Ontario Continues busy in 2018 with new Express Entry Invitations

Ontario continues busy 2018 with new Express Entry invitations

Ontario continues busy 2018 with new Express Entry invitations

Ontario continues busy 2018 with new Express Entry invitations

Latest invitation rounds are the fifth for Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams since the end of March

Ontario has issued another 95 Express Entry candidates with invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through its Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Workers streams.

The new invitation rounds took place May 2 and 3 and are the fifth that Ontario has held in each stream since the end of March.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said the 59 Express Entry candidates invited in this round through the Skilled Trades Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and May 2, 2018.

The 36 invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018, and May 3, 2018.

There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for either stream.

Ontario has now issued 604 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) through Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream since the start of 2018 and 420 through its French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Ontario has also issued 2,587 NOIs since the start of 2018 to Express Entry candidates through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Ontario says it will continue issuing NOIs to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who qualify for one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams “on a regular basis.”

The Skilled Trades Stream is for skilled workers with a valid Express Entry profile who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class and have work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream was launched in 2015 to target French-speaking Express Entry candidates who qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and who have sufficient English language abilities (CLB 6 or higher).

There are also unique provincial criteria for both streams.

Express Entry candidates who are issued an NOI by Ontario and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply, or ITA, in a later Express Entry Draw.

Express Entry candidates who received an NOI in this latest invitation round have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.

The first step to pursuing any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams is to submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool.

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Canada ranked fourth most accepting country in the world for Immigrants

Canada ranked fourth most-accepting country in the world for immigrants

Canada ranked fourth most-accepting country in the world for immigrants

Canada ranked fourth most-accepting country in the world for immigrants

New Gallup study says acceptance of immigrants ‘follows political fault lines’ in Canada and the U.S.

Canada is the fourth most-accepting country in the world when it comes to immigrants, a new study by Gallup says.

Canada scored 8.14 out of a possible 9 in Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index, which put it fourth out of 140 countries in terms of how accepting their populations are of newcomers. Iceland was ranked first, followed by New Zealand and Rwanda.

Gallup says it created the index to assess people’s acceptance of immigrants based on what it calls “increasing degrees of proximity.” This is assessed through three questions that ask respondents whether immigrants living in their country, becoming their neighbours and marrying into their homes are “good things or bad things.”

Canada’s score is based on the answers of 2,000 Canadians aged 15 and older who were surveyed between August 10 and November 29, 2017 — a time that saw a significant spike in the number of people crossing into Canada from the United States and claiming asylum in response to immigration policies introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The United States ranked ninth on the index with a score of 7.86.

Acceptance ‘follows political fault lines’

Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index echoes a recent Environics Institute study that found a majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views about immigration.

In their report, Gallup researchers Neli Esipova, Julie Ray and Anita Pugliese said residents of both Canada and the United States “are still among the most accepting of migrants in the world” but noted that acceptance in both countries “largely follows political fault lines.”

“Both Canada and the United States have long histories as receiving countries, but in the past two years, one government has embraced that history, while the other has been trying to distance itself from it,” the authors wrote.

In the United States, where the Trump Administration has targeted immigration as a threat to national security and American workers, respondents who said Trump is doing a good job scored 7.08 out of 9 on the index. Those who disapproved of Trump’s performance scored 8.54.

A parallel trend was observed in Canada when it comes to the performance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose Liberal government has spoken favorably of immigration and taken steps to increase it. The authors say those who approve of Trudeau’s performance scored an 8.64 on Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index, while those who disapprove of him scored 7.84.

Faith, age, education among determining factors

The survey also found that respondents in both the United States and Canada who said religion is an important part of their daily lives scored lower on the Migrant Acceptance Index than those for whom religion is not so important.

Those who support Trump and self-identify as religious scored 6.97 on Gallup’s index. Conversely, those who disapprove of Trump and are not religious scored 8.61.

“Americans who are highly religious are more likely to identify as Republicans — the party of the president — and as conservatives,” the study’s authors noted. “More-religious Canadians tend to affiliate with the Conservative Party more than Trudeau’s [Liberal] Party.”

The study found acceptance of immigrants in both countries was higher among younger residents, those with the most education and those living in urban areas. Levels of acceptance were also higher in both Canada and the U.S. among those currently working and those who reported being satisfied with their income and standard of living than among those who were not working or did not feel like they were getting their fair share.

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Steps to check before you apply for Australian PR Visa

5 Key Things To Check Before You Apply For Australian PR Visa

Steps to check before you apply for Australian PR Visa

Steps to check before you apply for Australian PR Visa

The Australian Permanent Residence (PR) Visa is one of the world’s most desired visa categories. It evident from the number of EOIs (Expression of Interest) and applications Department of Home Affairs, Australia receives every year from all over the world. Australia immigration system being point based and organized attract many immigrants to apply. It also has one of the most hassle-free procedures for obtaining permanent residency in many advanced countries including mighty United States of America (USA).

Australia follows a point based system for immigration and allocates points to the applicants for their each profile factors. If you are also an aspirant of Australian PR visa, here are the few key factors you need to check before you apply for PR in Australia.

Age

Your age is an important factor when applying for permanent residency in Australia. Your age must be below 45 years when applying for Australian PR. Moreover, you get maximum points (i.e. 30 points)for age factor between 25-32 years of age. After this, your points for age factor start decreasing. It remains lowest between age 40-44 (i.e. 15 points).

Your Occupation must be on the list

Your occupation must be in one of the Skilled Occupation Lists of Australia to be able to apply for Australian PR visa. Hence, you must check your occupation in the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations before applying for the visa.

English Proficiency

To apply for Australia PR you need to have good proficiency level in the English language. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the globally recognized agency that organise English proficiency test and allocates proficiency score to the applicants. Although, IELTS band 6 is the minimum requirement by Australian immigration department, however, you get zero points for this score. So if you want good point score to apply Australia PR, you must try to score IELTS Band 7 or above.

Submit EOI and obtain 60 points

Australia follows point system for skilled migration. Hence, to qualify as an applicant, you must submit EOI (Expression of Interest) in the online SkillSelect system and obtain minimum 60 points for age, education, language skills, work experience, etc. criteria.

Health and Character certification

You must be of good health while applying for Australia PR and when asked about to present the medical certificate, i.e. you must not be suffering from any objectionable disease when your application is being considered for PR.

Moreover, you should be of good character, i.e. no criminal case, etc. should be in your name. You also need to provide PCC in support of the same.

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