Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on 'Remarkable Year' for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 5,500 new immigrants in 2016, more than at any time in the last seven decades. The province’s Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab, stated in the provincial legislature that the results show that Nova Scotia is well on the way to achieving its goal of welcoming 7,000 immigrants per year by 2024.

“It’s my extreme pleasure to report that we’ve had a remarkable year for immigration to Nova Scotia,” said Diab to her peers. “I am so proud of these results; they reflect the hard work that we’ve been doing to grow our population and make Nova Scotia a more diverse and welcoming province.”

Of the newcomers who settled in Nova Scotia as new permanent residents last year, 1,350 were nominees through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) (PNPs). As recently as 2013, only around 600 people came through this route.

Recently released data from the federal government shows that a further 2,386 newcomers (applicants and accompanying family members) came through the federal Express Entry system. Other newcomers arrived through family sponsorship programs and as refugees.

With an eye towards breaking this new record again in 2017, Minister Diab added that she is “looking forward to another outstanding year for immigration. We have a total of 2,150 spots to fill in 2017, that is the 1,350 spots for our Provincial Nominee Program and 800 spots in our new program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot [Program, AIPP]. We’re on track to break more records.”

In addition to the NSNP and AIPP, Nova Scotia continues to welcome a steady flow of federal economic migrants, sponsored persons, and refugees.

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Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants

Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants

Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants

Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants

In a surprising update, the government of Ontario has announced that over the next week it will be issuing targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who work in one of many religious occupations. The province states that the move aims ‘to improve the responsiveness of the program to labour market demands.’

These NOIs will be issued under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Human Capital Priorities stream, a passive Express Entry-aligned stream that seeks out potential newcomers to Canada from the federal Express Entry pool. Among other criteria, potential applicants must be in the pool and have at least 400 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The targeted professions include Professional occupations in religion (National Occupational Classification code 4154) and other religious occupations (4217).

Professional occupations in religion include the following job titles:

  • archbishop
  • bishop
  • cardinal
  • chaplain
  • evangelist
  • granthi
  • imam
  • minister
  • moderator – religion
  • pastor
  • priest
  • rabbi

Other religious occupations include the following job titles:

  • brother/sister – religion
  • Christian science practitioner
  • deacon
  • missionary
  • monk
  • nun
  • pastoral animator
  • religious education worker
  • Salvation Army field worker

The above lists are not exhaustive, and job titles similar to those listed may be applicable under the relevant NOC code.

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How can you make entry into Canada as a permanent resident with the provincial nominee program

How can you make entry into Canada as a permanent resident with the provincial nominee program?

How can you make entry into Canada as a permanent resident with the provincial nominee program

How can you make entry into Canada as a permanent resident with the provincial nominee program

Every province or territory has its own conditions for the Provincial Nominee Program. To apply for this program, you have two different choices. You can either apply through the paper–based process also known as non-express entry streams or through the express entry process.

How does the provincial nominee program work?

Permitted employers nominate a potential worker under a process which is generally accelerated and was approved by the province long ago.

This nomination of a potential worker allows him to apply for a permanent residence in Canada which will proceed in a processing stream.

In the early stages, the applicants who are sponsored by the qualified employers may get temporary but renewable work permits which are processed outside Canada or sometimes at the ports of entry

 The applicants who have applied for permanent admission are generally first processed by the provincial authorities and then later by federal authorities who perform a screening based on medical security grounds.

The provincial nominee programs which are based on the skilled workers usually need an employer who would sponsor that application for entry into Canada. But this is not the case in provinces like Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba. If this criterion is not met, the application is not given approval or sometimes passed over favouring the applications which have an employer sponsorship.

On the other hand, the employers who wish to be qualified under the Provincial Nominee Program must show efforts in hiring local Canadians and offer them with some competitive terms and some conditions based on employment that will be pertinent to a particular job.

Also, in order to get qualified as the successful sponsoring employee under the Provincial Nominee Program, the employee needs to comply with the skill level O, A or B under the National Occupation Classification. If not this then the employee must adhere to any pilot project which will be designed for a particular skill shortage recognised by the province.

In many cases, when people become qualified to get entry into Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program, they may also get a temporary allowance for work permit.

Importance of the provincial nominee program

The main importance of the Provincial Nominee Program lies in the fact that it is a fast option for entry into Canada as a permanent resident.

The applicants who have provincial nomination are awarded with an additional 600 points which are generally referred to as the Comprehensive Ranking System Points. The utility of these points is that they will place you at the front of the selection line when there is a draw.

Although a provincial nomination is no doubt helpful but it is not a requirement for an applicant to get an Invitation to Apply for being a permanent residence.

The Provincial Nominee Programs have grown to that extent that they consist of about one-quarter of the economic immigrants.

The Provincial Nominee Programs have led to the development of many smaller provinces like Manitoba by shifting the destination of newcomers in Canada.

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