Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Only 10 percent of invitations to immigrate to Canada now go to those with a job offer, down from 40 percent before changes were made in November 2016.

Canada’s rebooted economic immigration selection system has created a bigger pool of eligible candidates by making it easier to apply without a job offer.

With the tweaking of criteria by the federal government more than a year ago, applicants with backgrounds in industrial, electrical and construction trades have become less competitive while international students are getting a boost because their Canadian education is now worth more.

According to the latest immigration data, a total of 101,107 eligible applicants were entered into the candidate pool from January to November 2016, when Ottawa changed its selection system that ranks them and invites those who make the cut-off in each draw to apply for immigration under the economic class. Draws are held multiple times each year.

In the six months after the introduction of changes that included drastically reducing the bonus points awarded to candidates with job offers, 77,207 were entered into the pool. Although the 2017 total of candidates is not yet available, it’s bound to surpass the total from the year before.

Before the changes, almost 40 percent of those invited to apply for immigration had a job offer. Now, only one in 10 applies with a job already lined up.

The changes to the system place a greater emphasis on so-called human capital — personal attributes such as age, education and language proficiency — and have won the praise of immigration experts, who have argued those qualities are more important for newcomers to succeed in Canada in the long run.

“It is difficult to predict an economy’s long-term needs. A skill shortage now may not be a skill shortage five years from now,” said Kareem El-Assal, the senior research associate specializing in immigration policy at the Conference Board of Canada.

“But we know someone who is young, educated and fluent in our official languages is going to adapt to any economic condition.”

The former Conservative government launched what’s known as the Express Entry system that favoured immigrants with job offers to meet employers’ immediate short-term labour market needs, so newcomers could hit the ground running upon arrival.

However, due to the emphasis on job offers, the system ended up bringing in more food service supervisors and cooks than any other professionals, calling into question its goal to attract the world’s best and brightest.

“The system downplayed human capital. It excluded many international students who had little job experience, and brought in cooks, restaurant workers and retail workers,” said El-Assal.

“There’s nothing wrong with that, but we need to think long term when selecting our immigrants to make sure they succeed in the long term in a variety of occupations.”

Toronto immigration lawyer Mario Bellissimo said the new system still gives an edge to applicants with job offers as it continues to give extra points to candidates who already have jobs here.

“However, sometimes it may take them a few rounds before they are selected, where as prior it almost guaranteed,” said Bellissimo. “We also see a lot of younger, well-educated professionals from abroad receiving the invitations to apply, given the lower (threshold) scores.”

Under the revamped system, more emphasis is placed on applicants with Canadian education credentials, hence the number of people with study experience in Canada selected as immigrants increased dramatically to 21,433, or 40 percent of the total immigration invitations in the first six months after the changes were made. By comparison from January to November 2016, only 8,592 or 30 percent of those invited to immigrate had Canadian educational credentials.

Meanwhile, those with backgrounds in trades also dropped significantly from 1,827 or 6 percent before the changes to only 900 or 2 percent because these candidates don’t have that much of an edge with their job offers and tend to score poorly with lower formal education.

Immigration Canada spokesperson Faith St. John said the department is pleased with the initial impact of the changes made to the system.

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs. Programs managed through the system attract high skilled foreign workers who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country,” she said.

“As a result, newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use and help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.”

The conference board’s El-Assal said the revamped system strikes the right balance between Canada’s long- and short-term economic needs, but Ottawa must streamline the labour market impact assessment process to allow employers to prove no Canadian can fill and position and quickly issue a job offer to a prospective immigrant candidate.

He said officials must also tweak the ranking system further to give an edge to Francophone immigration applicants, especially those destined outside of Quebec, who only make up 1,153 or just 2.2 percent of the number of people invited to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry — to make the distribution of Francophone Canadians more even geographically.

Candidates from India have accounted for the largest share among those selected for immigration, with their share jumping to 22,760 or 43 percent of the total from January to May in 2017 from 8,901 or 31 percent in 2016.

Both China and Nigeria have also seen their numbers up exponentially. The former more than doubled to 5,231 from 2,055 while the latter almost quadrupled to 2,900 from 815. China and India are the two leading source countries of foreign students in Canada.

However, the number of Filipino candidates selected for immigration has dropped by more than half to 813 from 1,661 under the revamped system.

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Canada to commit $440 million for immigration over next 3 years

Canada to commit $440 million for immigration increase over next 3 years

Canada to commit $440 million for immigration increase over next 3 years

Canada to commit $440 million for immigration increase over next 3 years

Canada to commit $440 million for immigration increase over next 3 years

Provincial Nominee Programs, Express Entry key drivers of Canada’s three-year plan

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the federal government’s multi-year immigration levels plan is on track and $440 million will be committed to ensure its success.

Hussen provided an update Thursday on Canada’s 2018 immigration levels before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Last November, Canada put aside one-year immigration levels planning in favour of a three-year plan covering 2018 to 2020. The plan calls for a gradual increase in immigration levels over that time, from an overall admissions target of 310,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020.

Hussen said Canada’s new multi-year targets represent the highest admissions in more than 100 years and the highest percentage of immigration in more than 40 years.

Sixty percent of this growth will come through Canada’s economic immigration programs, Hussen said, singling out the vital roles of the federal Express Entry system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs.

“The number of skilled immigrants we select through our Express Entry system will grow over this time frame, which will mean more highly skilled talent for our labour market,” he said.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a target of 242,100 new admissions between 2018 and 2020 through the three economic immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry target admissions

Year Target Target Increase
2017 71,700*
2018 74,900 3,200 (4%)
2019 81,400 6,700 (9%)
2020 85,800 4,400 (5%)

As to PNPs, which allow Canada’s provinces and territories to nominate a set number of immigrants each year for permanent residence, Hussen said these programs were a key driver for the multi-year level plan.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System score, leaving them well-positioned to receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC.

“Provincial economies are doing very well and they had asked us to help them meet the soaring demand for workers and for skilled labour,” Hussen said. “They’ve constantly been asking for increases and you see an increase every single year as part of the three-year plan.”

IRCC has set admission targets through PNPs that will increase by a total of 23 percent over those three years.

Better planning

Hussen said the multi-year approach also allows the government and partner organizations to better prepare for increases to ensure they have the capacity to welcome and successfully integrate newcomers into Canadian society.

“Instead of planning admissions one year at a time, as has been the norm for the last 15 years, planning admissions over three years will ensure that the government and our service provider partners are in a better position to plan for newcomer-specific settlement needs,” he said.

The increased admission targets under the multi-year levels plan are projected to cost $440 million over the next three years.

The minister said these additional resources will be used to address the increased demands placed on IRCC’s global processing network and its settlement programs. The additional funding will also enable IRCC and its partners to process and screen more applications for permanent residency in a timely manner.

“We expect that higher immigration levels will allow us to improve the operations of our immigration system, help us to reduce our application backlogs and improve processing times for our clients,” he said, adding that the increased levels in certain categories will create more admission spaces and allow IRCC to process more applications each year.

“In particular, we expect to see real progress in reducing processing times in family, caregiver and refugee programs,” Hussen said. “Faster processing also ensures that employers can more effectively get the talent they need.”

The day before Hussen’s standing committee update, he announced that the government had met its promised 12-month deadline to reduce the backlog of Spousal Sponsorship applications by 80 percent.

Immigration essential to Canada’s future

The Immigration Minister said the government’s immigration objectives are supported by independent studies by organizations like the Conference Board of Canada, which late last year reported that Canada will need to increase immigration levels to around one percent of Canada’s population over the next two decades in order to sustain a healthy level of economic growth across the country.

Under the multi-year levels plan, immigration will represent 0.9 percent of Canada’s population by 2020, Hussen said.

Pointing to the diminishing ratio of workers to aging Canadians over the last 47 years, Hussen said all Canadians have a vested interest in increased immigration levels.

“In 1971, there were 6.6 people of working age for each senior; by 2012, the worker to retiree ratio was 4.2: 1,” Hussen said. “Projections put the ratio at 2:1 by 2036 — less than 20 years from now. That’s when 5.5 million Canadians are expected to retire and almost 100 percent of Canada’s net population growth will be through immigration.”

Immigration already accounts for 65 percent of net population growth in Canada and immigrants now constitute 25 percent of Canada’s workforce, Hussen said.

Canada’s demographic challenges necessitate enhanced efforts to attract immigrants with the skills Canada needs in order to grow the size of its labour force and Canada’s economy, and maintain national social programs, Hussen said.

“Immigration will also help to support our much-cherished public health care system, public pensions and other social programs in the decades to come,” he said.

“Immigration represents a major investment in our country’s prosperity… it will benefit all Canadians now and into the future.”

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IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship’s now cleared

IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog now cleared

IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog now cleared

IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog now cleared

IRCC says 80% of spousal sponsorship backlog now cleared

60,000 applications processed since December 2016, says Canada’s immigration minister

The Government of Canada announced today that it has now cleared 80 percent of its spousal sponsorship backlog.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, made the announcement as part of a special Valentine’s Day update.

Hussen said the achievement delivers on a government promise made in December 2016 to reduce the backlog by 80 percent within a year.

“Just a year ago, in December 2016, there were almost 75,000 people in the spousal sponsorship backlog,” Hussen said. “As of today, more than 80 percent of those spouses in the backlog have received final decisions in their applications.”

The backlog now stands at 15,000 individuals, he said.

“Moving to a new country can be a difficult process, especially when it comes to spouses and partners who are separated by time and distance,” Hussen said.  “Canadians with a partner or spouse who is abroad shouldn’t have to wait for years to have them immigrate to Canada. Nor should those in the country be left uncertain as to whether they will be allowed to stay in Canada.”

To those whose applications are still being processed, Hussen said the government “is working diligently to process your files.”

Changes to application process

Hussen also announced a revision to the spouse and common-law partner sponsorship guide and checklist. Under the change, spousal sponsorship applicants will now be asked to submit their Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669) form and police certificates as part of their initial paper application package, instead of later in the application process, as was previously required.

“These changes will help us process applications even faster and avoid unnecessary delays,” Hussen said.

Canada’s Liberal government has made family reunification an immigration priority and has introduced a number of policy changes to this end, including its promise to process the majority of spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months from the day they are received.

Prior to its December 2016 changes the average processing time for spouses/common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada was as long as 26 months.

The federal government also introduced a new spousal sponsorship application kit in December 2016 that it said was designed to streamline and simplify the process.

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Applying for an Ireland Student Visa

Applying for an Ireland Student Visa

Applying for an Ireland Student Visa

Applying for an Ireland Student Visa

You must make your visa application through online, the online visa application facility is available in worldwide and must be used by all applicants who is applying student visa for Ireland.

Your application will be processed only when the online form is completed AND the required is documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fees are received by the relevant office as indicated by the online system.

You should read the visa application details very carefully. Because If you do not submit the required documentation, your visa will get refused.

Some points for you to note. When making an application you must:

You have to complete the online application form

Check the Irish Embassy details where your documentation is to be sent

You should provide a passport sized photo

Ensure your passport is valid only for 12 months

Pay the application fee

Provide a signed letter of application which explains why you require the visa

A Letter of Acceptance from the Irish university, college or school, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week.

This letter must name you (the applicant) and verify the title/duration of the particular course

It should also confirm the amount of fees payable for your course, and that amount has to be paid.

If the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf, details of this must be contained in this letter of acceptance. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organize this yourself and provide evidence with your application.

 Documents for a student visa in Ireland

Two recent color passport sized photographs

Passport and a full copy of any previous passports

A signed letter of application including your full contact details (stating the reason you want to come to Ireland)

Letter of Acceptance from the college/university

Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history

You should show the Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees

Copies of all academic qualifications, exam results required for university study

English language proficiency certificate

Proof you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment

Medical Insurance (the insurance coverage covers the student at a minimum of 25,000 EUR)

Commitment to leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa

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What Everyone Must Know About Global Impact Visa

What Everyone Must Know About Global Impact Visa

What Everyone Must Know About Global Impact Visa

What Everyone Must Know About Global Impact Visa

Global Impact Visa (GIV)

Immigration New Zealand has partnered with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) to deliver an innovative new immigration product for high impact entrepreneurs, investors, and start-up teams.

The Global Impact Visa (GIVs) provides up to 400 individual pioneering entrepreneurs and investors to create and support innovation-based ventures and start-up teams from New Zealand.

By partnering with local and international experts in innovation, and leveraging private sector strengths, the New Zealand government is better positioned to accelerate innovation and grow New Zealand for all.

There are two stages to the application process:

Submit an application, and be accepted into, the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF)

Apply for a Global Impact Visa.

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) is collaboration between the Hillary Institute for International Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and celebrates mid-career leaders from around the world; and Kiwi Connect, an organisation promoting and connecting high-impact entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

EHF has been designed as an end-to-end programme that gives entrepreneurs, start-up teams and investors a platform to incubate and grow innovative ventures.

Participation in the programme provides Fellows with:

  • Access to a supportive local and global network of investors, advisors, partners and mentors
  • A community of visionary entrepreneurial leaders and a diverse group of Fellows in each cohort
  • Connection to centers of excellence in different regions of New Zealand
  • Regular events, demo days, retreats learning and sharing opportunities, and a platform to tell your story
  • Help to identify the best integration support for yourself and immediate family
  • Access to investment and scaling opportunities in NZ and overseas
  • Access to top talent, universities, accelerators and incubators, policy makers, investment and Research & Development grants.

In return, Fellows are expected to contribute towards New Zealand entrepreneurship ecosystems and actively work on, or invest in, ventures within New Zealand that have the potential for widespread global impact.

The Fellowship has 100 places available each year for international candidates, and will also accept up to 20 New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors every year.

Global Impact Visa (GIVs)

GIVs is a three-year open work visa that enables participants in the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to work and live in New Zealand.

Upon completion of the three-year programme, international Fellows become part of the EHF alumni community, and are eligible to apply for permanent residence. To be eligible to apply for permanent residence, you must remain in the Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 30 months, and maintain the support of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

GIVs is initially being run as a four-year pilot.

Who GIV’s is targeting

The policy is designed to attract those with the drive and capability to launch global ventures from New Zealand who may not be able to qualify for other visa categories. They will have the combination of drive, risk appetite and global connections which enables them to launch or significantly contribute to successful innovation-based ventures in New Zealand.

The GIV’s selection process

EHF is responsible for identifying entrepreneurs who could have a significant impact on New Zealand’s innovation system, whilst Immigration New Zealand is responsible for processing and making decisions on visas.

To be eligible for a Global Impact Visa, applicants must first obtain entry into EHF’s programme. Once nominated for acceptance into EHF, candidates are able to apply for a Global Impact Visa.

Eligibility for GIVs is conditional on meeting a number of criteria. Selected applicants will be assessed on the basis of their acceptance into EHF’s programme, English language, health and character, and having sufficient funds to support themselves.

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