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Canada EE linked draws under 400 CRS possible – Ontario Govt.

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ontario

The Ontario Provincial Govt. says that the way the scores for the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream are determined is being changed. The changes could result in more candidates in the Express Entry pool with less than 400 CRS to be picked in subsequent draws.

A spokesperson of the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) said that the CRS scores in future draws continue to drop lower than the threshold score of 400, as per CIC news.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream of the OINP helps pick Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of the province. The CRS score will now be determined by the program director as per the revised guidelines of the stream.

Post the changes, OINP has conducted 3 draws for the Human Capital Priorities Program with the CRS scores going well below 400. The draw conducted on August 9 saw application with scores as less as 350 being selected in the draw. This draw targeted candidates with a job offer in the province of Ontario. A similar draw conducted on March 28 also saw the CRS drop to 351 and targeted candidates with French proficiency of CLB 7 or above.

Neither a job offer nor French proficiency is mandatory under the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Kwok Wong, the OINP spokesperson, said that the Ontario Immigration Act gives discretionary power to the Program Director to set the CRS scores based on:

  1. Ontario’s annual nomination allocation done by the Federal Govt.
  2. The CRS score set by the Federal Govt. which establishes the selection parameters of the Federal Govt.
  3. The current labor market needs of the province of Ontario
  4. Other economic immigration-related priorities in the province of Ontario

To be visible to the OINP while they search in the Express Entry Pool, it is necessary that the applicants must indicate their interest to immigrate to Ontario. They may also select the option “All Provinces and Territories” while submitting their Express Entry profiles. This will allow OINP selectors to identify candidates in the pool who are interested in migrating to Ontario.

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Obtaining a Canadian PR made easy; Find out how!

Obtaining a Canadian PR made easy; Find out how!

Canada

Canada

Canada is a sought-after destination with everyone wishing to settle down in the Maple Syrup Land. Did you know that it is now easier to migrate to Canada and get a PR?

The Express Entry Immigration Program, introduced in 2015, enables skilled workers from across the globe to apply for a Canadian PR. Now submit your application online with your information like age, work experience, education etc., and get invited to apply for the Canadian PR based on your rankings.

To apply for the Canadian PR under the Express Entry category, you must choose either of the federal programs. They are Federal skilled worker program, Canadian Experience Class or the Federal skilled trades program. Depending upon the rank you get, you will be offered to apply for the PR.

The Express Entry Immigration Program depends upon a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS examines you on your age, skills, education level, work experience, language ability, and other factors. The highest score that you can get is 1200.

Those with highest ranks are selected by the CIC or the IRCC to apply for the permanent residency. You are more likely to have a good chance to get extra points in case you already hold a job offer from Canada.

If you receive the cut off marks in the CRS, you can proceed on submitting an Express Entry Profile. You will be among the others who have attained the required ranking. If you receive the top rankings, you will be qualified in the draw.  You will also receive an invitation to apply for the PR as a skilled immigrant. Once you accept the invitation, you will have to make the payment and submit all the required documents. You must submit the documents within 60 days as per the guidelines mentioned by the CIC.

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N&L publishes the list of employers under the AIPP in Canada

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada has published the list of employers participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. The provincial government is encouraging aspiring immigrants to get in touch with these employers.

The published list has 172 employers that have been designated under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program fast-tracks applications from international students and eligible foreign workers with a job offer from Canada for Permanent Residence.

The designated employers’ list spans the varied business landscape of the province from restaurants and coffee shops to aeronautical companies. The employers are located in and around the easternmost province of Canada.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program to make its list of designated employers’ public, as per CIC News.

The Govt. of N&L anticipate thousands of new job opening in the province between today and 2025 due to the population decline in the province.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was introduced in 2017. This program aimed at helping employers from the 4 Atlantic Provinces namely Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to hire eligible foreign workers. Foreign workers and overseas graduates of higher educational institutes help fulfill job positions in the provinces which cannot be filled by locals.

An employer needs to be designated by the respective provincial government before they can participate in the AIPP. This process requires employers to work with a settlement service provider in the province to help the applicants and their families settle and adjust to the Canadian life.

The quota of Visas for the AIPP was set at 1000 for 2018, 2000 for 2019 and 4000 for 2020. However, the rising popularity of the program led the Federal Govt. to raise the quota for 2018 to 2500 in July 2018. The pilot program is run as a partnership between the 4 provincial governments and the Federal Govt. of Canada.

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Canadian province Manitoba conducts the 50th PNP draw

Canadian province Manitoba conducts the 50th PNP draw

Manitoba

Manitoba

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program held its 50th draw on September 14, 2018, and issued 432 invitations to apply (ITA) in an Expression of Interest for a provincial nomination.

Under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba Stream, the MPNP issued 200 LAAs (Letters of Advice) to candidates in the Manitoba EOI pool. The lowest ranking candidate invited under this stream had a total score of 721 under the Manitoba points grid.

Another 150 invitations were issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream to candidates in the MPNP EOI pool. The lowest ranking candidate selected through this stream had a score of 604, as per CIC news.

82 invitations were also issued to candidates under the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Under the Skilled Workers Overseas Stream, candidates should meet any one of the below criteria in order to be eligible:

  1. Should have a blood relative or close relative residing in the province of Manitoba continuously for at least a year
  2. Should have past work experience in Manitoba for at least a period of 6 months
  3. Should have past education from Manitoba and should have completed an approved education or training program from any post-secondary, private or vocational institute of Manitoba
  4. Should have at least 6 months of recent work experience in an occupation listed on the Manitoba in-demand occupation list

The Strategic Recruitment Initiative includes recruitment missions conducted overseas. Overseas candidates were interviewed by the MPNP representatives and those found eligible were then issued LAAs.

All candidates who have received Invitations will get 60 days time to submit a completed application for Provincial Nomination. Those whose provincial nomination applications get approved can then proceed to file their applications for Permanent Residency of Canada with IRCC.

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Saskatchewan holds 1st EOI draw for Canada EE candidates

Your route to Canadian PR – Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

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Quebec is one of the major provinces in Canada with excellent infrastructure and a strong economy. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) is focused on attracting talented entrepreneurs globally to Quebec.

The intake for the QIIP is now open. The program will accept 1,900 applications globally till 15th March 2019, as per CIC. Out of these 1,235 applications are reserved for Hong Kong, China, and Macau. Rest 665 applications would be accepted from the rest of the world.

The QIIP is the only entrepreneur program running in Canada which grants Permanent Residency through a passive investment. This means that the applicant is required to make an investment in the province for a period of 5 years. There is no requirement of setting up a business or job creation.

The eligibility criteria for the QIIP have been revised on the 2nd Aug 2018. Applicants would now be required to make an investment of CAD $ 1.2 million in the province of Quebec. Also, they would need to provide evidence of having a net worth of CAD $ 2million acquired through legal means. The investment and the net worth requirements have been raised from the earlier CAD $800,000 and CAD $1.6 million respectively.

Below are the eligibility criteria for the QIIP:

  1. Investment: Applicants would need to make an investment of CAD $1.2 million in the province of Quebec. The investment has to be made through a financial intermediary approved by the Quebec Govt. The investment amount can also be financed. The investment amount is guaranteed by the Govt. of Quebec and will be returned to the applicant after 5 years.
  2. Net Worth: The applicant needs to have acquired a personal net worth of CAD $2 million. Assets which are in the name of the spouse or common-law partner will also be considered.
  3. Management and Business Experience: The applicant should have a minimum of 2 years of management experience in the recent 5 years. The experience should have been acquired in a full-time position in any specific industrial, commercial or agricultural enterprise. The applicant would need to demonstrate that he was responsible for supervision, planning, and control of finances, human resource, and materials under his authority.

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Quebec announces fresh details regarding online visa applications

Age ceiling raised in the International Experience Canada Program

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Australia and Canada have agreed to raise the age ceiling for the IEC program as per their agreement for youth mobility.

The International Experience Canada (IEC) program allows youth to travel and work in Canada. Australian is one of the major participants in the IEC program. Earlier applicants had to be less than 30 years to be eligible for this program. The upper limit for age has now been increased to 35 years for the IEC program. This will allow more Australians to pursue a career or take up casual employment in Canada.

Eligible countries other than Australia have an annual quota of work permits under the IEC program. However, Australia is the only country to have the privilege of receiving an unlimited number of work permits, as per SBS.

The most popular category under the IEC program is the Working Holiday Program. This allows Australian holidaymakers get a 24 month long open Work Permit allowing them to work with any employer anywhere in Canada.

Two other categories under the IEC program which are available to Australians are the Young Professionals and International Co-Op categories.

The Young Professionals category allows young professionals to pursue their careers in Canada. To be eligible under this category the applicant must have a job offer in Canada in any of the occupation in NOC O, A or B category.

The International Co-Op category is for participants who are enrolled at a post-secondary institute and wish to complete an Internship or work placement in Canada. Participants should have a job offer or a contract for internship or work placement in Canada to be eligible for this category.

To be eligible for any of the categories of the IEC program, Australian participants must meet the below eligibility requirements:

  1. Have a valid passport for the duration of stay in Canada
  2. Should be between 18 and 35 years of age
  3. Have access to funds worth CAD $2,500 to cover initial living costs
  4. Take out health insurance to cover the duration of their stay in Canada
  5. Should not be accompanied by dependents

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Quebec announces fresh details regarding online visa applications

Canada Startup Visa is now made permanent!

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When the Startup Visa for Entrepreneurs was launched in 2013 it was a novel idea. It was a business immigration pathway which did not require any minimum investment or minimum personal net worth. However, you mandatorily had to have designated entity in Canada invest in your business. The designated organizations could be business incubators, venture capitalists or angel investors in Canada.

The Govt. of Canada has recently announced that the Startup program would be a permanent feature on its immigration list from 2018. The Program was declared a success after it managed to attract many foreign entrepreneurs and CAD $3.7 million in investment. The recent federal budget has allocated CAD $4.5 million for the next 5 years to keep the program running, as per CIC.

The Eligibility requirements for the Startup Visa are as follows:

  1. A designated organization in Canada has to issue you a letter of support or a certificate of commitment
  2. You have to have sufficient settlement funds as mandated by IRCC
  3. You should have at least one year of post-secondary education
  4. Prove your language proficiency in either English or French (equivalent to CLB 5)

The first step in the process is for you to prepare a detailed business plan. It should not only describe your proposed venture but also detail the scope and prospects of it being successful. Then you need to get in touch with the designated entities in Canada.

To obtain a PR Visa under this program, you have to secure CAD $ 75,000 from an angel investor or CAD $ 200,000 from a venture capitalist. In case of a business incubator, you should have received acceptance into any of its incubation programs.

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Quebec announces fresh details regarding online visa applications

 

Quebec announces fresh details regarding online visa applications

Quebec

Quebec

Quebec Immigration has announced fresh details regarding the online visa applications under the program Quebec Skilled Worker. The new system has been named as ARRIMA that is due to be unveiled this month.

Immigrants working with Immigration Consultants or Attorneys will be able to have complete access to their information said Quebec. Employers in Quebec will also be able to use ARRIMA to post job openings, it added.

Quebec province in Canada had announced a series of updates to enhance its immigration system. QSW will launch a system of EOI – Expression of Interest for managing visa applications. It is known as ARRIMA.

ARRIMA is based on the Express Entry system at the federal level in Canada. It requires the aspiring immigrants to furnish their personal details and EOI. This is for being considered for QSW, as quoted by the CIC News.

Upon submission of EOI, Quebec will choose specific competitive applicants. It will then invite them to furnish applications for a CSQ – Quebec Selection Certificate.

Y-Axis Immigration Expert Vasantha Jaganathan has said that the new system is a welcome development. It will permit both the applicants and their Immigration Consultants to create individual ARRIMA accounts. The IC must send a virtual request to the client over ARRIMA prior to commencing work on their EOI, she added.

After the EOI of the client is ready for submission, the client must confirm the submitted details. This must be done through their ARRIMA account.

It was also announced by Quebec that ARRIMA will also be accessible to the employers in the province. This is for those who intend to hire skilled overseas workers for job vacancies in Quebec.

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Saskatchewan holds 1st EOI draw for Canada EE candidates

Saskatchewan holds 1st EOI draw for Canada EE candidates

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan province has held the first EOI – Expression of Interest draw for candidates in the Express Entry pool. It has thus offered these candidates the ITAs for Provincial Nomination. The province has also updated its List of In-Demand Occupations in the process.

466 invitations to apply for Canada PR through the Provincial Nomination were offered by the province. This was for candidates in the Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. The minimum score for this draw was 68, as quoted by the CIC News.

Candidates who are successful in their application for a Provincial Nomination from Saskatchewan are offered 600 additional points. This is towards their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System.

There are certain processes to be followed for qualifying for the Express Entry sub-category of the SINP. The candidates in the Express Entry pool must register their profile in the SINP Expression of Interest. They are the offered scores out of 100 depending on their responses to diverse equerries. These pertain to their Education, Work Experience, and Proficiency in French or English.

The SINP also announced in its draw update that the List of In-Demand Occupations has been revised. This is to ensure that those candidates with positive prospects of employment in the province are chosen. It is also to ensure that the nominations do not outnumber the employment demand, added SINP.

The updated List of In-Demand Occupations of Saskatchewan consists of 22 occupations. 3 among these do not mandate the candidate to possess precise professional licensure. Professional licensure from the appropriate organizations for the rest of the 19 occupations is required by the Government of Saskatchewan.

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Quebec City urgently needs extra immigrants to fill 17,000 job vacancies: Mayor

Quebec City urgently needs extra immigrants to fill 17,000 job vacancies: Mayor

Quebec

Quebec

The Quebec City is facing an acute shortage of workers and it urgently needs extra immigrants to fill 17,000 job vacancies. This has been revealed by Régis Labeaume the Mayor of Quebec City. The newly released list of annual priorities by the Mayor is topped by Immigration.

Labeaume said that the severe scarcity of workers is the most hazardous issue. It can endanger the economic growth of the region, he added. There is no time for good intentions, or studies, or observations, said the Mayor.

Régis Labeaume elaborated that the Quebec City is getting just 6% of the new immigrants arriving at the province annually. However, the city needs minimum 10% of the immigrants, he added. This implies extra 5,300 immigrants annually. Alternatively, 2,000 immigrants need to be added over the existing levels, he explained, as quoted by the CIC News.

The immigration system of Quebec also needs to be improved by the next Government, said the Mayor.  The application processing times need to be reduced and immigration process must be simplified, he added. This is specifically in the areas of Overseas Degrees and Professional Experience elaborated Labeaume.

The Mayor stressed the requirement for immigrants speaking French. Majority of the residents of the Quebec City region speak French as the 1st language, he said. This is a French City and immigrants have 2 ways to succeed. Obtaining a job and speaking the local language, he elaborated. The City has jobs. If the immigrants can speak French, it will lead to absolute success, he explained.

The current Mayor also challenged the contenders for the office. He asked them the numbers of immigrants they would accept if elected as the Quebec City Mayor.

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