IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program

IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program completed in 2018

IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program completed in 2018

IRCC pledges to have most PR applications from Live-in Caregiver Program completed in 2018

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will have the backlog of permanent residence applications through the old Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) largely cleared by the end of 2018.

In an announcement on Dec. 3, IRCC said its goal is to finalize 80 percent of applications for permanent residence submitted on or before Oct. 1, 2017, by caregivers and their family members through the LCP.

“The commitments the government has made today will mean that many Live-in Caregiver Program applicants who have faced long delays and family separation may soon reach their goal of permanent residence,” Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said in a news release. “After diligently providing care for Canadians, they may soon be in the company of their own loved ones, together in Canada.”

The program provided foreign nationals with at least two years of full-time, live-in employment as a caregiver in Canada with a direct pathway to permanent residence. The program was closed in 2014 but thousands of caregivers who were working in Canada were given an extended opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

As many as 6,000 more applications for permanent residence under the LCP could still be submitted, IRCC says.

In its announcement, IRCC also committed to processing 80 percent of new, complete LCP applications submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2017, within 12 months.

As of Oct. 1, 2017, IRCC said the number of caregivers and their family members waiting for their applications to be finalized had been reduced by 63 percent. This reduction was due in part to additional resources that IRCC dedicated to processing the backlog of applications.

IRCC says this push has it on track to finalize 5,000 more cases than it had originally forecast for 2017. In total, 20,000 new permanent residents will be welcomed to Canada this year in the caregiver category.

IRCC also said that developments could soon be announced regarding a proposal to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for Canadian families looking to hire a foreign worker to care for a person with high medical needs. The fee would also be eliminated for Canadian families with an income of less than $150,000, who are looking to hire a foreign worker to provide childcare.

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Latest BC draw invites 383 workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Latest BC draw invites 383 workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Latest BC draw invites 383 workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Latest BC draw invites 383 workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

The Government of British Columbia continues to invite workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs at low points thresholds in the most recent draws conducted on November 22 and November 29.

A total of 383 candidates received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Among the 383 invited are candidates invited through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. BC PNP announced that despite their commitment to weekly invitations for the 32 tech occupations as part of the tech pilot, they will not be issuing invitations for the week of December 25.

A portion of the candidates in the most recent draws were invited an Express Entry-aligned sub-category. Those candidates are now in a position to apply for and receive an ‘enhanced’ provincial nomination. A successful nomination results in applicants receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool. An invitation to apply for the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal Express Entry level.

The remaining skilled worker, graduate, and entrepreneur invitees will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside Express Entry after they receive a nomination from BC. Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada, and who meet the eligibility criteria for certain categories of the BC PNP, are required to enter into the SIRS pool.

Many of the BC PNP categories are managed under BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). For eligible candidates to apply through the SIRS, they are required to first register an account, after which they are assigned a score based on their economic and human capital credentials. Those with the highest scores are then invited to apply when the government of BC conducts one of its periodic draws. It is important to note that all BC PNP categories managed under the SIRS require candidates to have a job offer from an employer in BC.

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
November 22, 2017 (Includes tech-only draw on November 29, 2017) EEBC – Skilled Worker 73 383
EEBC – International Graduate 67
SI – Skilled Worker 73
SI – International Graduate 67
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 40
November 29, 2017 Entrepreneur Immigration 115 11

Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category is for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation. Candidates must be eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. A successful application under this category results in the candidate receiving 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and a subsequent ITA at the federal level.

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category. Interestingly, this category is open to eligible graduates who graduated from a university or college in any location in Canada; it is not restricted to graduates from BC universities and colleges. This category is also aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

This base category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation. A job offer is required.

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

This category is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs, as it allows certain non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. Candidates must work in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries, or in a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.

Entrepreneur Immigration

This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced business people who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant benefits to the provincial economy. Successful applicants will obtain a work permit and, if the business operation in British Columbia fulfills the requirements of the stream on an ongoing basis, they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the BC PNP.

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November unemployment rate lowest in nearly a decade

November unemployment rate lowest in nearly a decade: Statistics Canada

November unemployment rate lowest in nearly a decade

November unemployment rate lowest in nearly a decade

Canada’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly a decade in November, Statistics Canada’s new Labour Force Survey reports.

Canada’s unemployment rate in November was 5.9 percent. The last time it was that low was in February 2008.

The numbers show employment increased for the second month in a row in November, with the addition of 80,000 new jobs across Canada. The vast majority of those new jobs were full-time.

Looking back over the previous 12 months, Canada gained 390,000 full-time jobs, an increase of 2.1 percent.

The demographic groups that benefited most from the employment increase were men in the 25 to 54 core-aged group, youths aged 15 to 24 and women aged 55 and older.

Statistics Canada reports that Ontario has seen a downward trend in its unemployment rate since the start of 2016, with year-over-year employment gains totalling 181,000, or 2.6 per cent, all of it full-time work.

British Columbia placed second in November, gaining 18,000 jobs, most of them full-time. At 4.8 percent, B.C.’s unemployment rate was the lowest in Canada for November.

Quebec added 16,000 jobs in November, growing its employment rate for the second consecutive month. Most of those jobs were created in manufacturing and construction. The unemployment rate in Quebec for November stood at 5.4 percent, lowest recorded since January 1976.

Most job gains in wholesale, retail

Of the 80,000 jobs created in November, 39,000 were created in the wholesale and retail sector, which has seen a 3 per cent increase in employment over the previous 12 months.

Manufacturing jobs were also on the rise, with 30,000 created in November. Statistics Canada says this trend has been consistent over 2017.

The educational services sector gained 21,000 jobs in November, along with 16,000 construction jobs.

The November Labour Force Survey follows on the heels on the latest data from Canada’s 2016 census, which showed that immigrants constituted nearly 25 per cent of the Canadian workforce in 2016. Looked at regionally, the census data showed that immigrants constituted half of all workers in Toronto, Ontario — Canada’s largest city — and 43.2 per cent of workers in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2016.

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