Saskatchewan issued invitations through the new EOI System

Saskatchewan issued first Occupations In-Demand invitations through new EOI system

Saskatchewan issued invitations through the new EOI System

Saskatchewan issued invitations through the new EOI System

The SINP switched to an Expression of Interest system for its Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry sub-categories in July

Saskatchewan has issued its first invitations through the new Expression of Interest system for its Occupations In-Demand immigration sub-category.

In an update published September 20, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) says it issued 140 invitations to candidates in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, which targets eligible skilled workers with work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations.

The lowest-ranked candidate had a score of 75 points on Saskatchewan’s unique point-based assessment grid and the SINP specified that those invited all had Educational Credential Assessments, which are required in order to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan.

Anyone interested in immigrating to Saskatchewan through the Occupations In-Demand sub-category must first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI), a pre-application process that determines one’s eligibility.

Candidates must meet the minimum threshold of 60 points out of a possible 100 on factors such as education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connections to Saskatchewan’s labour market/adaptability. Those who meet this minimum and the sub-category’s other criteria are then entered into the pool of candidates, where they are ranked against the competition.

EOI candidates with the highest scores are issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan through periodic draws from the EOI pool. The SINP says the number of invitations issued in each draw “is dependent on annual processing targets and employment demands.”

Candidates whose provincial nomination application is approved by Saskatchewan can then apply to Canada’s federal government for permanent residence.

Saskatchewan switched to an EOI system for its Occupations In-Demand and Express Entry immigration sub-categories in July. Both are components of Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker Category.

Saskatchewan issued its first invitations to EOI candidates in its Express Entry sub-category on August 21.

The SINP says the change allows it to better target immigration candidates who are most likely to succeed in Saskatchewan’s labour market and that “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”

Previously, the SINP had employed a first-come, first-served approach to applications through the two sub-categories that favored those quickest to apply when they were opened periodically to candidates.

EOI systems, which prioritize a candidate’s so-called human capital, are now employed by most Canadian provinces. The Government of Canada’s Express Entry system is also EOI-based, as is Quebec’s new approach to selecting candidates through the popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

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PEI conducted the new draw for Express Entry, Labour and Business Candidates

PEI conducted the new draw for Express Entry, Labour and Business Candidates

PEI conducted the new draw for Express Entry, Labour and Business Candidates

PEI conducted the new draw for Express Entry, Labour and Business Candidates

Prince Edward Island has issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in its Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories.

The province’s Office of Immigration issued a total of 116 invitations to Express Entry and Labour Impact Category candidates and eight to candidates in its Business Impact Category.

The minimum score for Business Impact Category candidates was 152. PEI’s Office of Immigration did not provide a minimum score for the Labour Impact and Express Entry invitations.

Express Entry candidates who wish to be considered under the PEI Express Entry Category must create a profile in the province’s Expression of Interest system. Profiles are reviewed and assigned points based on six selection factors: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability.

Express Entry candidates who have been invited through the PEI Express Entry Stream have 90 days from the invitation date to submit a complete application to the province’s Office of Immigration. Applicants who are nominated by PEI receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leaving them well-positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

PEI’s Labour Impact Category is for individuals who possess skills and experience that are needed in PEI’s labor market. The category is divided into three streams: Skilled Workers, Critical Workers, and International Graduates.

Controversial business streams now closed

The Government of Prince Edward Island announced last week that the September 20 draw would be the final invitation round for the Business Impact Category’s 100% Ownership and Partial Ownership streams, which had become mired in controversy.

The streams allowed candidates to be nominated for permanent residence by PEI in exchange for opening a business in the province. Investigations revealed, however, that many never opened a business after receiving permanent residence status.

Prince Edward Island says it will maintain the Business Impact Category’s Work Permit Stream, which issues immigrant entrepreneurs with a temporary work permit to start their business and only nominates them for Canadian permanent residence once the terms of their performance agreement are met.

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Newfoundland and Labrador publishes list of employers designated under AIPP

Newfoundland and Labrador publishes list of employers designated under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Newfoundland and Labrador publishes list of employers designated under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Newfoundland and Labrador publishes list of employers designated under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Newfoundland and Labrador publishes list of employers designated under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The provincial government is encouraging foreign nationals to contact listed employers

The list of Newfoundland and Labrador employers taking part in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been made public, and the provincial government is encouraging foreign nationals to get in touch with them.

The list contains 172 employers that have been designated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which fast-tracks eligible foreign workers and international graduates with a job offer from a designated employer for Canadian permanent residence.

The designated employers listed by Newfoundland and Labrador span the province’s business landscape, from coffee shops and restaurants to aerospace companies, and are located in communities around Canada’s easternmost province.

A note at the bottom of the list reads “Foreign nationals, including international graduates, interested in utilizing the Atlantic Immigration Pilot are encouraged to contact the listed employers.“

Newfoundland and Labrador is currently the only province taking part in the AIPP to make its list of designated employers public.

A government report says thousands of job openings are anticipated in Newfoundland and Labrador between now and 2025 as a result of population decline in the province.

Introduced last year, the three-year AIPP helps employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces — Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — to hire eligible foreign workers and international graduates of post-secondary institutions in region for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

In order to take part in the AIPP, an employer must first be designated by its respective provincial government. This process requires specified commitments from employers that include working with a settlement services provider to help principal applicants and their families adjust to life in Canada.

Admissions through the AIPP had been set at 1,000 in 2018, 2,000 for 2019 and 4,000 for 2020. However, its growing popularity led the federal government to raise the 2018 target to 2,500 in July.

The pilot is run as a partnership between Canada’s federal government and the governments of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces.

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