New Record Low Express Entry Minimum CRS Requirement 431

New Record Low Express Entry Minimum CRS Requirement 431

New Record Low Express Entry Minimum CRS Requirement 431

New Record Low Express Entry Minimum CRS Requirement 431

For the fourth time this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a new record low point requirement for Express Entry3 candidates to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. In the latest draw, which took place on April 5, candidates with 431 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points received an ITA.

A total of 3,753 candidates received an ITA in this latest round of invitations.

The previous record low had been set in the March 1 draw, when candidates with 434 or more CRS points were invited. In the interim period since then, another draw took place with a CRS cut-off of 441 points, and IRCC then announced that it would implement some changes to the CRS as of this coming June.

The latest decrease in the CRS requirement means that a wider range of candidates may submit an application. Accompanying family members may also be included on the application. While a decrease of just a few points may seem marginal, it means that an even greater range of candidates are in position to submit an application.

Take the following hypothetical scenarios as cases in point.

Abdul is 30 years old, has a Bachelor’s degree, and has never been to Canada. He has three years of work experience as a Computer Programmer. Abdul’s English proficiency is good, and he has scored an 8 in every section of his IELTS test (reading, speaking, writing and listening). His CRS score of 433 was sufficient to get him an ITA at the April 5 draw.

Rupa is 29, has a Bachelor’s degree, and has been working as an architect for three years. She is married to Dave, who is 27. He has one year of work experience, and also has a Bachelor’s degree. Both Rupa and Dave have an initial advanced proficiency in English and have only been to Canada to visit briefly. Rupa’s CRS score, as the principal applicant, would be 431.

Albert is 36 years old and is working in Canada. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Ontario and has been working for two years in finance, in Canada on a post-graduate work permit. Prior to coming to Canada as a student, he obtained three years of experience as a retail manager abroad. Albert has demonstrated an adequate intermediate proficiency in English, and his credentials allow him to be awarded a CRS score of 431.

Jay is 38 and has a Master’s degree. He has been working for six years as a management consultant. Jay has advanced English language proficiency and has never been to Canada. His CRS score would be 432.

New Record Low Express Entry Minimum CRS Requirement 431

New Record Low Express Entry4 Minimum CRS Requirement 431

Continuing the positive trend

The April 5 draw is the first draw of the second quarter of 2017. It follows a remarkable first quarter, during which the number of ITAs issued increased dramatically over any other period in the history of Express Entry5, which was first launched in January, 2015.

Earlier this week, Attorney David Cohen was quoted as saying that “if draw sizes remain relatively large . . . we may see lower CRS thresholds deeper into 2017.”

Following the April 5 draw, Attorney Cohen added that “it is clear that large draw sizes and decreasing CRS cut-off thresholds are linked. We can look forward to more invitations being issued through the second quarter of this year and beyond.”

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Hong Kong is renowned for its restoration and recognition as the most successful society on earth. The liberty the country offers to people within and out inevitably wins in hosting people from all walks of life to flock in. Hong Kong surely displays great love for the motherland and takes it as their utmost honor to maintain long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has a monsoon-influenced subtropical climate. It is mild for more than half the year. There are mild, relatively dry winters, and hot, humid, and wet summers. The best time to Visit Hong Kong is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant. Hong Kong comprises of the Kowloon peninsula and 263 islands. Rest is assured as Hong Kong opens their gates and people open their hearts to witness and embrace the country where dreams come true.

Imperative Aspects about Hong Kong Visa

Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may Visit Hong Kong without a visa, and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. The US, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand don’t require a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays of 90 days, 180 days for UK nationals.

Nationals of Albania, Armenia, Cambodia, etc. require a visa to enter Hong Kong. All visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month to six months depending on nationality after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An application for a visa to enter the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport) for a visit or transit may be favorably considered.
  • The applicant’s bona fides are not in doubt.
  • The applicant has adequate funds to cover the duration of his/her stay without working.
  • The applicant holds an onward ticket to the place of his/her destination unless the destination is the Mainland of China or Macao.
  • If you want to travel from Hong Kong to China mainland, you may need to apply for a China visa.


  • Travelers can apply for a Hong Kong Visa from the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. As an alternative, you may also submit your visa application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor.
  • To shorten the processing time, application forms and supporting documents can be sent by fax in the first instance. However, the original copy of the duly completed application form and the photographs required should be sent immediately to the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport) Hong Kong Immigration Department by air mail.
  • A visa/entry permit will be issued only on receipt of an original, properly completed Hong Kong Visa Application form.

Restrictions & New Policy

Indian tourists have to register online in advance and complete all pre-arrival formalities before their visit. Any Indian national who holds a passport with minimum validity of six months can pre-register online.

With free visa on arrival facility, Hong Kong had been a popular tourist destination for Indians, now being altered.

Processing Time & Purpose

It normally takes four weeks to process a visa application upon receipt of all required documents. The type of visa you need for entering HK23 depends on the purpose of your stay. While tourist and student visas for HK24 are fairly easy to obtain, work visas are not. To apply for a visa, the passport must be valid for six months or more from the date of intended entry.

Language in Hong Kong

English and Chinese are HK26’s two official languages.

Translation Services

Major hotels have employees with knowledge of other languages, such as French, German, Japanese and Mandarin. Translation services in many languages are also available for major hotels, business centers, market places and institutions as well.

Hong Kong Society & Culture

  • The Concept of Face is key
  • Meeting and Greeting
  • Gift Giving Etiquette
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Business Card Etiquette

Having emphasized about key aspects, and not mentioning about the food revolution in HK28 would be incomplete. Having trod one’s foot in HK29 would enable people to gorge a well-blended style of sweet and sour dishes. More often than not, the people here emphasize the importance of family values. It is customary for families, whether large or small, to live together under the same roofs to maintain close-knit ties. If this kind of learning is found in their values certainly is also found in deed and word aspiring the invitation of welcoming immigrants from various parts of this world to make Hon Kong their second home.

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Do Get To Know What New Zealand Offers For Immigrant Workers

Do Get To Know What New Zealand Offers For Immigrant Workers

Do Get To Know What New Zealand Offers For Immigrant Workers

Do Get To Know What New Zealand Offers For Immigrant Workers

It is suggested that people wanting to work or Settle in New Zealand should do a bit of research which would involve checking out companies where with their profiles they could land up jobs; they could identify top job sites of New Zealand or touch base with some of their friends or relatives living there. If you do not know anyone, you could try making friends on LinkedIn. Since it is viewed as a professional site, people answering questions or posting them are taken seriously by both the parties involved. You could directly contact them after you perceive them viewing you as reliable persons.

Youngsters who are 18-30 or 18-35 for a few selected countries can apply for Working Holiday Visas, allowing them to travel and also work in the Oceania country for up to a year or (23 months in the case of nationals of the UK). You need to satisfy the visa requirements criteria and should have booked a return ticket or have adequate money to pay for the same. Holders of these visas must be intending Visit New Zealand mainly on a holiday and work should be a secondary objective.

New Zealand has been praised by many as one the most scenic countries in the world. For a small island nation, it has amazing diversity.  You can find hot springs, geysers, beaches with white sand and black sand, glaciers, mountains, rain forests, glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, plains, etc.

Its temperature is a big plus as it is temperate throughout New Zealand.  Neither freezing cold nor searing hot, has the sunshine outweighed the rains it gets. Although winters are warm in North Island, the South Island receives snowfall. One of the biggest advantages of Migrating to New Zealand is its peaceful nature.  With a fourth rank on the Global Peace Index, the crime rate is negligible compared to a country like India.

It is said that New Zealand’s work-life balance tilts in favor of life. Stress is said to be virtually non-existent.

Being a country with a population of estimated 4.7 million for 2017, it is one of the least crowded yet developed nations. Apartments are said to be few and far between in this country where most accommodate themselves on single-storied houses with large gardens. Despite being a small nation, it too is a country of immigrants like the US, Canada, Australia, making it a multicultural country where there is a lot intermingling of communities. So, people do not feel estranged here. Finally, New Zealand has an equitable society which does not distinguish people on the basis of class and their dress sense.

Validity of a New Zealand Work Visa is a minimum of three months to a maximum of four years. To be eligible for it, one has to be nominated to be employed in an permitted occupation belonging to the SOL  (Skilled Occupation Lists); satisfy the skill requirements for it; be able to speak business English; must be nominated by an accredited business and satisfy registration and licensing requirements.

In addition, this visa is not subject any age limit; proof of skill sets, qualifications and pertinent work experience, have gone through a latest health exam; score at least a minimum of five in English test of IELTS in all modules; and show proof that you are covered for adequate health insurance for entire period of your stay in New Zealand.

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Diverse benefits of choosing Australia as your immigration destination

Diverse benefits of choosing Australia as your immigration destination

Diverse benefits of choosing Australia as your immigration destination

Diverse benefits of choosing Australia as your immigration destination

Australia is emerging as the preferred destination for overseas immigrants all over the world. A fast growing economy in the world, Australia’s ranking of 12th place is set to improve further owing to the issues that are affecting the US and the UK. Both these nations are creating an unfavorable ambiance for immigrants which are going to affect the percentage of immigrants immigration to these two nations.

This was an unpredictable scenario for both these two nations, especially the US which is a nation that has developed tremendously owing to the contribution of the immigrants that have arrived at it.

Similar to the US, Australia is also an economy that has witnessed huge growth owing to the inflow of immigrants. In fact, the Land of Kangaroos was also one among the select countries that were unaffected by the recession, an admirable achievement for a nation in the world.

Australia could achieve this as its government was permitted to continue with its spending that was possible due to less debt, its proximity to China that was also unaffected by the recession, and the booming mining industry abundant in Australia, quotes Abilogic.

The chief source for revenue earnings for Australia is from exports related to the mining sector, banking, manufacturing, and telecommunications. The lower levels of poverty in Australia ensure that it is ranked as the second nation in the world with highest median wealth, behind of only Switzerland.

The low density of population in Australia which is, in fact, one of the lowest in the world for any nation, owing to its size, ensures that it will not adopt policies hostile to the immigrants such as the UK and the US.

The thriving economy and job availability for skilled overseas workers all over the world are the chief factors that attract migrants to Australia. It also has a scarcity of skills in diverse sectors and thus Australia will continue to welcome immigration workers to keep up its economic growth.

The world-class educational institutions, low crime rates, excellent infrastructure, and great quality of life makes Australia one of the most habitable places in the world.

If all these reasons are not sufficient for you to choose Australia as your destination for overseas careers, there are more concrete reasons to decide so.

One of the largest salaries in the world is offered by Australia. As a matter of fact, some industries offer more salaries even that of the UK and the US.

The rate of unemployment is too low in Australia. It has thus attractive job offers in diverse sectors such as retail, hospitality, manufacturing, service, marketing are a few of them.

It is widely accepted all over the world that having a considerable work experience in Australia adds more value to an individual’s resume. In fact, several developing nations in the world envy and appreciate the professional work culture of Australia.

The top global cities of Australia renowned as the big five – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide offer attractive salaries, appealing jobs, high-quality lifestyle and the enviable multi-ethnic cultures.

The Economist Group’s Economist Intelligence unit that publishes the world-renowned magazine The Economist affirms the enviable position of Australian cities in the world. In its study, the city of Melbourne was ranked as the top most habitable city in the world for the record sixth consecutive year in 2016. The parameters for the ranking were education, sport, healthcare, tourism, entertainment, research, and development.

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Programmers no longer eligible for H1-B Visas in US

Programmers no longer eligible for H1-B visas in US

Programmers no longer eligible for H1-B Visas in US

Programmers no longer eligible for H1-B Visas in US

The ruling reverses old guidelines set by the US, and will have far reaching implications for thousands of Indian techies. The US has ruled that being a simple computer programmer would no longer qualify as a specialist profession, which is a must for the issue of a H1-B Visas, in a move that could have far reaching implications for thousands of Indians applying for such a visa.

The ruling reverses the US’ more than decades and a half old guidelines, that were issued in the context of addressing the new millennium needs.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has ruled that an entry level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in a “specialty occupation”.

The clarification on what constitutes a “specialty occupation” superseding and rescinding its previous guidelines of December 22, 2000 was issued by the USCIS through a new policy memorandum on March 31.

The move could have far reaching implications on thousands of Indians applying for H-1B work visas for the next fiscal beginning October 1, 2017, the process for which started yesterday.

Issued just one business day before the USCIS started accepting H1-B visa petitions, the policy memorandum titled ‘Rescission of the December 22, 2000 Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions,’ has sent shocked waves across the companies and immigration attorneys, as their application was based on the 2000 guidelines on what constitutes a specialty occupation.

“The fact that a person may be employed as a computer programmer and may use information technology skills and knowledge to help an enterprise achieve its goals in the course of his or her job is not sufficient to establish the position as a specialty occupation,” the USCIS Policy Memorandum ruled.

“Thus, a petitioner may not rely solely on the (current version of the) Handbook (that describes specialty occupation) to meet its burden when seeking to sponsor a beneficiary for a computer programmer position.

Instead, a petitioner must provide other evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a specialty occupation,” the memorandum said.

According to the USCIS, the December 22, 2000 memorandum entitled ‘Guidance memo on H-1B computer related positions’ is not an accurate articulation of current agency policy.

“USCIS is rescinding it to prevent inconsistencies in H-1B and H-1B1 adjudications between the three service centers that currently adjudicate H-1B petitions,” it said.

The USCIS argued that the 2000 memorandum was based on 1998-1999 and 2000-01 editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is now obsolete.

The 2000 memorandum, it said, did not accurately portray essential information from the Handbook that recognised that some computer programmers qualify for these jobs with only “2-year degrees.”

While the memorandum did mention beneficiaries with “2-year” degrees, it incorrectly described them as “strictly involving the entering or review of code for an employer whose business is not computer related.”

The Handbook did not support such a statement, it said. As such, “it is improper to conclude based on this information that the USCIS would “generally consider the position of programmer to qualify as a specialty occupation,” the memorandum told USCIS personnel involved in adjudication of H-1B applications and petitions.

The Bureau of Labour Statistics in its Occupational Outlook Handbook identifies 10 different kinds of computer and information technology (IT) occupation.

Topping the list is computer and information research scientists with a doctoral or professional degree, who normally invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology.

They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows American firms to employ foreign workers in occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.

In 2015 their median salary was USD 110,000. It is followed by Computer network architects (whose median salary in 2015 was USD 100,000), Computer programmer (USD 79,530), Computer support specialist (USD 51,000).

The median salary for Computer systems analysts was USD 85,500 followed by Database Administrators (USD 81,000), Information Security Analysts (USD 90,000), network and computer systems administrators (USD 77,000), Software developers (USD 100,000) and web developers (USD 65,000).

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