British Columbia Launches Immigration Tech Pilot

BC Launches Immigration Tech Pilot

British Columbia Launches Immigration Tech Pilot

British Columbia Launches Immigration Tech Pilot

With demand for talent outpacing supply, the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is looking to attract more workers and graduates in the technology sector to the province.

The new Tech Pilot is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through this pilot, eligible candidates with a job offer in one of 32 eligible occupations may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination, which may then be used to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The BC PNP will issue invitations on a weekly basis to qualified registrants in the BC PNP registration system, while also continuing to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives. Candidates invited under the Tech Pilot will benefit from expedited processing under the BC PNP.

Applicants require a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its registration System, depending on their job, work experience, and level of education.

Once a candidate has determined his or her category, he or she may register online for free and receive a registration score. Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply. From this point, invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.

BC has stated that it will process tech applications on a priority basis. If approved, the applicant receives a nomination that he or she can use to apply for permanent residence.

Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter that allows them to obtain or renew their current work permit allowing them to work throughout the process.

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot

Occupation NOC
Purchasing managers 0113
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations 1123
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 6221
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Job Match Service Comes into Effect for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

Job Match Service Comes into Effect for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

Job Match Service Comes into Effect for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

Job Match Service Comes into Effect for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

A new rating system matching open job positions with job seekers has come into effect. As of August 28, employers hiring under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) must use the new system and invite potential hires who meet a certain threshold of compatibility with the job posting to apply for the position advertised.

The government of Canada calls this feature ‘Job Match’, and employers will easily be able to access the service through their personal dashboard in the Canada Job Bank.

The introduction of Job Match effects both high-wage and low-wage Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications. Employers hiring through the TFWP must first obtain a positive LMIA before a foreign worker may be hired. The issuance of a LMIA serves as proof that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident was ready, willing, and able to perform the job.

Not all foreign workers require a LMIA, as not all hiring of foreign workers is conducted through the TFWP. LMIA-exempt hiring situations are managed under the International Mobility Program (IMP), a broad category that includes initiatives such as the Intra-Company transfer program, the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, and recruitment through NAFTA, among others.

LMIA advertising requirements

Unless there is a way for an employer to hire a foreign worker under the IMP, and unless otherwise exempt from advertising in the preliminary process of obtaining a LMIA — as some hiring situations allow — employers are required to adhere to certain advertising requirements before applying for a LMIA.

As of August 28, employers, irrespective of province or territory, are required to advertise on Job Bank and conduct at least two additional methods of recruitment that are consistent with the occupation. Employers from a province or territory with a provincial or territorial job board must use Job Bank, but may also use the provincial or territorial job board as one of the additional recruitment methods.

High-wage and low-wage positions

The LMIA process is different depending on whether the position is classified as “high-wage” or “low-wage”. Jobs in which the employee is to be paid less than the provincial/territorial median wage for the occupation are considered low-wage, while those to be paid at or above the median are considered high-wage.

Employers hiring in a high-wage scenario will be required to invite all job seekers matched within the first 30 days of the job advertisement on Job Bank to apply for the position if they are rated four stars or more.

Employers hiring in a low-wage scenario will be required to invite all job seekers matched within the first 30 days of the job advertisement on Job Bank to apply for the position if they are rated two stars or more.

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Saskatchewan Increases Intake for Popular Immigration Sub-Categories

Saskatchewan Increases Intake for Popular Immigration Sub-Categories

Saskatchewan Increases Intake for Popular Immigration Sub-Categories

Saskatchewan Increases Intake for Popular Immigration Sub-Categories

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has increased the annual application intake thresholds for two popular immigration sub-categories of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with more applications likely to be accepted before the end of 2017.

Increased allocations have been assigned to the SINP International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category and the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

Since first being launched in 2015, both of these SINP sub-categories have proved popular among a diverse range of applicants. Neither sub-category requires applicants to have a job offer from a Canadian employer, and successful applicants receive a provincial nomination, which may be used to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence. The spouse/common-law partner of the applicant, as well as dependent children, may also be included on the application.

Applicants under either sub-category must have work experience in an occupation that is in demand by the province of Saskatchewan and score at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP assessment grid.

The Occupations In-Demand sub-category category results in successful applicants obtaining a nomination certificate, which can then be used to then apply for Canadian permanent residence outside the federal Express Entry immigration system. This stream may be attractive to individuals who have not entered the Express Entry pool, as it has a lower minimum language requirement (Canadian Language Benchmark level 4) than any program managed under the Express Entry system.

The Express Entry sub-category requires candidates to have an existing Express Entry profile. Successful applicants obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, placing them at the head of the line for selection in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool. After being selected, candidates can apply for permanent residence through Express Entry, with IRCC processing most applications within six months.

Quotas

Each of these sub-categories has opened multiple times in 2017, often reaching their intake within days. The most recent application intake period for the Occupations In-Demand sub-category occurred in August 2017, when it opened for 1,200 applications and filled within a day. The Express Entry sub-category most recently opened in July to 600 applicants, filling within four days.

August 22 announcement

The government of Saskatchewan announced online on August 22 that the maximum number of applications that may be accepted under these SINP International Skilled Worker sub-categories would increase, pointing to potential future intake periods for these sub-categories, both of which operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

The addition of 900 additional applications under the Express Entry sub-category represents an increase of 53 percent from the previously stated maximum number of applications.

“Based on previous intake periods, potential applicants to the Express Entry sub-category may only be able to successfully submit an application and obtain a provincial nomination if they prepare in advance. The SINP does not give advance warning as to exactly when an intake period may take place, meaning that individuals who prepare in advance are better positioned to submit an application when the sub-category suddenly reopens for new applications. The range of documentation required from applicants by the SINP is more extensive than the documentation required to create an Express Entry profile,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“Similarly, potential applicants to the Occupations In-Demand sub-category are more likely to be successful if they are prepared to submit an application as quickly as possible upon the sub-category reopening, as intake periods for this sub-category have also typically been short.”

Occupations list

Near the end of July, the occupations list for both sub-categories was expanded to include 42 occupations, around half of which require applicants to have obtained professional licensure from a designated organization before the SINP may process the application.

A slight change to the list was made soon after, with one occupation removed and another added. It cannot be predicted with certainty whether the government of Saskatchewan will make additional changes, or if these sub-categories will reopen with the current eligibility criteria.

No licensure required

NOC     OCCUPATION

0124    Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers

0423    Managers in social, community and correctional services

1112    Financial and investment analysts

1122    Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting

1123    Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations

2211    Chemical technologists and technicians

2212    Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

2121    Biologists and related scientists

2123    Agricultural representatives, consultants, and specialists

2225    Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

2231    Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2241    Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2242    Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2243    Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2253    Drafting technologists and technicians

0811    Managers in natural resources production and fishing

0821    Managers in agriculture

0911    Manufacturing managers

0912    Utility managers

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