Australia Issued 1,100 invitations in July for Skilled Independent and Skilled Regional Visas

Australia Issued 1100 invitations in July for Skilled Independent Visa and Skilled Regional Visas

Australia Issued 1,100 invitations in July for Skilled Independent Visa and Skilled Regional Visas

Australia Issued 1,100 invitations in July for Skilled Independent Visa and Skilled Regional Visas

Australia Issued 1100 invitations for Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa and Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) Visa

Overview

Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) visas will be run once a month.

Invitation rounds are anticipated to run on the 11th day of each month. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Invitation process and cut off

The highest-ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa subclass                                                                           Minimum points score

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)                                             80

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)                              80

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro-rata occupations in the 11 July 2019 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro-rata arrangements to ensure the availability of invitations across the program year.

Skill Select first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Occupation ID             Description                                              Minimum points score          

2211                            Accountants                                                                            85

2212                            Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers   85

2334                            Electronics Engineer                                                               80

2335                            Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers                 80

2339                            Other Engineering Professionals                                            80

2611                            ICT Business and System Analysts                                          80

2613                            Software and Applications Programmers                              80

2631                            Computer Network Professionals                                           80

Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year

Visa subclass                                                               Jul       

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)                     1,000

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)      100

Total                                                                            1,100                                                  

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

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Toronto has added more than 80,000 tech jobs in the past five years

Toronto has added more than 80,000 tech jobs in the past five years

Toronto has added more than 80,000 tech jobs in the past five years

Toronto has added more than 80,000 tech jobs in the past five years

Toronto has added more than 80,000 tech jobs in the past five years

Ontario capital moves into the third spot in an annual scorecard of 50 U.S. and Canadian tech talent markets

A new tech talent ranking has Toronto among the top three cities in both the United States and Canada for tech workers.

The city locally known as “The Six” came in number three on CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report, which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian tech markets on 13 unique metrics including talent supply, completed tech degrees, and job growth— among others.

The San Francisco Bay Area took the top spot and Seattle came in second.

Toronto placed third ahead of Washington, D.C., New York City and Austin, Tex., in the overall rankings. It was also named the top city overall in terms of “brain gain,” adding 80,100 tech jobs since 2013.

“Toronto’s pool of tech talent grew at the fastest pace of all 50 markets measured, adding an eye-popping 80,100 tech jobs in the past five years, a 54 percent increase,” the report says.

“Toronto nearly equaled the number of tech jobs created in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013.”

In a statement, CBRE Canada Vice Chairman Paul Morassutti said the tech sector’s impact on Toronto “cannot be overstated.”

“Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle are comfortably mentioned in the same sentence and are attracting the best in the industry,” he said.

Other Canadian cities also performed well — Vancouver went up 13 spots to 12th place, which CBRE said was the greatest year-over-year improvement of any North American city.

Montreal came in at 13 and Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, took the 19th spot overall.

Immigration programs address growing tech needs

This rapid growth has produced multiple calls for improved access to international IT talent to address growing labour shortages in the sector, leading Canada’s federal government and several provinces to step up their immigration programs in response.

Express Entry

The federal government’s Express Entry system is Canada’s leading source of skilled foreign workers and IT professionals top the list of those invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The top three most common occupations among Express Entry candidates invited in 2018 were:

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Occupation, however, is not considered when it comes to selecting Express Entry candidates, who are ranked based on scores awarded for age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

The Government of Canada invites a set number of the highest-ranked candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.

Provincial nominee options

For tech workers with CRS scores below those being drawn through Express Entry, obtaining a provincial nomination may be their ticket to permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and move to the front of the line for a federal invitation to apply.

Several provincial nominee programs have tech-focused options, with the most recent addition being Ontario’s new Tech Draws.

Tech Draws allow the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates with work experience in six tech occupations.

The first draw was held on July 12, 2019, and yielded 1,623 invitations to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores ranging from 439 to 459. A job offer in Ontario was not required.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) includes several positions for tech workers under the “Natural and applied scientists and related occupations” header of its In-Demand Occupation List.

The MPNP notes that candidates working in an in-demand occupation will be prioritized for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination through its regular draws for skilled immigration candidates.

The MPNP also recently reduced its language requirements for computer network technicians from a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 to 5, making an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination that much easier to obtain.

Next door in Saskatchewan, computer programmers and interactive media developers were recently added to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s list of in-demand occupations.

Work experience in an occupation on the list is required in order to receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination through the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories. However, a job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan is not required.

On Canada’s Pacific Coast, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s Tech Pilot conducts weekly invitation rounds for tech workers with an eligible job offer from a B.C. employer in one of 29 tech-related occupations.

The Tech Pilot’s two-year trial period has been extended twice and the program is now set to run until June 2020.

Canada’s Global Talent Stream

Tech companies and highly skilled foreign workers can also take advantage of the Global Talent Stream, a pillar of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy.

The Global Talent Stream allows Canadian companies to access temporary foreign talent in eligible occupations quickly with its two-week processing standard for both work permits and Labour Market Impact Assessments.

Occupations covered by the Global Talent Stream include computer engineers, computer programmers, software engineers and designers, and web designers and developers.

Since its introduction in 2017,  more than 24,000 temporary foreign workers have been hired through the Global Talent Stream.

Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, said access to highly skilled tech talent is vital for Canadian companies as they “scale-up globally.”

“Without talent, no amount of capital or customers can lift a company off its launch pad,” Bergen said in an email.

He pointed to the Global Talent Stream and now Ontario’s Tech Draws as evidence that governments are getting the message about the pressing need for tech talent.

“Innovators in Ontario are hopeful that much like the Global Skills Strategy, the new tech talent stream part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will further help the province’s top tech firms access more of the highly-skilled talent they need to grow and expand in Canada and around the world,” he said.

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3600 Candidates got invitations to apply Canadian Permanent Residence

3600 Candidates got invitations for Canadian Permanent Residence

Canadian Permanent Residence

Canadian Permanent Residence

July 24 Express Entry draw sees another 3,600 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence CRS cut-off score decreases to 459

A new invitation round through Canada’s Express Entry system issued 3,600 invitations to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores of 459 or higher.

The cut-off score of 459 is a decrease of one point over the previous draw on July 10, which had a minimum score of 460.

The July 24 draw was the second consecutive invitation round to issue 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs).

This is an increase of 250 ITAs over the 10 all-program Express Entry draws held between January 30 and June 26, which had a cap of 3,350 ITAs each.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and language ability in English or French.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or ITA, through regular draws from the pool and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process applications for permanent residence within 6 months.

Today’s draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last three draws. This trend may be explained in part by the regular, two-week interval between draws that IRCC has maintained since the end of May.

The time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. A shorter interval between draws means fewer candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.

Draw size is also an important determinant of the CRS cut-off — larger draws allow IRCC to go deeper into the pool and can result in candidates with lower CRS scores receiving an ITA.

IRCC has now issued 49,000 ITAs so far in 2019. With Canada’s expanded admissions targets for the three Express Entry-managed programs and its Provincial Nominee Program, which is also partially managed by Express Entry system, it remains possible that IRCC will exceed its ITA record of 89,800 that was set last year.

Express Entry-linked PNPs

A number of Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams have been active in recent weeks. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and move to the front of the line for an ITA.

These 600 points are especially valuable to candidates with lower CRS scores who have yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.

Several Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams do not consider a candidate’s CRS score or have CRS requirements that are below the cut-off scores in federal draws.

Over the past two weeks, Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Ontario draw was the first of the province’s new Tech Draws and its largest yet of 2019 through it’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, issuing 1,623 invitations to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores between 439 and 459 and work experience in six tech-related occupations, among other requirements.

“The CRS cut-off has now dropped 11 points since June and now that IRCC is going with larger draws we will hopefully see that trend continue,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“It’s also been great to see Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in action over the past couple of weeks with Ontario’s first Tech Draw inviting Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 439.”

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Ontario invites 1773 Express Entry candidates and CRS scores as low as 435

Ontario invites 1,773 Express Entry candidates with tech experience and CRS scores as low as 435

Ontario invites 1773 Express Entry candidates and CRS scores as low as 435

Ontario invites 1773 Express Entry candidates and CRS scores as low as 435

Ontario invites 1,773 Express Entry candidates with tech experience and CRS scores as low as 435

3,396 candidates have been invited to pursue provincial nomination within the past 20 days

A new Ontario Tech Draw held Thursday, August 1, issued 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech occupations and Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 435.

This was Ontario’s second Tech Draw since their introduction in early July and a total of 3,396 Express Entry candidates have now received invitations or Notifications of Interest (NOIs).

Ontario is home to several of Canada’s major tech hubs, notably those in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, and Tech Draws are designed to meet growing labour needs in the sector.

More than 80,000 tech jobs have been created in Ontario’s capital city, Toronto, alone in the last five years, according to the 2019 CBRE Scoring Tech Talent Report.

Tech Draws allow Ontario to search the federal Express Entry pool and invite eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers and candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Express Entry system allows candidates to pursue Canadian permanent resident if they are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class or Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required in order to participate in the Express Entry system.

All candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a score under the CRS and the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

In order to be considered for an invitation from Ontario, candidates must first submit an Express Entry profile.

While many candidates with IT backgrounds and high ranking scores have had success through Express Entry, several provincial immigration streams give candidates with lower CRS scores a chance to improve their rank and obtain an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Whereas the minimum score to be drawn from the Express Entry pool during the most federal recent draw was 459, this OINP Tech Draw selected candidates with scores as low as 435.

This score was also three points lower than the lowest score drawn through a federal Express Entry invitation round so far this year (438).

How Tech Draws work

Tech Draws target Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which determines an occupation’s skill level and skill type.

Tech Draws are conducted through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream. The stream is one of three managed by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that allows Ontario to select eligible Express Entry candidates.

A job offer is not required.

Those who received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the August 1 Tech Draw created their Express Entry profile between August 1, 2018, and August 1, 2019.

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What is the Quebec Immigration Process? How to Apply?

What is the Quebec Immigration Process?

Quebec-Immigration

Quebec-Immigration

Under the 1991 Canada-Quebec Accord, the Government of Quebec is in charge of choosing outsiders to the region. The determination procedure is overseen by Quebec’s Immigration Ministry, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI).

The Quebec Selection Certificate or Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) is a report issued by MIDI that demonstrates to Canada’s government that a candidate has been chosen for movement to Quebec. Movement hopefuls who are issued a CSQ would then be able to apply for perpetual occupant status Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Quebec Immigration service:

Survey remote nationals’ qualifications for a CSQ under Quebec’s different monetary movement, business migration, displaced person and philanthropic classifications; and issues CSQs to candidates who meet the criteria for migration to Quebec.

The Government of Canada keeps on administering the accompanying:

Security, criminal and therapeutic individual verifications that decide the tolerability of new migrants to Canada; and

Formation of classifications and classes of movement, dispensing and implementing yearly migration levels while mulling over the number of migrants the Government of Quebec wishes to greet at whatever year.

What are Quebec’s Economic Immigration Programs?

Remote nationals who are keen on settling in Quebec can apply for a CSQ in one of the accompanying monetary migration classes:

Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) otherwise called the Regular Skilled Worker Program: This is Quebec’s key migration class for gifted laborers who need to wind up lasting inhabitants of Canada and live in Quebec.

Under this program, the Government of Quebec applies a novel focuses framework to organize potential contenders for a CSQ. Focuses are doled out dependent on ‘human capital factors’ that incorporate instruction and preparing, talented work understanding, capability in English or French, among others.

Quebec Experience Class, Program de l’expérience Québécoise (PEQ): The PEQ is a well-known movement alternative for global understudies who have acquired a qualified confirmation from a Quebec post-auxiliary establishment and gifted specialists with qualified work involvement in the region.

Quebec Business Immigration: Foreign nationals who can demonstrate they have the assets can apply for migration to Quebec under a wide scope of business movement programs for financial specialists, business people, and independently employed people. Quebec intends to issue somewhere in the range of 2,100 and 2,800 CSQs to agents in 2019.

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key developments in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program in the first half of 2019

A big first half of 2019 for Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Program

CIC News looks at some of the key developments in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program in the first half of 2019

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program was expected to hit the ground running in 2019 and it did not disappoint.

The Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate foreign workers and international graduates for Canadian permanent residence through a network of streams tailored to their various labor market needs.

The PNP’s performance so far this year comes as no surprise given it entered 2019 with increased nomination allocations for several provinces and a higher overall admissions target for the year compared to 2018.

Express Entry-aligned PNP streams

PNP streams aligned with the federal Express Entry system were extremely active in the first six months of 2019, issuing thousands of invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to immigration candidates with a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry pool.

The Express Entry pool is comprised of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Each candidate is awarded a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score determines their rank in the Express Entry pool.

While a provincial nomination is not required in order to be eligible for Express Entry, candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and, as a result, are effectively fast-tracked for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

These 600 points can be especially critical to Express Entry candidates with core CRS scores that are lower than the cut-off scores in federal invitation rounds.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination through most Express Entry-aligned PNP streams, the first step is to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.

Ontario

Ontario’s 2019 allocation of 6,900 nominations is the largest of the nine provinces and two territories that take part in the PNP.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and home to both the country’s biggest city, Toronto and Canada’s national capital, Ottawa. The province receives the greatest share of newcomers to Canada each year and was the destination of 64 percent of new permanent residents admitted through the Express Entry system in 2018.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s three Express Entry-linked streams were by far its most active in the first half of 2019, issuing a total of 3,846 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates.  Only Express Entry candidates with an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario’s three Express Entry-linked streams are:

  • Human Capital Priorities
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Trades

These streams allow the OINP to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet their respective eligibility requirements.

A job offer is not among the listed requirements for the three streams and only the Human Capital Priorities Stream requires a minimum CRS score.

Of the 3,846 NOIs issued through these streams in the first half of 2019, 67 percent (2,565) were issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream in two draws, both of which had a minimum Express Entry CRS score of 439.

This trend has continued into the second half of 2019, which Ontario kicked off by announcing the Human Capital Priorities Stream would hold draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six eligible tech occupations.

The OINP’s first Tech Draw was subsequently held on July 8 and a total of 1,623 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 439 were issued NOIs — a new NOI record for the Human Capital Priorities Stream.

The OINP’s Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams were also active in the first six months of 2019 and issued a combined 1,281 NOIs.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream allows the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet its French and English proficiency requirements, among other selection criteria.

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

Alberta

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)’s Express Entry Stream has been one of Canada’s more talked-about PNP pathways since its creation just over a year ago and the first six months of this year were no exception.

The AINP uses the stream to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who meet its eligibility criteria, which include a minimum CRS score of only 300.

A job offer or previous work in Alberta is not required, but candidates must be working in an occupation that supports “Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities.” The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations.

The AINP also says it may give priority to candidates with:

  • a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta;
  • a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.

The AINP held 16 draws through the stream and issued a total of 3,816 NOIs. The most exciting aspect of these draws was the fact eight of them had a minimum CRS score requirement of 302 or less. Four of these draws had a cut-off score of 300.

By comparison, the lowest cut-off score in the 13 all-program federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019 was 438; nine of these 13 draws had a cut-off score above 450.

Nova Scotia

The province of Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast showed why it is one of Canada’s PNPs to watch in the first half of 2019.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is one of Canada’s most innovative nominee programs and uses three streams to select Express Entry candidates.

The NSNP used its Labour Market Priorities Stream on three occasions to search the Express Entry pool and identify candidates with work experience in specific occupations. A job offer is not among the stream’s selection criteria and a minimum CRS score is not always required.

Its June 3 draw invited 312 Express Entry candidates with work experience as early childhood educators and assistants and did not have a CRS requirement. A January 25 draw for financial auditors or accountants had a CRS cut-off of 400.

The NSNP also held a Labour Market Priorities Stream draw in March for Express Entry candidates who listed French as their first language. No cut-off score was specified for this draw.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker: Express Entry sub-category also had a busy first half of 2019.

This sub-category operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) basis, meaning Express Entry candidates who would like to be considered for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan must register a separate profile with the province.

Profiles are awarded a score based on Saskatchewan’s unique points grid and the highest-scoring candidates are issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws from the province’s EOI pool.

In order to be eligible, Express Entry candidates must have work experience in an occupation listed as in-demand in the province, among other criteria. A job offer is not required in order to be eligible.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held eight invitation rounds through its Express Entry sub-category during the first half of 2019 and issued 1,166 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

The SINP also revised the in-demand occupations list twice during this period, with the addition of professions such as Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers, among others.

Candidates with work experience in several of the newly added occupations were then targeted by the SINP in subsequent draws.

These targeted draws were conducted through the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category on three occasions between January and July 2019.

Other PNP activity

Express Entry-linked streams in the provinces of Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia were also active in the first six months of this year.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued more than 4,500 invitations to skilled worker candidates over the course of 12 draws, of which at least 300 went to Express Entry candidates.

Prince Edward Island held six draws between January and July and issued a combined 671 invitations to candidates in its Express Entry and Labour Impact categories.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program also issued invitations through its Express Entry B.C. Stream on a weekly basis in the first half of 2019.

“Canada’s PNP streams are constantly evolving to meet labour market needs across the country,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal, Canada.

“For Express Entry candidates with lower scores, a provincial nomination can be the difference between obtaining Canadian permanent residence and not.”

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Reasons for UK Visitor visas or Tourist visas refusals

Reasons for UK Visitor visa refusals

UK Visa

UK Visa

UK visa application is the most strict and highly scrutinized visa process. The UK Visas and Immigration receives thousands of visa applications every year that do not meet visa requirements.

It’s your responsibility to make sure you are eligible, meet the requirements and provide the necessary documentation.

Once you have a UK visa refusal, it permanently remains in the records of the UK Home Office. Each time you re-apply, your previous UK visa refusal comes up. It becomes an unavoidable hindrance to all of your future UK visa applications. Therefore, you must get approval in the first attempt itself.

This article walks you through the top 11 UK visa refusal reasons. Go through and understand each of them. Analyze your own visa application to figure what’s lacking and what needs to be done. It should help you build a strong case and get approval in your first attempt.

This list should also help if you are reapplying after your UK visa refusal.

Without further due, let’s get started.

NOTE

The visa refusal reasons in this article are actual reasons quoted by the UK visa officers in the visa refusal letters. After going through several visa refusal letters from my readers, I put this article together to help you all analyze your own applications and avoid future rejections.

IMPORTANT

This article is meant for UK visa applicants with “tourism” intent. This article may not be relevant to those applying for UK study/work/spouse/immigration visas.

Top 11 reasons for UK visa refusals

  1. Long itinerary
  • REASON
  • “You have stated that you wish to visit the UK for 1 month”

Be realistic. The UK is small and you only need a few days to explore. A long itinerary looks suspicious. It looks as if you will be living or working in the UK rather than site seeing.

The UK is also expensive. You must have enough funds to justify your itinerary.

A 7-10 day itinerary works the best for UK visa. If you are only visiting London, probably less than 7 days is better.

  1. Unclear itinerary
  • REASON
  • “You did not indicate what you intend to do or where you intend to stay. The plans for this trip are unclear and lacking in detail.”

Specify a detailed itinerary in your cover letter. The itinerary should include the dates, cities and your day-to-day activities in each city.

If your itinerary is too long, attach an additional page to your cover letter.

  1. Lack of leave approval letter
  • REASON
  • “It is unclear if your employer has agreed for you to be away from work for the period of this trip, and therefore that you will return to this employment following this trip.”

Include a leave approval letter from your employer. A leave approval letter is the single most documents that can strengthen your case. It indicates two things –

  • You have strong ties with your country
  • You have the obligation to return back to your country after your UK trip

Your leave approval letter should clearly mention that you have been granted leave to travel to the UK and you will return to your current job after your vacation.

This letter must be on the company letterhead with the original HR or manager’s signature. You must have your HR or manager write this letter specifically for your UK travel.

If you cannot obtain a leave approval letter, have your employer at least mention your leave details in the employment letter.

  1. Lack of salary deposits in your bank account
  • REASON
  • “Your stated monthly income is not reflected in the history of the account”

It is not uncommon to have a UK visa rejected due to bank statements. Apart from your employment documentation, you must be able to show your monthly salary in your bank statement.

Make sure your employer deposit your salary directly into your bank account. Your regular salary deposits indicate two things –

  • You are genuinely employed and have a steady source of income
  • You have genuinely saved up to travel to the UK and not borrowing money from someone

Have your employer deposit your salary directly into your bank account. It’s fine if you have to withdraw cash for expenses, family, etc. But, it is important to have your salary deposited directly into your bank account.

If you receive a physical paycheck, deposit the check yourself in the bank regularly every month.

  1. Large undocumented deposits in your bank account

REASON

“Large credits have been made which are in excess of your stated monthly income”

REASON

“I am not satisfied with the origin of these funds or that they are genuinely available to you”

REASON

“The sources of these deposits are not demonstrated by the documents provided”

As I mentioned in the above reason, it’s not uncommon to have a UK visa rejected due to bank statements.

Large deposits in your bank account indicate that you have borrowed money to inflate the numbers in your bank account. Visa officers will not be convinced that the funds in your account are your own and are available for you to use.

Make sure there are no large deposits in your bank account. If you already have large deposits in your account, provide proof of the source of those deposits. Example –

  • If you have received money from selling a property, attach the sales deed to the bank statement
  • If you have received money from rents, attach the rental agreements from your tenants
  1. Exhausting all your savings or spending several times your monthly income

REASON

“I don’t find it credible that you would exhaust nearly all the funds available to you”

REASON

“This amount represents over half your declared savings or over x months of your monthly expenditure”

If the total expenditure of your UK trip is more than half of your savings or several times your monthly salary, your visa will be refused. It’s not realistic to exhaust all your savings on one trip to the UK. You would need to preserve at least half of your savings for emergencies.

Also, it is not wise to spend more than 2 times your monthly income on your UK trip. If your monthly salary is low, wait until your monthly salary improves. If your savings are low, take a few more months to build your savings. But taking chances and applying for your UK visa not only leads to refusal but affects all your future visa results.

Even if you have received a gift or bonus from your employer or your sponsor is taking care of your expenses, you are still required to show a saving that is more than twice your UK trip expenditure. This is to make sure you can support yourself during your trip in case your sponsor or employer decides not to support you.

  1. Lack of travel history

REASON

“I am not satisfied that you are a genuinely seeking entry as a visitor and that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit”

REASON

“I note that you have never traveled to the UK or anywhere else before”

Travel history indicates that you do not have illegal immigration intent. If you were to stay illegally anywhere, you could have done it so already in any of those countries you have been to so far.

If you do not have travel history, build your travel history first.

Travel to some visa-required countries. The more the countries you travel, the better it is for your UK visa.

  1. Lack of detailed cover letter

REASON

“I am not satisfied that you have sufficient ties and would, in fact, leave the UK on completion of your proposed visit”

UK visa application forms may not ask all the details that you want to convey. Therefore, a cover letter is a way for you to convey that additional information and convince the visa officer that you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor.

Write a detailed cover letter mentioning your proposed itinerary, your financial situation, your travel history, your intention to return back, etc.

Your cover letter should not exceed one page. Use bullets instead of paragraphs. The simpler, cleaner the better.

Keep in mind that the UK visa officers may not be familiar with terminology from your country. Do not use words, designations, addresses, etc that are not familiar to them.

Visa officers may have lots of work on their plates. So, your cover letter should convey what you want to convey clearly and quickly.

  1. Lack of proper documentation from your sponsor

REASON

“I am not satisfied that your sponsor will be able to provide maintenance and accommodation during your sponsor trip”

If you are using a sponsor for your UK visa, you must have the following documentation from your sponsor. If you don’t have all of this documentation from your sponsor, you will be risking your visa.

  • A letter from your sponsor undertaking that he/she would arrange your accommodation, transportation, and other expenses while you are in the UK
  • Your sponsor’s bank statements for the last 3 months (must indicate employer pay deposits and have no large undocumented deposits)
  • Your sponsor’s British passport’s main page
  • Your sponsor’s British postal poll card
  • Your sponsor’s utility bill

Just having an invitation letter is not sufficient. An invitation letter is not legally enforceable and such letters will not help unless you provide additional documentation from your sponsor such as those mentioned above.

  1. Not disclosing any previous visa refusals

REASON

“I am aware that you have been refused a US visa and you do not declare this on your visa application form”

UK Home Office may have information sharing with other countries. You must enter only true information and must disclose any previous visa refusals from any country, not just the UK.

Pretty much all the information you provide is verifiable these days. Therefore, not disclosing your previous visa rejections can lead to your UK tourist visa refusal.

  1. No change in circumstances since your previous visa refusal

REASON

“I note that you were previously refused entry clearance”

REASON

“You are likely to be refused unless the circumstances of your application change”

If your circumstances haven’t changed since your previous UK visa refusal, your visa may be refused again. Multiple visa refusals can lead to blacklisting and permanent ban. It’s wise to not apply at all than dealing with a visa refusal again.

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Canada looking for More Immigrants through Express Entry Program

Canada looking for More Immigrants through Express Entry Program

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Every year, the Government of Canada produces an immigration levels plan that outlines the number of new Canadian permanent residents it aims to admit through the country’s various immigration programs.

The first multi-year immigration levels plan was introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2017 and set out admissions targets for 2018-2020 for Canada’s economic, family, refugee and humanitarian immigration programs. This plan was later replaced in 2018 with IRCC’s immigration levels targets for 2019-2021.

Economic immigration, which is a major driver of Canada’s economic growth, accounts for more than half of planned admissions through the multi-year levels plan.

The majority of projected economic admissions would be issued through the federal Express Entry system programs:

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program
  2. The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC); and
  3. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is also expected to play an increasingly important role in terms of economic immigration. This program allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate eligible immigration candidates who match local workforce needs for permanent residence.

Economic Programs

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program:

This Express Entry-managed program is for immigrants with the requisite education, work experience, proficiency in English and/or French and other skills need to establish themselves economically in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC):

The Express Entry-managed Federal Skilled Trades Class is for foreign workers with qualifications in a skilled trade.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC):

The Canadian Experience Class is managed by the Express Entry system and welcomes expressions of interest from foreign workers with Canadian work experience or recent graduates of Canadian educational institutions working in Canada.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP):

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot allows designated Atlantic employers to recruit and hire foreign skilled workers or international graduates in the Atlantic Canada region (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick).

Caregivers Program:

Canada allows eligible foreigners caring for children and people with the high medical need the opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Federal Business (Start-Up Visa Program and Self-Employed Person):

Federal business class programs allow foreigners who meet eligibility requirements the chance to run new or pre-existing businesses in Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

This program allows participating provinces and territories to nominate eligible economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program and Quebec Business:

The province of Quebec runs its own immigration system outside the federal system. The Government of Quebec’s planned levels for 2019 to 2021 have yet to be determined.

Targeted Immigrants by Canada next 2 years

  • The Government of Canada plans to welcome 330,800 new permanent residents by the year 2019.
  • The Government of Canada plans to welcome 341,000 new permanent residents by the year 2020.
  • The Government of Canada plans to welcome 350,000 new permanent residents by the year 2021.
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Ontarios first Tech Draw invites more than 1,600 Express Entry candidates

Ontario’s first Tech Draw invites more than 1,600 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 439

Ontario Express Entry

Ontario Express Entry

Ontario’s first Tech Draw invites more than 1,600 Express Entry candidates

Candidates with eligible work experience in 6 tech occupations targeted in July 12 draw

Ontario conducted its first Tech Draw on July 12, inviting 1,623 Express Entry candidates with eligible work experience to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Those invited in the July 12 draw had Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 439 to 459 and created their Express Entry profiles between July 12, 2018, to July 12, 2019.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced earlier this month that it would begin holding Tech Draws to meet the growing labour needs of the province’s tech sector.

Ontario is home to several of Canada’s major tech hubs, notably those in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo.

Tech companies in Toronto alone created more tech jobs than the San Francisco Bay area in 2017, according to the CBRE Group.

First step: Get in the Express Entry pool

In order to be considered for a Tech Draw invitation, candidates must have an eligible profile registered under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experience Class, both of which are managed by the Federal Express Entry system.

All candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a score under the CRS that is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

A provincial nomination results in an additional 600 CRS points, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Express Entry draws have seen the minimum score required to receive an invitation range from 438 to 470 this year, with scores in the 450s being most common.

Only once this year have Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class candidates with CRS scores of 439 made the cut-off in an Express Entry Draw.

How Tech Draws work

OINP Tech Draws are conducted through the province’s Human Capital Priorities immigration stream, which allows the OINP to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the stream’s eligibility requirements.

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for the Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Tech Draws search specifically for Express Entry candidates who meet the Human Capital Priorities Stream’s eligibility requirements and have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in one of the following six tech occupations:

  1. Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  3. Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  4. Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  5. Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  6. Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which determines an occupation’s skill level and skill type.

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Ontario is targeting Express Entry Candidates with Tech Experience

New Ontario draws will target Express Entry candidates with tech experience

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Ontario is targeting Express Entry Candidates with Tech Experience

Ontario tech draws will provide a pathway to permanent residence for tech workers in 6 occupations

The Government of Ontario has revealed its plans for nominating Express Entry candidates with work experience in the technology sector for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario had previously announced that it would create a dedicated stream for tech workers. Instead, it will hold targeted draws for Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech-related occupations through its existing Human Capital Priorities Stream.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled workers and manages the pool of candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for these programs are entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked based on scores awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or ITA.

Ontario is the most popular destination for new permanent residents of Canada, including those admitted through the Express Entry system. In 2018, 65% of new immigrants admitted through Express Entry had Ontario as their destination province.

To be considered for an invitation through an OINP tech draw, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile.

Tech draws will reflect employer needs

Interest in the tech-focused draws is high in Ontario, which is home to major tech hubs located in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Ontario is currently facing a shortage of tech workers, as is the rest of Canada. It is estimated that up to 220,000 skilled workers will be needed in Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector by 2021.

The OINP uses its Human Capital Priorities Stream to search the Express Entry pool for candidates who match specified federal and provincial criteria.

OINP tech draws will search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with work experience in one of six targeted occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which determines an occupation’s skill level and skill type.

The OINP said the six occupations reflect current needs in Ontario and were selected based on consultations with employers and other stakeholders across the province.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream does not require a job offer and has a history of inviting Express Entry candidates with CRS scores that haven’t been high enough for an ITA in one of the federal government’s regular Express Entry draws.

Express Entry candidates selected by the OINP will receive a Notification of Interest from the OINP and have 45 days to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

Nominations on the rise

Ontario receives an annual nomination allocation through the federal government’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Ontario’s allocation under the PNP has grown in each of the last six years and stands at 6,900 for 2019.

Admissions of new permanent residents through the PNP are slated to continue growing in 2020 and 2021, as are admissions through the three programs managed by the Express Entry system.

Overall, Canada could welcome more than one million newcomers between now and 2021.

“Ontario’s tech draws are an important innovation and a great opportunity for Express Entry candidates,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“Ontario has shown a willingness to invite Express Entry candidates with lower scores through its Human Capital Priorities Stream, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on these tech draws to see if that continues.”

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