pathway to permanent residency for investor and retirement visas

PATHWAY TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR INVESTOR & RETIREMENT VISAS

pathway to permanent residency for investor and retirement visas

pathway to permanent residency for investor and retirement visas

It was announced in the Federal budget in May this year that the Government will introduce a new pathway to permanent residency for holders of Investor Retirement (subclass 405) and Retirement (subclass 410) visas.

Commencing in the 2018/19 financial year, a portion of the planned parent permanent migration places will be set aside for retirement visa holders each year. Retirement visa holders in Australia will be eligible to apply onshore for a permanent visa through the Parent (subclass 103) or Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa streams.

The retirement visa holders will be exempted from some parent visa requirements, such as having family in Australia. Full details are not available as yet but should be prior to 1 July 2018.

It is understood that the pathway will remain open until all retirement visa holders who wish to transition to permanent residency have done so.

As a result of this new pathway, the subclass 405 visa to new applicants is now closed. The subclass 410 visa was already closed to new applicants.

This is good news for the 405 and 410 visa holders in Australia who have been looking for a mechanism to give them permanent residency for many years.

The consequence for existing parent visa applicants is that it will no doubt increase delays in the granting of their visas. Interestingly parents of children in Australia who currently satisfy the balance of family test will be placed be lower in the visa processing queue than those who may have no other family in Australia.

If you would like more information regarding the pathway to permanent residency for Investor Retirement visas (subclass 405) and Retirement visas (subclass 410), please contact our team of Global Gateways. Our team will assist you with any questions you may have and are accessible via phone, email.

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Nova Scotia Express Entry will open to new applications from November 17

Popular Nova Scotia Express Entry category will open to new applications November 17

Nova Scotia Express Entry will open to new applications from November 17

Nova Scotia Express Entry will open to new applications from November 17

Demand: Express Entry’s Category B will welcome up to 225 applications

The Atlantic Canada province of Nova Scotia will reopen one of its most popular Express Entry-linked provincial nomination categories on Saturday, November 17. Atlantic Standard Time for up to 225 applications.

This category is extremely popular with eligible candidates in the Express Entry system because of it:

Provides successful candidates with a provincial nomination and an additional 600 ranking points, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Does not require a Canadian job offer or Canadian work experience.

Has no minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score requirement.

This first-come, first-served category, known as Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream, usually reaches its intake limit quickly. When it last opened on the morning of April 28, 2018, it reached its quota and closed to new applications that afternoon.

Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration typically only gives around 24 hours notice that the stream will reopen to applications. In the case of the November 17 intake, notice was only provided on the morning of November 16.

For this reason, it is always a good idea to be prepared and has the documents that are needed to apply in hand so you can act quickly if and when Category B reopens.

Candidates must have work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s 11 opportunity occupations, among other eligibility criteria. For more details on Nova Scotia’s Opportunity Occupations and other eligibility requirements, see below or consult this dedicated page.

Nova Scotia’s 11 Opportunity Occupations are:

Occupation NOC Code Skill
Financial Auditors and Accountants 1111 A
Other financial officers 1114 A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 A
Administrative assistants 1241 B
Accounting and related clerks 1311 B
Civil Engineers 2131 A
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 3012 A
Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
College and other vocational instructors 4021 A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
Social and community service workers 4212 B

To apply under Category B, you must:

Have a profile registered in the federal Express Entry system.

Score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors.

Have at least one year of skilled work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s target occupations.

Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent.

Prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.

Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

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IRCC Canada issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates

IRCC Canada issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates

IRCC Canada issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates

IRCC Canada issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates

IRCC issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates

The new draw leaves IRCC less than 8,000 invitations away from beating 2017 Express Entry record

The Government of Canada has issued 3,900 new invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates in a draw held November 15. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this extremely rare Thursday draw was 449.

Today’s invitation round brings the number of invitations issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2018 to 78,100, which leaves IRCC less than 8,000 invitations away from breaking the Express Entry record of 86,023 total invitations set last year.

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 score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that determines their position in the Express Entry pool, and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through regular draws from the pool.

The minimum score in today’s draw — 449— was seven points higher than the previous Express Entry draw on October 29, which had a minimum score of 442.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in this latest invitation round. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 449, as well as those candidates with scores of 449 who submitted their profile before September 16, 2018 at 12:41:42 UTC, received an ITA in this invitation round.

When more time is allowed to elapse between draws, more candidates enter the Express Entry pool and that can have the effect of raising the minimum CRS score. In this case, 17 days were allowed to elapse between draws, which is three days longer than the usual two-week period.

An increasingly popular option is a nomination through an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream, which results in an additional 600 points and effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates each year for permanent residence in Canada. Each participating province and territory has at least one immigration stream that is linked to the Express Entry system.

Among others, Express Entry-aligned PNPs in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island have been extremely active in 2018. Ontario alone has three Express Entry-linked streams, which accounted for 95 percent of all nominations issued by the province in 2018.

Today’s draw continued a trend established on September 5 that has seen IRCC issue 3,900 ITAs in five of the six all-program draws held since then. These larger draws resulted in an Express Entry record 11,700 invitations in October — more than double the 5,558 that were issued in October 2017.

IRCC has a 2018 admissions target for its Federal High Skilled immigration category of 74,900 new permanent residents. This target is slated to grow to 81,400 in 2019, 85,800 in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021 under Canada’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which the government made public October 31.

The majority of candidates admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category have their applications for permanent resident status processed through the Express Entry system.

Being a Canadian permanent residence visa holder more than 150 countries offer free access to travel and tour.

For more information about the Express Entry Visa Program of Canada and Australia as well as New Zealand, you may please Contact Global Gateways. Global Gateways offer a free consultation and free assessment on your resume for the program.

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