Express Entry Draw Invites 3,264 Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada

August 2 Express Entry Draw Invites 3,264 Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada

August 2 Express Entry Draw Invites 3,264 Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada

August 2 Express Entry Draw Invites 3,264 Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada

The first Express Entry draw in three weeks took place on August 2, with 3,264 candidates in the pool receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. Invited candidates each had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 441 or above. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant. IRCC aims to process complete submitted applications within six months.

The CRS cut-off threshold this time around was just one point higher than for the previous draw, which took place on July 12. However, it may be noted that the gap of three weeks between these draws was longer than on numerous previous occasions, allowing more candidates to enter the pool and giving existing candidates a longer-than-usual opportunity to increase their points totals. This may have created upward pressure on the cut-off threshold.

If or when the gaps between draws become shorter, as they have been in the past, it is entirely possible that the cut-off threshold will decrease. Apart from candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the record low threshold so far is 413, in a draw that took place on May 31.

How are candidates obtaining an ITA?

The following hypothetical examples reflect how candidates in the pool are receiving an ITA.

Edgar is 29 years old, has an advanced English language proficiency and has been working as a web developer for three years. He has a Bachelor’s degree and has never worked or studied in Canada. His 441 CRS points were enough for him to be issued an ITA.

Javier is a 34-year-old lecturer with five years of work experience. He has a Master’s degree and has demonstrated an Initial Advanced (CLB 9) English language proficiency. Like Edgar, he has never worked or studied in Canada. His CRS score of 442 was sufficient for him to be invited this time around.

Nathalie is 31 and has a Bachelor’s degree. She has been working as a sales manager for three years. She wrote her IELTS and scored 8 in each of the four categories. She has a brother living in Toronto as a permanent resident. She has 442 CRS points, and so she was invited to apply.

Louise is 34 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Canada. She has been working in Canada on a Post-Graduate work permit for one year. Before coming to Canada, she obtained three years of work experience in her home country. Louise has a high intermediate (CLB 8) English language proficiency. Her CRS score is 441.

Shahid, 40, is a civil engineer with six years of experience who earlier this year noticed that his occupation was considered in demand by the province of Saskatchewan for its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category. He has a Bachelor’s degree and high intermediate English ability, and his spouse has a Bachelor’s degree and adequate intermediate English ability. He prepared an application for the Saskatchewan sub-category and, when it reopened, he quickly submitted a complete application. When he received a provincial nomination and added it to his Express Entry profile, his CRS score jumped from 303 points to 903.

“A diverse range of candidates have been invited to apply over recent months, and though the cut-off threshold is not at its historic low right now, there is a reason to believe that it will go down over time,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“For individuals yet to enter the pool, the time to act is now. The next few months and into next year promises to be an exciting time. The government has yet to reach its target intake, and, based on the Immigration Minister’s recent comments, this intake may go up again in the 2018 immigration levels plan, which is expected to be published this fall.”

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Do You Know If Your Study Program Is Eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit

Do You Know If Your Study Program Is Eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit?

Do You Know If Your Study Program Is Eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit?

Do You Know If Your Study Program Is Eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is urging prospective international students applying for a study permit to make more informed decisions when selecting a program of study in Canada. Those with the intention to apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) need to ensure their program qualifies for a PGWP upon graduation, even if the program is offered by an academic institution on the government’s list of designated learning institutions (DLIs).

Recently, an American citizen, Yescenya Bigford, was denied a PGWP at the Canadian border on the basis that the program she enrolled in at Anderson College, Toronto does not qualify her to obtain a PGWP. Since the college is a private, non-degree granting school, it is not listed as a DLI. Therefore, international students who graduate from the college are not eligible for a PGWP. However, the college’s website had stated that its international students had the ‘possibility to work in Canada after graduation’ — a statement that has since been removed from the site.

CBSA officials granted Yescenya entry as a visitor for a year.

According to CBC Toronto, some private career colleges in Ontario have been ‘misleading’ international graduates hoping to stay and work in Canada by falsely advertising the possibility of a PGWP. In addition, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has dealt with many similar cases where international students are wrongly informed of the possibility of receiving a PGWP after their studies are complete.

Who is eligible for a PGWP?

Many international students who study at post-secondary institutions in Canada plan to stay and gain Canadian work experience. Under this program, international graduates could be granted an open work permit for up to three years, permitting them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry. Applicants are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application.

The program is available for a majority of international students, as most public post-secondary institutions are deemed eligible by the federal government for the PGWP program. However, like the case of Yescenya, international students who apply to study at a non-degree granting private or vocational college may not be eligible for the program. The IRCC website states that the program is available to graduates of public postsecondary institutions; degree programs at private institutions, private postsecondary institutions that implement the same rules as public institutions, and some institutions in Quebec.

What are the eligibility restrictions for the PGWP program?

The note on the IRCC website calls for prospective study permit applicants to consult with the intended academic institutions and the provincial ministry of education to determine whether or not their program of study grants eligibility to the program.

Prospective applicants to the program must hold a valid study permit and have completed full-time studies with a minimum study period of at least eight months. Other restrictions apply based on the type of educational institution chosen and the study program chosen by the student. With over 125,000 study permits issued last year by the government of Canada, students are encouraged to understand their options and requirements for working in Canada after graduation before beginning their studies.

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Province of Newfoundland Immigration

Province of Newfoundland Immigration

Province of Newfoundland Immigration

Province of Newfoundland Immigration

The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. With some of the friendliest people in the country, and a booming economy boosted by energy and natural resources, Canada’s easternmost province is a fantastic destination for new immigrants to settle. With 535,000 residents and a time zone all its own, the beautiful province is divided into two different sections: Labrador, the northern region which is connected to the Canadian mainland, and Newfoundland, the nearby island in the Atlantic Ocean. Most newcomers to Newfoundland settle in the capital city, as the greater St. John’s area accounts for more than half of the province’s population and is by far the most vibrant and diverse city in the region. With excellent schools, top-notch healthcare facilities, fantastic restaurants, and exciting art and entertainment scene that includes exceptional nightlife, it is easy to see why St John’s is so attractive to new Canadians. The easiest way to immigrate to Newfoundland is through the Canadian Express Entry system.

Express Entry Newfoundland

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) enables the province to nominate candidates for Newfoundland immigration that have the precise skills and experience needed in the local economy. The main advantage Newfoundland Express Entry has over other Canadian immigration paths is speed. Prospective immigrants who receive a Newfoundland PNP nomination certificate will receive an additional 600 points via the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which is enough to essentially be guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency. Processing times for Provincial Nominee Program Newfoundland candidates are significantly quicker under Express Entry compared to the traditional paper-based method, with most permanent resident applications being processed in less than 6 months.

There are two ways to obtain a nomination from the Newfoundland Provincial Nominee Program. The first is to apply directly to the PNP NL, outside of Express Entry, through the Newfoundland Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. If successful, the prospective immigrant can then create an Express Entry account online indicating that they have a provincial nomination by including the nomination certificate number and nominating jurisdiction in their profile.The second option is to begin by creating a new Express Entry profile that indicates an interest in immigrating to Newfoundland. The individual may then receive a “notification of interest” from the province inviting them to apply to the NLPNP. The Newfoundland PNP is designed to attract individuals who have skills and abilities which will help bring positive benefits to the province, and Express Entry profiles that match these desired competencies may be contacted directly by the program.

The second option is to begin by creating a new Express Entry profile that indicates an interest in immigrating to Newfoundland. The individual may then receive a “notification of interest” from the province inviting them to apply to the NLPNP. The Newfoundland PNP is designed to attract individuals who have skills and abilities which will help bring positive benefits to the province, and Express Entry profiles that match these desired competencies may be contacted directly by the program.

Using Express Entry, the Newfoundland Provincial Nominee Program can then officially submit your nomination certificate directly into the system and all you have to do is accept it online and your Express Entry CRS score will immediately increase. You are then eligible to receive an “Invitation to Apply” (ITA) for permanent residency during the next Express Entry draw. To maximize your chances of success, our experienced Canadian immigration professional can optimize your Express Entry profile for Newfoundland immigration in 2017. We can also help you apply to the Newfoundland Nominee Program, and if nominated can prepare and submit your Canada permanent resident application.

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Newfoundland and Labrador PNP 2017

There are three official immigration categories under the Newfoundland and Labrador Nominee Program.

NLPNP categories:

  • Skilled Workers
  • International Graduates
  • Entrepreneurs

Skilled Worker Category

The PNP Newfoundland skilled worker stream is designed to recruit top individuals from around the world. When an immigrant has a skill which can help Newfoundland and Labrador’s market needs and economy, both the province and the individual benefit. In short, the NL PNP is designed to be a “win win” for both the Canadian province and the potential new citizens. This immigration stream is for foreign nationals who have a guaranteed job offer from an employer located with in the province. Immigrants who currently reside within the province and hold a job under a valid work permit may also be eligible to apply for this immigration stream. The Skilled Worker stream has additional requirements which must be met by both the employer and the prospective employee.

Requirements for the employer:

The job offer must be for full-time employment with industry standard level wages

The employer must demonstrate a clear need for hiring an immigrant

The job offer must not violate any existing employment disputes or bargaining agreements

Requirements for the prospective employee:

Must have a valid Canadian work permit or be eligible to apply for one

Must have relevant skills, qualifications, and experience for the job, including any applicable certifications and accreditations

Must be able to demonstrate the intention to permanently live within the province

Must have sufficient funds to live in the province, including the ability to support all dependents

Must have a proficient understanding of English or French. There are three ways proficiency can be shown: an Affidavit of English Language Ability from the NL employee, education and/or training documents, or IELTS test scores (for workers in NOC level C and D occupations).

The Provincial Nominee Program Newfoundland and Labrador (PNP NL) has certain situations which result in an automatic disqualification.

Individuals are considered to be ineligible if they:

Do not have a full-time job (unless potential NL employer can prove a need for the specific skill set)

Do have a criminal record. This includes the criminal records of any dependents of the applicant who is over the age of 18.

Are failed refugee claimants, including refugee claimants living in Newfoundland and Labrador

Have any unresolved child support or custody disputes

Make any attempt to misrepresent themselves regarding the application (this can be misrepresentation by either the individual or their employer)

Quit or lose their job during the nomination process (this does not result in disqualification every time, but it can be an issue)

Individuals who have been accepted into the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Express Entry pool and who have a job or job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador are eligible for the Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker category. Processing times for Newfoundland immigration are much faster through Canada’s Express Entry system with 80% of permanent residency applicants earmarked to be processed in less than half a year.

International Graduate Category

An educated workforce is a great benefit to the province, and individuals with academic achievement are encouraged to apply for immigration to Newfoundland through this category. In order to qualify for the PNP Newfoundland international graduate stream, individuals must have graduated from a post-secondary institution within Canada and must apply to this stream within two years of graduation. This stream is exceptionally popular among recent graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) who wish to remain in the province. There are additional requirements, too.

Eligible applicants must:

Have completed at least half of their studies in a Canadian college or university

Have completed at least a two-year diploma or degree program. Also eligible is the completion of a one-year post-graduate program provided the program required a previous diploma or degree

Be able to show they plan to live and work within the province

Be able to financially supports themselves (as well as support any dependents)

Be proficient in English or French. This can be through training or education documents, or by an affidavit submitted by the employer in Newfoundland.

Have legal status to work in Canada. This can be a post-graduate work permit. Some applicants might show legal status via a Canada Post-Graduate Work Permit. While this is permitted, this is also very rare for candidates in this stream. Additionally, graduates from a Canadian university outside of Newfoundland may need a minimum of one year of work experience in their field of study.

The job offered to the applicant has additional requirements.

The job must:

Be a full-time job related to the individual’s field of study. The offer must come from a company operating with in the Province of Newfoundland.

Have opportunities for advancement

Not contradict any existing bargaining agreements or employment disputes

There are certain conditions which result in automatic disqualification.

The following people are ineligible for this NLPNP category:

Failed refugee claimants, including those currently living in Newfoundland and Labrador

Students who have not completed their studies

Students who plan to return to their home country after graduation

Applicants with a criminal record, or applicants with a dependent over the age of 18 who has a criminal record (this applies even if the dependent doesn’t plan to live in NL).

Applicants with a serious medical condition, or those with a dependent over the age of 18 who has a serious medical condition (this also applies even if the dependent doesn’t plan to live in Newfoundland).

Individuals with unresolved child custody issues or disputes

Anyone – applicant or employee – who attempts to misrepresent themselves during the process

Applicants who quit or lose their job during the application process (this does not result in automatic disqualification, but it cause problems)

Immigrant Entrepreneur Program

The requirements in this category are currently under revision. However, even though these requirements are subject to change at some point during 2017 or 2018, they still provide a general idea of what potential applicants will need.

Generally, applicants for the PNP Newfoundland immigrant entrepreneur stream must establish or purchase a business which fits within the province’s Strategic Sector list. These are businesses related to manufacturing, natural resources, agriculture, health care, and knowledge-based industries. Note that the specifics are subject to change based on the province’s needs.

Previously, additional requirements for applicants include:

A minimum of five years of senior management experience or experience in a similar type of business to the one proposed

A minimum net worth of $450,000 (at least $350,000 should be liquid)

Completion of a Performance Agreement with a minimum business investment of $200,000

A $100,000 deposit that will be returned once the obligations in the Performance Agreement are met

Completion of an exploratory visit to the province, at the applicant’s expense, in order to present a detailed business plan

Once again, please note that these requirements are currently being revised and are subject to change.

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