20 09, 2017

September 20 Express Entry Draw

Express Entry Draw, September 20th 2017

 

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system has decreased to 433 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 20, 2017. This is the lowest CRS cut-off t since early June. The previous draw, which took place on September 6, had a threshold of 435.

Candidates who receive an ITA have 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. The processing of applications will take six months. Since Express Entry was first introduced in January 2015, the vast majority of applications have been processed within this six-month timeframe.

The latest draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far this year to 69,420, more than double the 33,782 that were issued in the whole of last year. The total number of ITAs issued since January 2015 now stands at 134,265.

 

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18 09, 2017

Canada Immigration Plan 2016-2019

Canada immigration plan, The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum

Canada immigration plan, The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum

Update On Canada immigration plan

September 15, 2017- Toronto, ON — The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met to reflect on Canada’s immigration system.

To make progress on Canada immigration plan 2016-2019, all Ministers agreed to work in partnership to ensure a fast, flexible, and efficient economic immigration system; strategic immigration levels planning; and effective settlement and integration support for newcomers. This work will further Canada immigration plan legacy as a diverse, inclusive and welcoming country.

 

Ministers highlighted the critical importance of a pan-Canada immigration plan approach to dealing with the current influx of asylum seekers, including enhanced intergovernmental collaboration to support orderly migration and scenarios planning, while protecting Canada’s border and the safety and security of Canadians. Given the growing influx of asylum seekers to Canada, Ministers articulated that, while Canada is an open and welcoming country, people must use the proper channels to come to Canada and could face significant risks entering Canada through irregular means. While anyone who claims asylum in Canada has the right to due process, Ministers stressed that there are no guarantees that an asylum seeker will be allowed to stay in Canada at the end of that process.

 

Ministers reached consensus on the importance of multi-year levels planning and increasing immigration levels to help meet Canada’s labour market needs, address demographic changes, and generate long-term economic growth. A multi-year approach to levels of the Canada immigration plan would provide increased certainty and help inform long-term planning. Ministers reiterated support for Canada’s international obligations and humanitarian tradition with respect to refugees.

 

Enhanced collaboration across governments is needed to support the delivery of high-quality settlement services and successful outcomes for all newcomers. To this end, Ministers agreed to strengthen partnerships and explore new models for collaboration. It was agreed in the Canada immigration plan that an important piece of this work will be the development of a federal-provincial-territorial plan to clarify how settlement priorities are set, and how information is shared among all orders of government.

 

Ministers also discussed issues related to the federal Excessive Demand policy and committed to continue the dialogue so that the policy continues to recognize the need to protect health, education and social services while treating applicants fairly.

 

Ministers discussed the promotion of Francophone immigration to communities outside of Québec with the goal of increasing Francophone immigration. Building on the momentum that was established in Moncton earlier this year, Ministers look forward to meeting with Francophonie ministers in 2018 in Ontario to assess progress.

 

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14 09, 2017

Immigration Minister

Canadian minister of Immigration

Canadian minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen

Now he is the Canadian minister of Immigration, but when he was younger, Ahmed Hussen arrived in Toronto, a 16-year-old, with a small bag. As a Somali, he applied for asylum and was jettisoned into adulthood. He registered for high school, learned to cook and landed his first job all on his own.

Over the next 25 years, he was studying in college and law school, worked his way up from pouring coffee to advising one of the country’s most powerful leaders and was elected the first Somali-Canadian Member of Parliament.

Last January, he set another milestone for refugees to Canada: Ahmed Hussen was named the country’s immigration czar, the first refugee in that powerful cabinet position.

He never raises the fact that he was an asylum seeker himself. Mr. Hussen grew up in Somalia, the youngest of six children to a long-distance trucker and doting mother he credits for his successes. Both his parents were illiterate, but his mother prized education, cajoling tutors to work with her son every day after school, including an English-speaking cousin who taught him the language.

When the civil war reached their neighbourhood in Mogadishu, the family boarded a large truck in the middle of the night and lurched south. Mr. Hussen remembers bathing from a bucket in a camp on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya, and hunkering down in scattered apartments across Nairobi.

Two years after leaving home, his parents announced they had bought him a ticket to Toronto — where his two eldest brothers had moved years before.

Mr. Hussen moved an hour away to Hamilton, to live with a cousin who himself was a busy college student and rarely home. A year later, in 1994, he was alone.

On the few occasions he has publicly recounted those first vulnerable months, Mr. Hussen trumpets the “everyday generosity of Canadians who helped me each and every step of the way.”

Pressed for details, he offers examples so pedestrian, they invoke loneliness rather than wonder. A woman pushing a stroller stopped to show him how to use a Canadian mailbox. Another helped him decipher the strange machines in a Laundromat.

“When you go through that refugee experience, it is not a free ride,” Mr. Hussen said. “You have this really long journey of settlement and integration that is very hard. You have to sort out the big stuff as well as the everyday things.”

He moved to Toronto and got a minimum-wage job pumping gas a two-hour commute away. Each morning, he left home at 5:30 to board a tram, two subways and, finally, a bus to reach the city limits. Then, to avoid paying another ticket, he would walk for 20 minutes. He saved enough to cover his first year’s tuition at York University, where he studied history. At a community barbecue, he met a local politician who was impressed with his poise.

The connection helped him land a receptionist job for Dalton McGuinty, then Ontario’s opposition leader, while he was still studying. In 2003, Mr. McGuinty won the election and became premier, and at age 27, Mr. Hussen was picked for his intergovernmental affairs team.

In 2005, Mr. Hussen started law school to deepen his activism, which began with community organizing in his government-housing neighbourhood and moved to leading the Canadian Somali Congress, an advocacy organization.

Soon after Mr. Hussen opened a private practice, where he represented refugees. He married another Somali refugee, Ebyan Farah, and they have three sons.

“I’m trying to leave Canada in decent shape,”Canadian minister of Immigration, Hussen said. “To me, giving back to Canada is very personal.”

As the Canadian minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen is coming up with new programs to open possibilities to those who wish to come to Canada.

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12 09, 2017

Francophones Can Work Outside Quebec

Francophones Can Work Outside Quebec

Francophones can work outside Quebec easily today. The Mobilité Francophone stream of the International Mobility Program allows Canadian employers outside the province of Quebec to hire French-speaking workers more easily than before.

With this change, the recruiting process under Mobilité Francophone became easier for employers and workers.

As Mobilité Francophone forms part of the International Mobility Program, employers hiring under this stream do not have to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before the hiring.

Under Mobilité Francophone, the following conditions must be met:

– The applicant will live and work outside the province of Quebec.

–  The applicant uses French on a daily basis.

– Assessment of an applicant’s language ability is at the Visa Officer’s discretion.

Francophones Can Work Outside Quebec, Canadian employers interested in recruiting through Mobilité Francophone should take note of the following:

The employer must submit an offer of employment before making a work permit application. Offers of employment made under the International Mobility Program are submitted through the Employer Portal.

The job offer made to the foreign worker must be for a skilled position. Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system for classifying different occupations lists skilled work as level 0, A or B.

Skill level 0: Management jobs.

Skill level A: Professional jobs. Workers need a university degree in order to be hired for these jobs.

Skill level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades. Workers need a college diploma or apprentice training to be hired for these jobs.

The offer of employment does not have to require French language ability under the job description. However, the worker must have French language ability.

An employer fee of $230 is required for each job offer made through the Employer Portal. Once this has been paid, the job offer number may then be transmitted to the applicant (foreign worker), who submits the work permit application.

Visa Officers may issue a LMIA-exempt work permit that is valid for the duration of the offer of employment, or until the expiry of the travel document, whichever is earlier.

Francopones are able to apply to Express Entry program.

 

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11 09, 2017

OINP Corporate Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Corporate Stream supports established international corporations looking to expand into Ontario or buy an existing business.

Once the business has been successfully established, key staff is eligible to apply for a provincial nomination certificate, allowing them to become permanent resident of Canada. The principal applicant under this stream is the corporation’s signing officer.

To be eligible, international corporations must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been established for at least 36 months at the time of application;
  • Currently employ key staff seeking nominations, and these key staff must be essential to the business operation in Ontario;
  • Create five full-time permanent positions for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each nominee position being sought;
  • Key staff nominees will have two years to demonstrate a minimum language requirement prior to permanent residence nomination;
  • Create five new full-time permanent jobs for Canadians or permanent residents per key staff member.
  • Positions must be paid at or above the associated prevailing wage level.
  • The positions must be continuously filled for at least 10 months prior to the submission of the Final Report (see Nomination).

 

In the case of business succession, the following additional criteria apply:

  • Any existing business must have been in continuous operation by the same owner for the previous 60 months (five years);
  • The purchase must completely transfer ownership from the previous owner(s) to the corporation;
  • The business must not have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees;
  • The proposed business plan must grow the business;
  • The corporation must maintain, at minimum, the current wage levels and employment terms of existing staff;
  • The corporation must meet the job creation commitment; and
  • The corporation must preserve all existing permanent full-time jobs.

 

Under the OINP Corporate Stream, investments must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • The corporation must make a minimum investment of $5 million CAD to expand into Ontario or purchase an existing business in the province;
  • The investment funds must have been obtained from legal sources;
  • The proposed investment activity must be of significant economic benefit to Ontario, as determined by an assessment of the corporation’s business plan;

If the business to be established in Ontario is a land development or a leasehold company, the following additional requirements apply:

  • The investment must be a minimum of $10 million CAD;
  • The proposed investment amount must cover more than the purchase price of the land and construction costs;

 

Additionally, in order to be nominated for permanent resident status, key staff must:

  • Be in the position for which they were approved by the OINP and must be carrying out the approved job duties;
  • Physically reside in Ontario for at least 75 percent of each year (nine months out of the year) that they are in Ontario under a temporary work permit to support the business; and
  • Have a language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English and/or French.

 

Ineligible Businesses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA):

  • Existing Franchises in Ontario (new foreign franchises expanding into Ontario are permitted)
  • Gas Stations
  • Tire Recycling
  • Scrap Metal Recycling
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Holding Companies
  • Laundromats
  • Automated Car Wash Operations
  • Payday loan and related businesses
  • Businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees

 

Ineligible Businesses outside the GTA:

  • Tire Recycling
  • Scrap Metal Recycling
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Holding Companies
  • Laundromats
  • Automated Car Wash Operations
  • Payday loan and related businesses
  • Businesses which have been previously owned/operated by current or former OINP business stream nominees

 

The principal applicant (the company signing officer) and all proposed key staff may be required to attend an in-person interview at the OINP offices in Ontario shortly after submitting the application. This interview serves to get a better understanding of the proposed business plan and the key staff members’ levels of experience. The applicant corporation is responsible for all transportation arrangements and costs incurred associated with the interview.

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8 09, 2017

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot continues to gain momentum

Since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched last January, interest from both immigrants and employers has steadily grown. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Atlantic Provinces to attract and keep skilled immigrants, as well as recently graduated international students from Atlantic universities and colleges, to meet the unique workforce needs of the region.

As of July 2017, more than 280 candidates have been recruited. Of these candidates, more than 200 have been endorsed by an Atlantic province, the first step in using the Pilot to immigrate to Canada. These candidates can now move on to the next step, applying for permanent residence. There are also more than 400 employers in Atlantic Canada that are eligible to use the Pilot to recruit immigrants to fill job vacancies.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

To help employers and immigrants take advantage of the Pilot, IRCC has also launched a dedicated service channel. It provides support and information to help them get through the immigration process more easily. IRCC will also be fast-tracking temporary work permits for candidates so they can start working in Canada while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed.

Federal ministers, including the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and the Premiers of the four Atlantic provinces discussed the Atlantic Immigration Pilot as a part of their meetings on the Atlantic Growth Strategy in July.

 

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7 09, 2017

September 6 Express Entry Draw Invites Candidates

Express Entry Draw

 

Express Entry Draw Update:

Candidates in the Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada with 435 or more CRS points is issuing an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The invitation to apply is for  Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 6.

A total of 2,772 candidates are invited this time around, bringing the total number of ITAs issued so far this year to 66,549, far more than were issued in the whole of last year. More than half of all ITAs issued since Express Entry was first launched in January 2015 have been issued in 2017.

Candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. Candidates have to include supporting documentation. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete the processing of applications within six months.

 

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5 09, 2017

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents Program Update:

Canada invites more sponsors of foreign parents and grandparents to submit an application under the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents (PGP).

The next round of invitations begins on September 6 and continues over a few days. It is the second round in 2017. Potential sponsors who were not invited to apply in April (the first round), now have a second chance.

Invited sponsors will have to submit their application by December 8 in order for it to be accepted.

Individuals who were invited in the first round, but who did not submit an application by the August 4 deadline, will not be invited in the upcoming round, nor will individuals who did not submit a form in early 2017.
The Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents will reopen in early 2018.

Sponsors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and must meet certain minimum income criteria.
The Plan for 2017 sets a target to bring in 20,000 new permanent residents under the program this year. In April, 10,000 potential applicants were chosen at random from the pool of registrants. However, after the 90-day deadline, IRCC had not received 10,000 complete applications. Therefore, IRCC is conducting this second round of invitations.

IRCC advises individuals who may be invited to check their email, including the ‘junk’ folder, next week while invitations are being issued. Only those who are invited will be contacted.

 

The Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents is not the only option for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada. The Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada as long-term visitors. Super Visa holders may stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry, and the visa is valid for up to 10 years.

 

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31 08, 2017

BC Launches Immigration Tech Pilot

BC Immigration Tech Pilot

BC Immigration Tech Pilot, Image Credit: yvarcanada.com

British Columbia (BC) is looking for workers and graduates in the technology sector to the province.

What is Immigration Tech Pilot Program?

The new immigration Tech Pilot is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Through this pilot, eligible candidates with a job offer in one of 32 eligible occupations may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. It may then be used to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates invited under the Tech Pilot will benefit from expedited processing under the BC PNP. BC is also continuing to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives.

Recently Immigration Canada announced of start-up visa program for entrepreneurs.

BC is also continuing to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives.

Applicants require a full-time job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its registration System, depending on their job, work experience, and level of education.

Who Can Apply For Immigration Tech Pilot Program?

A candidate may register online for free and receive a registration score. Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply. From this point, invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.

Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct an immigration tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.

From this point, invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.

From this point, invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.

Eligibility For Immigration Tech?

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Immigration Tech Pilot (Occupation NOC):

0113 – Purchasing managers

0131 – Telecommunication carriers managers

0512 – Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts

1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

2131 – Civil engineers

2132 – Mechanical engineers

2133 – Electrical and electronics engineers

2134 – Chemical engineers

2147 – Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants

2172 – Database analysts and data administrators

2173 – Software engineers and designers

2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2175 – Web designers and developers

2221 – Biological technologists and technicians

2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2281 – Computer network technicians

2282 – User support technicians

2283 – Information systems testing technicians

4163 – Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants

5121 – Authors and writers

5122 – Editors

5125 – Translators, terminologists and interpreters

5224 – Broadcast technicians

5225 – Audio and video recording technicians

5226 – Other technical and co-ordination occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

5227 – Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts

5241 – Graphic designers and illustrators

6221 – Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

The BC PNP will continue to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives.

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30 08, 2017

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CHOOSE CANADA

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN CANADA

The Numbers of international students in Canada is on the rise

New figures show a significant increase in the number of international students in Canada enrolling to universities and colleges for the 2017/2018 academic year.

In recent months, increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study in Canada, and immigrate after graduation.

Canada is a top-ten study destination worldwide, in terms of hosting international students.

International students in Canada, graduates of Canadian institutions may obtain a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) after their studies, allowing them to work anywhere in Canada, for any employer, for up to three years.

The PGWP program was created in order to attract international students to Canada, and few countries with equivalent education systems offer such open and advantageous work opportunities to international graduates.

Work experience gained on a PGWP can contribute towards an international graduate’s eligibility for permanent immigration programs, and can provide a way to remain in Canada and work while an application for permanent residence is in process.

The Canadian government’s willingness to welcome international graduates as new Canadian permanent residents have been supported by policy changes.

On November 19, 2016, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced additional points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Canadian educational credential.

These changes have served to make international graduate candidates more competitive in the Express Entry pool. Over the first three months following the changes, 46 percent of ITAs were issued to international graduates.

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