Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates and entrepreneurs

Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates and entrepreneurs

Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates and entrepreneurs

Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates and entrepreneurs

Ontario issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates and entrepreneurs

Ontario has now issued 977 invitations through Express Entry-linked French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

The province of Ontario has issued new invitations to immigration candidates through its Express Entry-aligned French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream as well as its Entrepreneur Stream.

In an update published August 24, Ontario said it issued 15 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) Stream on August 23 and another 31 through this same stream on August 16.

These draws bring the total invitations issued through FSSW stream in 2018 to 977.

Ontario has been issuing invitations on a regular basis this year through this stream, which is for French-speaking candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry system who have strong English language abilities.

The federal government’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates in Canada’s three main economic immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

In order to qualify for Ontario’s FSSW stream, candidates must be eligible for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and have a Canadian Language Benchmark of at least 7 in French and 6 in English, among other criteria.

There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for the FSSW stream and Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score.

Entrepreneur Stream issues new invitations

Ontario also announced the issuing of 21 new invitations to apply under its Entrepreneur Stream on August 20.

The minimum score for this draw was 110 — the lowest score yet for a draw through this stream since August 29, 2016.

Ontario’s Entrepreneur Stream welcomes business people who want to implement a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario.

Entrepreneurs can apply for permanent residence once their business has been successfully established in Ontario.

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Saskatchewan holds first EOI draw for Express Entry Candidates

Saskatchewan holds first EOI draw for Express Entry Candidates

Saskatchewan holds first EOI draw for Express Entry Candidates

Saskatchewan holds first EOI draw for Express Entry Candidates

Saskatchewan holds the first Expression of Interest draw for Express Entry candidates

SINP revises In-Demand Occupations List to ‘ensure positive employment prospects’

The province of Saskatchewan has issued its first invitations to Express Entry candidates through the new Expression of Interest system introduced in July and revised its In-Demand Occupation List in the process.

A total of 466 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to candidates in the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)’s Express Entry sub-category in this first draw. The minimum score was 68.

In its update, the SINP said all Expressions of Interest selected had an Educational Credential Assessment.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from Saskatchewan are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

In order to be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category, Express Entry candidates must register an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the SINP and are assigned a ranking score out of 100 based on their answers to questions concerning work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

Eligibility criteria for the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category include:

A score of at least 60 points out of 100 on the SINP’s points assessment grid;

Post-secondary education, training or apprenticeship of at least one year in length that resulted in a diploma, certificate or degree.

Degrees and diplomas obtained outside Canada must be accompanied by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization.

Have work experience in a high-skilled occupation in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) that is designated Skill Type O, Skill Level A or Skill Level B and is found on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List.

Candidates must show proof of professional status or licensure for regulated occupations or those with professional certification standards in Canada and/or Saskatchewan if required by their occupation.

The first step toward pursuing the SINP’s Express Entry sub-category is to enter a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry pool.

Updated In-Demand Occupations

In its update on the draw, the SINP announced that it had revised the In-Demand Occupations List in order to ensure that “nominees with positive employment prospects in Saskatchewan are selected and nominations do no exceed employment demand.”

The In-Demand Occupations List applies to both the SINP’s Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories.

Of the 22 in-demand occupations on Saskatchewan’s updated In-Demand Occupations List, three do not require candidates to obtain specific professional licensure. The Government of Saskatchewan requires professional licensure from the relevant organizations for the remaining 19 occupations.

No license required

NOC OCCUPATION
0821 Managers in agriculture
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

 Professional license required

NOC OCCUPATION GOV. APPROVED ORG
0822 Managers in horticulture Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
2154 Land surveyors Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS)
3111 Psychiatrists College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
3234 Paramedics Saskatchewan College of Paramedics
4151 Psychologists College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
4212 Social and community service workers Canadian Association of Social Workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants Ministry of Education
3211 Medical laboratory technologists Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists
3216 Medical sonographers Sonography Canada
6331 Meat cutters Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7311 Industrial mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7327 Welders Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)
7384 Recreation Vehicle Service Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)

 The following occupations were removed from the SINP in-demand list of occupations:

NOC 0211 – Engineering managers

NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers

NOC 0912 – Utilities managers

NOC 2131 – Civil engineers

NOC 2173 – Software engineers

NOC 2173 – Software designers

NOC 2242 – Electronic service technicians (household and business)

NOC 2175 – Web designers and developer

NOC 2147 – Computer engineers

NOC 2225– Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

NOC 4162 – Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts

The SINP has expanded, and contracted, its eligible occupation list at different times based on the applications it received and labour market demand.

SINP profiles are valid for one year. The SINP said the profiles of candidates whose occupations have been removed from the list will remain valid for that period and “could be pulled in another EOI draw if the occupation becomes in-demand once again.”

EOI system focused on ‘strong economic outcomes’ of selected candidates

The move to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system in July brought an end to the first-come, first-served model that Saskatchewan had used for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories, which shut the door to many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.

Saskatchewan said the switch to an EOI system will now allow the SINP to better target those most likely to succeed in Saskatchewan’s labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”

The SINP says the size and frequency of EOI selections will be determined by its application inventory needs.

Draws will take place on a monthly basis, at a minimum, the SINP says. The dates of the selections will not be posted.

Here’s a hypothetical example of a candidate invited in this first Express Entry EOI draw:

Jacklyn is 34, has a high-intermediate English language proficiency and has been working as an Early Childhood Educator for eight years. She holds a Master’s degree and has never worked or studied in Canada. Jacklyn has a profile in Canada’s federal Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 360.

Jacklyn also registered an Expression of Interest with the SINP and obtained a score of 68, which would have been sufficient for an invitation to apply for provincial nomination.

If approved for a provincial nomination certificate, Jacklyn’s Express Entry CRS score will increase to 960, putting her at the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply in a subsequent Express Entry Draw.

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British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates in 2017

British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates in 2017

British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates in 2017

British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates in 2017

British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates in 2017

New BC PNP report shows citizens of India, China dominated nominations last year

The province of British Columbia nominated 2,350 Express Entry candidates for Canadian permanent residence in 2017, with a notable boost in the number nominated through its EEBC — Skilled Worker category, a new report shows.

The new provincial government report on the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) says nominations through its four Express Entry-linked immigration categories accounted for 39.1 percent of all nominations for permanent residence issued by B.C. in 2017, up from 34.2 percent in 2016.

Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have Provincial Nominee Programs, which allow them to nominate a set number of economic immigrants each year for permanent residence.

B.C.’s allocation for 2017 was 6,000 nominations, which the report says it reached.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main federal-level economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, essentially fast-tracking them for Canadian permanent residence.

The BC PNP has four immigration categories that are linked to the Express Entry system: EEBC — International Graduate; EEBC — Skilled Worker; EEBC —International Post-Graduate; and EEBC — Healthcare Professional.

The EEBC — Skilled Worker category experienced the most significant year-over-year change of all EEBC categories, growing from 799 nominations in 2016 to 1,181 in 2017.

Express Entry candidates who are interested in the BC PNP must register an Expression of Interest in the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System.

Among other criteria, a valid job offer from a B.C. employer is required in order to be eligible for the EEBC — International Graduate, EEBC — Skilled Worker and the EEBC — Healthcare Professional categories.

Applications up by 36% overall

While Express Entry nominations increased in 2017, the number of applications that the BC PNP received from Express Entry candidates decreased, dropping from 45.1 percent in 2016 to 39.1 percent in 2017. The report did not offer an explanation for this decrease.

Overall, however, applications to the BC PNP rose by 36 percent in 2017 over the previous year. A total of 7,307 applications were received in 2017, compared to 5,363 in 2016.

Almost all those applications — 7,201, or 98.5 percent — came through the various categories under the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Stream, which includes the four Express Entry categories.

The remaining 1.5 percent, or 106 applications, were applications filed through its Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.

India, China lead source countries

Citizens of India and China led immigration candidates nominated for permanent residence by the province of British Columbia through its Skills Immigration Stream in 2017, receiving 32 percent and 21 percent of nominations.

These proportions are essentially the same as 2016, when citizens of India received 32 percent of Skills Immigration (SI) nominations and citizens of China received 22 percent.

Other than India and China, the top 10 source countries for Skills Immigration Stream nominees were South Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Ireland, the United States, Philippines, and Iran.

Chinese citizens dominated nominations through British Columbia’s Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, receiving 78 percent of all nominations issued through the stream.

Top occupations

Restaurant and Food Service Managers led the top 10 occupations of those issued nominations under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Stream in 2017. The BC PNP reports that the proportion of nominations issued to candidates in this profession as well as Administrative Assistants “continued to grow in 2017 compared to previous years.”

The top 10 occupations contained four in the foodservice industry, which accounted for 18 percent of all Skills Immigration nominations in 2017. Other occupations in the top 10 included administrative assistants, transport truck drivers, retail sales supervisors and accounting technicians and bookkeepers.

Overall, the top 10 occupations represented 44.1 percent of all nominations issued last year.

The BC PNP said that the proportion of overall nominations in tech-related occupations in 2017 was 16 percent.

Foreign tech workers are the focus of the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot, which issues weekly invitations to immigration candidates with an eligible job offer from a B.C. employer in one of 29 priority tech occupations.

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