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PR invitations to PNP candidates on the rise in Canada

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Canada

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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canada

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

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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What is the processing time for the QIIP in Canada?

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quebec

The average processing time for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) in Canada is around 12 to 44 months. Why is there such a huge gap in the timelines? That is because the processing time depends on the country that you are applying from.

North America, South America, and Western Europe sees shorter wait times. You may receive a Visa in as less as 12 months if you have applied from any one of the countries here.

You will experience much longer wait times if you apply from countries like China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The process time for these countries may be as high as 44 months.

QIIP is an immensely popular investor program in Canada. That is because it is the only program which can get you a PR through passive investment. The QIIP in Canada does not require you to start your own business venture.

As per The Guardian, QIIP will accept applications between 10th September 2018 and 15th March 2019. The program will accept a maximum of 1,900 applications. Out of this, 1,235 applications have been reserved for Hong Kong, China, and Macau. The remaining 665 applications will be accepted from the rest of the world.

Eligibility for QIIP

If you are interested in the QIIP, you would need to meet the below eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants should have legally acquired a personal net worth of at least $2 million
  2. Applicants should have at least 2 years of business or management experience in the recent 5 years
  3. Applicants need to make an investment of at least $1.2 million. The investment is passive and guaranteed by the Quebec Govt. The investment has to be made for a period of 5 years and during this time it will bear no interest.
  4. Applicants will need to demonstrate the intention to settle in Quebec

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French language test results accepted for Canada PR

French language test results accepted for Canada PR

French language test results accepted for Canada PR

Canada is now accepting a new test result as proof of language ability. It is primarily meant for the French-speaking Overseas Immigrants. Candidates with proficiency in this language can now apply for Canada PR.

‘The Test de Connaissance du français pour le Canada’ or TCF Canada has been particularly designed for this reason.  It is conducted by Centre international d’études pédagogiques or CIEP to test proficiency in the French language. The centre is run by the French government. It will be made available at approved test centers across Canada and over 150 countries.

The TCF Canada was created to match the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s French-language standards. It is popularly known as the Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens or NCLC. It is applicable for the Express Entry system which includes –

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

Candidates must prove a minimum proficiency level in either English or French to be eligible for Canada PR. It is to focus on both English and French since they are official languages in Canada.

As reported by CIC News, candidates who claim to know French must prove a minimum proficiency level of NCLC 7. The TCF Canada is the second French language test that’s acknowledged by IRCC. The other recognized option is the ‘Test d’évaluation de français’ or TEF Canada. Either of the two test results will be accepted by IRCC.

English-speaking candidates applying for Canada PR won’t have to provide French test results. However, if they claim to know the French language, they would have to.

The accepted English tests are IELTS and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program or CELPIP.  Canada is encouraging French-speaking Immigrants to migrate to provinces like Ontario. The Government has even introduced different measures to endorse Francophone Overseas Immigration.

Ontario has its own Express Entry-aligned Immigration program. It is one of the most active Immigration programs for French-speaking candidates. In 2018, it has issued over 1,300 invitations to eligible candidates for Canada PR.

A survey in 2016 showed that over seven million Canadians used French as their mother tongue. About 950,000 Canadians out of them lived outside Quebec, the French-speaking province.

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Manitoba PNP in Canada celebrates its 20th year

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manitoba

Canada is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The provincial Govt. held a celebration at the Manitoba legislature to mark the event. Gary Filmon, the former Premier, was invited to speak at the event.

During his tenure, Filmon spoke to a number of trade representatives at various Canadian embassies across the globe. He discovered that they lacked knowledge regarding Manitoba’s economy. Most of them were of the impression that Manitoba was an agriculture-based economy. He had to explain that other industries like financial and manufacturing led the way in the province.

This led him to conclude that Manitoba needed its own way to attract immigrants to feed the growth.

Following a 7-year struggle with the Federal Govt. the MPNP deal was finally signed in 1998. Manitoba signed a PNP annex, which leads to the implementation of Canada’s first PNP.

The first 418 provincial nominees came to Manitoba in 1999, starting the immigration growth of the province.

The MPNP helps drive population growth in the province.

Manitoba’s GDP growth would have been 30% lower without the MPNP, as per CBC.

The province retains almost 90% of its provincial nominees.

Manitoba has attracted more than 130,000 immigrants since its inception in 1998.

MPNP Business Nominees have invested more than $308 million in Manitoba to date.

More than 90% of the economic immigrants arrive in Manitoba through the MPNP.

 

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How much your Overseas Education will cost in Montreal, Canada?

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montreal

Montreal recently made it to the news for wanting to retain international students who graduate from the city. A campaign called “Je Choisis Montreal” (“I choose Montreal” in English) has emerged in the region. It is to help international students live, work and immigrate to the largest city in Canada’s Québec province.

As reported by Study International News, their aim is to make sure talented people having a degree from Québec stay there. It will improve their economy. Montreal is ranked as the 4th best student city across the globe. It’s no wonder why even students prefer migrating to this city for Overseas Education.

However, students often hesitate to take this big step because of the costs involved. Let’s have a look at the same.

●  Visa

To pursue a degree from Montreal, students will need a Canadian study permit. It is required for courses longer than six months. The cost is approximately CA$150 including extensions.

●  Tuition fees

The cost to study in Québec is usually lesser than elsewhere in North America. For instance, a Master’s degree costs approximately CA$8,186 per session. A PhD costs CA$7,348 per session.

Hence, it can be seen the tuition fee for Overseas Education in Montreal is not abnormal.

●  Accommodation

The rent prices in Montreal used to be low. However, they are now on the rise. Rent prices have increased by 13 percent in 2017. For a one bedroom unit, students will have to pay an average of CA$1,350. While for two bedroom unit it is CA$1,660.

●  Food

For food, the budget should be around CA$350 per month. Goods and services tax and the Québec sales tax are collected on most consumer goods and services.

●  Transport

Montreal is called the haven for cyclists. It is wise to invest in a new or used bike. It will cost around CA$300. Whereas, a monthly ticket for public transport costs CA$83.

●  Entertainment

One cannot avoid festivals in the second largest city in Canada. Some like Osheaga cost CA$115 for general admission. Other entertainment options like movies will cost approximately CA$26 for two persons.

 

Therefore, students now have an idea of how much their Overseas Education would cost in Montreal. Nevertheless, it is essential to mention here that clothing and books for courses usually require large sums of money. Hence, plan accordingly before packing your bags!

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Canada to welcome 1.3 million Permanent Residents by 2021

Canada to welcome 1.3 million Permanent Residents by 2021

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canada

Canada is setting the stage for the arrival of 1.3 million Permanent Residents in the next 2 years. The country is all set to increase its immigration targets for 2019 and 2020.

A report by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was made public on October 31. The news was announced as part of that report. They have extended their multi-year levels plan by another year. It has positioned Canada to welcome over 1.3 million newcomers through various Immigration categories between 2018 and 2021.

The targets for 2019 and 2020 were originally set at 330,000 and 340,000 respectively. However, it has been now increased to 330,800 and 341,000. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of IRCC, has said that Canada is looking to welcome more talented and skilled workers through this plan. They are willing to recruit people with the expertise that their economy needs. They even plan on reuniting more family members and accommodating refugees who want to start new lives.

Economic Immigration Programs

Canada has expanded the number of admissions through its two Immigration programs – Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program. The Express Entry system manages a pool of candidates. It, in turn, caters to their three main Immigration categories —

  • Skilled Worker Class
  • Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Nearly a quarter of the 1.3 million new Permanent Residents are supposed to come through Express Entry. The Provincial Nominee Program, on the other hand, is expected to bring 19 percent of the target. However, PNP admission rate might go up to 20.2 percent of overall target for 2021.

According to CIC News, 60 percent of the 1.3 million Permanent Residents may arrive through the Economic Immigration programs. The emphasis on Economic Immigration addresses many challenges Canada is facing now. The ageing population and a declining birth rate are the two most prominent issues among them.

Family Reunification

The multi-year levels plan also caters to Immigrant’s need of family reunification. IRCC is planning to increase the number of admissions through its spouses, partners and children category. The target for 2021 is 70,000. The target for parents and grandparents sponsorship is set at 21,000. On the whole, Canada’s new Immigration plan is good news for aspiring Immigrants.

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