Express Entry draw invites 3,000 candidates to apply for Canadian PR

New Express Entry draw invites 3,000 candidates to apply for Canadian PR

Express Entry draw invites 3,000 candidates to apply for Canadian PR

Express Entry draw invites 3,000 candidates to apply for Canadian PR

Minimum CRS of 442 same as the previous draw on February 7

Canada has invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place on Wednesday, February 21. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking Score for this draw was 442.

The total of 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) that were issued in this latest draw is also the same as the February 7 draw. This marks the second consecutive draw in which 3,000 candidates were invited to apply. Both these draws saw the number of ITAs issued increased by 250 over the previous five draws.

The cut-off score of 442 is the same as the previous draw, which took place on February 7.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once gain employed its tie-break rule in this latest draw. In this case, the time and date of the tie-break was February 11, 2018, at 17:03:32 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 442, as well as those candidates with scores of 442 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, will receive an ITA.

This latest Express Entry draw follows a busy start of the year for Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A recent example is Ontario, which conducted its largest invitation round yet of 2018 through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.

This stream allows Ontario to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with a CRS score of at least 400, among other criteria. The February 13 draw saw Ontario issue Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 488 Express Entry candidates.

Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination by Ontario. If successful, they get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.

Canada has set higher admission targets for 2018 through Express Entry and its PNPs. Both were highlighted by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, in a recent update on the 2018 levels.

Hussen said Canada is planning to commit an additional $440 million to the planned increases in its immigration levels between 2018 and 2020.

“This latest draw is the second consecutive draw in which 3,000 candidates were invited to apply, up from 2,750 during each of the previous five rounds,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell, Cohen.  “It will be interesting to see how many candidates IRCC will draw in upcoming invitation rounds given the higher admission targets for 2018 and 2019.”

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AUSTRALIA WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA (SUBCLASS 462)

AUSTRALIA WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA (SUBCLASS 462)

AUSTRALIA WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA

AUSTRALIA WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA

AUSTRALIA WORK AND HOLIDAY VISA:

Visa for young people who want to holiday and work for 1 year

Encourages cultural exchange and closer ties

An applicant might be able to get this visa if he/she is:

Aged between 18-31 years

An applicant with a passport from an eligible country

A genuine visitor who wants to have a holiday in Australiastralia

Has a sufficient fund for stay in Australia and for onward travel and return tickets

An applicant not having a dependent child accompanying him/her during that person’s stay in Australia

An applicant might be able to get this visa if he/she:

Has not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

Meets the educational requirements

Has functional English

Has a letter of support from his/her government (except applicants from the USA)

Meets health and character requirements. Applicant need to have medical insurance for the stay in Australia

May also be asked to provide Biometrics

Conditions

Applicant must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa.

The Work and Holiday visa lets one stay in Australia for 12 months. Any time spent outside Australia after the 12-month stay on your visa starts does not extend the length of the visa.

You may be able to apply for a different visa to extend your stay only if your visa is not granted a ‘no further stay’ condition. You will be advised of this in your visa grant letter. Holders of visas without this condition can apply for a limited number of other visas while in Australia.

Applicants holding this visa and wanting to enter on another visa should first cancel the work and holiday visa, before applying for any other visa to avoid accidentally use of Work and holiday visa.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

The following are the benefits of this visa:

Stay in Australia for up to 12 months (this cannot be extended or deferred)

Work in Australia for up to six months with each employer

Study for up to four months

Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid

Australia has a compulsory superannuation scheme. You are entitled to access your retirement savings (superannuation) when you leave Australia

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HOW TO FIX MISTAKES ON YOUR EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE

HOW TO FIX MISTAKES ON YOUR EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE

HOW TO FIX MISTAKES ON YOUR EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE

HOW TO FIX MISTAKES ON YOUR EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE

If you’ve ever considered immigrating to Canada, you’re probably familiar with the term Express Entry. But what exactly is Express Entry? In short, it’s a system for organizing the intake and processing of some economic immigration applications. Immigrating through Express Entry could easily be one of the most important decisions of your life. But what happens if you make a mistake on your Express Entry profile? Is all hope lost? Of course not!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT EXPRESS ENTRY

Express Entry is an online system designed to help find the best skilled workers for Canadian immigration. Express Entry manages three separate national immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All of the Express Entry programs target skilled workers who will be able to make lasting contributions to Canada’s labour force. Express Entry uses a two-step system to manage the intake of immigrants:

The Profile: Interested candidates create an Express Entry profile to show off their skills and experience. If they meet the eligibility requirements, they will be accepted into the Express Entry pool of candidates.

The Application: The most competitive profiles from the Express Entry pool will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to put your best foot forward throughout the process. This means that your Express Entry profile should be an impressive and accurate reflection of yourself. But you’re human, and like anyone else, you make mistakes. Here are some important points to know about fixing mistakes on your Express Entry profile!

WHEN CAN I MAKE CHANGES?

Good news, if you’ve submitted your Express Entry profile and you have not yet received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, then you’re in the clear to make changes! You can fix mistakes or even add new documents (for example, if you retake your IELTS exam and get a better score). But there are specific steps to follow. Here they are:

Visit your Express Entry account welcome page. Next select the option that says, “What would you like to do today?”

Next, head to the section that says, “View my submitted applications or profiles” and click on the button that reads “Check status and messages.”

Near the bottom of the “Application/profile details” screen, you’ll see a button that says, “View submitted application.”

Almost there, on the “Express Entry profile” page, hit the button that says, “Update form.” Make sure you select the appropriate section for modification.

Make all the necessary changes (hopefully not too many), scroll to the bottom of the pages, then click “Save and exit.”

All finished with your profile update? Look for the button that reads “Continue” near the bottom of the page. You’re now free to submit the newly modified version of your Express Entry profile. Pretty painless, right?

Quick reminder: Every time you enter a form and click on “Save and exit,” you’ll also notice a “Revert changes” button. It will be there even if no changes were made. Don’t panic. If you haven’t made any changes, hit the “Revert changes” button to make sure that the electronic system knows no changes were made.

Please note that if you make changes that affect your eligibility or your CRS score, the Express Entry system will update your profile to reflect these changes within 24 hours.

WHEN CAN’T I MAKE CHANGES

Now for the bad news—there are a few situations in which you cannot make changes to your profile.

YOUR PROFILE IS INELIGIBLE

If your profile doesn’t meet the criteria for one of the Express Entry programs, it will be refused and you cannot update it. How do you know if you’ve been found ineligible? That’s easy. If you log onto your Express Entry profile and you only have the option to “View profile,” it means your profile has been reviewed and refused. The system will state that your profile was ineligible.

But don’t give up yet. You still have one option. You won’t be able to update your profile, but you can still submit a new profile. However, if you were considered not eligible based on your qualifications, you should probably wait until you’ve increased your eligibility before submitting another application. On your second application, be certain to enter and review all of the necessary information carefully to avoid any mistakes.

YOUR PROFILE HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION TO APPLY (ITA)

If your Express Entry profile receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence then all the information entered into the profile becomes locked in place. While you can technically amend the information when preparing your final application, you should try to avoid this. If you make any changes to your application which make you ineligible, your application will be refused. As well, the immigration officer handling your file reserves the right to request more information about any discrepancies between the original profile and the final application.

A note on misrepresentation: Lying or providing false information on an immigration application is a serious offense. If a person is caught doing this they may be charged with misrepresentation, resulting in a 5 year ban from submitting any applications for Canadian immigration.

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