Alberta’s new Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity Streams arrived

Alberta’s new Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity streams have arrived

Alberta's new Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity Streams arrived

Alberta’s new Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity Streams arrived

Alberta’s new Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity Streams arrived

Province unveils long-awaited details of Express Entry-linked stream

The Canadian province of Alberta unveiled two new immigration streams Thursday, including its anticipated Express Entry-linked stream.

Both streams were originally expected in January, but the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) delayed their introduction until now.

The creation of a dedicated Express Entry Stream will now allow Alberta to invite candidates in the federal Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination.

“Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta and who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities will be invited to apply,” the AINP said in its announcement of its Express Entry Stream.

The federal Express Entry system manages candidates in Canada’s three main economic immigration classes – the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

A candidate in the Express Entry pool who receives a nomination from a Canadian province obtains 600 extra points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and is prioritized for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Qualified candidates with profiles in the Express Entry pool will be selected directly by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Express Entry candidates can only apply for a provincial nomination after receiving an invitation from the AINP.

The first step towards pursuing this stream is to enter the Express Entry pool.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

In addition to the new Express Entry stream, Alberta said that as of June 14 it will accept applications under the Self-Employed Farmer Stream and its new Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS).

The AOS operates outside of Express Entry and provides a pathway to permanent residence for candidates who are working in Alberta.

Under the new AOS, candidates can apply without needing employer support.

The AOS replaces Alberta’s Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream, both of which are now closed effective June 14. The AINP said applications to both streams that are post-marked before June 14 will still be accepted for processing.

In order to be eligible for the AOS, candidates must be currently working full-time in Alberta in an eligible occupation and satisfy minimum selection criteria for residency and employment status, occupation, language, education, work experience, and income level.

More details about the eligibility requirements of the AOS are available on the AINP’s dedicated page.

The AINP said one of the main benefits of the new stream is its expansion of the occupations and skill levels that are accepted.

“These new changes will better serve workers in Alberta who wants to become permanent residents. We have simplified processes, which will reduce wait times and provide fair access for all workers who wish to build lives in Alberta,” the AINP said

The AINP says the purpose of these changes is to:

Simplify the application process by creating the AOS

Open up the program to virtually all skills and professions in Alberta with more flexibility for trade skills

Ensure that workers with professional, personal and community ties to Alberta are first in line to become permanent residents with a pathway to citizenship.

The AINP has been allotted a maximum of 5,600 nominations for 2018 by Canada’s federal government, which shares responsibility for immigration with Canada’s provinces and territories.

The AINP says it has issued 2,277 nomination certificates so far in 2018.

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Global Talent Stream makes it easier to work in Canada

CANADA’S GLOBAL TALENT STREAM MAKES IT EASIER TO WORK IN CANADA!

Global Talent Stream makes it easier to work in Canada

Global Talent Stream makes it easier to work in Canada

In just a few months, the province of Quebec will hold scheduled elections for its National Assembly. Immigration policy is one of the most hotly debated issues between the parties that are running candidates in the election.

QUEBEC SOLIDAIRE’S PLAN

One party, Quebec Solidaire (QS), has recently unveiled its plan to help immigrants better adjust to life in the French speaking province. The party plans to offer immigrants services to help them find jobs soon after arriving in Canada.

Another important part of the plan is providing information on French-language classes. Quebec is the only province in Canada where French is the only official language. Therefore, helping immigrants gain knowledge of the local language is a crucial part of any immigration policy.

QS wants to make all this assistance and information available through the help centers that will be located throughout the province.

While QS may not have a great chance of winning the election, the party does bring some interesting ideas to the discussion in Quebec.

QUEBEC IMMIGRATION

Quebec has a very unique immigration system in Canada and does not select immigrants like other provinces in the country. Quebec does not use the federal Express Entry system. Instead, it has its own programs for immigration like the Quebec Skilled Worker program and Quebec Experience Program.

Quebec has to compete with the other provinces that do use the streamlined federal system to attract immigrants. Therefore, Quebec needs to make sure that its programs and services are attractive. The immigration plan proposed by QS can definitely help to make Quebec an even more popular immigration destination!

OTHER PLANS

Some other parties, like the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois, have similar plans to better integrate immigrants into the province. However, the party leading in the polls, the Coalition Avenir Quebec, is taking another direction. They want to give immigrants to the province a language and values test after three years of living in the province. If a person cannot pass the test then their future in the province might be in jeopardy.

The Quebec election in October will have a big impact on immigration to the province. Hopefully, the winners of the election will ensure that newcomers are cared for in the future.

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Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

2018 Canadian Immigration Forecast

Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

Overview of Canadian Immigration in 2018

With almost half the year past, 2018 has proven to be a busy time for Canadian immigration. Since the beginning of the year, several Provincial Nominee Program intakes have opened and closed, there have been nine Express Entry draws, and Quebec has made changes to its immigration programs. So what can we anticipate for the state of immigration for the rest of the year? Here is a forecast of what might be to come for Canadian immigration in 2018!

EXPRESS ENTRY

Immigration targets that the Canadian government set for 2018 were very ambitious. The majority of immigrants to Canada in 2018 are expected to be processed through Express Entry.

The first quarter of the year saw fewer Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence issued than in the same time period in 2017. Because of this, it can be expected that future Express Entry draws will have lower minimum CRS scores in order for immigration officials to issue greater numbers of ITAs.

In fact, the first three Express Entry draws of 2018’s second quarter all had lower minimum scores and resulted in more ITAs being issued. 3500 ITAs were issued in these draws and each had a minimum CRS score of 441.

In the coming months, there is a high chance that future Express Entry draws will follow this pattern. That way Canada can meet its immigration targets that it set out at the beginning of the year.

PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAMS

The first few months of 2018 have also seen lots of immigration activity surrounding Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Both Alberta and Manitoba introduced new PNP streams in hopes of attracting more immigrants. Several provinces also opened intakes for their PNPs, allowing potential immigrants to apply to these programs.

The rest of 2018 will most likely see similar levels of activity with the Provincial Nominee Programs. It is possible that more provinces will open up intakes throughout the year.

QUEBEC IMMIGRATION

The province of Quebec has a great deal of autonomy over immigration to the province and therefore has unique immigration programs. In 2018, Quebec has made some major changes to its immigration programs. The province is making some of its programs look more like the Federal Express Entry system with points based selection criteria.

It is very possible that the Quebec Skilled Worker program will open an intake of applications before the end of the summer. This would allow up to 5000 potential immigrants to apply for the program.

Additionally, Quebec might open up its investment and business immigration streams to new applications sometime after August 15th of this year.

FAMILY IMMIGRATION

Back in February, Canada’s immigration minister announced a renewed commitment to family immigration from the Canadian government. The minister also announced that changes will be coming to the family immigration system to make processing times for sponsorship applications shorter. Family immigration is set to become a bit easier this year as a result.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Spring is the traditional time for university graduations. With so many international students graduating from Canadian universities, it’s likely that there will be a spike in the number of applications for post graduation work permits. These permits provide a great way for international graduates to stay and work in Canada after finishing school.

ASYLUM SEEKERS

Canada is still facing elevated numbers of irregular border crossings and asylum claims. It is possible that this number could increase as the weather warms.

The Canadian government is currently weighing its options to address the issue and reduce the strain on the immigration system. It is also talking to foreign governments, like the United States and Nigeria, about how to reduce the number of unauthorized border crossings.

OVERALL FORECAST

In general, the rest of 2018 is shaping up to be an eventful time in the world of Canadian immigration! A lot of news is set to be made in the next few months, so keep following Canadim’s blog to stay up to date!

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