British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

Requirements, in-demand occupations list modified

A modified version of British Columbia’s Tech Pilot will continue for another year.

Introduced last August, the Tech Pilot is designed to help British Columbia’s booming tech sector attract foreign talent in 32 in-demand occupations through weekly draws from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s pool of immigration candidates.

In an update issued June 26, 2018, the BC PNP announced that it was extending the pilot until June 2019 and reducing both the number of in-demand occupations from 32 to 29 as well as the duration of its required job offer, from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least one year (365 days).

The BC PNP said this last change was “based on feedback from tech companies, such as those in the animation and digital effects sectors, where job offers are often awarded on a project-to-project basis, for a specific duration of time.”

The removal of three occupations from the list of in-demand occupations was also based on feedback from tech sector employers and reflects actual demand, the BC PNP said.

The three positions that were removed are:

NOC 0113 — Purchasing Managers

NOC 1123 — Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

NOC 4163 — Business Development Officers and Marketing Research and Consultants

While no end date was attached to the Tech Pilot when it was introduced, the BC PNP said extending it to June 2019 “will provide employers with a degree of stability that will allow them to plan for their future staffing needs.”

How it works

The BC PNP will issue invitations on a weekly basis to qualified registrants who have a valid job offer in one of the 32 eligible occupations.

The free registration process includes providing information about the applicant’s supporting B.C. employer. In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both the applicant and his or her employer must meet all program requirements at the time of registration. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee that the applicant will be invited to apply.

The BC PNP will continue to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives. To learn more about immigrating to BC, see our complete BC PNP section.

The BC PNP supports employers to attract and retain needed talent by providing an expedited immigration pathway for internationally trained workers who have the critical skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers, as well as international students who have completed their education in BC or elsewhere in Canada and have the critical skills required for BC’s technology sector.

Applicants need a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), depending on their job, work experience, and level of education.

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Express Entry ITA’s reached record high in the month of June

Express Entry ITAs reach record high for month of June

Express Entry ITAs reach record high for month of June

Express Entry ITAs reach record high for month of June

Express Entry ITA’s reached record high in the month of June

Canada increases ITAs and aims to maintain fast processing

This month has seen two Express Entry draws invite a total of 7,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence, making it the busiest June since Canada introduced the Express Entry system in 2015.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, in each of the two all-program draws held in June — the largest invitation rounds yet in 2018.

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

The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds.

The number of ITAs issued in each all-program draw of 2018 has gradually increased over the course of the year. The year began with two draws of 2,750 ITAs each in January, followed by four draws of 3,000 ITAs each in February and March and four draws of 3,500 ITAs each in April and May.

More big draws to come?

The 7,500 ITAs issued this month more than doubled the 3,409 issued in June 2017, a year that smashed all previous Express Entry ITA records.

In 2017, IRCC issued 86,023 ITAs over the course of the year. With 2018 now almost half over, IRCC has issued a total of 39,700 so far — less than half the 2017 total.

If IRCC plans on matching or exceeding 2017’s ITA totals this year, which could be possible given the higher admissions targets that Canada has set for both 2018 and 2019, draw sizes may continue to be large and frequent in the coming months.

Larger draw sizes, and more frequent invitation rounds can also have the effect of lowering the CRS score, which we witnessed in June. The second draw of the month, held on June 25, saw the cut-off CRS score fall to 442.

In the case of the June 13 draw, IRCC had let three weeks elapse between all-program draws, which allowed more candidates to enter the pool and saw the CRS cut-off jump from 440 to 451.

The June 25 draw occurred only 12 days later, which meant the pool had less time to replenish and contributed to the CRS scored dropping by nine points, to 442.

If IRCC maintains an invitation round schedule with large draws every two weeks heading through the summer, this could result in a further reduction of the CRS score.

“We had long anticipated that IRCC might increase draw sizes or frequency at some point in 2018, and June 2018 has seen both,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“It remains to be seen what additional steps IRCC will continue to take if it hopes to achieve its targets for the coming years.”

Return of the 60-day application deadline

The other big Express Entry news in June was IRCC’s announcement that it was reverting to a 60-day deadline from the date an ITA is received to apply for permanent residence, effective June 26, 2018.

In an email to clients, IRCC said it was resuming its original 60-day limit, which had been changed to 90 days in November 2016, in the interests of better customer service.

“With this change, we are moving back to the original timeframe as it better reflects the intended design of Express Entry as a process leading to expedited results for you, our clients,” the email reads.

Fast processing of applications for permanent residence has been a goal for IRCC since the Express Entry system was first introduced.

In its 2017 year-end-report on Express Entry, IRCC said 80 percent of Federal Skilled Worker applications that year were processed in four months or less from the moment a complete application is received.

By reducing the application deadline by 30 days, IRCC may see the total Express Entry process get faster.

This change will also allow IRCC to know sooner which candidates who receive ITAs are applying or declining their invitations.

These benefits, however, do come at a cost, namely the additional pressure on applicants to collect documents quickly.

A report published by IRCC in December 2017 found that 41 percent of Express Entry candidates who received an ITA after November 2016 took advantage of the extended deadline and submitted their application between 61 days and 90 days after receiving an ITA.

Only 57 percent submitted their complete application within 60 days.

The report also found, however, that when Express Entry applicants only had 60 days in which to apply — as they did in the 11 months prior to the November 2016 switch to 90 days — 90 percent managed to get their applications in within the 60-day deadline.

“With less time to submit an application and the supporting documents that are required to complete it, the importance of having those documents in hand and ready to submit prior to receiving an ITA now takes on new importance,” David Cohen said.  “So learn which documents you’ll need and get busy collecting them

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IRCC reduces Express Entry PR application to 60 days

IRCC reduces Express Entry permanent residence application deadline to 60 days

IRCC reduces Express Entry PR application to 60 days

IRCC reduces Express Entry PR application to 60 days

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has changed the deadline to respond to an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from 90 to 60 calendar days.

If a candidate was invited to apply before June 26, 2018, he or she still has 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). All candidates invited to apply after June 26, 2018, will have 60 days to submit an application to IRCC.

Any individual interested in immigrating to Canada through the three programs — Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC ) — managed under the Express Entry system must first submit a complete profile to the Express Entry pool.

Express Entry candidates who meet the minimum requirements to one of the three programs are automatically entered into the Express Entry pool. There, candidates are ranked according to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and the highest-ranked candidates are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through regular invitation rounds.

Receiving an ITA after June 26, 2018

 Candidates who receive an ITA after June 26, 2018 will have 60 calendar days take one of the following steps:

Submit a complete online application for permanent residence including providing all supporting documentation up front.

Decline the ITA in their online account.

For candidates who do not respond to the ITA by taking one of the steps mentioned above, the ITA will expire and the candidate’s profile will be removed from the Express Entry pool. To re-enter the pool, the candidate must submit a new Express Entry profile to IRCC.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:

  • Grants citizenship, and
  • Issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians.
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