Express Entry draw issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian PR

Express Entry draw issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian PR

Express Entry draw issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian PR

New Express Entry draw has Canada on track to breaking 2017 invitation record

Minimum score drops 4 points in November 28 draw

A new Express Entry draw held November 28 has now pushed Canada ahead of the number of invitations issued at this same point in 2017 — a year that set the current Express Entry invitation record of 86,023.

Yesterday’s draw issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian PR (ITAs), bringing the 2018 year-to-date total to 82,000. The minimum CRS score was 445, a decrease of four points over the previous Express Entry draw on November 15, which had a CRS minimum of 449.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now only 4,024 ITAs away from breaking last year’s record total with another month to go in 2018.

On average, IRCC holds two Express Entry invitation rounds a month, and it has issued 3,900 invitations in six of the last seven all-program draws held since September 5. If this trend continues through December, IRCC will surpass its 2017 ITA record of 86,023.

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 ITAs through regular draws from the pool.

Yesterday’s draw occurred less than two weeks after the previous draw on November 15, which likely contributed to the CRS minimum dropping by four points. When less time is allowed to elapse between draws, fewer candidates have a chance to enter the Express Entry pool and this can have the effect of lowering the minimum score.

The inverse is also true, as we saw in November 15 draw — more than two weeks elapsed, allowing more candidates to enter the Express Entry pool, and the CRS minimum rose to 449.

Express Entry candidates who are looking to improve their CRS score can potentially do so in a number of ways, including a nomination through an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream.

A provincial nomination through an Express Entry-linked stream is the most valuable factor under the CRS and results in an additional 600 CRS points, which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian PR.

The nine Canadian provinces and two territories that participate in Canada’s PNP all have at least one immigration stream that is linked to the Express Entry system.

In the past week, we have seen five PNP pathways issue invitations to Express Entry candidates, including all three of Ontario’s Express Entry – linked streams and Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category.

Under Canada’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, IRCC has a 2018 admissions target for its Federal High Skilled immigration category of 74,900 new permanent residents. The majority of candidates admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category have their applications for Canadian PR status processed through the Express Entry system.

Admission targets are set to increase each year between 2019 and 2021 for a total increase of 18.6 percent over the 2018 target.

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Ontario issues new invitations to express entry candidates – Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario issues new invitations to express entry candidates

Ontario issues new invitations to express entry candidates

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Human Capital Priorities Stream has now issued 3,719 invitations in 2018

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued 185 invitations in a draw held November 26 — the popular Express Entry-linked stream’s first invitations since August 9.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet its provincial and federal criteria and invite those selected to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which moves them to the front of the line for an Invitation To Apply for permanent residence from Canada’s federal government.

A candidate’s CRS score determines their rank in the Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates selected in the November 26 draw had CRS scores ranging from 350 to 448 and a job offer in Ontario, which is not required in order to be eligible for the Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Those selected submitted their profile in the Express Entry system between January 1, 2018, and November 22, 2018.

In an update, the OINP said this “targeted search was done to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development priorities, as well as to be more responsive to employer needs.”

In September, the OINP announced that it was replacing the requirement that Express Entry candidates have a CRS score of at least 400 in order to eligible for the Human Capital Priorities Stream. Moving forward, the OINP said the minimum score would be determined by the program’s director in accordance with the province’s needs.

The OINP relies heavily on its three Express Entry-linked streams: the Human Capital Priorities Stream alone has accounted for 3,719 invitations this year, followed by the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream at 1,519 and the Skilled Trades Stream at 1,626.

Together, these three streams also issued 95 percent of Ontario’s nomination allocation under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program for 2018.

Applications for a provincial nomination submitted in response to invitations received in today’s draw will be considered under the OINP’s 2019 nomination allocation.

The OINP has now issued targeted invitations in each of its last four draws through the Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Three of these draws have targeted Express Entry candidates with a job offer in Ontario while the fourth targeted Express Entry candidates with proficiency in French.

Two of these draws saw the minimum CRS score drop to 351, while the last two targeted job offer draws saw the minimum score drop to 350.

New invitations also issued Skilled Trades, French-Speaking Skilled Workers

Ontario also issued new invitations through its Express Entry-linked Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams.

The Skilled Trades invitation round took place on November 26 and saw a total of 181 invitations issued, while a November 22 French-Speaking Skilled Worker draw issued 43 invitations.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream has been extremely active this year, with draws taking place almost every week. This stream is for French-speaking Express Entry candidates who have strong English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario.

Candidates must be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and meet specified provincial criteria.

The Skilled Trades Stream allows the OINP to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates currently living in Ontario who have a minimum of one year full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Skilled Trades candidates must also meet the eligibility requirements for the federal Canadian Experience Class.

Other Skilled Trades criteria include a minimum proficiency in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5.

There is no minimum CRS score requirement for either the French-Speaking Skilled Worker or Skilled Trades stream

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New Entrepreneur Visa being trialled in South Australia

New Entrepreneur Visa being trialled in South Australia

New Entrepreneur Visa being trialled in South Australia

New Entrepreneur Visa being trialled in South Australia

The Australian Government is committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation and has given an undertaking to the Steven Marshall Liberal Team to pilot a new visa initiative in South Australia.

Under this initiative, new visa arrangements that allow State Governments to partner with business incubators in attracting foreign entrepreneurs to Australia will be piloted in South Australia, before a national rollout in 2019.

Under this initiative, foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan will be able to apply for a temporary visa to take forward their venture in Australia.

Applicants will not need capital backing, unlike the current Entrepreneur Visa which requires demonstrated funding of at least $200,000.

Instead, applicant’s proposals will be vetted by State or Federal Government entities, with these entities able to partner with incubators and accelerators to identify potential applicants for nomination.

Entrepreneurs who are successful in establishing their business venture in Australia will become eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The South Australian Government is working with the Department of Home Affairs on the implementation details for the visa which will be available in the 2018-19 program year.

South Australia is an ideal location for people wanting to establish a business or invest in Australia.

If you are a successful business owner or investor, you can apply for a state nominated business visa in South Australia.

Once successful in gaining state nomination, you must then apply to the Department of Home Affairs for your visa.

Nomination (previously referred to as sponsorship) from the South Australian Government is now available for the following business migration categories:

  1. Business Innovation
  2. Business Investment
  3. Significant Investor
  4. Business Talent (venture capital entrepreneur)
  5. Business Talent (significant business history)

The Department of Industry and Skills website provides all the information and resources you need to make sure South Australia is right for you, for your business skills and for your business. This is where you’ll find:

  1. Newsletters and fact sheets on industry sectors, economic indicators and government assistance for investors
  2. Licensing information
  3. The Economic Development Board
  4. Information on the Innovation & Investment Fund
  5. An events calendar
  6. Information on South Australia’s major projects
  7. A small business gateway to government information and services

For more information about these migrations, categories view the business visa options section of this website.

Doing business in South Australia

As a local market, South Australians are ‘early adopters.  We’re eager to try new products and are open to new ideas.

South Australia has an educated, skilled, multi-lingual and motivated workforce with low living costs helping to make South Australia’s management and labour costs highly competitive.

Dynamic, well-connected and personable, Adelaide is a brilliant networking city.  Our excellent living standards and lifestyle maintain proper work-play balance.

The state also enjoys industrial harmony plus excellent collaboration between industry, government and community leaders. The South Australian government is actively assisting business through a range of programs to attract skills and expertise to the state by:

  1. Investing heavily in training
  2. Providing businesses with options to fill positions through international and interstate skilled migration programs
  3. Engaging with qualified overseas students to encourage them to live and work where they’ve studied.

Factory and office rents are among the least expensive in Australia.  Industrial land is well-located and inexpensive, with superb access to road, rail, air and port facilities. Real transport advantages include the new Adelaide International Airport and new Adelaide-Darwin rail link, the nation’s logical distribution point for 85% of Australia’s population. Our telecommunications infrastructure is world class.

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