Canada announced Immigration level targets 2018-2020

Canada announced Immigration level targets 2018-2020

Canada announced Immigration level targets 2018-2020

Canada announced Immigration level targets 2018-2020

In the words of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, 300,000 is the “new normal” for Canadian immigration. 300,000 was the overall immigration target for 2016 and 2017. Now, IRCC has announced that the 2018 target will increase to 310,000 overall new immigrants to Canada. By 2019, the target will further increase to 330,000 and by 2020 it will be 340,000. All told, that’s nearly one million newcomers entering Canada between 2018 and 2020!

2018 COMPARED TO 2017

The targets for the coming year are very similar to the ones that were set for 2017. Even more, newcomers will be arriving through federal economic streams managed by the Express Entry system. IRCC is also planning to accept more provincial nominees in 2018 than they did in 2017.

Canada also plans to welcome more newcomers through family sponsorship streams in 2018. The Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program, which was restructured in 2017 to be a lottery system, doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 in 2017. In 2018, another 21,000 parents and grandparents will be able to join their families in Canada.

Immigration Category Category 2018 Target 2017 Target
Economic   177,500 172,000
  Federal Economic, includes:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canadian Experience Class

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

75,900 73,700
  Federal Caregivers 17,000 18,000
  Federal Business 700 500
  Provincial Nominee Program 55,000 51,000
  Quebec Skilled Workers and Business 28,900 29,300
Family   87,000 84,000
  Spouses, Partners, and Children 66,000 64,000
  Parents and Grandparents 21,000 20,000
Refugees and Protected Persons   43,000 40,0000
  Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 16,000 15,000
  Resettled Refugees 27,000 25,000
  Government-Assisted Refugees 7,500 7,500
  Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,500 1,500
  Privately Sponsored 18,000 16,000
Humanitarian and Other   3,500 3,500
Total   310,000 300,000

While almost every category of immigration is expected to grow over the next three years, by far the biggest growth is planned for the Federal Economic and Provincial Nominee Program categories. Not coincidentally, these are the categories that are currently managed by the very successful Express Entry system.

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Express Entry draw sees Invitations to Apply increase and cut-off score drop

Latest Express Entry draw sees Invitations to Apply increase and cut-off score drop

Latest Express Entry draw sees Invitations to Apply increase and cut-off score drop

Latest Express Entry draw sees Invitations to Apply increase and cut-off score drop

Cut-off score of 442 continues record low start to 2018

The Government of Canada has invited 3,000 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 442 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that took place February 7.

The total of 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) represents an increase of 250 over each the previous six draws, all of which issued 2,750 ITAs.

The cut-off score of 442 represents a reduction of two points from the previous draw on January 24 and continues the record low start to 2018 in terms of cut-off CRS scores.

So far, all three draws in 2018 have had minimum CRS scores well below those of the first draws from 2017, a year which later saw a number of record-low CRS scores established. The lowest score reached in 2017 was 413 on May 31, 2017.

As with the six previous draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employed a tie-break rule. In this case, the time and date of the tie-break was May 29, 2017, at 07:01:15 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.

Express Entry PNPs

Provincial Nomination Programs, or PNPs, linked to the Express Entry system have also had an active couple of weeks since the January 24 draw. In that time, Express Entry-aligned PNP streams in the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick have opened and Manitoba also held a draw for Express Entry candidates.

On January 26, Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 380 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores ranging from 433 to 444.

This was followed by news on January 30 that New Brunswick’s Express Entry Labour Market Stream had opened to Expressions of Interest and a January 31 draw in Manitoba that issued 148 Letters of Advice to Apply for provincial nomination through its Express Entry Pathway.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, leaving them well-positioned for an ITA.

In order to illustrate an example of the Express Entry candidate who would have received an ITA in today’s draw, here’s a fictional example:

Dalia and Abe are married and 29 years old and 34 years old, respectively. They each have a bachelor’s degree, have advanced English language skills and have been working as software engineers for more than three years. They have never worked or studied in Canada and entered the Express Entry pool with Dalia as the principal applicant. Dalia’s CRS score of 443 would have been sufficient to receive an ITA in today’s draw.

“Today’s draw saw an important new development for 2018 — the number of invitations has gone up and the cut-off CRS score has gone down,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell, Cohen. “Increasing the number of candidates drawn can have the effect of reducing the CRS cut-off scores. It will be interesting to see the size and the cut-off scores of the draws to come.”

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BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM – BC – PNP

BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

The British Columbia Entrepreneur is for all ambitious businessmen!

OVERVIEW

The British Columbia Provisional Nominee Program (BCPNP) offer entrepreneurs option to set up business in British Columbia which is arguably one of the most dynamic and attractive places to do business in Canada.

British Columbia has a large pool of highly skilled and qualified people to meet the labor market needs

British Columbia combines a business-friendly environment with an outstanding quality of life

This program leads to permanent residency in British Columbia

PROGRAM DETAILS

Critical Documents:

Bank Documents/Work Experience/Education & other personal documents

Applicant must demonstrate a personal investment of at least CAD: 200,000 in the proposed business with net asset of at least CAD: 600,000.

Should have experience as a Sr. Manager or a Business owner.

Online registration CAD: 300 non-refundable (4 weeks)

The applicant should present a business proposal that will result in “significant economic benefits” to British Columbia.

Applicant need to enter selection pool and final registration score will be ranked along with other registrants (within 6 Months)

Net worth Assessment (Supplier (CA)recognized by BC PNP) within 4Months (assessment fee between CAD$ 3,000 to CAD$ 5,000)

Applicant need to pay fee of CAD$ 3,500 including spouse and children upon letter of confirmation from BC PNP (Process time 4 months)

Attend interview in person at the BC PNP Vancouver within a year from the letter of confirmation (as applicable)

BC PNP will issue letter of confirmation which grants a 2-year work visa to the entrepreneur to implement proposed business in BC (within 18-20 months) and get his business registered in BC PNP, to obtain permanent residence (PR)

PROGRAM POINTS

TOTAL POINTS AVAILABLE – 200

 Individuals may be eligible for this category if they meet all of the following requirements:

The applicant has business experience as a senior manager or business owner.

The applicant can present a viable business proposal that will result in “significant economic benefits” to British Columbia.

Hold at least one-third ownership of the proposed business in BC;

Sign a Performance Agreement with the provincial government;

Create a minimum of three full-time jobs, to be held by Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Be actively involved in daily management and direction of the proposed business. Investment requirements: In order to register, the candidate must demonstrate that he or she will make an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD in the proposed business.

If the candidate is proposing a Key Staff Member and wishes for that person to also work for the business in B.C, he or she must demonstrate that he or she will make an eligible personal investment of $400,000 CAD.

ELIGIBILITY

Point based Migration – Max Scoring point is 200 based on different characters such as

Work Experience – 20

Ownership – 04

Net worth – 12

Total Personal Investment – 20

Jobs – 20

Regional District – 12

Adaptability – 32

Business Concept (BC PNP will decide) – 80

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