Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

First-come, first-served sub-category last opened in January and met quota quickly

Saskatchewan has opened its International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category to 400 new applications.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced the opening on Wednesday, June 13, and said the first come, first-served sub-category will remain open until the application threshold of 400 is met.

Applicants who receive a provincial nomination under this Express Entry sub-category receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, leaving them well-positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next draw from the Express Entry pool.

The SINP said only complete applications with all required documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be returned without refund of the application fee, it added.

Second opening of SINP’s Express Entry sub-category in 2018

This is the second time in 2018 that this popular SINP sub-category has opened to applications. The previous opening occurred on January 10, also to 400 applications. The intake quota in that case was reached within only a few hours of opening.

Over the course of 2017, this sub-category opened five times to a total of 3,200 applicants.

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category does not require a job offer or a connection to Saskatchewan but rather enables the SINP to nominate individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Express Entry pool.

Eligible candidates must possess the necessary education, skilled work experience in one of Saskatchewan’s 36 in-demand occupations, language ability, and other factors to help them settle successfully in Saskatchewan.

This latest opening of Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category follows last week’s opening of the SINP’s International Skilled Worker — Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

In order to apply under this category, candidates must first submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SINP’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, candidates must:

  • Have proof of legal status, only if he or she is currently residing in Canada; (It is important to note, however, that candidates do not need to be residing in Canada to be eligible for this sub-category)
  • Have an Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code;
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the SINP point assessment grid.
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the Express Entry profile;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training which is comparable to the Canadian education system and which has resulted in a degree, diploma, or certificate;
  • Have a minimum level of work experience related to their field of education or training in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) in one of Saskatchewan’s 36 in-demand occupations (See in-demand occupations list below);
  • Have at least one of the following in the field of education or training occupation:
    • One year work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades),
    • Two years work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
    • Twelve months work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades).
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing; and
  • Have proof of sufficient settlement funds and a settlement plan.
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New Zealand retains top spot for ease of doing business

New Zealand retains top spot for ease of doing business

New Zealand retains top spot for ease of doing business

New Zealand retains top spot for ease of doing business

For the second year in a row, New Zealand has claimed the top spot in the World Bank Doing Business 2018 report for ease of doing business, ahead of 190 other economies.

“This ranking recognises the effectiveness of New Zealand’s business regulators, including the speed and efficiency of the company registration process, meaning our regulatory environment is the most conducive to the operation of a local business,” says General Manager Business Integrity Services Ross van der Schyff.

“One of the measures that make up the overall ease of doing business ranking is time and cost of starting a business. New Zealand has been the top-ranked country in the world on this measure for the past 10 years.

“We are very proud of this achievement, but we’re also working to maintain the integrity of information held on our business registers and the transparency of our online systems.

“Being able to register or update company information efficiently on the new Companies Office website as well as easily access government tools and advice at business.govt.nz are areas Business Integrity Services makes a strong contribution towards.”

New Zealand was first announced number one in October 2016 after Singapore had retained the top spot for over a decade.

“We are very proud of New Zealand holding the top spot two years in a row, particularly as Business Integrity Services assists with building trust and confidence in the New Zealand economy on a daily basis,” says Mr van der Schyff.

“We are focused on continuing to support the development of New Zealand’s business landscape while sharing our knowledge and expertise with other countries.”

Rankings for the latest report were determined by sorting the aggregate scores across 11 topics, giving equal weight to each topic, with economies benchmarked to June 2017.

The full report is available on the World Bank website.

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Canada Conducted the largest express entry draw of 2018

Canada conducted largest Express Entry draw of 2018

Canada conducted largest Express Entry draw of 2018

Canada conducted largest Express Entry draw of 2018

3,750 invitations issued to Express Entry immigration candidates with scores of 451 or above

The Government of Canada conducted its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on Wednesday, June 13, issuing 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores of 451 or above.

Prior to the 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, issued in today’s all-program invitation round, the largest all-program draw from the Express Entry pool of 2018 had been 3,500.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) used its tie-break rule in this draw. The tie-break date and time for this latest invitation round was July 21, 2017 at 07:01:28 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who submitted their profile before the specified tie-break date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

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.

It is not surprising to see the draw size increase, as Canada has higher immigration targets in 2018 than it had in 2017. Its admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 are also set to increase.

The Government of Canada’s target for 2018 is 74,900 admissions through the three economic immigration classes administered by the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class. For 2019, the target for these three classes is set at 81,400.

The chart below shows that while the targets for 2018 and 2019 are higher than 2017, thus far, fewer ITAs have been issued in 2018 compared to this point in 2017.

While larger draw sizes can have the effect of lowering the minimum CRS score, the time between draws is also an important factor that can have an impact on scores.

Today’s draw was the first all-program invitation round to take place since May 23 and follows a program-specific draw that was conducted on May 30. The three weeks that elapsed between the May 23 all-program draw and this latest invitation round contributed to the higher minimum CRS score in today’s draw.

Three weeks is longer than the usual time between draws, which has typically been two weeks in 2018.

More time between draws allows the Express Entry pool to replenish, which can have the effect of raising the minimum score. More frequent invitation rounds, meanwhile, can reduce the number of new arrivals in the Express Entry pool between draws.

“Now that IRCC has increased the draw size to 3,750 for the first time in 2018, it would be interesting to see what the effect of bi-weekly or more frequent draws at this number would have on the minimum CRS score,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner of the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“As IRCC works towards hitting bigger Express Entry targets, we continue to see changes, both in terms of different kinds of draws and different sizes of draws.”

The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have received an ITA in today’s invitation round.

Fiona is 34 years old, has a master’s degree and has been working as an accountant for five years. She wrote her IELTS and scored an 8 in each category. While Fiona has never worked or studied in Canada, her CRS score of 451 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s Express Entry Draw.

Ram is 29 years old, holds a bachelor’s degree, and has been working as a management consultant for three years. He wrote his IELTS and scored an 8 in each category. While Ram has never worked or studied in Canada, he has a sister who is a Canadian permanent resident residing in Toronto. His CRS of 453 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the June 13 Express Entry Draw.

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