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19 10, 2017

Provincial Nominee Program Update

PNP Program

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.

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.

Saskatchewan

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

Ontario placed a hold on 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

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

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

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

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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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4 10, 2017

THE GLOBAL TALENT STREAM IS NOW AVAILABLE IN QUEBEC

Global Talent Stream

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What is The Global Talen Stream?

The Global Talent Stream is now available to employers in the province of Quebec. It allows them to hire skilled foreign workers with a two-week processing time.

The Global Talent Stream is a part of the government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, to give an access to specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada’s economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The two-week processing standard also applies to open work permits for accompanying spouses/common-law partners, and study permits for accompanying dependents, if applicable.

Employers in Quebec can now benefit from the Global Talent Stream’s streamlined process to help them hire people with specialized skills or fill vacant positions for high-demand occupations.

What Are The Benefits Of The Global Talent Stream?

The Global Talent Stream offers priority application processing, a flexible recruitment procedure and accelerated processing of work permits so that businesses can get the talent they need. It helps companies in Quebec and in all Canada to rapidly build or develop specialized skills to be more innovative and develop their expertise.

To apply, innovative Quebec companies will be able to turn to one of three partners designated by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion:

  • Investissement Québec,
  • Montréal International,
  • Québec International.

According to a federal government statement, these organizations have excellent knowledge of the entrepreneurial and business community in Quebec and are already working with the government of Quebec in terms of talent recruitment. Alternatively, Quebec employers can also submit applications for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List. This list of occupations was developed in collaboration with all provinces and territories, including Quebec.

List of Occupations:

0213       Computer and information systems managers  

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                

2241       Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians        

2283       Information systems testing technicians              

5231       Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

5241       Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)

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4 10, 2017

New language and residency rules for Canadian citizenship

Citizenship Canada

Beginning on October 11, permanent residents have the right to apply for Canadian citizenship if they have lived in the country for three years.

In addition, applicants over 55 years old are exempt from language and knowledge tests for citizenship in accordance with amended provisions on citizenship, which will be announced by the Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen on Wednesday.

These changes can be used by residents who did not apply until March 2016, when a new law was adopted to abolish restrictions on access to citizenship.

Immigrant groups and advocates mentioned the more stringent rules discouraged newcomers’ full integration and participation in the electoral process.

Another Liberal reform that takes effect next Wednesday is granting one year credit to international students, foreign workers and refugees for time spent in Canada before becoming permanent residents toward their residency requirements for citizenship.

Despite the announced changes, there is no plan to reduce the current $630 citizenship fee for adults and $100 for those under 18.

The changes announced Wednesday are part of the amendments that received Royal Assent in June, including repealing the law that gave Ottawa the power to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens for crimes committed after citizenship has already been granted as well as handing over the power of citizenship revocation to the Federal Court from the immigration minister.

According to government data, 108,635 people applied for Canadian citizenship in the year ended on March 31. Historically, citizenship applications received have averaged closer to 200,000 a year.

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3 10, 2017

Canada Wants More Immigrants!

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The Conference Board of Canada releases a news 2017 report that states that Raising the current level of immigration to Canada in an annual intake of 300,000 immigrants could greatly help Canadians overcome the mounting challenges posed by an aging population and low birth rate.

Using the current annual rate immigrates arriving to Canada is 0.82 percent of the population as a base, the study predicted that with the latest changes in Canadian demographics a higher percentage of consumption, 1 percent, and 1.11 percent, would affect the population of Canada, its population aged 65 and over, for workers – the ratio of the parties, GDP, GDP per capita and health expenditure.

The projections were made assuming the composition of immigrants remains unchanged: 60 percent of an economic class, 28 percent in family class and 12 percent as refugees.

In the status quo scenario, the country’s GDP, or economic performance, would grow at an average annual rate of 1.85 per cent between 2017 and 2040.

In 2016, people age 65 and over made up 16.5 percent of Canada’s total population. The share will continue to rise in the coming years, reaching 24 percent by 2040.

The country’s current natural population increase (births minus deaths) adds roughly 114,000 people to the population, but the report said it will progressively drop to nearly zero by 2033 as the number of deaths surpasses births.

The report says that immigration will begin to account for all of Canada’s population growth by 2033, assuming that the annual immigration rate remains around 0.82 percent of the population.

Under the status quo, seniors would reach 24 percent of the population by 2040, with the workers-to-retirees ratio dropping from 3.64 in 2017 to 2.37. Over the same period, aging will cause health-care costs to rise by an average of 4.66-percent annually, accounting for 42.6 percent of provincial revenues, up from 35 percent in 2017.

As Canada becomes more dependent on immigrants to meet its labor market needs (see Permanent ResidenceStartup visa, Childbirth In Canada and Express Entry Programs), the success of its immigration system will largely depend on its ability to improve immigration outcomes in the labor market, expand its absorption capacity and improve public support for immigration.

29 09, 2017

Welcome Home Donnie

Citizen Donnie

After three months, Donnie Dyck and his mom, Meg reunited with their family in Calgary. On Wednesday, the adopted four-year-old officially became a Canadian citizen.

 

“We have a lot to celebrate, that’s for sure,” says dad Jeremy Dyck, who reached out to the Calgary Herald in early September to point out that while illegal immigrants were simply walking across the Canada-U.S. border into Quebec, his adopted son couldn’t get a visitor’s visa to come to Canada.

 

The boy is super excited about becoming Canadian —“he understands that it’s significant and important,” says Jeremy.

The boy was legally adopted by the couple one year ago in India, where they worked for three-and-a-half years as humanitarian aid workers.

 

Jeremy with his two sons left India on July 4, expecting that Meg and Donnie would be no more than two weeks behind, once Donnie received his visitor’s visa. But the visa ended up taking more than three months to arrive.

 

Donnie and his mom flew into Calgary on Sept. 16, one week after their story first appeared in the Herald.

 

Jeremy says Donnie has taken to his new home like a duck to water. “His kindergarten teacher says it’s like Donnie has always been there. He’s settling in really well.”

 

When asked what he’s most looking forward to as a new Canadian, Donnie didn’t hesitate with his answer: “Snow!”

28 09, 2017

Prince Edward Island Population

Prince Edward Island

Population estimates released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show that Prince Edward Island has hit its target of 150,000.

In fact, the government agency has adjusted previous estimates, and now shows the province hit that target at the end of 2016. The estimates show a population of 152,021 for the province on July 1 of this year.

With 1.7 per cent growth from July 2016 to July 2017, Prince Edward Island was the fastest growing province in the country. Nationally, growth was 1.2 per cent.

The current population estimates are still based on the 2011 census. Estimates will not be reconciled with the 2016 census until September 2018.

 

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27 09, 2017

US Travel Ban

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Who Made It To The US Travel Ban List

United States added Venezuela, North Korea, and Chad to the list of countries directly affected by a so-called ‘travel ban’, in doing so severely limiting the ability of some people from those countries to enter the US.

In the case of Venezuelans, only select government officials are banned. However, enhanced border inspection may obstruct other travelers from that country, as well as people looking to immigrate.

When Is The New US Travel Ban Taking Effect?

The new order will take effect on October 18. The order imposes the most stringent restrictions on Syria and North Korea. All citizens from these two countries will be denied visas for entry into the United States after the proclamation is declared.

The United States is Venezuela’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade in goods between the countries having reached $23.9 billion in 2015. More than 320,000 US residents trace their heritage to Venezuela.

The US administration’s order states that ‘Venezuela’s government fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately,’ and consequently ‘the restrictions imposed by this proclamation focus on government officials of Venezuela who are responsible for the identified inadequacies.’

US Travel Ban And Canada

Current and future visitors to North America should note that their permission to enter Canada is not affected by the US travel ban. The government of Canada places no country-by-country restrictions on visitors, workers, students, and potential immigrants, and assesses applications to come to Canada on the existing regulations, which are generally perceived around the world as being open and welcoming.

The government of Canada places no country-by-country restrictions on visitors, workers, students, and potential immigrants, and assesses applications to come to Canada on the existing regulations, which are generally perceived around the world as being open and welcoming.

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