Ontario issued new invitations to Skilled Trades and French Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario issued new invitations to Skilled Trades and French Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario issued new invitations to Skilled Trades and French Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario issued new invitations to Skilled Trades and French Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario issued new invitations to Skilled Trades and French Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Invitations issued through Ontario’s Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams

Ontario has announced new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence for Express Entry candidates, including a 2018 high of 439 invitations through its Skilled Trades Stream on October 19.

This is the most invitations issued through the Skilled Trades Stream in a single draw so far in 2018 and brings the total number of Notifications of Interest (NOIs) issued through the stream this year to 1,445.

The Skilled Trades Stream allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates currently living in Ontario who have a minimum of one year full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Experience Class, which is one of the three federal economic immigration categories managed by the Express Entry system.

They must also meet the stream’s provincial criteria, including a minimum proficiency in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5.

There is no minimum Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for this stream.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination from Ontario are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and move to the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

The OINP encourages all Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered for this stream to ensure they indicate their interest in immigrating to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories” when creating their Express Entry profile.

Those issued invitations through the Skilled Trades Stream created their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and October 19, 2018.

More French-Speaking Skilled Worker invitations also issued

The OINP also announced another 39 invitations through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

The October 18 invitation round followed an October 11 draw in which Ontario issued 33 invitations through the stream, which the OINP uses to search the Express Entry pool for eligible Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Class candidates with CLB 7 in French and CLB 6 in English.

The OINP has now issued 1,316 invitations through this stream in 2018, with new draws happening on an almost weekly basis.

Like the Skilled Trades Stream, there is no minimum CRS score requirement for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

In order to be considered for either the Skilled Worker or French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams, all candidates must have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

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Highly skilled job seekers from India turning to Canada over the U.S.A

Highly skilled job seekers from India turning to Canada over the U.S.A

Highly skilled job seekers from India turning to Canada over the U.S.A

Highly skilled job seekers from India turning to Canada over the U.S.A

Highly skilled job seekers from India turning to Canada over the U.S.A

Canada’s booming tech sector may be part of the reason for rising in job searches from India

A rising number of job seekers from India are looking for work opportunities in Canada over the United States, with searches for tech jobs leading the way, a recent study says.

Canada’s share of job searches conducted from India rose from six to 13 percent between August 2016 and July 2018, says the study by the popular job site, Indeed.

This same period saw the share of searches from India for employment opportunities in the United States drop from 60 to 50 percent, “with Canada picking up most of the displaced interest.”

“This net 17 percentage point narrowing in relative search popularity was easily the largest swing among the countries we analyzed,” Indeed reports.

The study looked at cross-border job searches from 58 countries over the two-year period, with a particular focus on searches targeting Canada and the U.S.

With business analyst, software developer, web developer, data scientist, Java developer, software engineer and data analyst figuring among the top 10 job searches from India, the report said the rising interest in Canada could “prove a boon to the Canadian tech industry.”

Most Searched Jobs

RANK   JOB TITLE

 1         Business Analyst

 2         Mechanical Engineer

 3         Software Developer

 4         Project Manager

 5         Web developer

 6         Data Scientist

 7         Java Developer

 8         Civil Engineer

 9         Software Engineer

 10       Data Analyst

The study said the rise in searches may be partly due to both “Canada’s booming tech scene” and uncertainty about the U.S. H-1B visa program, which the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has tightened.

Indian citizens are by the far the main beneficiaries of the specialty occupations visas, which many workers in tech and other STEM-related fields rely on to work in the U.S.

Canada, meanwhile, has improved access to temporary work visas for eligible skilled workers through the Global Skills Strategy and its Global Talent Stream program.

Overall, the Indeed study showed Canada’s share of searches rose in 41 of the 58 countries analyzed, and dropped in the other 17.

By and large, Canada wasn’t benefiting at the expense of the United States — searches for U.S. jobs also rose in 25 of the 41 countries where Indeed found an increase in Canadian searches.

In the remaining 16 countries, however, Canada’s share grew while searches to the U.S. declined, with the most dramatic shift occurring in India.

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PEI sets the new high for 2018 in latest invitation round

PEI sets the new high for 2018 in latest invitation round

PEI sets the new high for 2018 in latest invitation round

PEI sets the new high for 2018 in latest invitation round

PEI sets the new high for 2018 in latest invitation round

Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Work Permit invitations issued in October 18 draw

Prince Edward Island has issued 270 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to immigration candidates in its Express Entry and Labour Impact Expression of Interest pools.

The October 18 Expression of Interest draw was by far the largest of 2018, eclipsing the previous 2018 high of 152 invitations issued through these two immigration categories on April 19.

Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program, the PEI PNP, did not say how many invitations were issued to candidates in each category.

The PEI PNP also issued 27 invitations to immigrant entrepreneurs with scores as low as 135 through its Work Permit Stream.

The Express Entry category is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered for immigration to PEI generally must first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile online and submit it to the province’s Office of Immigration.

EOIs are reviewed and assigned points based on six selection factors: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability up to a maximum of 100 points. Eligible candidates are then ranked in PEI’s Express Entry EOI pool based on their scores.

PEI welcomes EOIs from candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who do not have a job offer in the province. However, those living and working in the province are prioritized.  PEI’s Office of Immigration has also started contacting Express Entry candidates who have not yet registered an EOI but who may be a match for labour market needs in the province.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from PEI are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score.

PEI’s Labour Impact Category also operates on an EOI basis and is divided into three streams — Skilled Worker, Critical Worker and International Graduate. Candidates for these streams must be either currently working for a PEI employer or have a job offer from an employer in the province, among other criteria.

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