Canada commits $10 million to help newcomers find work

Canada commits $10 million to help newcomers find work

Canada commits $10 million to help newcomers find work

Canada commits $10 million to help newcomers find work and enter job market faster

Funding will develop 15 projects through Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Canada is committing up to $10 million under its Foreign Credential Recognition Program for projects designed to help internationally trained newcomers find and keep well-paying jobs.

The money will provide a maximum of $800,000 each for 15 projects designed to either provide employment supports for highly skilled newcomers or facilitate the foreign credential recognition process.

A news release issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) said the government is looking for “innovative and collaborative concepts from stakeholders that address specific barriers to the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the Canadian labour market.”

“Helping newcomers obtain assistance to have their foreign credentials recognized will allow them to join the Canadian workforce faster,” Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, said in the news release.

“Through this call for concepts, we are giving more newcomers a fair chance at success in Canada.”

ESDC said the call for concepts is open to eligible stakeholders involved in foreign credential recognition and the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the labour market, such as regulatory bodies, professional associations and unions.

Concept submissions are due by April 11, 2019.

Selected applicants will then be invited to develop and submit a full project proposal.

The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Program works with Canada’s provinces and territories and stakeholders such as non-profit organizations, regulatory bodies, post-secondary institutions and employers to fund and implement programs designed to facilitate the assessment and recognition of professional credentials acquired outside Canada so skilled immigrants can find suitable employment and get to work faster.

Top Reasons to Move to Canada

Canadian Scenery – People who live in Canada get to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth, such as Niagara Falls in Ontario; Banff National Park in Alberta; Prince Edward Island; Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains; and the Capilano River area in British Columbia.

 Canadian Cuisine – Whether you want to enjoy French-Canadian cuisine in Quebec or sample tasty treats at Canada’s many excellent ethnic eateries, Canadian restaurants have something savory to satisfy the preferences of practically any palate!

Sports – There are plenty of great sports to play or watch in Canada, including ice hockey, basketball, baseball, football/soccer, golf, lacrosse, rugby, cricket, tennis, curling, swimming, volleyball, and snow skiing. Of course, with so much natural beauty so readily available across Canada, other popular athletic activities include hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking (among others).

Immigrant-Friendly Country – Approximately 20% of Canada’s 35 million people are foreign-born, which makes Canada one of the world’s most multicultural countries. In Toronto, Canada’s largest city, almost half of all residents are immigrants, plus there are significant immigrant communities in many other Canadian cities and towns. The diversity of Canada’s population has helped to make Canadian residents very welcoming to new arrivals. In fact, the 2015 Legatum Global Prosperity Index (November 2015) revealed that 92% of Canadians are tolerant toward ethnic minorities and the same percentage of people who live in Canada also “think the country is a good place for immigrants.”

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New Temporary Sponsored Parent visa to be available from April

Parent visa

Parent visa

Australia’s new temporary Sponsored Parent visa to be available from April

Up to 15,000 sponsored parent (temporary) visas will be granted each year, starting April 2019.

Migrants who wish to bring their parents to Australia for longer periods will be able to lodge a sponsorship application to sponsor their parent for the much-debated new temporary Sponsored Parent visa from April 17th this year.

The legislation tied to this new visa which allows sponsors to bring their parents to Australia for longer periods was passed in November last year.

“Sponsors will be able to lodge an application to sponsor their parent from 17 April 2019,” Immigration Minister David Coleman announced.

Once a sponsorship application has been approved, a sponsored parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for the visa are intended to open from 1 July 2019.

The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) subclass 870 visa provides parents and grandparents with a new pathway to reunite and spend time together through having the opportunity to visit Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.

There is also the opportunity to apply for a second visa for another five years after a short period outside Australia, meaning parents and grandparents will be able to spend up to 10 years in Australia.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the new visa the new visa will deliver great social benefits to families across Australia.

“Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each year, ensuring reunions are possible for many families. This will make a big difference to many Australian families.”

Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework, and require Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia, including hospital and aged care fees. This ensures taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.

The new temporary Sponsored Parent visa being introduced by the government has disappointed certain members of the Indian community, who have said the new visa is ‘too expensive’.

The new parent visa will cost migrants $5000 for a three-year visa, $10,000 for a five-year visa and $20,000 for a ten-year visa.

Along with visa fees, children will have to bear the financial burden of healthcare for migrant parents, with sponsors legally required to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder.

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3350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for permanent residence

Cut-off score decreases in latest Express Entry draw

3,350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for permanent residence

Canada held a new Express Entry draw on Wednesday, March 6, issuing 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 454.

The Government of Canada has now issued 17,850 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) this year through the Express Entry system — an increase of 6,350 over the 11,500 ITAs that had been issued by this same juncture in 2018.

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Last year ultimately saw Canada issue a record 89,800 ITAs, a milestone the federal government is expected to surpass this year given its higher admissions targets for the Express Entry-managed Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class economic immigration categories.

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool where they issued a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score awarded for factors such as their age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invites a set number of the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Today’s cut-off CRS score of 454 was a decrease of three points over the minimum score of 457 in the previous invitation round held on February 20.

The cut-off score reached 457 after a delay of three weeks between invitation rounds, and today’s decrease to 454 is likely due to the fact only two weeks elapsed between draws.

Less time between draws means the Express Entry pool has less time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates, which can have the effect of lowering the cut-off score.

IRCC applied its tie-break rule in the March 6 draw. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 454, as well as those candidates with scores of 454 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

A candidate’s ranking in the Express Entry pool can be improved in a number of ways, with an enhanced provincial nomination having the greatest impact.

Express Entry candidates nominated for Canadian permanent residence by a Canadian province or territory receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score, effectively assuring an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

The past two weeks have seen draws in Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island that targeted Express Entry candidates.

In order to be considered for a nomination by any of these provinces, most Express Entry candidates must register a separate Expression of Interest profile with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) or the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

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