Real Estate, Finance, Rental and Leasing and Insurance in October. There were 18,000 new jobs created in these industries in October. There was an increase of 64,000 new jobs in October 2019 as compared to October 2018. 

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How can you get a Temporary Work Permit for Canada?

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Canada issues more than 300,000 Temporary Work Permits to foreign workers each year. Most foreign workers need to obtain a work permit before they can resume work in Canada.

You need to obtain an offer of employment from a Canadian employer first before applying for a work permit. You may also need to get a Temporary Resident Visa in order to enter Canada. However, this depends on the country of citizenship of the worker.

Here is how you can get a Temporary Work Permit for Canada.

Step 1: Your employer in Canada applies for a Labour Market Impact Assessment if necessary

Your employer in Canada needs to first obtain a positive LMIA from the ESDC. The ESDC issues a positive LMIA if it is convinced that a Canadian citizen or PR is not available to do the job.

Step 2: The Canadian employer issues a temporary offer of employment to you

Your employer in Canada may issue a temporary job offer to you once they receive a positive LMIA. Your employer needs to send a copy of the LMIA and the job offer letter to you.

Step 3: You apply for a Work Permit

You need to submit an application for a Work Permit with the ESDC. You will also need to submit your offer letter as well as the LMIA received.

You will also require a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec if your employer is based in Quebec. Only then can you apply for a Work Permit to work in the province.

Step 4: A Work Permit is issued to you

You will be issued your Canada Temporary Work Permit when you arrive in Canada. An officer from the Canada Border Services Agency will issue it to you at the point of entry, as per CIC News.

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PR invitations to PNP candidates on the rise in Canada

PR invitations to PNP candidates on the rise in Canada

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The number of PR invitations issued to PNP candidates is on the rise in Canada. Out of the 62,500 candidates who received invites between January and September in 2018, 7,500 had a provincial nomination. This accounts for almost 12% of all the invited candidates. This number was just 9% in 2017.

The Provincial Nominee Program of Canada allows participating provinces to nominate a set number of candidates for PR each year. Each province with an immigration program now has at least one stream that is linked to the Express Entry program.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool receive an additional 600 points if they have a provincial nomination. The extra points ensure that the candidates receive an invite.

The rising number of candidates with a provincial nomination in the EE pool may also be responsible why the lowest score in 2018 has not gone below 440. If the same trend continues, then the best bet for those scoring less than 440 to obtain an ITA would be to apply through a PNP.

The growing number of invites being issued to PNP candidates clearly shows the increasing importance of the PNPs to the Canadian Govt. As per Canada’s multi-year immigration level plans, the cap for PNP candidates would be increased by another 6,000 places.

Canada’s intake target through PNPs in 2018 is 55,000. The cap will be increased to 61,000 in 2019. By 2021, the intake target would be increased to 71,300 which will be a 30% rise over 2018’s target.

The PNP was first established in the year 1996. IRCC released a report which showed that the growth of the PNPs has been exponential. From an intake of 233 in the first year, it has risen to 49,724 in 2017.

The growth of the PNPs is also helping to redistribute the incoming immigrant population away from the major cities of Canada. 34% of all the economic immigrants who came to Canada in 2017 settled outside Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. These 3 provinces house the largest cities Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver respectively. The number of immigrants who settled outside these provinces was just 10% in 1997.

A report by Statistics Canada also pointed out something noteworthy. Most economic immigrants tend to remain in the same place where they first settled. The report revealed that only 11% of the immigrants tend to move away, as per CIC News.

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Canadian province creates new opportunities for Overseas Entrepreneurs

Canadian province creates new opportunities for Overseas Entrepreneurs

On July 30, 2018, Newfoundland and Labrador introduced two new Immigration programs. The programs endorse entrepreneurship. The two programs conducted by the province are –

  • The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
  • The International Entrepreneur Category

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

Graduates who studied in the province will get a Temporary Work Permit. They must hold a Post-graduation Work Permit. Also, they should create, own or manage a business in the province.

The International Entrepreneur Category

This program encourages Overseas Entrepreneurs to own a business in Newfoundland and Labrador. As quoted by CIC News, they would receive a Temporary Work Permit.

Overseas Entrepreneurs must stay in the province for 1 year. Thereafter, they can apply for provincial nomination to receive Permanent Residency.

Eligibility requirements

Overseas Entrepreneurs must submit an Expression of Interest. It is to let the Government know that they are interested in the programs.

Next, the Immigration Department will check whether the applicant meets the following criteria.

International Graduate Entrepreneur

  • Overseas Students should graduate from the province’s post-graduation Institutes
  • The course was at least 2-year long
  • They have scored at least 7 in the English or French language test
  • Candidates must hold at least 1 year of experience in managing a business

International Entrepreneur

  • Candidates from age 21 to 59 can apply
  • They must meet Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in English or French language
  • They must own $600000 new business assets and should be able to transfer them to the province
  • Overseas Entrepreneurs must be ready to invest $200000 in a new business
  • They should hold at least 2 years of experience in managing a business

The Newfoundland and Labrador Government wants to endorse Overseas Immigration. This way the province will get new jobs and businesses. That, in turn, will help improve the country’s economy and living standards of the province.

The Minister of Advanced Education Al Hawkins said Overseas Entrepreneurs can help the province. The Government announced the two programs at a news conference held in July. The event took place in a new startup office. Two successful Overseas Entrepreneurs had founded the tech startup. They graduated from the Memorial University in the province. This proves that Overseas Immigrants can land a promising career in the province.

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Hurry! New Brunswick, Canada is now accepting applications for EE

New Brunswick in Canada has re-opened its Express Entry Labor Market Stream on 28th November. The New Brunswick PNP had temporarily shut the program in September.

The EE Labor Market Stream allows the province to nominate eligible candidates in the EE pool for Canadian PR.

The Express Entry Program manages applications for Canada’s three economic migration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Candidates who successfully receive a provincial nomination from New Brunswick will have 600 points added to their CRS score. These extra points will guarantee them an invite for Canadian PR.

Candidates should meet the below criteria to apply:

  • The applicant must have a profile in the Express Entry pool. They should also have a valid EE profile number and a Job Seeker Validation code.
  • The applicant should be currently living in or working in New Brunswick. They should submit their offer of employment along with their Expression of Interest.
  • The applicant must nominate an occupation under NOC 0, A, or B. The NOC code also should be included with the Expression of Interest.
  • The applicant should have a language proficiency score equivalent to CLB 7. They should submit their scorecard along with the EOI.
  • The applicant should have their education assessed and have a valid ECA report. The education should be equivalent to at least a Canadian high school diploma.

Only those candidates who are able to meet all the above criteria should submit an application. In case they don’t, their applications will be denied, as per CIC News.

The New Brunswick PNP has not mentioned the work experience required in an occupation. Earlier Express Entry opening had this requirement.

Candidates who are interested need to create an online profile. The profile should contain information regarding their age, education, work experience, and language proficiency.

Candidates whose profiles score 67 points on the New Brunswick point’s grid enter into the EOI pool.

The New Brunswick PNP ranks profiles of candidates as follows:

  • Profiles with the highest score
  • Proof of experience or training in a high priority occupation in demand in the province
  • Should demonstrate the ability to be economically established in the province
  • Should be able to contribute to the New Brunswick economy and labor market in a positive way.

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Canada launches a campaign to increase support for immigration

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While the rest of the world is reeling under anti-immigration feelings, Canada has started an online initiative. Canada has launched an online campaign to increase support for immigration.

The campaign is called #ImmigrationMatters and was launched in November. Through this campaign, the Federal Govt. is inviting people to share their migration success stories. The Govt. is then posting these stories on the website of the campaign and other social media accounts.

There is a toolkit included in the campaign which helps people find and share positive immigration stories. It also highlights newcomer contributions. There is also the option to order #Immigration Matters business cards and buttons. These may be used at various events to promote immigration.

Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister, recently addressed a public forum organized in Toronto. He said that it is essential to remind Canadians why immigration is necessary. He believes it is essential not only for the community but also for the country’s prosperity.

He said that Canada needed to showcase stories to show the success of immigrants in a majority of the cases. Newcomers to Canada readily embrace Canadian values and celebrate its freedoms. That is one of the primary reasons why immigrants choose to come to Canada in the first place. Ahmed Hussen himself was a refugee from Somalia, as quoted by The Star.

The key messages included in the #ImmigrationMatters campaign include:

  • Immigration creates new jobs for Canadians and contributes to the economy
  • Immigrants who are admitted are thoroughly screened and they respect the Canadian laws
  • Immigrants merge into Canadian society

A senior official from the immigration department said that the idea for this campaign came up a year ago.  It was important to have an open discussion regarding the role of immigration. It was important to note how immigrants add to the Canadian economy.

Immigrants bring a lot of positives and upsides to Canada. It is important to let the message spread through their stories. This campaign strives to show that their stories matter and it is the best way to spread support for immigration.

 

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Quebec to accept 40,000 Canadian PR admissions in 2019

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Quebec, a fast-growing province in Canada, is to admit over 40000 Permanent Residents in 2019. As quoted by CIC News, it could issue nearly 25000 selection certificates. This update is part of their new Immigration Plan for 2019.

59 percent of these new admissions will be made through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The actual target for Canadian PR admissions is set at 42000. The province is targeting to welcome 23450 Overseas Immigrants through QSWP. 19500, out of them, will be skilled workers as per their criteria.

Quebec’s 2019 target includes accepting Canadian PR admissions through its Business Immigration Programs as well. It includes the following programs –

  • Quebec Immigrant Investor Program
  • Quebec Self-employed Worker Program
  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

The Canadian PR admissions target through these programs is set at 3200. 750 admissions are to be accepted through the Caregiver program. Quebec plans to accept admissions through family sponsorship as well. It is expecting to receive nearly 16550 Canadian PR admissions through these programs.

The province is planning to release at least 20200 Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) in 2019. Quebec has the sole responsibility for the admission and selection process. It is the only province in Canada with such an arrangement. Overseas Immigrants receiving the CSQ can apply for Canadian PR.

Skilled workers are to receive up to 15000 CSQs. Candidates through the Quebec Business Immigration Program will receive nearly 3000 invitations. The numbers have gone down from that of previous years.

The Quebec Government has confirmed that they have targeted to reduce the numbers. It would be reduced by 10000 people per year to curb Immigration rate. Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s Immigration Minister said it is a temporary initiative. This is to ensure that Permanent Residents are integrated well into the French-speaking culture.

However, this initiative has been strongly criticized because of a severe labor shortage in the province. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed with it. He said business owners in Canada are concerned about the labor shortage. This might not be the best time to reduce Overseas Immigration rate, he concluded.

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