200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

Canada has emerged as a coveted destination for India’s diaspora.

Indians appear gung-ho about Canada’s Express Entry programme which invites top-ranked candidates — under the country’s point-based immigration system — to take up permanent residency. Express Entry is Canada’s flagship programme for key economic migration.

Under the scheme, out of the 86,022 invitations sent in 2017, nearly 42% (or 36,310) were to those holding Indian citizenship. The total number of invitations sent in 2017 was more than double the previous year — 33,782.

In 2016, the number of invites sent to those having Indian citizenship in Canada was merely 11,037, showing an increase of more than 200% a year later.

Wait for Green Card sends designs to Canada

According to the Express Entry Year-end Report, 2017, issued recently by the Canadian government’s immigration division, a little over one lakh applications were received for permanent residency under the Express Entry programme in 2017, 86,022 invitations were sent and 65,401 permanent residents and their families were admitted into Canada.

Express Entry Year-end Report 2017

Express Entry Year-end Report 2017

Nearly 40% of this total or 26,000-plus Indians became permanent residents in Canada.

Among those applicants who had job offers and were admitted as permanent residents, occupations like information system analysts, software engineers and designers, computer programmers and university lecturers topped the charts.

These statistics, showing an increase in number of Indians opting for Canadian permanent residency, strengthen the belief that many H-1B visa holders, tired of the backlog and infinite wait for a green card in the US—a green card grants permanent residency on American soil—are now heading towards Canada.

Currently, more than three lakh Indians in the US are waiting for a green card, CATO Institute, a Washington-based think tank, states that given the green card backlog, the waiting period for Indians with an advanced degree (those in the EB-2 category) could be as much as 151 years.

Vikram Rangnekar, now an entrepreneur in Toronto, is among those who made the move. “I lived in the US for six years on H-1B visa. I had a great life in California, lots of friends, an awesome job, and enjoyed the outdoors. Then, I realised that I didn’t want to continue living my life on a restrictive visa. I wanted more freedom, I wanted to work on my own ideas and that was just not possible under the H-1B visa.”

Also with the ever extending green card wait, permanent residency in the US was out of question, for Rangnekar. He and his family moved to Toronto in 2016. “We love the accepting Canadian culture, the diversity, high quality of life, great support and education system for kids,” he said. Today, Rangnekar hosts a platform which helps a significant number of Indians currently on H-1B to find jobs in Canada.

Canada has a point-based immigration system. Under the Express Entry programme, candidates complete an online profile and are given a comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score. They are then placed in the Express Entry pool and ranked relative to each other based on their CRS scores. The pool is dynamic and a candidate’s rank can change as others join and leave the pool, or when the ranking criteria are adjusted according to ministerial instructions. A candidate’s CRS score can also be revised on various grounds, for example if he or she obtains more qualifications or skills. Only top-ranked candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.

The CRS score is divided into two portions. The core score can reach a maximum of 600 points and is based on the candidate’s age, education, official language proficiency, work experience among other criteria. Second, a maximum of 600 points is awarded to the candidates if they meet policy or other objectives like having a provincial nomination, a qualifying offer of arranged employment, Canadian educational credentials, French-language proficiency and a sibling in Canada. The maximum score a person can get is 1,200.

Express Entry draws are held periodically. The most recent was this month, which had a CRS cut-off threshold of 451 points and will result in 3,750 candidates being invited for permanent residency. In 2017, of the 86,022 invitations to apply for permanent residency, 38,932 (or 45%) were sent to candidates with a CRS score between 451 and 500, and 33,252 (or 39%) were sent to candidates with a score between 401 and 450. This relatively low cut-off is good news for those aspiring to move to Canada.

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Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment

Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment

Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment

Canada increases 2018 Atlantic Immigration Pilot allotment

The increase reflects ‘significant use’ of Atlantic Immigration pilot program by employers, Canada’s Immigration Minister says

The Government of Canada is increasing the number of skilled immigrants and their family members who can obtain permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program this year by 500, bringing the 2018 allotment to 2,500.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced the increase Tuesday after a meeting with the premiers of Canada’s four.

Hussen said the increase reflects the “significant use [of] and interest in” the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) from businesses in the four provinces in 2018.

“The provinces have told us that they need more space to ensure that they have the people that they need to continue to grow their businesses right here in Atlantic Canada,” Hussen told reporters Tuesday.

As of May 31, 2018, Hussen said there were 1,000 employers designated under the one-year-old AIPP, which allows approved employers to recruit skilled foreign workers with the work experience to fill labour force gaps and fast-track them and their families for permanent residence.

Hussen said the 1,000 employers was double the number designated under the AIPP in 2017 and that they had already issued 2,000 job offers to eligible skilled immigrants and international graduates of universities in the Atlantic Canada region in 2018.

This is a significant improvement over 2017, the project’s inaugural year when only 250 job offers were issued.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it has received 900 applications for permanent residence through the AIPP since its introduction. Admissions targets through the AIPP are set at 1,000 for 2018, 2,000 for 2019 and 4,000 for 2020.

A key advantage of the AIPP is that designated employers do not have to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment for jobs endorsed under the pilot program.

In order to be eligible, foreign workers must have a full-time job offer from a designated employer and possess at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) paid work experience in an occupation designated Skill Type O, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

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New Express Entry draw continues the trend of 3,750 ITAs

New Express Entry draw continues the trend of 3,750 ITAs

New Express Entry draw continues the trend of 3,750 ITAs

New Express Entry draw continues the trend of 3,750 ITAs

New Express Entry Draw continues the trend of 3750 ITA’s

Latest draw sets new ITA record for month of July, maintains CRS cut-off of 442

The Government of Canada has invited 3,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held on July 11. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this draw was 442.

Today’s minimum score is the same as the previous invitation round on June 25 and the 3,750 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued is the same as the last two draws, held on June 13 and June 25.

The tie-break date and time used in this draw was June 26, 2018, at 13:18:55 UTC. This means that all candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 442, as well as those candidates with scores of 442 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The fact the minimum score did not change between draws, despite the large draw size, may be linked to the fact more than two weeks elapsed between the June 25 draw and today’s invitation round. More time between draws allows the Express Entry pool more time to replenish and can have the effect of elevating the cut-off CRS score.

The 3,750 ITAs issued in the previous three draws is the current high point of a trend established in late 2017 that has seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employ draw sizes that remain the same over successive invitation rounds and then increase by increments of 250 or 500 roughly every two months.

Draw sizes began at 2,750 ITAs this year and have steadily increased to 3,000, 3,500 and now 3,750.

The increase to 3,750 ITAs for both the draws held last month established a new Express Entry record for the month of June. The 7,500 ITAs issued last month more than doubled the 3,409 issued in June 2017.

To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, fill out a free assessment form.

Today’s draw already surpasses the total ITAs issued in all of July 2017, when one draw was held and 3,202 ITAs were issued.

With today’s results, IRCC has now issued a total of 43,450 ITAs in 2018 over 14 draws.

Given the higher admissions targets that Canada has set for both 2018 and 2019, draws may continue to be both large in size and frequent in the coming months.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

The following hypothetical examples illustrate a candidate who would have obtained an ITA in today’s draw:

Anika is 36 years old, holds a Master’s degree and has been working as a management consultant for five years. She has an advanced English language proficiency. While Anika has never worked or studied in Canada, her CRS score of 442 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s Express Entry Draw.

Ranya and Darius are married, both have a Bachelor’s degree and each has been working as a graphic designer for four years. They each have advanced English language proficiencies. Ranya is 29 years old while Darius is 33. Neither has ever worked or studied in Canada. They entered the Express Entry pool with Ranya as the principal applicant and obtained a CRS score of 443. Their score would have been high enough to obtain an ITA during the July 11 draw.

“We’ve now seen back-to-back months that have surpassed the number of ITAs issued in both June and July 2017 and that’s a welcome trend given the quieter than expected start we had to 2018,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. “It’ll be interesting to see if this trend of larger draw sizes continues as the summer continues.”

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