Canada has issued total 85,900 Express entry invitations till now this year
The Government of Canada moved another step closer to surpassing the record for invitations issued in a single year through the Express Entry economic immigration system with a new draw held yesterday.
The 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs) issued today puts the total number issued in 2018 at 85,900 — just 123 shy of last year’s record-setting ITA total of 86,023.
The minimum score in today’s draw was 445, the same as the previous draw on November 28.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically hold an Express Entry invitation round every two weeks, which means another draw is possible this year and 2017’s ITA record could fall.
At this same point in 2017, IRCC had issued 83,273 ITAs and finished the year with a draw on December 20.
The Federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are given a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score determines their position in the Express Entry pool, and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued ITA’s through regular draws from the pool.
Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) provides additional points for factors such as arranged employment, a sibling living in Canada or a nomination through an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream.
A provincial nomination is the most valuable factor under the CRS and results in an additional 600 points. With minimum scores ranging as low as 440 for all-program draws in 2018, these 600 points would effectively guarantee an ITA.
All nine Canadian provinces and two territories that participate in Canada’s PNP have at least one immigration stream that is linked to the Express Entry system.
Data from IRCC for the first eight months of 2018 show invitations to Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination totaled 12 percent of all ITAs issued during that period, up from nine per cent during that same period in 2017.
This increase reflects the PNP’s growing importance under IRCC’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, which has admissions through Canada’s PNP set to rise to 61,000 — an increase of 6,000 over 2018’s target of 55,000.
By 2021, admissions through the PNP are expected to reach 71,300 — an increase of nearly 30 percent over this year’s Federal High Skilled target of 55,000 new permanent residents.
IRCC’s 2019 target for admissions through its Federal High Skilled immigration category is also set to rise in 2019 to 81,400, an increase of 6,500 over 2018’s target of 74,900. The majority of candidates admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category have their applications for permanentresident status processed through the Express Entry system.
How to Work in Germany, How to Getting a German Work Permit
Germany is a great choice for expats looking for a career boost! In this article you will find useful tips and information for people wishing to work and live in Germany – job search, visa and residency permit, insurances, and more.
Non-German and Non-EU nationals are
an entitled labour force in Germany if appropriately meeting the set
Germany welcomes migrants, perceived as an additional value for Germany’s economy and demography, fairly enabling to practice their skills and qualifications inside the advanced economy of Germany. Despite, they may only become eligible workers if holding the adequate residence and work permits. Thus, the article focuses on bringing the relevant information on the criteria and legislative rules applying to foreigners seeking to be part of the German labour force.
Speaking about work deficiencies, the German economy has a great demand for professionals in different occupations, especially in the field of IT, Engineers, Health, research and more.
Non-EU academics, scholars, researchers, graduate students and other professionals can access the labour market in Germany under the Residence Act and the Employment Regulation, while EU nationals are subject to the Freedom of Movement Act of EU.
Getting a gainful employment in Germany involves holding a work permit, as an authorising document giving the permit to become part of the German labour market. In the way of gaining a work permit, holding a residence permit is a compulsion, as an authorisingdocumentpermitting to reside in Germany.
Before, migrants were obliged to apply for work and residence permit in two different authorities, but recently the procedure is simplified and harmonised through the adoption of a single permit directive of the European Union.
Single permit directive covering work and residence permit
Holding a single permit legally authorises non-EU nationals to work and reside in the EU countries, including Germany, through a single application procedure to a single authority.
Single permit applies for two categories of foreign nationals:
nationals who intend to enter Germany for work and residence,
nationals, already residing in Germany with access to German jobs
Single permit covers:
application procedure for working and residing in Germany,
for non-EU workers, equal to German citizens.
Classified foreign workers in Germany
Becoming a work permit holder depends on mainly in the country of origin and its special agreements with the hosting country, i.e. Germany.
Categories of work permit holders in Germany are considered:
Foreign EU citizens, Switzerland and the European economic area (EEA)
As for this foreigners category, residence or work permit is not required for living and working in Germany, enjoying the workforce movement freedom. Carrying a valid passport or ID when moving to Germany is the only condition, needed to register at Civil Registry in the chosen city.
Other non-EU nationals
As for this category, visa entrance is needed to enter Germany. The visa application should be accurate and related to the purpose of the stay. The short-stay visa cannot be changed into a permanent residence visa, so it is very important applying for the correct visa.
Upon the arrival, nationals of this category must immediately apply for the residence and work permit. Requesting a work permit, they must show an evidence of already being employed by a local company, organisation or institution.
Categories of residence and work permit
The Immigration act, also known as “Residence Act” active since 2005 encompasses benefits, conditions and rules for foreigners who want to reside and get asylum in Germany for different purposes. Immigrants through this act are given comprehensive chances, despite their prospect to get employment.
Residence act important
stipulations on migrants’ residence in Germany are:
Visa itself is a kind of residence permit, allowing foreign residence in Germany for a certain visa agreed period,
For longer stay in Germany, foreigners can be awarded with a temporary residence permit or settlement permit,
Non-EU nationals first time entering in Germany are obliged to carry a visa for the purpose of stay (i.e. work and residence) and upon their arrival, they must require temporary residence permit or settlement permit,
Settlement residence permits are issued to individuals who had a temporary residence permit for past five years and have shown they can fulfill some additional requirements,
Settlement residence permits are more likely to be taken by highly qualified workers and EU Blue Card holders,
Residence act also recognizes the long-term residence permit is considered comparable to the settlement residence permit,
Highly qualified employment of third country nationals is done through the EU Blue Card directive, the EU Blue Card which is a comparable card to temporary residence with a higher likelihood to get a settlement permit.
Entering and residing in Germany on different intensions, a migrant must be entitled with one of these following residence titles:
long-term residence permit
Applying for the single permit
It is a subject to origin and qualification of the applicant that determines which is the residence title that allows working and residing in Germany.
Employment prospect for Academics
Being an academic with a recognized degree in Germany or holding a degree which is corresponding to a degree in Germany you should apply for the EU Blue Card.
Requiring the EU Blue Card, the applicant must prove being employed with a contract in Germany, in a field related to its qualifications. Besides, the annual salary of the worker contract must reach 48.800 Euros at the minimum.
EU Blue Card holders are eligible to get the permanent settlement permit after 33 months, then again if proofing that they fulfill the language requirement B1 (Common European Reference Framework for Languages) this residence permit can be obtained earlier, after only 21 months.
Individuals in this category who do not enjoy a work contract, they cannot apply for the EU Blue Card from home, but they can move to Germany and search for a job during 6 months. They can only apply for an EU Blue Card after they have been awarded with a work contract. If they visa validity has exceeded, the EU Blue Card applicant can stay in Germany until the EU Blue Card application is preceded.
Non-EU Graduates from German
Non-EU graduates, so-called international students in Germany, who finished their studies in Germany, are similarly eligible to get lawful employment within the country. They can require a residence permit for job seeking purposes at the Foreigners’ NationalAuthority. This applies if candidate of this category does not yet hold a work contract in Germany, while the validity of the residence permit under jobseeking purposes is 18 months. Once the candidate has been awarded with a job contract, it becomes an eligible EU Blue Card holder, but the job given ought to be related to its qualification.
Non-EU nationals holding
Non-EU nationals which hold professional qualifications are also eligible to apply for residence and work permit in Germany.
Aspirants of this category can only require a residence and work permit if their qualification is recognised by the Federal State and over, only if they can also prove being awarded with a sound work contract related to its qualification. Cases of not having a recognised qualification, the authority for qualification recognition may possibly ask the candidate to get some added training education or practice in Germany to become an eligible applicant for residence and work permit. In such case, the candidate is eligible to require limited residence permit under the intention of becoming an eligible residence and a work permit holder. The candidate must apply for the qualification recognition before traveling in Germany using the information in the online portal Recognition Finder.
Non-EU nationals seeking to get professional education and work in Germany
Non-EU nationals who want to reside in Germany to get a professional education are eligible to do so. The criteria applying for this category is getting a permit from the Federal Employment Agency to reside under this intention. Once the candidate finishes the training, it becomes eligible for the residence permit that Foreign’ National Office issues for residing in Germany up to 1 year under job seeking purposes. As soon as the candidate reaches employment contract in a field related to its qualification, it becomes eligible to apply for the proper work permit.
Non-EU applicants shall require a visa to enter, work and reside in Germany. Visa will be issued in accordance with regulations for residence and work permit, such as: temporary residence, EU Blue Card, permanent settlement permit, or EU long-term residence permit.
Finding a job in Germany
Today’s technology gives us the opportunity to access well-ranged information, including job vacancies around the globe. Moreover, there is a lot of available information also for specific occupations which greatly relate to one’s qualifications.
Searching for a job
There are two options to get a job in Germany, getting a work contract before leaving to Germany or upon the arrival. Whatever the form is, searching online is amongst top opportunities to find a job.
There are diverse online channels with extended information on open job vacancies in Germany.
There are governmental institutions posting open job vacancies:
Also, there are other job-searching
You can always see if any local employment agency in your country is having information sessions or job fairs for open vacancies in Germany.
Job application process
Once you have chosen your preferred job/s to apply in Germany, next you should prepare to apply. German companies might require from you tosubmit the job application in a hard copy form by post. However, the new trendsare changing and due to this many job applications in Germany are done online. In such case, application documents must be submitted in a PDF form andtogether as attached documents.
Either way, required documents for
job application are:
The Cover letter
The cover letter is a letter which helps the employer see all your gained formal and non-formal education and past experience in a one or two pages and how they can relate and be an added value to the job you are applying. The cover letter is the letter that is read first by the employer and if presented properly, it provokes it to proceed checking other application documents. Sometimes a bad cover letter can dismiss your opportunity to get a job.
Curriculum Vita (CV)
Curriculum Vita (CV) is a document which presents detailed information on your education, training, past work experience, personal data and special skills. EU employers typically require a standardised form of CV known as Euro pass CV. Make sure updating and filling realistically and properly all the required information in this format. There is an opportunity also to fill the Euro pass CV online, giving all the needed instructions and samples.
As an applicant, you must provide all the information on your education. This embraces schools attended, gained university degree/s and grades, professional training and all other educational activities being involved. All this information must also have proof documents in order to be considered as frank. Likewise, make sure placing this information in a chronological order, detaching formal, non-formal and professional education.
You must state which are the computer competences and especially if any of them pertains to the job you area bout to do.
You must provide the information on the language competencies, listing all the languages you are able to understand, speak and write.
Other skills and talents
Your application will be supplemented if you state your interpersonal skills which can be: verbal and non-verbal communication, listening, negotiation, decision making, problem-solving and further. Also, if having any special talent, even if it does not directly relate to the job, presenting it can make your application more interesting and unique from other applications.
An important part of the application is proving your education, including formal, non-formal and professional. For the application to be properly considered and candidly, certificates you present must be in accordance with the information provided in other parts of the application.
Attending the job interview
If selected among other applicants, the company you applied for a job will invite you to attend a job interview. The Job interview is a formal meeting with the company representatives, typically human resource officer/s, sometimes and an interviewing panel, to discuss in person the information you have provided on your application and further. Companies typically require from the candidates to go to the company’s facilities and discuss directly about the education, work experience, skills, aptitudes and more.
The Job interview is the proper time for you to influence your future employer that you make a good asset for the company. Consider wearing the proper outfit and haircut and be on time for the interview. Listen carefully to the questions made and take your time to formulate your answer. Make sure the information has a sense of sameness to the information provided in your application. Prepare for the interview through the common job interview questions.
Typically German companies pay the interview costs of the applicant. In case you might not be able to physically attend the interview meeting as you are in your home country, you should write to the company earlier to require a phone or virtual interview. Make sure to present a realistic explanation on your incapability to physically attend the interview and why you are requiring an online interview. In case that company requires your physical presence anyhow, ask the company if you or the company will cover interview traveling and accommodation costs.
Either way, once you have attended the interview it is highly impressive to the company if you write an email thank you letter for the offered opportunity to attend the interview. Within the letter reaffirm key discussions made during the interview, to remind why you make the best candidate for the job.
Once you have attended the interview, the company notifies you in just a few days if you have been selected or not for the job you applied. If being hired for the job position, the company in a short provides you with the work contract.
The work contract by the company is provided as a legal document of your recruitment, which proves the agreement of you as the employee and the company as the employer to cooperate within contractual terms and conditions. Contracts are mainly in a written form and inorder to be valid it needs to be signed by parties, you and the company. Before signing it, make sure reading all contract’s articles carefully making sure you agree with all of them.
Work contracts typically have the following sections:
Work contract Parties
Names and addresses of employee and
Work contract term
The period of time that the
contract is valid.
Employee’s probation time
The time that you will spend on a
company in a probationary period.
Employee’s place of the work
The contract needs to state if you are going to work in the same place or you have to move in different working places during the contract term.
Employee’s job description
The contract should state the scope of work and all detailed description of the job you are awarded. Also, the job description might contain the time frame required to be respected for delivering job tasks within the requisite tone.
The contract shall state the wage level, the time of salary receipt, overtime payment, weekend payment and holiday payments. The salary amount is stated in gross numbers, meaning that taxes, health insurance, social contribution, long-term care insurance, pension and joblessness insurance will be deducted.
Employee’s occupied hours
The contract shall state also occupied hours expected to be covered by the employee.
The contract shall state the recognised holidays which permit the employee to go on a work leave.
The contract must also state the given interval to inform the employer for leaving the job, also the employer must warn the employee during the given interval for an earlier contract termination.
Joint and work agreements
Coupled with work agreements often are joint agreements or so-called collective agreements. This applies to special industries which have employer association or trade unions, which can regulate salary, holidays, pluses. Some cases companies might have anEmployee’s Union, which can represent employees interests in the company. Typically about these agreements, the information can be taken directly by theemployer.
Taxes to be paid as a foreign
worker in Germany
As an employee in Germany, you will be subject to pay taxes, equally to German employees. The key tax that employees pay in Germany is the income tax.
There are several aspects you
should know about paying taxes and other fees as an employee in Germany:
employed in a company, the company takes care paying your taxes at the tax
office from the deducting your gross salary,
company takes care also paying on your behalf your “solidarity tax”,
company, on your behalf pays your pension, health insurance and unemployment
from 2014 subject to income tax are salaries higher than 354€,
rates are 14% at minimum, up to 45% for higher salaries (for annual
salaries 250.730 Euros for individuals with single status and 501.460
euros for married individuals
tax height is 5.5 % of the amount of your income tax,
tax height varies as they are set by religious groups. However, this tax
can be 8%, 9% or more of the amount of your income tax,
are tax reliefs for lone parents and families divided into 6 categories,
pay your income tax on a monthly basis. However, you can require from the
government information if you paid more income taxes than ought to and if
eligible you will be refunded. This requirement is submitted in a form of
income tax declaration.
Social Security System
As an employee in Germany, you will be subject to paying social security contributions. These fees are to protect you from any unexpected occurrences such as disease, accidents, unemployment or ageing.
An employee as a part of this social security system can be a subject to any of the following statutory social security groups:
Social security card
Social security card is a card given to all employees in Germany, carrying a social security number in it. Social security number ensures you several social benefits in Germany. Also, inorder to register you as an employee, your employer will need your socialsecurity number. In case of losing your social security number, you shouldrequire from the German pension fund to replace it.
Getting your pension fund
Being a German employee for a
certain period and deciding to return to your home country, you are eligible to
require getting your pension from the pension fund for the years you have
worked in Germany.
Health insurance for Freelancers
and Employees in Germany
It is always advisable to obtain working health insurance, which will cover you for up to 5 year and offer full coverage for any emergencies and accidents. This health insurance plan is heavily advised for expatriates.
If you are an expat, then a working
health insurance must be purchased before you make any other commitments in
Germany. The working insurance is also suitable for Germans traveling abroad,
since you will be insured in any place you visit. If you are looking for great
coverage for a good price, then your working health insurance awaits here!
Get together with your family
Being a legitimate worker in
Germany you can benefit taking or bringing your spouse, husband or children in
Germany with you.
Foreign EU Citizens workers in Germany
Are eligible to bring their family in Germany and they are eligible to live and work too, and they are free fromany residence entitlement to do so.
Foreign third country nationals working in Germany
Even that you are a foreigner of a
third country, you can be eligible to bring your spouse, husband or children in
Taking your spouse or husband with you in Germany
Taking your spouse or husband with
you in Germany you must:
residence permit or EU Blue Card holder,
of renting an adequate size accommodation for a family,
of enjoying money to cover family living costs,
spouse or husband must be 18 years old at least.
German language of spouse or husband needs to be elementary in order to become a residence permit holder. However, the German language will not be required if:
You possess an EU Blue Card,
You have a job as a qualified worker in Germany,
Your spouse or husband holds a university degree,
You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand or the USA.
Bringing your children in Germany
You can bring your children in Germany and they can receive a German residence permit if:
and your spouse or husband holds a residence permit,
are a lone parent, you have the right of custody and child is up to 16
Bringing your family in Germany
You can bring also your family in Germany. The procedure to get the residence permit of family members is the following:
family members apply at home German Embassy or Consulate for a residency
permit in Germany for the purpose of family reunification,
your family arrives in Germany you register them at Resident’s
Registration Office and at your Foreigner’s Registration Office.
Living and working eligibility for my family arrived in Germany
Your family members once in Germany are eligible to benefit from life and work opportunities in Germany, as they will be holding a residence permit. They are allowed also to access education in Germany, such as high school, higher education, professional education and other sorts of education available in Germany.
Other benefits of joining family members in Germany
There are several other benefits
for foreign working families in Germany which are:
What is the Eligibility Requirements for UK Dependent Visa
The Dependent Visa category enablesthe dependents of a person who is a permanent resident or UK citizen to apply to join them in the UK. This type of application typically applies to family and children.
The person who is a permanent resident or UK citizen and upon whom the application is based is referred to as the ‘sponsor’.
To qualify as a dependent you must be the spouse, unmarried, or civil partner of the sponsor. Children under the age of 18 years can also accompany the sponsor to the UK as the sponsor’s dependents. Please note that if you are applying as a dependant on someone whois an EEA national, the dependency age for children is 21 years of age.
Note that different criteria are applicable depending on the type of UK visa held by the person who is sponsoring your application. Please contact us for more information.
As a Dependent Visa holder, you will have no recourse to public funds. Before your application can be approved you will need to show that your sponsor (the person in the UK on whom you wish to become dependent) has the necessary financial means and is willing to support you.
Dependent Visa Conditions
If your application for a Dependent Visa is successful you will be granted leave to enter the UK and freedom to live in the UK without restriction. There no work restrictions placed ondependency visa holders, meaning you can work in any job, at any skill level.
As mentioned above, as a dependent visa holder you will have no recourse to public funds.
Duration of Stay
Provided that you satisfy the relevant immigration rules for this visa you will be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Dependency Visa holders can usually apply for British Naturalisation as a UK citizen after having spent 5 years continuously in the UK.