13 11, 2017

Good News for Express Entry Applicants

2017-11-13T20:57:40+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Express Entry November 2017

The reopening of Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream allowed certain candidates in the Express Entry pool to benefit from one of Canada’s most popular Provincial Nominee Program streams.

Despite the fact that Ontario stopped receiving applications through this stream just a few days later, the province may invite even more applications before the end of the year.

Moreover, the province has confirmed that if an application is approved after the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program annual allotment is filled, the successful applicant will be issued a nomination certificate in 2018 when the province’s new allotment is assigned.

The Human Capital Priorities stream allows the province to search for eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. Candidates must have a Comprehensive Ranking System score of no less than 400 points.

Candidates identified through the Human Capital Priorities stream receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario and are invited to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. Successful applicants receive an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score, followed by an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

That’s good news for eligible Express Entry candidates who are willing to settle in Ontario. The province was the destination of choice for more than 39 percent of recent immigrants to Canada, many of whom are drawn by Ontario’s strong manufacturing, financial, and science and technology sectors.

The Human Capital Priorities stream is one of Ontario’s three “enhanced” PNP streams, meaning they are aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system. Ontario also offers a French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, as well as a recently-launched Skilled Trades stream, both of which are enhanced.

Ontario is not the only province to welcome new applications from Express Entry candidates over recent weeks. Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have also opened their popular Express Entry-aligned streams, with both provinces offering first-come, first-served Express Entry streams in which candidates with work experience in an in-demand occupation may apply without a job offer.

Over the course of 2017, British Columbia has also engaged with Express Entry under its own unique points system by inviting some candidates who have registered in BC’s unique system to apply for an enhanced provincial nomination. Other provinces, including the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland, have also continued to leverage Express Entry into their PNPs throughout the year.

Looking ahead to 2018, provinces looking to welcome newcomers stand to gain from Canada’s new multi-year immigration strategy, which was announced November 1.



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8 11, 2017

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities

2017-11-08T18:06:48+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities


The most popular Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities, which is a part of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, has reached its registration intake limit. We remind that the program was reopened on November 2, 2017.

No additional registrations will be accepted for the time being. However, the program will issue more Notifications of Interest to eligible Express Entry candidates in the pool before the end of the year.

A Notification of Interest works in the same way as an invitation to apply. However, the process of obtaining a Notification of Interest is passive, because Ontario immigration authorities search the Express Entry pool for eligible potential applicants. There is no guarantee that eligibility for the stream will result in a Notification of Interest being issued.

To be eligible for the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities, candidates must:

  • Have a profile in the Express Entry pool
  • Have a minimum score of 400 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. (The score must remain at or above 400 during both the Ontario nomination processing stage and at the federal application for permanent residence processing stage);
  • Have a minimum level of work experience;
  • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Federal Skilled Worker Class criteria must have at least one year of continuous and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B occupation in the five years prior to the date of the Notification of Interest from the OINP.
  • Candidates who choose to be assessed against the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) criteria must have at least one year of cumulative and full-time employment experience, or part-time equivalent, in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation in Canada in the three years prior to the date of the NOI from the OINP.
  • Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by a designated organization indicating that their foreign education credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD;
  • Demonstrate English or French language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
  • Intend to reside in Ontario;
  • Possess sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario;
  • Meet the additional criteria under either the FSWP or CEC.



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4 11, 2017

The Government Plans To Bring One Million Newcomers To Canada

2017-11-21T04:09:10+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

Newcomers To Canada

The government of Canada and immigration services has announced that it will bring 1 million newcomers to Canada over the next three years. The action was described as “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.”

The number of refugees and family reunification is growing from 300,000 to 310,000. In 2020 it will rise again to 340,000. By then, the number of newcomers to Canada will be nearly 1% of all Canadian population.

Ahmed Hussen, Immigration minister of Canada,  calls the program for bringing immigrants in large numbers “the most ambitious” in recent Canadian history. He says that “Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society… five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer people working to support seniors and retirees.”

Hussen claims that most people think that newcomers to Canada are a burden on Canadians and rely on financial services. But in reality, newcomers to Canada bring benefits of innovation and strengthen the economy.

The government has been working on speeding up the process of applications to reunite families and for citizenship for a smoother and fast process.

The government of Canada has been calling to increase the number of newcomers to Canada drastically to a level of 450,000 a year.

Immigration Minister, newcomers to Canada, citizenshipBut while there are calls for more newcomers to Canada, there is also a need for more jobs creation. Hussen says that in order for immigrants to succeed in their new environment we have to give them the tools to succeed. Once they are here we have to help them in every step of the way to ensure that they are integrated into society.

He says that Canada has all the ability and willingness to increase the number of immigrants who arrive in Canada every year.

Chris Friesen, the organization’s director of settlement services says to CBC that the Canadian childbirth rate is in decline and to stabilize the population there is a need for newcomers to Canada. Furthermore, he says that diversity brings innovation and it will help in having a stronger economy.

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26 10, 2017

Express Entry Immigration Stream in Alberta

2017-10-26T18:06:10+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

Alberta Express Entry

Alberta opens an Express Entry stream in January 2018. It allows the province to use its allocation for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to nominate candidates in Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry pool.

Alberta joined other provinces, having one Provincial Nominee Program together with Express Entry. Until now, the criteria for Alberta Express Entry have not been disclosed.

Express Entry candidates, who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry, receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

At this time, it is not publicly known how many nominations may be issued under the AINP Express Entry stream. There may be scope for increased settlement through the Provincial Nominee Program when the government’s new immigration levels plan will be announced. It is expected on November 1, 2017.



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25 10, 2017

Children Under 22 Now Considered Dependents

2017-11-03T19:04:43+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

children under 22 are considered dependents


As of October 24, 2017, children under the age of 22 are considered as dependents on all immigration programs, including for economic migrants and refugees. For the past three years, only children under the age of 19 were considered as dependents.


Children who are 22 years of age or older, but who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition, will continue to be considered dependent children.


The age limit change will not be applied to applications submitted before October 24, 2017.


The government of Canada believes that a higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts by keeping families together, while also enhancing Canada’s economy by making it a destination of choice for skilled immigrants who want to keep their families together.

23 10, 2017

New opportunity Stream Program, Alberta

2017-10-26T18:24:28+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

express entry Opportunity Program

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The New Opportunity Stream opens on January 2, 2018 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This program is created to help foreign workers in Alberta to get a Permanent Resident Status. All applications will be processed outside the federal Express Entry selection system. Successful applicants to the AINP obtain a provincial nomination, which may then be used to apply for permanent residence.

The stream will replace two streams:

Until the Opportunity stream takes effect, applications under the existing streams will continue to be accepted, and processing of those applications may continue after January, 2018, even though new applications will not be accepted.

Applicants to the Opportunity stream require a job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job offer does not necessarily need to be in a skilled occupation, as most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible.

Applicants must have valid temporary resident status at the time of the application, and must not be living or working in a province or territory other than Alberta. Applicants must also prove English or French ability with the score 4.

Applicants must also have completed high school or a higher level of education. Applicants who did not study in Canada need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment.

Applicants must have either a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in their current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months (this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in another Canadian province or territory and/or abroad).

Finally, applicants must satisfy a minimum income threshold, depending on the size of their family.

Number of members in family unit (including applicant)Gross annual income required (CAD)

Ineligible occupations

Individuals working in any of the following occupations will not be eligible to apply under the AINP Opportunity stream.

School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education0422
Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services0423
Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers0432
Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers0651
Secondary School Teachers4031
Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers4032
Professional Occupations in Religion4154
Authors and Writers5121
Musicians and Singers5133
Actors and Comedians5135
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists5136
Court Officers and Justices of the Peace1227
Dental Laboratory Bench Workers3223
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants*4214
Other Instructors4216
Other Religious Occupations4217
Other Performers, n.e.c.5232
Artisans and Craftspersons5244
Real Estate Agents and Salespersons6232
Home Child Care Providers4411
Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations4412
Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants4413
Casino Occupations6533
Other Personal Service Occupations6564
Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs7513
Trappers and Hunters8442
Other Sales Related Occupations6623
Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport6722
Other Service Support Occupations, n.e.c.6742
Harvesting Labourers8611
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers8612
Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers8613
Mine Labourers8614


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19 10, 2017

Provincial Nominee Program Update

2017-11-13T21:00:44+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

PNP Program update


What Are PNPs?

The PNPs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals for permanent immigration.

Streams that are separate from Express Entry are known as base streams. These streams may be useful for people who are not eligible to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry.

PNP Update for Each Province

Under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2017, the government plans to bring in up to 54,000 new permanent residents through the PNPs this year alone. The government’s new Immigration Levels Plan will be made public within the next two weeks. This plan will provide more opportunities for provinces to nominate people for immigration to Canada.


Two popular sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program:

  • International Skilled Worker – Express Entry,
  • International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-categories,

allow eligible individuals to apply without a job offer if they have work experience in an in-demand occupation.

Later in August, Saskatchewan increased its annual application intake for the Express Entry sub-category from 1,700 to 2,600.


Nova Scotia

Another popular Express Entry-aligned PNP option is the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE) stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). NSDEE has an eligible occupations list and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. A job offer is not required, but potential applicants must have an active Express Entry profile and satisfy other criteria.

On October 11, Nova Scotia opened this stream for up to 300 new applications. The intake was filled later the same day. Nova Scotia plans to reopen the program in the near future.


British Columbia (BC)

August and September were busy months in BC, with more than 2,000 invitations to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued to a range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs within those two months. BC has also continued to conduct tech-only draws, an initiative started earlier this year in line with the new BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The BC PNP is divided into many categories, some of which are aligned with the federal Express Entry system.Manitoba

Manitoba has continued to invite skilled workers and business people to apply for provincial nomination under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The majority of the invited candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba category, though a substantial minority were in the Skilled Worker Overseas category.

Manitoba Business Stream offers a straightforward pathway to permanent residence — no period on temporary status is required.


New Brunswick

Last month, New Brunswick’s enhanced the Express Entry Labour Market Stream, began accepting applications for a temporary period from eligible candidates in the pool who had work experience in an eligible occupation and had attended an information session hosted by the immigration authorities of New Brunswick.



Ontario placed a hold on an intake for the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream in late July. This followed innovate strategies taken by immigration authorities in Ontario, among them a strategy whereby the OINP searched for candidates in the Express Entry pool with experience in certain Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations. These candidates were prioritized for selection, even if they scored less than 400 CRS points. Normally, Ontario only invites candidates with 400 or more CRS points under this stream.

The Human Capital Priorities stream — which may reopen its intake at any time — is a passive stream, whereby candidates in the Express Entry pool may be invited by the OINP to apply for a nomination.

Other OINP updates include the launch in August of a pilot, not aligned with Express Entry, for workers in high-demand construction and agriculture occupations with a job offer in Ontario. In September, the province began accepting online applications under its Corporate Stream, and in October online applications were also accepted under the International Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams.



Alberta has issued 4,300 provincial nomination certificates so far in 2017 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Around 1,150 of these nominations have been issued over the past three months, showing the ongoing efforts of AINP staff to welcome newcomers, as well as existing temporary residents, as new permanent residents.



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18 10, 2017

Decrease in CRS Points Requirement in October 18 Express Entry Draw

2017-10-18T20:33:56+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Express Entry

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has taken place, with 2,757 candidates in the pool invited to apply on October 18. The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on this occasion was 436, down from the 438 required in the previous draw, which took place on October 4.

Invited candidates now have 90 days to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including a spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

The total number of ITAs issued so far in 2017 now stands at 74,978, with 24 draws having taken place over this period.




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17 10, 2017

Labour Market Impact Assessment Program

2017-10-17T16:59:54+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

LMIA Program

In Canada, all employers require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), if they wish to hire a temporary foreign worker.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) lets employers hire temporary workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. If they plan on hiring a temporary worker through the TFWP they need to apply for an LMIA and also pay the fee of $1000 per worker that they hire.

An LMIA is a document that an employer needs to get before hiring any foreign worker and it acts as an approval from the government for the people they choose to hire. If their application is successful they will then be provided with a document from the Employment and Social Development Canada which states that they are allowed to hire a temporary worker to fill their shortage.

The purpose of an LMIA is to justify the hiring of foreign workers by demonstrating that there is no qualified Canadian worker available to do the job and there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job that they are offering.

LMIA applicants should be able to display their efforts in hiring Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker.

In order to demonstrate this, the employer must follow the recruitment’s requirements that display their efforts in hiring Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker.

LMIA applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have active engagement within the business that they are planning on hiring the temporary worker. They must also be able to prove that working conditions meet the provincial labour market standards and they should also be able to provide benefits that hiring a foreign worker would bring to Canada.

When an employer is given a positive LMIA they can then forward it to the foreign worker who they wish to hire so that they can submit it with their work permit application.


Before an individual applies to be a temporary foreign worker there are a few things that they should be able to prove such as:


  • Must be able to prove to an officer that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires.
  • They must be able to prove that they have enough money to provide for themselves during their stay in Canada.
  • They should have no record of criminal activity and they cannot be a danger Canada’s security


An advantage to being a temporary foreign worker is that they have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency if that is something they wish to do. It is also encouraged, especially if they are filling short-term positions that limit their stay in Canada.



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10 10, 2017

IRCC Invites 2,801 Express Entry Candidates

2017-11-13T21:01:39+00:00 October 10th, 2017|

Express Entry candidates

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 2,801 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence, in an Express Entry draw that took place on October 4. Candidates in the pool with 438 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on this occasion.

Invited candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application, including supporting documentation. IRCC aims to complete the processing of these applications within six months, a time frame that has successfully been met in the majority of cases.

The October 4 draw, the 23rd to take place this year, comes as we enter the final quarter of 2017. So far this year, a total of 72,221 ITAs have been issued, far surpassing the total number issued over the first two years of Express Entry, which was first introduced in January 2017. This number also more than doubles the 25,982 ITAs issued over the first 23 draws of 2016.


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