Saskatchewan issued new invitations to Express Entry

Saskatchewan issued new invitations to Express Entry
Saskatchewan issued new invitations to Express Entry

Saskatchewan issues new invitations to Express Entry, Occupation In-Demand candidates

Saskatchewan has now issued 4,080 invitations through its new Expression of Interest system since July

Saskatchewan has issued 743 new invitations to candidates in its Occupation In-Demand and Express Entry immigration sub-categories in draws held December 6. 

The bulk of these invitations — 532 — went to candidates in Occupation In-Demand candidates.

The remaining 211 invitations went to candidates in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Express Entry sub-category, which is linked to the federal Express Entry system and allows Saskatchewan to nominate eligible candidates for permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score, which effectively assures an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for permanent residence.

Like federal Express Entry system, Saskatchewan uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to select candidates through these sub-categories.

Under this system, interested candidates create a profile that includes information on their education, work experience, proficiency in English or French and other factors.

Profiles are then given a score based on the information provided and those with 60 points or more are entered into the pool of eligible candidates for either the Express Entry or OccupationIn-Demand sub-category.

Candidates are ranked in the pool of eligible candidates based on their score and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued invitations through regular draws.

The minimum score for both sub-categories was 61.

The December 6 invitation rounds were the sixth for both sub-categories since Saskatchewan adopted its EOI system in July. A total of 4,080 invitations have been issued since then, with 1,763 going to Express Entry candidates and 2,317 issued to OccupationIn-Demand candidates.

In order to be eligible for the Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category, Express Entry candidates must have work experience in a high-skilled occupation found on the province’s In-DemandOccupations List, among other criteria.

A job offer from a Saskatchewan employer is not required.

This also applies to the Occupation In-Demand sub-category, which does not require an Express Entry profile in order to be eligible.

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New Visa for Parents of Australia Migrants to Arrive in 2019

New Visa for Parents of Australia Migrants to Arrive in 2019
New Visa for Parents of Australia Migrants to Arrive in 2019

The federal government has announced that it will officially open applications for the long-awaited temporary sponsored visa for the parents of migrants by early next year.

Last month, the Australian Senate successfully passed the Migration Amendments (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 almost two years after the changes were initially announced, which will allow the rollout of the new visa to go ahead.

When the visa was first announced, the government stated that applicants would be able to apply for a three-year visa for a fee of $5,000, or a five-year visa for $10,000, with the option of a single renewal for another five years at the same cost.

The Minister for Immigration, David Coleman, blamed the long delay on the actions of the Labor party, accusing them of delaying the visa by opposing the government’s amendments to the legislation after they initially supported it.

“This new visa will help families reunite and spend time together,” Coleman said.

“It will provide a new pathway for parents and grandparents to visit their families in Australia, which will deliver great social benefits to the Australian community.”

“It is astounding that the Labor Party voted against this important legislation. Bill Shorten needs to explainto communities why he instructed his Senators to stand in the way of thisreform.”

However, the Labor party has denied these claims, arguing that it opposed the amendments to the legislation due to the increased debt recovery powers it would grant the government. According to the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann, the Coalition government should deliver the visa that it promised during the 2016 election, not a“revised version”.

“Conditions like this would force families to choose which parents or in-laws they reunite with. Labor had previously written to the new Immigration Minister David Coleman expressing these concerns and their impacts,” Neumann said.

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Ontario is looking more skilled Immigrants in 2019

Ontario among Canadian provinces vying for additional skilled immigrants in 2019

Immigration to Canada is on the rise, despite Quebec’s move this week to cut back

Immigration to Canada remains on the rise at both the provincial and federal level, despite a move this week by the province of Quebec to reduce the number of newcomers it will welcome next year.

Nationally, the Government of Canada has a target of 330,800 new admissions to Canada for 2019, which is an increase of nearly 7 percent over 2018’s target of 310,000.

Under the federal said earlier immigration levels plan unveiled at the end of October, Canada’s target for total admissions to the country through it’s various economic, family and refugee programs will increase by more than 13 percent between 2018 and2021 — from 310,000 to 350,000.

Quebec says its move to cap immigration at 40,000 new admissions in 2019 — a reduction of around 10,000 over this year — is meant to ensure that immigrants who are admitted are successfully integrated into the majority French-speaking province and put down roots there.

Quebec’s decision to reduce immigration, however, runs counter to the trend in most other provinces.

Ontario seeks additional PNP allocation

Immigration is now the main driver of population and labour force growth in Canada, and many Canadian provinces are actively working to channel more immigrants their way to address a growing need for workers.

Take Ontario, for example.

Canada’s most populous province isvying for an increase in the number of immigrants that it will be allowed to nominate for permanent residence next year through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which enables participating provinces and territories to select immigrants who are a match for local labour market needs.

Ontario has confirmed that it is hoping to increase its 2019 nomination allocation to 7,600, which would represent an increase of 1,000 nominations over its 2018 allocation of 6,600and a 26.7 percent increase over its original 2017 allocation of 6,000nominations.

“Demand for the [Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program] is strong, and the province continues to engage with the federal government on increasing the province’s annual allocation,” said SarahLetersky, Director of Communications for Ontario’s Ministry of EconomicDevelopment, Job Creation and Trade.

Admissions through Canada’s PNPreached a record 49,724 in 2017 and its target for 2018 is set at 55,000. The PNP target is projected to rise again in 2019, to 61,000.

Ontario should know its nomination allocation for 2019 by the end of this month or in early January.

Newfoundland, Manitoba also immigration’s benefits

Other examples of provinces were immigration is reported to be on the rise are Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba.

In October, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador said applications to the province from prospective immigrants were up by 25 percent this year over the first 10 months of 2017.

The government attributed this increase to the province’s five-year immigration action plan, which aims to increase the number of newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador to 1,700 per year by 2022.

The Government of Manitoba, meanwhile, recently credited the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for the province’s impressive population growth, which it reports was the fastest among Canadian provinces in the last three years and set a record in 2016.

“Most of this growth is due to a concerted effort by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to use immigration to recruit for labour market and entrepreneurial needs,” the government said in a recent report.

The MPNP has welcomed 130,000 newcomers to Manitoba since its creation in 1998 and an estimated 13,000 immigrants are projected to arrive in the province next year.

“The evidence is mounting that if we don’t grow this country through immigration… it’s going to hit us hard economically,” Manitoba’s minister in charge of immigration, Ben Rempel, said earlier this year.

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