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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Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Foreign workers currently employed in the province of New Brunswick have a fresh opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence, after the provincial government reopened its Express Entry Labour Market stream (EELMS) to these workers only. This enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream is part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), through which the province welcomes new permanent residents who can settle quickly.

Previously, this stream was closed to all new applications. Prior to the stream’s closure, individuals who had attended a NBPNP information session, and workers eligible for the open category (which allowed certain IT workers to apply) — as well as candidates already working in New Brunswick — were eligible to apply, so long as they fulfilled the program criteria.

Candidates who are successful in obtaining a provincial nomination certificate from the NBPNP through this stream receive 600 additional points under the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

In order to be eligible for the NBPNP – EELMS, foreign workers in New Brunswick must:

Be between the ages of 22 and 55;

Have a profile in the federal Express Entry pool;

Be currently employed in New Brunswick in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B level);

Have at least 12 months full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) paid skilled work experience in New Brunswick in the three years before the application is made, which cannot have been gained through self-employment or while the candidate was a full-time student (volunteer work, unpaid internships, co-op terms, etc. do not count) and which is in NOC level 0, A or B;

Demonstrate proficiency in each of the four language abilities (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) equivalent to or greater than Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7. Language test results must be no more than two years old and must come from a designated agency: IELTS (General Training Test only) or CELPIP (General test only) for English, or TEF for French;

Have a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary educational credential (at least one academic year in length) OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority; and

Sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form.

Aside from this pathway, foreign workers in New Brunswick may have other means of pursuing permanent resident status, including the new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), as well as through Express Entry, without necessarily obtaining a NBPNP nomination certificate.

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